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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Lamentations 2:20


    CHAPTERS: Lamentations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5     

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    King James Bible - Lamentations 2:20

    Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?

    World English Bible

    Look, Yahweh, and see to whom you have done thus! Shall the
    women eat their fruit, the children that are dandled in the hands? Shall the priest and the prophet be killed in the sanctuary of the Lord?

    Douay-Rheims - Lamentations 2:20

    Res. Behold, O Lord, and consider whom thou hast thus dealt with: shall
    women then eat their own fruit, their children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord ?

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the
    women eat their fruit, children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?

    Original Hebrew

    ראה
    7200 יהוה 3068 והביטה 5027 למי 4310 עוללת 5953 כה 3541 אם 518 תאכלנה 398 נשׁים 802 פרים 6529 עללי 5768 טפחים 2949 אם 518 יהרג 2026 במקדשׁ 4720 אדני 136 כהן 3548 ונביא׃ 5030

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (20) -
    De 28:50 Jos 6:21 1Sa 15:3 2Ch 36:17 Es 3:13 Jer 51:22

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 2:20

    Resh : Mira, oh SEÑOR, y considera a quién has vendimiado así. ¿Han de comer las mujeres su fruto, los pequeñitos de sus crías? ¿Han de ser muertos en el Santuario del Señor el sacerdote y el profeta?

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Lamentations 2:20

    Verse 20. Consider to whom thou hast done this] Perhaps the
    best sense of this difficult verse is this: "Thou art our Father, we are thy children; wilt thou destroy thy own offspring? Was it ever heard that a mother devoured her own child, a helpless infant of a span long?" That it was foretold that there should be such distress in the siege, - that mothers should be obliged to eat their own children, is evident enough from Lev. xxvi. 29; Deuteronomy xxviii. 53, 56, 57; but the former view of the subject seems the most natural and is best supported by the context.

    The priest and the prophet are slain; the young and old lie on the ground in the streets; the virgins and young men are fallen by the sword. "THOU hast slain them in the day of thine anger; THOU hast killed, and not pitied." See chap. iv. 10.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 20. Behold, O Lord, and consider to whom thou hast done this , etc.] On whom thou hast brought these calamities of famine and sword; not upon thine enemies, but upon thine own people, that are called by thy name, and upon theirs, their young ones, who had not sinned as their fathers had: here the church does not charge God with any injustice, or complain of hard usage; only humbly entreats he would look upon her, in her misery, with an eye of pity and compassion; and consider her sorrowful condition; and remember the relation she stood in to him; and so submits her case, and leaves it with him. These words seem to be suggested to the church by the prophet, as what might be proper for her to use, when praying for the life of her young children; and might be introduced by supplying the word “saying” before “behold, O Lord”, etc. shall the women eat their fruit ; their children, the fruit of their womb, as the Targum; their newborn babes, that hung at their breasts, and were carried in their arms; it seems they did, as was threatened they should, ( Leviticus 26:29 Deuteronomy 28:57); and so they did at the siege of Samaria, and at the siege of Jerusalem, both by the Chaldeans and the Romans: [and] children of a span long ? or of a hand’s breadth; the breadth of the palms of the hand, denoting very little ones: or “children handled”, or “swaddled with the hands” f51 ; of their parents, who are used to stroke the limbs of their babes, to bring them to; and keep them in right form and shape, and swaddle them with swaddling bands in a proper manner; (see Lamentations 2:22); and so the Targum, “desirable children, who are wrapped in fine linen.”

    Jarchi interprets it of Doeg Ben Joseph, whom his mother slew, and ate: shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord ? as very probably some were, who fled thither for safety when the city was broken up; but were not spared by the merciless Chaldeans, who had no regard to their office and character; nor is it any wonder they should not, when the Jews themselves slew Zechariah, a priest and prophet, between the porch and the altar; of whom the Targum here makes mention; and to whom Jarchi applies these words.


    Matthew Henry Commentary
    Lamentation for the misery of
    Jerusalem.

    Lam. 2:1-9 A sad representation is here made of the state of God' church, of Jacob and Israel; but the notice seems mostly to refer to the hand of the Lord in their calamities. Yet God is not an enemy to his people, when he is angry with them and corrects them. And gates an bars stand in no stead when God withdraws his protection. It is jus with God to cast down those by judgments, who debase themselves by sin and to deprive those of the benefit and comfort of sabbaths an ordinances, who have not duly valued nor observed them. What shoul they do with Bibles, who make no improvement of them? Those who misus God's prophets, justly lose them. It becomes necessary, though painful to turn the thoughts of the afflicted to the hand of God lifted u against them, and to their sins as the source of their miseries.

    Lam. 2:10-22 Causes for lamentation are described. Multitudes perishe by famine. Even little children were slain by their mother's hands, an eaten, according to the threatening, Deut. 28:53. Multitudes fell by the sword. Their false prophets deceived them. And their neighbour laughed at them. It is a great sin to jest at others' miseries, an adds much affliction to the afflicted. Their enemies triumphed ove them. The enemies of the church are apt to take its shocks for it ruins; but they will find themselves deceived. Calls to lamentation ar given; and comforts for the cure of these lamentations are sought Prayer is a salve for every sore, even the sorest; a remedy for ever malady, even the most grievous. Our business in prayer is to refer ou case to the Lord, and leave it with him. His will be done. Let us fea God, and walk humbly before him, and take heed lest we fall __________________________________________________________________


    Original Hebrew

    ראה 7200 יהוה 3068 והביטה 5027 למי 4310 עוללת 5953 כה 3541 אם 518 תאכלנה 398 נשׁים 802 פרים 6529 עללי 5768 טפחים 2949 אם 518 יהרג 2026 במקדשׁ 4720 אדני 136 כהן 3548 ונביא׃ 5030


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