English Standard Version
We get our bread at the peril of our lives, because of the sword in the wilderness.
King James Bible
We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.
American Standard Version
We get our bread at the peril of our lives, Because of the sword of the wilderness.
We fetched our bread at the peril of our lives, because of the sword in the desert.
English Revised Version
We get our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.
Webster's Bible Translation
We procured our bread with the peril of our lives, because of the sword of the wilderness.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
Lamentations 5:3 is very variously interpreted by modern expositors. Ewald and Vaihinger understand "father" as meaning the king, while Thenius refers it specially to Zedekiah; the "mothers," according to Ewald and Vaihinger, are the cities of Judah, while Thenius thinks they are the women of Zedekiah's harem. But to call the women of the royal harem "mothers" of the nation, would be as unexampled as the attribution of the title to the cities of Judah. The second clause, "our mothers are like widows," contains a simile: they are not really widows, but like widows, because they have lost the protection which the mother of a family has in her husband. In like manner, the first clause also is to be understood as a comparison. "We are fatherless orphans," i.e., we are like such, as the Chaldee has paraphrased it. Accordingly, C. B. Michaelis, Pareau, Rosenmller, Kalkschmidt, and Gerlach have rightly explained the words as referring to the custom of the Hebrews: hominies omni modo derelictos omnibusque praesidiis destitutos, pupillos et viduas dicere; cf. Psalm 94:6; Isaiah 1:17; James 1:27.
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Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, swore to them and their men, saying, "Do not be afraid to serve the Chaldeans. Dwell in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you.
"Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink water with trembling and with anxiety.
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