Lamentations 5:9

9 We get our bread at the risk of our lives because of the sword in the desert.

Read Lamentations 5:9 Using Other Translations

We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.
We get our bread at the peril of our lives, because of the sword in the wilderness.
We hunt for food at the risk of our lives, for violence rules the countryside.

What does Lamentations 5:9 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Lamentations 5:9

We gat our bread [with the peril of] our lives
This seems to refer to the time of the siege when they privately went out of the city to get in some provision, but went in danger of their lives: because of the sword of the wilderness:
or, "of the plain" F20; because of the, word of the Chaldean army, which lay in the plain about Jerusalem into whose hand there was danger of falling, and of being cut to pieces.


FOOTNOTES:

F20 (rbdmh brx ynpm) "propter gladium [in] deserto, [sive] plano", Gataker.
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