Lamentations 5:12

12 Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders are shown no respect.

Read Lamentations 5:12 Using Other Translations

Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.
Princes are hung up by their hands; no respect is shown to the elders.
Our princes are being hanged by their thumbs, and our elders are treated with contempt.

What does Lamentations 5:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Lamentations 5:12

Princes are hanged up by their hand
According to some, as Aben Ezra observes, by the hand of the servants before mentioned; however, by the hand of the Chaldeans or Babylonians; see ( Jeremiah 52:10 ) . Some understand it of their own hands, as if they laid violent hands upon themselves, not being able to bear the hardships and disgrace they were subjected to but I should rather think this is to be understood of hanging them, not by the neck, but by the hand, could any instance be given of such a kind of punishment so early used, and by this people; which has been in other nations, and in more modern times: the faces of elders were not honoured;
no reverence or respect were shown to elders in age or office, or on account of either; but were treated with rudeness and contempt.

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