Lamentations 5:13
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New American Standard Bible
Young men worked at the grinding mill, And youths stumbled under loads of wood.

King James Bible
They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

Darby Bible Translation
The young men have borne the mill, and the youths have stumbled under the wood.

World English Bible
The young men bare the mill; The children stumbled under the wood.

Young's Literal Translation
Young men to grind they have taken, And youths with wood have stumbled.

Lamentations 5:13 Parallel
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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

They took the young men to grind - Or, "The young men" have borne the mill, a menial and laborious task usually performed by slaves (compare Isaiah 47:2).

The children fell under the wood - Or, lads have stumbled under burdens of wood. By lads are meant youths up to the age of military service; another form of menial labor.

Lamentations 5:13 Parallel Commentaries

Library
Lamentations
The book familiarly known as the Lamentations consists of four elegies[1] (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[2] 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

Cross References
Judges 16:21
Then the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze chains, and he was a grinder in the prison.

Jeremiah 7:18
"The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods in order to spite Me.

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