Lamentations 5:10
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English Standard Version
Our skin is hot as an oven with the burning heat of famine.

King James Bible
Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

American Standard Version
Our skin is black like an oven, Because of the burning heat of famine.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Our skin was burnt as an oven, by reason of the violence of the famine.

English Revised Version
Our skin is black like an oven because of the burning heat of famine.

Webster's Bible Translation
Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

And not merely are the inhabitants of Judah without land and property, and deprived of all protection, like orphans and widows; they are also living in penury and want, and (Lamentations 5:5) under severe oppression and persecution. Water and wood are mentioned in Lamentations 5:4 as the greatest necessities of life, without which it is impossible to exist. Both of these they must buy for themselves, because the country, with its waters and forests, is in the possession of the enemy. The emphasis lies on "our water...our wood." What they formerly had, as their own property, for nothing, they must now purchase. We must reject the historical interpretations of the words, and their application to the distress of the besieged (Michaelis); or to the exiles who complained of the dearness of water and wood in Egypt (Ewald); or to those who fled before the Chaldeans, and lived in waste places (Thenius); or to the multitudes of those taken prisoner after the capture of Jerusalem, who were so closely watched that they could not go where they liked to get water and wood, but were obliged to go to their keepers for permission, and pay dearly for their services (Ngelsbach). The purchase of water and wood can scarcely be taken literally, but must be understood as signifying that the people had to pay heavy duties for the use of the water and the wood which the country afforded.

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Lamentations 3:4 My flesh and my skin has he made old; he has broken my bones.

Lamentations 4:8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin sticks to their bones; it is withered...

Job 30:30 My skin is black on me, and my bones are burned with heat.

Psalm 119:83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget your statutes.

terrible famine, or terrors, or storms of famine

Cross References
Job 30:30
My skin turns black and falls from me, and my bones burn with heat.

Lamentations 4:8
Now their face is blacker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets; their skin has shriveled on their bones; it has become as dry as wood.

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