New American Standard Bible
The crown has fallen from our head; Woe to us, for we have sinned!
King James Bible
The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!
Darby Bible Translation
The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, for we have sinned!
World English Bible
The crown is fallen from our head: Woe to us! for we have sinned.
Young's Literal Translation
Fallen hath the crown from our head, Woe is now to us, for we have sinned.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Literally, "The crown of our head is fallen," i. e. what was our chief ornament and dignity is lost; the independence of the nation, and all that gave them rank and honor.
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
"He has stripped my honor from me And removed the crown from my head.
You have spurned the covenant of Your servant; You have profaned his crown in the dust.
For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations.
The expression of their faces bears witness against them, And they display their sin like Sodom; They do not even conceal it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.
Say to the king and the queen mother, "Take a lowly seat, For your beautiful crown Has come down from your head."
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