And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this;
“Now we are being punished because of our wickedness and our great guilt. But we have actually been punished far less than we deserve, for you, our God, have allowed some of us to survive as a remnant.
And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and
for our great trespass
As famine, sword, pestilence, and captivity, for their idolatries
and other heinous sins:
seeing that our God hast punished us less than our
for they deserved eternal punishment, whereas it was temporal
punishment that was inflicted, and this moderate, and now
stopped; the sense is, according to Aben Ezra,
``thou hast refrained from writing some of our sins in the book
of remembrance, and thou hast let them down below in the earth,
according to the sense of thou wilt cast all their sins into the
depths of the sea;''
but Jarchi better,
``thou hast refrained thyself from exacting of us all our sins,
and hast exacted of us beneath our sins (or less than they
deserve), and hast not taken vengeance on us according to all our
and hast given us such deliverance as this;
from captivity, which they now enjoyed.