Lamentations 1:9
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New International Version
Her filthiness clung to her skirts; she did not consider her future. Her fall was astounding; there was none to comfort her. "Look, LORD, on my affliction, for the enemy has triumphed."

New Living Translation
She defiled herself with immorality and gave no thought to her future. Now she lies in the gutter with no one to lift her out. "LORD, see my misery," she cries. "The enemy has triumphed."

English Standard Version
Her uncleanness was in her skirts; she took no thought of her future; therefore her fall is terrible; she has no comforter. “O LORD, behold my affliction, for the enemy has triumphed!”

New American Standard Bible
Her uncleanness was in her skirts; She did not consider her future. Therefore she has fallen astonishingly; She has no comforter. "See, O LORD, my affliction, For the enemy has magnified himself!"

King James Bible
Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Her uncleanness stains her skirts. She never considered her end. Her downfall was astonishing; there was no one to comfort her. LORD, look on my affliction, for the enemy triumphs!

International Standard Version
Uncleanness has soiled her skirts, and she gave no thought to what would follow. She fell in such a startling way, with no one to comfort her. Look, LORD, upon my affliction, because my enemy is boasting.

NET Bible
Her menstrual flow has soiled her clothing; she did not consider the consequences of her sin. Her demise was astonishing, and there was no one to comfort her. She cried, "Look, O LORD, on my affliction because my enemy boasts!"

New Heart English Bible
Her filthiness was in her skirts; she did not remember her latter end; therefore her fall was astonishing; she has no comforter. "Look, LORD, on my affliction, for the enemy has magnified himself."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jerusalem's own filth [covers] its clothes. It gave no thought to its future. Its downfall was shocking. No one offers it comfort. 'O LORD, look at my suffering, because my enemies have triumphed.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
Her filthiness was in her skirts, She was not mindful of her end; Therefore is she come down wonderfully, She hath no comforter. 'Behold, O LORD, my affliction, For the enemy hath magnified himself.'

New American Standard 1977
Her uncleanness was in her skirts;
            She did not consider her future;
            Therefore she has fallen astonishingly;
            She has no comforter.
            “See, O LORD, my affliction,
            For the enemy has magnified himself!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Teth Her filthiness is in her skirts; she did not remember her latter end; therefore she came down surprisingly; she has no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction, for the enemy has magnified himself.

King James 2000 Bible
Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembers not her latter end; therefore she came down awesomely: she had no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy has magnified himself.

American King James Version
Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembers not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy has magnified himself.

American Standard Version
Her filthiness was in her skirts; she remembered not her latter end; Therefore is she come down wonderfully; she hath no comforter: Behold, O Jehovah, my affliction; for the enemy hath magnified himself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Teth. Her filthiness is on her feet, and she hath not remembered her end: she is wonderfully cast down, not having a comforter: behold, O Lord, my affliction, because the enemy is lifted up.

Darby Bible Translation
Her impurity was in her skirts, she remembered not her latter end; and she came down wonderfully: she hath no comforter. Jehovah, behold my affliction; for the enemy hath magnified himself.

English Revised Version
Her filthiness was in her skirts; she remembered not her latter end; therefore is she come down wonderfully; she hath no comforter: behold, O LORD, my affliction; for the enemy hath magnified himself.

Webster's Bible Translation
Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she hath been wonderfully abased: she had no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself.

World English Bible
Her filthiness was in her skirts; she didn't remember her latter end; therefore is she come down wonderfully; she has no comforter: see, Yahweh, my affliction; for the enemy has magnified himself.

Young's Literal Translation
Her uncleanness is in her skirts, She hath not remembered her latter end, And she cometh down wonderfully, There is no comforter for her. See, O Jehovah, mine affliction, For exerted himself hath an enemy.
Study Bible
How Lonely Lies the City
8Jerusalem sinned greatly, Therefore she has become an unclean thing. All who honored her despise her Because they have seen her nakedness; Even she herself groans and turns away. 9Her uncleanness was in her skirts; She did not consider her future. Therefore she has fallen astonishingly; She has no comforter. "See, O LORD, my affliction, For the enemy has magnified himself!" 10The adversary has stretched out his hand Over all her precious things, For she has seen the nations enter her sanctuary, The ones whom You commanded That they should not enter into Your congregation.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:29
"Would that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would discern their future!

Psalm 25:18
Look upon my affliction and my trouble, And forgive all my sins.

Psalm 74:23
Do not forget the voice of Your adversaries, The uproar of those who rise against You which ascends continually.

Psalm 119:153
Look upon my affliction and rescue me, For I do not forget Your law.

Ecclesiastes 4:1
Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.

Isaiah 3:8
For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, Because their speech and their actions are against the LORD, To rebel against His glorious presence.

Isaiah 47:7
"Yet you said, 'I will be a queen forever.' These things you did not consider Nor remember the outcome of them.

