Lamentations 5:13
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English Standard Version
Young men are compelled to grind at the mill, and boys stagger under loads of wood.

King James Bible
They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

American Standard Version
The young men bare the mill; And the children stumbled under the wood.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They abused the young men indecently: and the children fell under the wood.

English Revised Version
The young men bare the mill, and the children stumbled under the wood.

Webster's Bible Translation
They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"We suffer more than we are guilty of; we are compelled to bear the iniquities of our fathers," i.e., to atone for their guilt. There is a great truth contained in the words, "Our fathers have sinned; they are no more; we bear their iniquities (or guilt)." For the fall of the kingdom had not been brought about by the guilt of that generation merely, and of none before; it was due also to the sins of their fathers before them, in previous generations. The same truth is likewise expressed in Jeremiah 16:11; Jeremiah 32:18; and in 2 Kings 23:26 it is stated that God did not cease from His great wrath because of the sins of Manasseh. But this truth would be perverted into error, if we were to understand the words as intimating that the speakers had considered themselves innocent. This false view, however, they themselves opposed with the confession in Lamentations 5:16, "for we have sinned;" thereby they point out their own sins as the cause of their misfortune. If we compare this confession with the verse now before us, this can only mean the following: "The misfortune we suffer has not been incurred by ourselves alone, but we are compelled to atone for the sins of our fathers also." In the same way, too, Jeremiah (Jeremiah 16:11) threatens the infliction of a penal judgment, not merely "because your fathers have forsaken me (the Lord)," but he also adds, "and ye do still worse than your fathers." God does not punish the sins of the fathers in innocent children, but in children who continue the sins of the fathers; cf. Isaiah 65:7, and the explanation given of Jeremiah 31:29 and Ezekiel 18:2. The design with which the suffering for the sins of the fathers is brought forward so prominently, and with such feeling, is merely to excite the divine compassion for those who are thus chastised.

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Exodus 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sits on his throne...

Judges 16:21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass...

Job 31:10 Then let my wife grind to another, and let others bow down on her.

Isaiah 47:2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover your locks, make bore the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.


Exodus 1:11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities...

Exodus 2:11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brothers, and looked on their burdens...

Exodus 23:5 If you see the donkey of him that hates you lying under his burden, and would forbear to help him, you shall surely help with him.

Nehemiah 5:1-5 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brothers the Jews...

Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free...

Matthew 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders...

Cross References
Judges 16:21
And the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles. And he ground at the mill in the prison.

Jeremiah 7:18
The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger.

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