Lamentations 5:7

7 Our ancestors sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment.

Lamentations 5:7 in Other Translations

7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.
7 Our fathers sinned, and are no more; and we bear their iniquities.
7 Our ancestors sinned, but they have died— and we are suffering the punishment they deserved!
7 Our parents sinned and are no more, and now we're paying for the wrongs they did.
7 Our fathers sinned; they no longer exist, but we bear their punishment.

Lamentations 5:7 Meaning and Commentary

Lamentations 5:7

Our fathers have sinned, [and are] not
In the world, as the Targum adds; they were in being, but not on earth; they were departed from hence, and gone into another world; and so were free from the miseries and calamities their children were attended with, and therefore more happy: and we have borne their iniquities;
the punishment of them, or chastisement for them: this is not said by way of complaint, much less as charging God with injustice, in punishing them for their fathers' sins, or to excuse theirs; for they were ready to own that they had consented to them, and were guilty of the same; but to obtain mercy and pity at the hands of God.

Lamentations 5:7 In-Context

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.
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.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Jeremiah 31:29
  • 2. Jeremiah 14:20; Jeremiah 16:12
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