Lamentations 5:3

3 We have become fatherless, our mothers are widows.

Read Lamentations 5:3 Using Other Translations

We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.
We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are like widows.
We are orphaned and fatherless. Our mothers are widowed.

What does Lamentations 5:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Lamentations 5:3

We are orphans and fatherless
In every sense; in a natural sense, their fathers having been cut off by the sword, famine, or pestilence; in a civil sense, their king being taken from them; and in a religious sense, God having forsaken them for their sins: our mothers [are] as widows;
either really so, their husbands being dead; or were as if they had no husbands, they not being able to provide for them, protect and deferred them. The Targum adds,

``whose husbands are gone to the cities of the sea, and it is doubtful whether they are alive.''
Some understand this politically, of their cities being desolate and defenceless.
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