New American Standard Bible
Why do You forget us forever? Why do You forsake us so long?
King James Bible
Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?
Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, dost thou forsake us so long time?
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!
Lamentations 5:20 Parallel
The book familiarly known as the Lamentations consists of four elegies (i., ii., iii., iv.) and a prayer (v.). The general theme of the elegies is the sorrow and desolation created by the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.: the last poem (v.) is a prayer for deliverance from the long continued distress. The elegies are all alphabetic, and like most alphabetic poems (cf. Ps. cxix.) are marked by little continuity of thought. The first poem is a lament over Jerusalem, bereft, by the siege, …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?
Why do You hide Your face And forget our affliction and our oppression?
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves;
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