Lamentations 1:20

20 “See, LORD, how distressed I am! I am in torment within, and in my heart I am disturbed, for I have been most rebellious. Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death.

Read Lamentations 1:20 Using Other Translations

Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.
"Look, O LORD, for I am in distress; my stomach churns; my heart is wrung within me, because I have been very rebellious. In the street the sword bereaves; in the house it is like death.
“ LORD, see my anguish! My heart is broken and my soul despairs, for I have rebelled against you. In the streets the sword kills, and at home there is only death.

What does Lamentations 1:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Lamentations 1:20

Behold, O Lord, for I [am] in distress
Thus she turns from one to another; sometimes she addresses strangers, people that pass by; sometimes she calls to her lovers; and at other times to God, which is best of all, to have pity and compassion on her in her distress; and from whom it may be most expected, who is a God of grace and mercy: my bowels are troubled;
as the sea, agitated by winds, which casts up mire and dirt; or as any waters, moved by anything whatsoever, become thick and muddy; or like wine in fermentation; so the word <arabic> F12, in the Arabic language, signifies, expressive of great disturbance, confusion, and uneasiness: mine heart is turned within me;
has no rest nor peace: for I have grievously rebelled;
against God and his word; her sins were greatly aggravated, and these lay heavy on her mind and conscience, and greatly distressed her: abroad the sword bereaveth;
this, and what follows in the next clause, describe the state and condition of the Jews, while the city was besieged; without it, the sword of the Chaldeans bereaved mothers of their children, and children of their parents, and left them desolate: at home [there is] as death;
within the city, and in the houses of it, the famine raged, which was as death, and worse than immediate death; it was a lingering one: or, "in the house [was] certain death" F13; for the "caph" here is not a mere note of similitude, but of certainty and reality; to abide at home was sure and certain death, nothing else could be expected. The Targum is

``within the famine kills like the destroying angel that is appointed over death;''
see ( Hebrews 2:14 ) ; and Jarchi interprets it of the fear of demons and noxious spirits, and the angels of death.
FOOTNOTES:

F12 <arabic> "fermentavit, commiscuit, alteravit, turbavique [mentem]", Castel. col. 1294.
F13 (twmk tybb) "in domo mors ipsa", Munster; "plane mors"; Junius & Tremellius.
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