Lamentations 3:40
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!

Berean Study Bible
Let us examine and test our ways, and turn back to the LORD.

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

New King James Version
Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the LORD;

New American Standard Bible
Let’s examine and search out our ways, And let’s return to the LORD.

NASB 1995
Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD.

NASB 1977
Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD.

Amplified Bible
Let us test and examine our ways, And let us return to the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
Let’s examine and probe our ways, and turn back to the LORD.

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Nun We shall search our ways and we shall examine and we shall be converted to LORD JEHOVAH

Brenton Septuagint Translation
NUN. Our way has been searched out and examined, and we will turn to the Lord.

Contemporary English Version
Instead, we should think about the way we are living, and turn back to the LORD.

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

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

Good News Translation
Let us examine our ways and turn back to the LORD.

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

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let us search and try our ways, And return to the LORD.

Literal Standard Version
We search our ways, and investigate, And turn back to YHWH.

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

New Heart English Bible
Let us examine and search our ways, and return 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
God's Justice
39Why should any mortal man complain, in view of his sins? 40Let us examine and test our ways, and turn back to the LORD. 41Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven:…

Cross References
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Can't you see for yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you--unless you actually fail the test?

Psalm 119:59
I considered my ways and turned my steps to Your testimonies.

Psalm 139:23
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.

Psalm 139:24
See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the way everlasting.


Treasury of Scripture

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

search

1 Chronicles 15:12,13
And said unto them, Ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it…

Job 11:13-15
If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; …

Job 34:31,32
Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more: …

turn

Deuteronomy 4:30
When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;

2 Chronicles 30:6,9
So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying, Ye children of Israel, turn again unto the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria…

Isaiah 55:7
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.









(40) Let us search . . .--Warnings against murmurs are followed by counsels which point to a more excellent way. Suffering calls a man to self-scrutiny. We should seek to know the sins which it is meant to punish and correct.

To the Lord.--The preposition is an emphatic one: even to the Lord. There is to be no halting half-way in the work of conversion.

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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Let us examine
נַחְפְּשָׂ֤ה (naḥ·pə·śāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common plural
Strong's 2664: To seek, to conceal oneself, mask

and test
וְֽנַחְקֹ֔רָה (wə·naḥ·qō·rāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common plural
Strong's 2713: To penetrate, to examine intimately

our ways,
דְרָכֵ֙ינוּ֙ (ḏə·rā·ḵê·nū)
Noun - common plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

and turn back
וְנָשׁ֖וּבָה (wə·nā·šū·ḇāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common plural
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

to
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

the LORD.
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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