English Standard Version
The crown has fallen from our head; woe to us, for we have sinned!
King James Bible
The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!
American Standard Version
The crown is fallen from our head: Woe unto us! for we have sinned.
The crown is fallen from our head woe to us, because we have sinned.
English Revised Version
The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us! for we have sinned.
Webster's Bible Translation
The crown is fallen from our head: woe to us, that we have sinned!
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The bread which we are thus obliged to struggle for, at the risk of our life, is not even sufficient to allay hunger, which consumes our bodies. נכמר does not mean to be blackened (Chaldee, Kimchi, C. B. Michaelis, Maurer), but in Genesis 43:30; 1 Kings 3:26, and Hosea 11:8, to be stirred up (of the bowels, compassion), hence to kindle, glow. This last meaning is required by the comparison with תּנּוּר, oven, furnace. This comparison does not mean cutis nostra tanquam fornace adusta est (Gesenius in Thes., Kalkschmidt), still less "black as an oven" (Dietrich in Ges. Lex.), because תּנּוּר does not mean the oven viewed in respect of its blackness, but (from נוּר) in respect of the fire burning in it. The meaning is, "our skin glows like a baker's oven" (Vaihinger, Thenius, Ngelsbach, Gerlach), - a strong expression for the fever-heat produced by hunger. As to זלעפות, glowing heat, see on Psalm 11:6.
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is fallen from our head. Heb. of our head is fallen. woe
He has stripped from me my glory and taken the crown from my head.
You have renounced the covenant with your servant; you have defiled his crown in the dust.
for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?
For the look on their faces bears witness against them; they proclaim their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.
Say to the king and the queen mother: "Take a lowly seat, for your beautiful crown has come down from your head."
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