|English Standard Version (© 2001)|
We have given the hand to Egypt, and to Assyria, to get bread enough.
King James Bible
We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
American Standard Version
We have given the hand to the Egyptians, And to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
Young's Literal Translation
To Egypt we have given a hand, To Asshur, to be satisfied with bread.
Lamentations 5:6 Additional TranslationsKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The meaning of נתן is more exactly defined by the superadded לשׂבּע לחם, which belongs to both members of the verse. "In order to satisfy ourselves with bread (so as to prolong our lives), we give the hand to Egypt, to Assyria." מצרים and אשּׁוּר are local accusatives. To give the hand is a sign of submission or subjection; see on Jeremiah 50:15. Pareau has correctly given the meaning thus: si victum nobis comparare velimus, vel Judaea nobis relinquenda est atque Aegyptii sunt agnoscendi domini, vel si hic manemus, Chaldaeis victoribus nos subjiciamus necesse est; quocunque nos vertamus, nihil superest nisi tristissima servitus. This complaint shows, moreover, that it is those in Judea who are speaking. נתנּוּ, "we give the hand," shows that the assumption of Thenius, - that the writer here brings to remembrance the fate of two other companies of his fellow-countrymen who were not carried away into exile, - -is an arbitrary insertion. Asshur, as the name of the great Asiatic empire, stands for Babylon, as in Ezra 6:22, cf. Jeremiah 2:18.
Lamentations 5:6 Parallel CommentariesAsshur Assyria Assyrians Bread Egypt Egyptians Enough Hand Hands Satisfied SubmittedAsshur Assyria Assyrians Bread Egypt Egyptians Enough Hand Hands Satisfied SubmittedThe ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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Jeremiah 50:15 Raise a shout against her all around; she has surrendered; her bulwarks have fallen; her walls are thrown down. For this is the vengeance of the LORD: take vengeance on her; do to her as she has done.
Hosea 9:3 They shall not remain in the land of the LORD, but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean food in Assyria.
Hosea 12:1 Ephraim feeds on the wind and pursues the east wind all day long; they multiply falsehood and violence; they make a covenant with Assyria, and oil is carried to Egypt.