New American Standard Bible
Slaves rule over us; There is no one to deliver us from their hand.
King James Bible
Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.
Darby Bible Translation
Bondmen rule over us: there is no deliverer out of their hand.
World English Bible
Servants rule over us: There is none to deliver us out of their hand.
Young's Literal Translation
Servants have ruled over us, A deliverer there is none from their hand.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Servants - i. e. Slaves. A terrible degradation to a high-spirited Jew.
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
But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people and took from them bread and wine besides forty shekels of silver; even their servants domineered the people. But I did not do so because of the fear of God.
Or he will tear my soul like a lion, Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.
"For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of the land," declares the LORD; "but behold, I will cause the men to fall, each into another's power and into the power of his king; and they will strike the land, and I will not deliver them from their power."
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