Lamentations 5:5

5 Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary and find no rest.

Lamentations 5:5 in Other Translations

5 Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.
5 Our pursuers are at our necks; we are weary; we are given no rest.
5 Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are exhausted but are given no rest.
5 We're nothing but slaves, bullied and bowed, worn out and without any rest.
5 We are closely pursued; we are tired, and no one offers us rest.

Lamentations 5:5 Meaning and Commentary

Lamentations 5:5

Our necks [are] under persecution
A yoke of hard servitude and bondage was put upon their necks, as Jarchi interprets it; which they were forced to submit unto: or, "upon our necks we are pursued" F19; or, "suffer persecution": which Aben Ezra explains thus, in connection with the ( Lamentations 5:4 ) ; if we carry water or wood upon our necks, the enemy pursues us; that is, to take it away from us. The Targum relates a fable here, that when Nebuchadnezzar saw the ungodly rulers of the children of Israel, who went empty, he ordered to sow up the books of the law, and make bags or wallets of them, and fill them with the stones on the banks of the Euphrates, and loaded them on their necks: we labour, [and] have no rest;
night nor day, nor even on sabbath days; obliged to work continually till they were weary; and, when they were, were not allowed time to rest themselves, like their forefathers in Egypt.


F19 (wnpdrn wnrawu le) "super colla nostra persecutionem passi sumus", Pagninus, Montanus, Calvin; "vel patimur", Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.

Lamentations 5:5 In-Context

3 We have become fatherless, our mothers are widows.
4 We must buy the water we drink; our wood can be had only at a price.
5 Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary and find no rest.
6 We submitted to Egypt and Assyria to get enough bread.
7 Our ancestors sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Nehemiah 9:37; Isaiah 47:6
  • 2. S Joshua 1:13
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