Lamentations 5:4

4 We must buy the water we drink; our wood can be had only at a price.

Read Lamentations 5:4 Using Other Translations

We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.
We must pay for the water we drink; the wood we get must be bought.
We have to pay for water to drink, and even firewood is expensive.

What does Lamentations 5:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Lamentations 5:4

We have drunken our water for money
They who in their own land, which was a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths, had wells of water of their own, and water freely and in abundance, now were obliged to pay for it, for drink, and other uses: our wood is sold unto us;
or, "comes to us by a price" F18; and a dear one; in their own land they could have wood out of the forest, for cutting down and bringing home; but now they were forced to give a large price for it.


F18 (waby ryxmb) "in pretio venerunt", Pagninus, Montanus; "caro nobis pretio veniunt", Michaelis.
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