New American Standard Bible
Because of Mount Zion which lies desolate, Foxes prowl in it.
King James Bible
Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.
Darby Bible Translation
Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate: foxes walk over it.
World English Bible
For the mountain of Zion, which is desolate: The foxes walk on it.
Young's Literal Translation
For the mount of Zion -- that is desolate, Foxes have gone up on it.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The foxes - Or, jackals. As these animals live among ruins, and shun the presence of man, it shows that Zion is laid waste and deserted.
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
Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, "Even what they are building-- if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!"
They will be delivered over to the power of the sword; They will be a prey for foxes.
"So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.
Therefore, on account of you Zion will be plowed as a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins, And the mountain of the temple will become high places of a forest.
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