Lamentations 5:22
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New International Version
unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.

New Living Translation
Or have you utterly rejected us? Are you angry with us still?

English Standard Version
unless you have utterly rejected us, and you remain exceedingly angry with us.

New American Standard Bible
Unless You have utterly rejected us And are exceedingly angry with us.

King James Bible
But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
unless You have completely rejected us and are intensely angry with us.

International Standard Version
unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us without limit.

NET Bible
unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.

New Heart English Bible
unless you have completely rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
unless you have completely rejected us [and] are very angry with us."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou canst not have utterly rejected us, And be exceeding wroth against us!

New American Standard 1977
Unless Thou hast utterly rejected us,
            And art exceedingly angry with us.



Jubilee Bible 2000
For in stepping back thou hast rejected us; thou hast become very angry against us.

King James 2000 Bible
But you have utterly rejected us; you are very angry against us.

American King James Version
But you have utterly rejected us; you are very wroth against us.

American Standard Version
But thou hast utterly rejected us; Thou art very wroth against us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But thou hast utterly rejected us, thou art exceedingly angry against us.

Darby Bible Translation
Or is it that thou hast utterly rejected us? Wouldest thou be exceeding wroth against us?

English Revised Version
But thou hast utterly rejected us, thou art very wroth against us.

Webster's Bible Translation
But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.

World English Bible
But you have utterly rejected us; You are very angry against us.

Young's Literal Translation
For hast Thou utterly rejected us? Thou hast been wroth against us -- exceedingly?

Study Bible
A Prayer for Mercy and Restoration
21Restore us to You, O LORD, that we may be restored; Renew our days as of old, 22Unless You have utterly rejected us And are exceedingly angry with us.
Cross References
Psalm 53:5
There they were in great fear where no fear had been; For God scattered the bones of him who encamped against you; You put them to shame, because God had rejected them.

Psalm 60:1
For the choir director; according to Shushan Eduth. A Mikhtam of David, to teach; when he struggled with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned, and smote twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt. O God, You have rejected us. You have broken us; You have been angry; O, restore us.

Psalm 60:2
You have made the land quake, You have split it open; Heal its breaches, for it totters.

Isaiah 64:9
Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD, Nor remember iniquity forever; Behold, look now, all of us are Your people.

Jeremiah 7:29
Cut off your hair and cast it away, And take up a lamentation on the bare heights; For the LORD has rejected and forsaken The generation of His wrath.'

Jeremiah 14:19
Have You completely rejected Judah? Or have You loathed Zion? Why have You stricken us so that we are beyond healing? We waited for peace, but nothing good came; And for a time of healing, but behold, terror!
Treasury of Scripture

But you have utterly rejected us; you are very wroth against us.

but thou hast utterly rejected us. or, for wilt thou utterly reject us?

Psalm 44:9 But you have cast off, and put us to shame; and go not forth with our armies.

Psalm 60:1,2 O God, you have cast us off, you have scattered us, you have been …

Jeremiah 15:1-5 Then said the LORD to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, …

Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of …

Hosea 1:6 And she conceived again, and bore a daughter. And God said to him, …

(22) But thou hast . . .--The Authorised version represents the mourner as falling back from the hopeful prayer into the depths of despair. For "but" we should, however, read unless. The hypothesis of utter rejection is just stated as the only thing that could prevent renewal and restoration, and it is stated as per impossible; God has not rejected, and therefore He will renew.

It may be noted that in Synagogue use, and in many MSS., Lamentations 5:21 is repeated after Lamentations 5:22, so that the book may not end with words of so terrible a significance. The same practice obtained in the case of the last verse of Isaiah, Ecclesiastes, and Malachi.

Verse 22. - But; rather, unless. The poet wishes to suggest that the idea seems to him inconsistent with the covenant relationship of Jehovah towards Israel. May we not compare a striking passage in Isaiah which should probably be rendered thus: "A wife of one's youth, can she be rejected? saith thy God" (Isaiah 54:6)? Both passages express, in a most delicate way, the incredulity of the writers with regard to the absolute rejection of Israel. And thus this melancholy Book of Lamentations concludes with a hope, "faint, yet pursuing," of the final realization of the promises to Israel. The interpretation adopted admits of no reasonable doubt, in spite of the fact that ancient doctors of the synagogue thought otherwise when they established the custom of repeating ver. 21 after ver. 22 had been read, in order to soften the supposed gloomy impression of ver. 22.



But thou hast utterly rejected us,.... That looks as if they had no hope, and were in despair of having their petitions granted; since God had entirely rejected them from being his people, and would never more have mercy on them; but the words may be rendered, "though thou hast in rejecting rejected us" (e); or else, "unless thou hast utterly rejected us" (f); or rather by an interrogation, "for wilt thou utterly reject", or "despise us?" (g) surely thou wilt not; such is thy grace and goodness:

thou art very wroth against us; thou hast been, and still continuest to be: or, "wilt thou be exceeding wroth against us?" (h) or continue thy wrath to extremity, and for ever? thou wait not; it is not consistent with, thy mercy and grace, truth and faithfulness; and so it is an argument of faith in prayer, and not an expression of despondency; though the Jews, because they would not have the book end in what is sorrowful and distressing, repeat the foregoing verse; and the like method they take at the end of Ecclesiastes, and the prophecies of Isaiah and Malachi, as Jarchi observes.

(e) "quamvis detestatione detestatus es nos", Targ. (f) "Nisi forte repudiando repudiasti nos", Calvin. (g) "Nam an omnino sperneres nos?" Junius & Tremellius. (h) "effervesceres contra nos admodum?" Junius & Tremellius. 22. Rather, "Unless haply Thou hast utterly rejected us, and art beyond measure wroth against us," that is, Unless Thou art implacable, which is impossible, hear our prayer [Calvin]. Or, as Margin, "For wouldest Thou utterly reject us?" etc.—No; that cannot be. The Jews, in this book, and in Isaiah and Malachi, to avoid the ill-omen of a mournful closing sentence, repeat the verse immediately preceding the last [Calvin]. 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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