Lamentations 4:4
New International Version
Because of thirst the infant’s tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth; the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them.

New Living Translation
The parched tongues of their little ones stick to the roofs of their mouths in thirst. The children cry for bread, but no one has any to give them.

English Standard Version
The tongue of the nursing infant sticks to the roof of its mouth for thirst; the children beg for food, but no one gives to them.

Berean Study Bible
The nursing infant’s tongue clings in thirst to the roof of his mouth. Little children beg for bread, but no one gives them any.

King James Bible
The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.

New King James Version
The tongue of the infant clings To the roof of its mouth for thirst; The young children ask for bread, But no one breaks it for them.

New American Standard Bible
The tongue of the infant clings To the roof of its mouth because of thirst; The children ask for bread, But no one breaks it for them.

NASB 1995
The tongue of the infant cleaves To the roof of its mouth because of thirst; The little ones ask for bread, But no one breaks it for them.

NASB 1977
The tongue of the infant cleaves To the roof of its mouth because of thirst; The little ones ask for bread, But no one breaks it for them.

Amplified Bible
The tongue of the infant clings To the roof of its mouth because of thirst; The little ones ask for food, But no one gives it to them.

Christian Standard Bible
The nursing baby’s tongue clings to the roof of his mouth from thirst. Infants beg for food, but no one gives them any.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The nursing infant’s tongue clings to the roof of his mouth from thirst. Little children beg for bread, but no one gives them any.

American Standard Version
The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: The young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Daleth The tongue of the infant is stuck to the roof of his palate in thirst. Children asked for bread and there is none who breaks bread, giving it to them

Brenton Septuagint Translation
DALETH. The tongue of the sucking child cleaves to the roof of its mouth for thirst: the little children ask for bread, and there is none to break it to them.

Contemporary English Version
Babies are so thirsty that their tongues are stuck to the roof of the mouth. Children go begging for food, but no one gives them any.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Daleth. The tongue of the sucking child hath stuck to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the little ones have asked for bread, and there was none to break it unto them.

English Revised Version
The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.

Good News Translation
They let their babies die of hunger and thirst; children are begging for food that no one will give them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The tongues of nursing infants stick to the roofs of their mouths because of their thirst. Little children beg for bread, but no one will break off a piece for them.

International Standard Version
The nursing child's tongue cleaves to its palate from thirst. Young children beg for bread, but no one gives them any.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth To the roof of his mouth for thirst; The young children ask bread, And none breaketh it unto them.

Literal Standard Version
The tongue of a suckling has cleaved to his palate with thirst, Infants asked for bread, they have no dealer [of it] out.

NET Bible
The infant's tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth due to thirst; little children beg for bread, but no one gives them even a morsel.

New Heart English Bible
The nursing infant's tongue sticks to the roof of his mouth for thirst. The young children ask for bread, but no one gives to them.

World English Bible
The tongue of the nursing child clings to the roof of his mouth for thirst: The young children ask bread, and no man breaks it to them.

Young's Literal Translation
Cleaved hath the tongue of a suckling unto his palate with thirst, Infants asked bread, a dealer out they have none.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Distress of Zion
3Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but the daughter of my people has become cruel, like an ostrich in the wilderness. 4The nursing infant’s tongue clings in thirst to the roof of his mouth. Little children beg for bread, but no one gives them any. 5Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets; those brought up in crimson huddle in ash heaps.…

Cross References
Luke 10:11
Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off as a testimony against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.'

Deuteronomy 28:48
you will serve your enemies the LORD will send against you in famine, thirst, nakedness, and destitution. He will place an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you.

Psalm 22:15
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You lay me in the dust of death.

Jeremiah 14:3
The nobles send their servants for water; they go to the cisterns, but find no water; their jars return empty. They are ashamed and humiliated; they cover their heads.

Lamentations 2:12
They cry out to their mothers: "Where is the grain and wine?" as they faint like the wounded in the streets of the city, as their lives fade away in the arms of their mothers.


Treasury of Scripture

The tongue of the sucking child sticks to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaks it to them.

tongue

Psalm 22:15
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

Psalm 137:6
If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

the young

Lamentations 1:11
All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile.

Lamentations 2:11,12
Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city…

Deuteronomy 32:24
They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.









Verse 4. - Breaketh it unto them. The Jewish bread, consisting of round or oval cakes (comp. 1 Kings 19:6).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The nursing infant’s
יוֹנֵ֛ק (yō·w·nêq)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3243: To suck, to give milk

tongue
לְשׁ֥וֹן (lə·šō·wn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 3956: The tongue

clings
דָּבַ֨ק (dā·ḇaq)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1692: To impinge, cling, adhere, to catch by pursuit

in thirst
בַּצָּמָ֑א (baṣ·ṣā·mā)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6772: Thirst

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the roof of his mouth.
חכּ֖וֹ‪‬‪‬‪‬ (ḥik·kōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2441: Palate, roof of the mouth, gums

Little children
עֽוֹלָלִים֙ (‘ō·w·lā·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5768: A suckling

beg for
שָׁ֣אֲלוּ (šā·’ă·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7592: To inquire, to request, to demand

bread,
לֶ֔חֶם (le·ḥem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3899: Food, bread, grain

but no
אֵ֥ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

one gives them any.
פֹּרֵ֖שׂ (pō·rêś)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 6566: To break apart, disperse


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