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Lamentations 5

 

 

Introduction
1A pitiful complaint of Zion in prayer unto God.

Verse 1
Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach.
Remember
1:20; 2:20; 3:19; Nehemiah 1:8; Job 7:7; 10:9; Jeremiah 15:15; Habakkuk 3:2; Luke 23:42
behold
2:15; 3:61; Nehemiah 1:3; 4:4; Psalms 44:13-16; 74:10,11; 79:4,12; 89:50,51; Psalms 123:3,4

Verse 2
Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.
Deuteronomy 28:30-68; Psalms 79:1,2; Isaiah 1:7; 5:17; 63:18; Jeremiah 6:12; Ezekiel 7:21,24; Zephaniah 1:13

Verse 3
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.
Exodus 22:24; Jeremiah 18:21; Hosea 14:3

Verse 4
We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.
have
Deuteronomy 28:48; Isaiah 3:1; Ezekiel 4:9-17
is sold
Heb. cometh for price.

Verse 5
Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.
Our necks are under persecution
Heb. On our necks are we persecuted.
1:14; 4:19; Deuteronomy 28:48,65,66; Jeremiah 27:2,8,11,12; 28:14; Matthew 11:29; Acts 15:10
labour
Nehemiah 9:36,37

Verse 6
We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
given
Genesis 24:2; 2 Kings 10:15; Jeremiah 50:15; Ezekiel 17:18
to the Egyptians
Isaiah 30:1-6; 31:1-3; 57:9; Jeremiah 2:18,36; 44:12-14; Hosea 5:13; 7:11; 9:3; Hosea 12:1

Verse 7
Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.
fathers
Exodus 20:5; Jeremiah 16:12; 31:29; Ezekiel 18:2; Matthew 23:32-36
and are
Genesis 42:13,36; Job 7:8,21; Jeremiah 31:15; Zechariah 1:5

Verse 8
Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.
Servants
Genesis 9:25; Deuteronomy 28:43; Nehemiah 2:19; 5:15; Proverbs 30:22
there
Job 5:4; 10:7; Psalms 7:2; 50:22; Isaiah 43:13; Hosea 2:10; Zechariah 11:6

Verse 9
We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.
Judges 6:11; 2 Samuel 23:17; Jeremiah 40:9-12; 41:1-10,18; 42:14,16; Ezekiel 4:16,17; 12:18,19

Verse 10
Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.
skin
3:4; 4:8; Job 30:30; Psalms 119:83
terrible famine
or, terrors, or storms, of famine.

Verse 11
They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.
Deuteronomy 28:30; Isaiah 13:16; Zechariah 14:2

Verse 12
Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.
2:10,20; 4:16; Isaiah 47:6; Jeremiah 39:6,7; 52:10,11,25-27

Verse 13
They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.
the young
Exodus 11:5; Judges 16:21; Job 31:10; Isaiah 47:2
fell
Exodus 1:11; 2:11; 23:5; Nehemiah 5:1-5; Isaiah 58:6; Matthew 23:4

Verse 14
The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick.
elders
1:4,19; 2:10; Deuteronomy 16:18; Job 29:7-17; 30:1; Isaiah 3:2,3
the young
Job 30:31; Isaiah 24:7-11; Jeremiah 7:34; 16:9; 25:10; Ezekiel 26:13; Revelation 18:22

Verse 15
The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.
our dance
Psalms 30:11; Amos 6:4-7; 8:10; James 4:9,10

Verse 16
The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!
The crown
1:1; Job 19:9; Psalms 89:39; Jeremiah 13:18; Ezekiel 21:26; Revelation 2:10; 3:11
is fallen from our head
Heb. of our head is fallen. woe.
1:8,18; 2:1; 4:13; Proverbs 14:34; Isaiah 3:9-11; Jeremiah 2:17,19; 4:18; Ezekiel 7:17-22; 22:12-16; 2 Peter 2:4-6

Verse 17
For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.
our heart
1:13,22; Leviticus 26:36; Isaiah 1:5; Jeremiah 8:18; 46:5; Ezekiel 21:7,15; Micah 6:13
our eyes
2:11; Deuteronomy 28:65; Job 17:7; Psalms 6:7; 31:9; 69:3; Isaiah 38:14

Verse 18
Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.
of the
2:8,9; 1 Kings 9:7,8; Psalms 74:2,3; Jeremiah 17:3; 26:9; 52:13; Micah 3:12
the foxes
Isaiah 32:13,14; Jeremiah 9:11

Verse 19
Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.
remainest
Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 9:7; 10:16; 29:10; 90:2; 102:12,25-27; Habakkuk 1:12; 1 Timothy 1:17; 6:15,16; Hebrews 1:10-12; 13:8; Revelation 1:4,8,17,18
thy throne
Psalms 45:6; 145:13; 146:10; Daniel 2:44; 7:14,27; Hebrews 1:8,9

Verse 20
Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?
dost
Psalms 13:1; 44:24; 74:1; 77:7-10; 79:5; 85:5; 89:46; 94:3,4; Isaiah 64:9-12; Jeremiah 14:19-21
so long time
Heb. for length of days.

Verse 21
Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.
Turn
1 Kings 18:37; Psalms 80:3,7,19; 85:4; Jeremiah 31:18; 32:39,40; Ezekiel 11:19,20; Ezekiel 36:25-27,37; Habakkuk 3:2
renew
Jeremiah 31:4,23-25; 33:10,13; Zechariah 8:3-6; Malachi 3:4

Verse 22
But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.
But thou hast utterly rejected us
or, For wilt thou utterly reject us?
Psalms 44:9; 60:1,2; Jeremiah 15:1-5; Ezekiel 37:11; Hosea 1:6

 


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Lamentations 5:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/lamentations-5.html.

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