Lamentations 1:19
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New International Version
"I called to my allies but they betrayed me. My priests and my elders perished in the city while they searched for food to keep themselves alive.

New Living Translation
"I begged my allies for help, but they betrayed me. My priests and leaders starved to death in the city, even as they searched for food to save their lives.

English Standard Version
“I called to my lovers, but they deceived me; my priests and elders perished in the city, while they sought food to revive their strength.

New American Standard Bible
"I called to my lovers, but they deceived me; My priests and my elders perished in the city While they sought food to restore their strength themselves.

King James Bible
I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I called to my lovers, but they betrayed me. My priests and elders perished in the city while searching for food to keep themselves alive.

International Standard Version
I called out to my lovers, but they deceived me. My priests and my elders have died within the city while looking for something to eat to keep themselves alive.

NET Bible
I called for my lovers, but they had deceived me. My priests and my elders perished in the city. Truly they had searched for food to keep themselves alive.

New Heart English Bible
I called for my lovers, but they deceived me. My priests and my elders perished in the city, while they searched for food to refresh their souls.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I called for those who love me, but they betrayed me. My priests and leaders breathed their last breath in the city, looking for food to keep themselves alive.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I called for my lovers, But they deceived me; My priests and mine elders Perished in the city, While they sought them food To refresh their souls.

New American Standard 1977
“I called to my lovers, but they deceived me;
            My priests and my elders perished in the city,
            While they sought food to restore their strength themselves.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Koph I called unto my lovers, but they have deceived me; my priests and my elders in the city perished seeking food to maintain their lives.

King James 2000 Bible
I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and my elders died in the city, while they sought their food to relieve their souls.

American King James Version
I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and my elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls.

American Standard Version
I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: My priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, While they sought them food to refresh their souls.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Coph. I called for my friends, but they deceived me: my priests and my ancients pined away in the city: while they sought their food, to relieve their souls.

Darby Bible Translation
I called for my lovers, they have deceived me; my priests and mine elders have expired in the city, while they sought them food to revive their soul.

English Revised Version
I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought them meat to refresh their souls.

Webster's Bible Translation
I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and my elders resigned their breath in the city, while they sought their food to relieve their souls.

World English Bible
I called for my lovers, [but] they deceived me: My priests and my elders gave up the spirit in the city, While they sought them food to refresh their souls.

Young's Literal Translation
I called for my lovers, they -- they have deceived me, My priests and my elders in the city have expired; When they have sought food for themselves, Then they give back their soul.
Study Bible
How Lonely Lies the City
18"The LORD is righteous; For I have rebelled against His command; Hear now, all peoples, And behold my pain; My virgins and my young men Have gone into captivity. 19"I called to my lovers, but they deceived me; My priests and my elders perished in the city While they sought food to restore their strength themselves. 20"See, O LORD, for I am in distress; My spirit is greatly troubled; My heart is overturned within me, For I have been very rebellious. In the street the sword slays; In the house it is like death.…
Cross References
Job 19:13
"He has removed my brothers far from me, And my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.

Jeremiah 4:30
And you, O desolate one, what will you do? Although you dress in scarlet, Although you decorate yourself with ornaments of gold, Although you enlarge your eyes with paint, In vain you make yourself beautiful. Your lovers despise you; They seek your life.

Jeremiah 14:15
"Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who are prophesying in My name, although it was not I who sent them-- yet they keep saying, 'There will be no sword or famine in this land '-- by sword and famine those prophets shall meet their end!

Lamentations 1:2
She weeps bitterly in the night And her tears are on her cheeks; She has none to comfort her Among all her lovers. All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; They have become her enemies.

Lamentations 1:11
All her people groan seeking bread; They have given their precious things for food To restore their lives themselves. "See, O LORD, and look, For I am despised."

Lamentations 2:20
See, O LORD, and look! With whom have You dealt thus? Should women eat their offspring, The little ones who were born healthy? Should priest and prophet be slain In the sanctuary of the Lord?
Treasury of Scripture

I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and my elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls.

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Lamentations 1:2 She weeps sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among …

Lamentations 4:17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching …

Job 19:13-19 He has put my brothers far from me, and my acquaintance are truly …

Jeremiah 2:28 But where are your gods that you have made you? let them arise, if …

Jeremiah 30:14 All your lovers have forgotten you; they seek you not; for I have …

Jeremiah 37:7-9 Thus said the LORD, the God of Israel; Thus shall you say to the …

my priests

Lamentations 1:11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant …

Lamentations 2:20 Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom you have done this. Shall the …

Lamentations 4:7-9 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they …

Lamentations 5:12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honored.

Jeremiah 14:15-18 Therefore thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy …

Jeremiah 23:11-15 For both prophet and priest are profane; yes, in my house have I …

Jeremiah 27:13-15 Why will you die, you and your people, by the sword, by the famine, …

(19) I called for.--Better, to. The "lovers," as in Lamentations 1:2, are the former allies of Judah.

My priests and mine elders.--The pressure of the famine of the besieged city is emphasised by the fact that even these, the honoured guides of the people, had died of hunger. On the phrase that follows, see Lamentations 1:11. A conjectural addition, at the end of the verse, "and found not," is supplied in the LXX and Syriac versions; but rhetorically there is more force in the aposiopesis, the suggestive silence, of the Hebrew.

Verse 19. - For my lovers; render, to my lovers (see on ver. 2). I called for my lovers, but they deceived me,.... Either her idols, with whom she had committed spiritual adultery, that is, idolatry; but these could not answer her expectations, and help her: or the Egyptians, that courted her friendship, and with whom she was in alliance, and in whom she trusted; and these, in the times of her distress, she called upon to make good their engagements, but they disappointed her, and stood not to their covenant and promises, but left her to stand and fall by herself; this Jerusalem said, according to the Targum, when she was delivered into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar; but these words, "they deceived me", it makes to be the Romans, that came with Titus and Vespasian, and built bulwarks against Jerusalem:

my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city; or died in the city of Jerusalem; not by the sword of the enemy, but through famine; and so, in the Arabic language, the word (i) signifies to labour under famine, and want of food, and perish through it; and if this was the case of their priests that officiated in holy things, and of their elders or civil magistrates, what must be the case of the common people?

while they sought their meat to relieve their souls; or "fetch (k) them back"; which were just fainting and dying away through hunger; and who did expire while they were begging their bread, or inquiring in one place after another where they could get any, either freely or for money.

(i) "esurivit et fame ac inedia laboravit", Golius, col. 556. (k) "et reducerent animam suam", Montanus. 19. lovers—(La 1:2; Jer 30:14).

elders—in dignity, not merely age.

sought … meat—Their dignity did not exempt them from having to go and seek bread (La 1:11).

Resh.1:12-22 Jerusalem, sitting dejected on the ground, calls on those that passed by, to consider whether her example did not concern them. Her outward sufferings were great, but her inward sufferings were harder to bear, through the sense of guilt. Sorrow for sin must be great sorrow, and must affect the soul. Here we see the evil of sin, and may take warning to flee from the wrath to come. Whatever may be learned from the sufferings of Jerusalem, far more may be learned from the sufferings of Christ. Does he not from the cross speak to every one of us? Does he not say, Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Let all our sorrows lead us to the cross of Christ, lead us to mark his example, and cheerfully to follow him.
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