Comparing Lamentations 3:21-22

Lamentations 3:21-22 GW

“The reason I can still find hope is that I keep this one thing in mind:
the LORD’s mercy.
We were not completely wiped out.
His compassion is never limited.”
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
King James Version (KJV)
Word-for-Word (Formal Equivalence)

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Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
New International Version (NIV)
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)

Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction.
The Living Bible (TLB)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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