Lamentations 5:20

20 Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long?

Read Lamentations 5:20 Using Other Translations

Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?
Why do you forget us forever, why do you forsake us for so many days?
Why do you continue to forget us? Why have you abandoned us for so long?

What does Lamentations 5:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Lamentations 5:20

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" F4? 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.


FOOTNOTES:

F4 (Mymy Kral) "in longitudinem dierum", Pagninus, Montanus.
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