Lamentations 5:21
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English Standard Version
Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old—

King James Bible
Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.

American Standard Version
Turn thou us unto thee, O Jehovah, and we shall be turned; Renew our days as of old.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Convert us, O Lord, to thee, and we shall be converted: renew our days, as from the beginning.

English Revised Version
Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.

Webster's Bible Translation
Turn thou us to thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.

Lamentations 5:21 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Under the pressure of such circumstances, all public meetings and amusements have ceased. "The elders cease from the fate." The gate was the place of assembly for the people, not merely for deliberating upon public affairs (Ruth 4:15; Joshua 20:4), but also "for social entertainment (since there were no refreshment-rooms, coffeehouses, and public baths, such as are now to be found in the East), or even for quiet enjoyment in looking at the motley multitude of passers-by; Genesis 19:1; 1 Samuel 4:18; 1 Samuel 9:18; Job 29:7" (Winer's Bibl. R.W.B. s.v. Thor). That the gate is here to be regarded as a place of entertainment and amusement, is shown by the parallel member, "young men cease from their instrumental music;" cf. Lamentations 1:4. On Lamentations 5:15, cf. Jeremiah 7:34; Jeremiah 16:9, and Jeremiah 31:13; Psalm 30:12. Lastly, in Lamentations 5:16, the writer sums up the whole of the misery in the complaint, "The crown of our head is fallen! woe unto us, for we have sinned," i.e., we suffer the punishment for our sins. "The fallen crown can only be a figurative expression for the honourable position of the people in its entirety, but which is now lost." Such is the view which Ewald rightly takes; on the other hand, the interpretation of Thenius, that "the 'crown of our head' is nothing else than Zion, together with its palaces, placed on Jerusalem, as it were on the head [of the country], and adorning it," deserves mention simply as a curious specimen of exegetical fancy. Ngelsbach has gone too far in restricting the figurative expression to the crown of Jerusalem, which consists in her being mistress among the nations, a princess among the regions of the earth (Lamentations 1:1), the perfection of beauty, and the joy of the whole earth (Lamentations 2:15); for "our crown" is not equivalent to Jerusalem, or a crown on the head of Jerusalem.

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1 Kings 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that you are the LORD God, and that you have turned their heart back again.

Psalm 80:3,7,19 Turn us again, O God, and cause your face to shine; and we shall be saved...

Psalm 85:4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause your anger toward us to cease.

Jeremiah 31:18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; You have chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke...

Jeremiah 32:39,40 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them...

Exodus 36:25-27,37 And for the other side of the tabernacle, which is toward the north corner, he made twenty boards...

Habakkuk 3:2 O LORD, I have heard your speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive your work in the middle of the years...

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Jeremiah 31:4,23-25 Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin of Israel: you shall again be adorned with your tabrets...

Jeremiah 33:10,13 Thus said the LORD; Again there shall be heard in this place, which you say shall be desolate without man and without beast...

Zechariah 8:3-6 Thus said the LORD; I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the middle of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth...

Malachi 3:4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant to the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

Cross References
Psalm 80:3
Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Isaiah 60:20
Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.

Jeremiah 31:18
I have heard Ephraim grieving, 'You have disciplined me, and I was disciplined, like an untrained calf; bring me back that I may be restored, for you are the LORD my God.

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