New American Standard Bible
Princes were hung by their hands; Elders were not respected.
King James Bible
Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.
Darby Bible Translation
Princes were hanged up by their hand; the faces of elders were not honoured.
World English Bible
Princes were hanged up by their hand: The faces of elders were not honored.
Young's Literal Translation
Princes by their hand have been hanged, The faces of elders have not been honoured.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Laid the yoke - The yoke in the Bible is an emblem of slavery or bondage Leviticus 26:13; Deuteronomy 28:48; of afflictions and crosses Lamentations 3:27; of punishment for sin Lamentations 1:14; of God's commandments Matthew 11:29-30. Here it refers to the bondage and affliction which they experienced in Babylon.
Lamentations 5:12After the princes had been put to death their bodies were hung up by the hand to expose them to public contumely. Old age, again, no more availed to shield men from shameful treatment than the high rank of the princes. Such treatment of conquered enemies was not uncommon in ancient warfare.
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
'You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the LORD.
"I was angry with My people, I profaned My heritage And gave them into your hand. You did not show mercy to them, On the aged you made your yoke very heavy.
The presence of the LORD has scattered them, He will not continue to regard them; They did not honor the priests, They did not favor the elders.
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