Lamentations 3:40
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.

New Living Translation
Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the LORD.

English Standard Version
Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD!

New American Standard Bible
Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD.

King James Bible
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the LORD.

International Standard Version
Let us examine our lifestyles, putting them to the test, and turn back to the LORD.

NET Bible
Let us carefully examine our ways, and let us return to the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let us look closely at our ways and examine them and then return to the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nun Let us search out our ways, and seek, and turn again to the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
Let us search and examine our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

American King James Version
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

American Standard Version
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Nun. Let us search our ways, and seek, and return to the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to Jehovah.

English Revised Version
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

World English Bible
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
We search our ways, and investigate, And turn back unto Jehovah.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:37-41 While there is life there is hope; and instead of complaining that things are bad, we should encourage ourselves with the hope they will be better. We are sinful men, and what we complain of, is far less than our sins deserve. We should complain to God, and not of him. We are apt, in times of calamity, to reflect on other people's ways, and blame them; but our duty is to search and try our own ways, that we may turn from evil to God. Our hearts must go with our prayers. If inward impressions do not answer to outward expressions, we mock God, and deceive ourselves.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 40-51. - Confession of sin, followed by sighs and groans. Verse 40. - Let us search. Our troubles being caused by our sins, let us search them out and correct them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let us search and try our ways,.... stead of murmuring and complaining, let us search for something that may support and comfort, teach and instruct, under afflictive providences; let us search into the love of God, which, though it cannot be fully searched out, it will be found to be from everlasting to everlasting; and that all afflictions spring from it; and that it continues notwithstanding them: let us search into the covenant of grace, in which provision is made for afflictions in case of disobedience, and for supports under them: let us search the Scriptures, which are written for our comfort; and it is much if we do not find some in the instances, examples, and experiences of other saints therein recorded: let us search after a greater degree of the knowledge of Christ, and of his grace; so shall we be more conformable to his sufferings and death, and patient under our troubles: let us search into our own hearts, and examine ourselves, whether we have true repentance for sin, true faith in Christ; and whether he is in us, or not; and we have a part in him, which will make us easy in every state: let us search into the present dispensation, in order to find out the cause of it, which is sin; and the end of it, which God has in it for our good: let us search "our ways", and "try them", by the word of God, the standard of faith and practice; and see what agreement there is between them: let us try our thoughts, words, and actions, by the law of God, which is holy, spiritual, just, and good; and we shall see how abundantly short they come of it: and let us try "our ways", and compare them with the ways of God, which he has prescribed in his word; and we shall find that the one are holy, the other unholy; the one plain, the other crooked; the one dark, the other light; the one pleasant, and peace is in them, the other not; the one lead to life, the other to death; see Isaiah 55:7;

and turn again to the Lord; by repentance, as the Targum adds; let us turn out of our sinful ways, upon a search and examination of them; and turn to the Lord, his ways and worship, from whom we have departed, and against whom we have sinned; acknowledging our iniquities, who receives graciously, is ready to forgive, and does abundantly pardon.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

40-42. us—Jeremiah and his fellow countrymen in their calamity.

search—as opposed to the torpor wherewith men rest only on their outward sufferings, without attending to the cause of them (Ps 139:23, 24).

Lamentations 3:40 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Justice
39Why should any living mortal, or any man, Offer complaint in view of his sins? 40Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD. 41We lift up our heart and hands Toward God in heaven;…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?

Psalm 119:59
I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.

Psalm 139:23
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Psalm 139:24
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Treasury of Scripture

Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

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1 Chronicles 15:12,13 And said to them, You are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: …

Job 11:13-15 If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him…

Job 34:31,32 Surely it is meet to be said to God, I have borne chastisement, I …

Psalm 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart on your bed, …

Psalm 119:59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet to your testimonies.

Psalm 139:23,24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts…

Ezekiel 18:28 Because he considers, and turns away from all his transgressions …

Haggai 1:5-9 Now therefore thus said the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways…

1 Corinthians 11:28,31 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, …

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. …

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Deuteronomy 4:30 When you are in tribulation, and all these things are come on you, …

2 Chronicles 30:6,9 So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes …

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: …

Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return to the LORD: for he has torn, and he will …

Hosea 12:6 Therefore turn you to your God: keep mercy and judgment and wait …

Hosea 14:1-3 O Israel, return to the LORD your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity…

Joel 2:12,13 Therefore also now, said the LORD, turn you even to me with all your …

Zechariah 1:3,4 Therefore say you to them, Thus said the LORD of hosts; Turn you …

Acts 26:20 But showed first to them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout …

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