Lamentations 5:20
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?

Berean Study Bible
Why have You forgotten us forever? Why have You forsaken us for so long?

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

New King James Version
Why do You forget us forever, And forsake us for so long a time?

New American Standard Bible
Why will You forget us forever? Why do You abandon us for so long?

NASB 1995
Why do You forget us forever? Why do You forsake us so long?

NASB 1977
Why dost Thou forget us forever; Why dost Thou forsake us so long?

Amplified Bible
Why do You forget us forever? Why do You forsake us so long?

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You shall not leave us for eternity, nor forget us for the length of days!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Wherefore wilt thou utterly forget us, and abandon us a long time?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Why do You forget us forever? You forsake us for [the] length of [our] days!

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?

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!

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Prayer for Restoration
19You, O LORD, reign forever; Your throne endures from generation to generation. 20Why have You forgotten us forever? Why have You forsaken us for so long? 21Restore us to Yourself, O LORD, so we may return; renew our days as of old,…

Cross References
Psalm 13:1
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 oppression?

Isaiah 62:6
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD shall 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
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

Psalm 44:24
Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?

Psalm 74:1
Maschil of Asaph. O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?

so long time.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Why
לָ֤מָּה (lām·māh)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

have You forgotten us
תִּשְׁכָּחֵ֔נוּ (tiš·kā·ḥê·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | first person common plural
Strong's 7911: To mislay, to be oblivious of, from want of memory, attention

forever?
לָנֶ֙צַח֙ (lā·ne·ṣaḥ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5331: Eminence, enduring, everlastingness, perpetuity

Why have You forsaken us
תַּֽעַזְבֵ֖נוּ (ta·‘az·ḇê·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | first person common plural
Strong's 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit

for so long?
לְאֹ֥רֶךְ (lə·’ō·reḵ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 753: Length


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