Lamentations 5:20
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New International Version
Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long?

New Living Translation
Why do you continue to forget us? Why have you abandoned us for so long?

English Standard Version
Why do you forget us forever, why do you forsake us for so many days?

New American Standard Bible
Why do You forget us forever? Why do You forsake us so long?

King James Bible
Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

Christian Standard Bible
Why do you continually forget us, abandon us for our entire lives?

Contemporary English Version
Why have you forgotten us for so long?

Good News Translation
Why have you abandoned us so long? Will you ever remember us again?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why have You forgotten us forever, abandoned us for our entire lives?

International Standard Version
So why have you completely forgotten us, forsaking us for so long?

NET Bible
Why do you keep on forgetting us? Why do you forsake us so long?

New Heart English Bible
Why do you keep on forgetting us? Why do you forsake us so long?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why have you completely forgotten us? Why have you abandoned us for such a long time?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore dost Thou forget us for ever, And forsake us so long time?

New American Standard 1977
Why dost Thou forget us forever; Why dost Thou forsake us so long?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why should thou forget us for ever and forsake us for such a long time?

King James 2000 Bible
Why do you forget us forever, and forsake us for so long a time?

American King James Version
Why do you forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

American Standard Version
Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, And forsake us so long time?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why wilt thou forget us for ever? why wilt thou forsake us for a long time?

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, dost thou forsake us so long time?

English Revised Version
Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

World English Bible
Why do you forget us forever, [And] forsake us so long time?

Young's Literal Translation
Why for ever dost Thou forget us? Thou forsakest us for length of days!
Study Bible
A Prayer for Mercy and Restoration
19You, O LORD, rule forever; Your throne is from generation to generation. 20Why do You forget us forever? Why do You forsake us so long? 21Restore us to You, O LORD, that we may be restored; Renew our days as of old,…
Cross References
Psalm 13:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?

Psalm 44:24
Why do You hide Your face And forget our affliction and our oppression?

Isaiah 62:6
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves;
Treasury of Scripture

Why do you forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

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Psalm 13:1 How long will you forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long will you …

Psalm 44:24 Why hide you your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression?

Psalm 74:1 O God, why have you cast us off for ever? why does your anger smoke …

Psalm 77:7-10 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favorable no more…

Psalm 79:5 How long, LORD? will you be angry for ever? shall your jealousy burn like fire?

Psalm 85:5 Will you be angry with us for ever? will you draw out your anger …

Psalm 89:46 How long, LORD? will you hide yourself for ever? shall your wrath …

Psalm 94:3,4 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph…

Isaiah 64:9-12 Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: …

Jeremiah 14:19-21 Have you utterly rejected Judah? has your soul loathed Zion? why …

so long time. Heb. for length of days

(20) Wherefore dost thou forget . . .--This was the problem of the mystery of suffering then, as it has been at all times. Jehovah had seemed forgetful of His people, indifferent to their miseries.

Verse 20. - Wherefore dost thou forget us, etc.? The poet does not say," Wherefore hast thou forgotten us?" One of the psalmists, indeed, does go so far (Psalm 74:1); but the poet of this lamentation, with a more tender and trustful reserve, adopts the tense of feeling (the imperfect) in preference to that of fact (the perfect), and asks, "Wherefore dost thou [to my feeling] forget us? Wherefore, if Jehovah's power is still unbroken, does he allow Israel to feel herself forsaken?" The fact is certain, viz. that the land of Israel is desolate, and (the poet seems to imply) desolate for some time already. The interpretation is hypothetical, and, as the last verse will show, the poet cannot bring himself to believe that it can be accurate. Wherefore dost thou, forget us for ever,.... Since thou art firm, constant, and unchangeable, and thy love and covenant the same. God seems to forget his people when he afflicts them, or suffers them to be oppressed, and does not arise immediately for their help; which being deferred some time, looks like an eternity to them, or they fear it will ever be so; at least this they say to express their eager desire after his gracious presence, and to show how much they prize it:

and forsake us so long time? or, "to length of days" (d)? so long as the seventy years' captivity; which to be forsaken of God, or to seem to be forsaken of him, was with them a long time.

(d) "in longitudinem dierum", Pagninus, Montanus. 20. for ever—that is, for "so long a time."5:17-22 The people of God express deep concern for the ruins of the temple, more than for any other of their calamities. But whatever changes there are on earth, God is still the same, and remains for ever wise and holy, just and good; with Him there is no variableness nor shadow of turning. They earnestly pray to God for mercy and grace; Turn us to thee, O Lord. God never leaves any till they first leave him; if he turns them to him in a way of duty, no doubt he will quickly return to them in a way of mercy. If God by his grace renew our hearts, he will by his favour renew our days. Troubles may cause our hearts to be faint, and our eyes to be dim, but the way to the mercy-seat of our reconciled God is open. Let us, in all our trials, put our whole trust and confidence in his mercy; let us confess our sins, and pour out our hearts before him. Let us watch against repinings and despondency; for we surely know, that it shall be well in the end with all that trust in, fear, love, and serve the Lord. Are not the Lord's judgments in the earth the same as in Jeremiah's days? Let Zion then be remembered by us in our prayers, and her welfare be sought above every earthly joy. Spare, Lord, spare thy people, and give not thine heritage to reproach, for the heathen to rule over them.
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