Lamenting The End

In JSB, the final lament of Lamentations ends so:

Take us back, O Lord, to Yourself,
And let us come back;
Renew our days as of old!
For truly, You have rejected us,
Bitterly raged against us.

Take us back, O Lord, to Yourself,
And let us come back;
Renew our days as of old!

The study note on that ending mentions: “In public readings of Lamentations, in order not to conclude on a dire note, it is the Jewish custom to repeat the last positive phrase (v. 21).” It goes on to note that the same thing happens at the ends of Isaiah, Malachi, and Ecclesiastes. Interesting that the rabbis would prefer to modify the text rather than end the story in the manner that the original manuscripts record it. I see that neither the RSV nor the ESV follow this practice – they just close with God’s bitter raging