Lamentations 5:21

21 Restore us to yourself, LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old

Read Lamentations 5:21 Using Other Translations

Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.
Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old--
Restore us, O LORD, and bring us back to you again! Give us back the joys we once had!

What does Lamentations 5:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Lamentations 5:21

Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned
This prayer expresses the sense they had of their backslidings from God, and distance from him; of their inability to turn themselves to the Lord, or convert themselves; and of their need of divine grace, and of the efficacy of that to effect it; see ( Jeremiah 31:18 ) ; for this is to be understood not only of returning them to their own land, and to the external worship of God in it; but of turning them to the Lord by true and perfect repentance, as the Targum; of the conversion of their hearts and the reformation of their lives:

renew our days as of old;
for good, as the Targum adds. The request is, that their good days might be renewed; that they might enjoy the same peace and prosperity, and all good things in their own land, as they had done in days and years past: first they pray for repentance; then restoration.

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