English Standard Version
Princes are hung up by their hands; no respect is shown to the elders.
King James Bible
Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.
American Standard Version
Princes were hanged up by their hand: The faces of elders were not honored.
The princes were hanged up by their hand: they did not respect the persons of the ancient.
English Revised Version
Princes were hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.
Webster's Bible Translation
Princes were hanged by their hand: the faces of elders were not honored.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The meaning of נתן is more exactly defined by the superadded לשׂבּע לחם, which belongs to both members of the verse. "In order to satisfy ourselves with bread (so as to prolong our lives), we give the hand to Egypt, to Assyria." מצרים and אשּׁוּר are local accusatives. To give the hand is a sign of submission or subjection; see on Jeremiah 50:15. Pareau has correctly given the meaning thus: si victum nobis comparare velimus, vel Judaea nobis relinquenda est atque Aegyptii sunt agnoscendi domini, vel si hic manemus, Chaldaeis victoribus nos subjiciamus necesse est; quocunque nos vertamus, nihil superest nisi tristissima servitus. This complaint shows, moreover, that it is those in Judea who are speaking. נתנּוּ, "we give the hand," shows that the assumption of Thenius, - that the writer here brings to remembrance the fate of two other companies of his fellow-countrymen who were not carried away into exile, - -is an arbitrary insertion. Asshur, as the name of the great Asiatic empire, stands for Babylon, as in Ezra 6:22, cf. Jeremiah 2:18.
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"You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.
I was angry with my people; I profaned my heritage; I gave them into your hand; you showed them no mercy; on the aged you made your yoke exceedingly heavy.
The LORD himself has scattered them; he will regard them no more; no honor was shown to the priests, no favor to the elders.
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