Lamentations 5:20
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English Standard Version
Why do you forget us forever, why do you forsake us for so many days?

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

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

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?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Youths and boys are forced to engage in heavy servile work. טחון נשׂאוּ does not mean "they take them for the mill," ad molendum sumpserunt (Ewald, Rosenmller). Apart from the consideration that there is no ground for it in the language employed, such a view of the words does not accord with the parallelism. נשׂא, construed with a simple infinitive or accusative (without ל), does not mean "to take for something." טחון is a substantive, "the mill." "To bear (carry) the mill" signifies to work at and with the mill. We must think of the hand-mill, which was found in every household, and which could thus be carried from one place to another. Grinding was the work of salves; see on Judges 16:21. The carrying of the mill (not merely of the upper millstone) is mentioned as the heaviest portion of the work in grinding. "Boys stagger (fall down) on the wood laid on them to be carried," i.e., under the burden of it. כּשׁל with בּ means to stumble on something; here בּ denotes the cause of the stumbling; cf. Jeremiah 6:21; Leviticus 26:37. It is arbitrary to understand עץ as meaning the wooden handle of the mill (Aben Ezra, and Bochart in Hieroz. i. 157, ed. Rosenmller); the same must also be said regarding the opinion of Thenius and Ngelsbach, who refer the words to the dragging of the hand-mills, and of the wood necessary for baking bread for the comfort of the soldiers, on the march of the captives to Babylon.

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Psalm 13:1 How long will you forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long will you hide your face from me?

Psalm 44:24 Why hide you your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression?

Psalm 74:1 O God, why have you cast us off for ever? why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?

Psalm 77:7-10 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favorable no more...

Psalm 79:5 How long, LORD? will you be angry for ever? shall your jealousy burn like fire?

Psalm 85:5 Will you be angry with us for ever? will you draw out your anger to all generations?

Psalm 89:46 How long, LORD? will you hide yourself for ever? shall your wrath burn like fire?

Psalm 94:3,4 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph...

Isaiah 64:9-12 Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech you, we are all your people...

Jeremiah 14:19-21 Have you utterly rejected Judah? has your soul loathed Zion? why have you smitten us, and there is no healing for us...

so long time. Heb. for length of days

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? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?

Isaiah 62:6
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the LORD in remembrance, take no rest,

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