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40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 32

40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 32

The Hebrew verb סָפַד (saphad) means ‘to lament or wail.’ Lamentation is the language of suffering, to deal with it, although not solving, the problem of suffering, i.e. it is a vehicle to express our intense painful emotions that cannot be articulated in words.

Pain and suffering are essential to human existence, similarly the expressing of pain is deeply human. The Psalms of lament are poems that give a fresh perspective of God’s presence and hope, not to explain the trouble, but to provide assurance within it (e.g. Pss. 6, 10, 13, 22, etc.).

Let our lamentations, amid self-isolation, facilitate us to emerge with new revelations in order to overcome the ambiguities that we are witnessing.


Dr. Aravind Jeyakumar Moniraj is serving as the Associate Professor and HOD, Department of Old Testament at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute in Chennai.

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