New American Standard Bible
We get our bread at the risk of our lives Because of the sword in the wilderness.
King James Bible
We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.
Darby Bible Translation
We have to get our bread at the risk of our lives, because of the sword of the wilderness.
World English Bible
We get our bread at the peril of our lives, Because of the sword of the wilderness.
Young's Literal Translation
With our lives we bring in our bread, Because of the sword of the wilderness.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
We gat - Or, We get "our bread at the peril of our lives." This verse apparently refers to those who were left in the land, and who in gathering in such fruits as remained, were exposed to incursions of the Bedouin, here called "the sword of the desert."
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
Then Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, swore to them and to their men, saying, "Do not be afraid of serving the Chaldeans; stay in the land and serve the king of Babylon, that it may go well with you.
"Son of man, eat your bread with trembling and drink your water with quivering and anxiety.
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