King James Version
Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.
Darby Bible Translation
Our pursuers are on our necks: we are weary, we have no rest.
World English Bible
Our pursuers are on our necks: We are weary, and have no rest.
Young's Literal Translation
For our neck we have been pursued, We have laboured -- there hath been no rest for us.
Lamentations 5:5 Parallel
CommentaryKing James Translators' Notes
Our...: Heb. On our necks are we persecuted
Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.Lamentations 5:5 Parallel Commentaries
The book familiarly known as the Lamentations consists of four elegies (i., ii., iii., iv.) and a prayer (v.). The general theme of the elegies is the sorrow and desolation created by the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.: the last poem (v.) is a prayer for deliverance from the long continued distress. The elegies are all alphabetic, and like most alphabetic poems (cf. Ps. cxix.) are marked by little continuity of thought. The first poem is a lament over Jerusalem, bereft, by the siege, …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it:
And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.
Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.
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