Lamentations 5:10

10 Our skin is hot as an oven, feverish from hunger.

Lamentations 5:10 in Other Translations

10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.
10 Our skin is hot as an oven with the burning heat of famine.
10 The famine has blackened our skin as though baked in an oven.
10 Our skin has turned black as an oven, dried out like old leather from the famine.
10 Our skin is as hot as an oven from the ravages of hunger.

Lamentations 5:10 Meaning and Commentary

Lamentations 5:10

Our skin was black like an oven, because of the terrible
] Or "terrors [and horrors of] famine"; which are very dreadful and distressing: or, "the storms of famine"; see ( Psalms 11:6 ) ( 119:53 ) ; or, "burning winds" F21; such as are frequent in Africa and Asia; to which the famine is compared that was in Jerusalem, at the siege of it, both by the Chaldeans and Romans; and as an oven, furnace, or chimney becomes black by the smoke of the fire burnt in it, or under it; so the skins of the Jews became black through these burning winds and storms, or burnings of famine; see ( Lamentations 4:8 ) . So Jarchi says the word has the signification of "burning"; for famine as it were burns up the bodies of men when most vehement.


F21 (ber twpelz) "horrorum famis", Montanus; "terrores, [vel] tremores", Vatablus; "procellas famis", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "exustiones", Pagninus, Calvin; "adustiones famis", Stockius, p. 281.

Lamentations 5:10 In-Context

8 Slaves rule over us, and there is no one to free us from their hands.
9 We get our bread at the risk of our lives because of the sword in the desert.
10 Our skin is hot as an oven, feverish from hunger.
11 Women have been violated in Zion, and virgins in the towns of Judah.
12 Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders are shown no respect.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Job 30:30; S Lamentations 4:8-9
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