Jeremiah 2:34
"Also on your skirts is found The lifeblood of the innocent poor; You did not find them breaking in. But in spite of all these things,

Jeremiah 13:17
But if you will not listen to it, My soul will sob in secret for such pride; And my eyes will bitterly weep And flow down with tears, Because the flock of the LORD has been taken captive.

Jeremiah 13:18
Say to the king and the queen mother, "Take a lowly seat, For your beautiful crown Has come down from your head."
Treasury of Scripture

Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembers not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy has magnified himself.

filthiness

Lamentations 1:17 Zion spreads forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the …

Jeremiah 2:34 Also in your skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: …

Jeremiah 13:27 I have seen your adulteries, and your neighings, the lewdness of …

Ezekiel 24:12,13 She has wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth …

she remembereth

Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would …

Isaiah 47:7 And you said, I shall be a lady for ever: so that you did not lay …

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their …

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: …

came

Lamentations 1:1 How does the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she …

Lamentations 4:1 How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the …

Isaiah 3:8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue …

Jeremiah 13:17,18 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places …

she had

Lamentations 1:2,17,21 She weeps sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among …

Lamentations 2:13 What thing shall I take to witness for you? what thing shall I liken …

Ecclesiastes 4:1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under …

Isaiah 40:2 Speak you comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry to her, that her warfare …

Isaiah 54:11 O you afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, …

Hosea 2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, …

John 11:19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning …

behold

Exodus 3:7,17 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people …

Exodus 4:31 And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited …

Deuteronomy 26:7 And when we cried to the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard …

1 Samuel 1:11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed …

2 Samuel 16:12 It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction, and that the …

2 Kings 14:26 For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: …

Nehemiah 9:32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, …

Psalm 25:18 Look on my affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

Psalm 119:153 Consider my affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget your law.

Daniel 9:17-19 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of your servant, and his …

for

Deuteronomy 32:27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries …

Psalm 74:8,9,22,23 They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have …

Psalm 140:8 Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked …

Isaiah 37:4,17,23,29 It may be the LORD your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom …

Jeremiah 48:26 Make you him drunken: for he magnified himself against the LORD: …

Jeremiah 50:29 Call together the archers against Babylon: all you that bend the …

Zephaniah 2:10 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached …

2 Thessalonians 2:4-8 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that …

(9) Her filthiness.--The picture of pollution is pushed to its most loathsome extreme. The very skirts of the garment are defiled.

She remembereth not . . .--Better, she remembered not. It was her recklessness as to the future (comp. Deuteronomy 32:29, for the phrase) which brought her down to this "wonderful" and extreme prostration.

O Lord, behold my affliction.--The words are not those of the prophet, but of Zion, anticipating the dramatic personation which begins systematically at Lamentations 1:12.

Verse 9. - She remembereth not, etc.; rather, she thought not upon, etc. An allusion to Isaiah 47:7. O Lord, behold, etc. This is the language in which the "sigh" (ver. 8) finds expression. Her filthiness is in her skirts,.... Her sin is manifest to all, being to be seen in her punishment. The allusion is to a menstruous woman, to whom she is compared, both before and after; whose blood flows down to the skirts of her garments, and there seen; by which it is known that she is in her separation. So the Targum,

"the filthiness of the blood of her separation is in her skirts; she is not cleansed from it, nor does she repent of her sins:''

she remembereth not her last end; she did not consider in the time of her prosperity what her sins would bring her to; what would be the issue of them; nay, though she was warned by the prophet, and was told what things would come to at last, yet she laid it not to heart; nor did she lay it up in her mind, or reflect upon it; but went on in her sinful courses:

therefore she came down wonderfully; or, "with wonders" (u); from a very exalted estate to a very low one; from the height of honour and prosperity to the depth of distress and misery; to the astonishment and wonder of all about her, that so flourishing a city and kingdom should be brought to ruin at once, in so strange a manner; see Daniel 8:24;

she had no comforter; as none to help her against her enemies, Lamentations 1:7; and to prevent her ruin; so none to pity her, and have compassion upon her, and speak a comfortable word to her now she was in it:

O Lord, behold my affliction: not with his eye of omniscience only, which he did, and, of which she had no doubt; but with an eye of pity and compassion: thus Zion is at once and suddenly introduced, breaking out in this pathetic manner, being in great affliction and distress, having none else to apply to; and the enemy bearing hard upon her, and behaving in a very insolent and audacious manner, transgressing all bounds of humanity and decency; and therefore hoped the Lord would have compassion on her, though she had sinned against him:

for the enemy hath magnified himself; behaved haughtily both against God and his people; attributing great things to himself; magnifying his own power and wisdom.

(u) "mirabiliter", Montanus, Vatablus. 9. Continuation of the image in La 1:8. Her ignominy and misery cannot be concealed but are apparent to all, as if a woman were suffering under such a flow as to reach the end of her skirts.

remembereth not … last end—(De 32:29; Isa 47:7). She forgot how fatal must be the end of her iniquity. Or, as the words following imply: She, in despair, cannot lift herself up to lay hold of God's promises as to her "latter end" [Calvin].

wonderfully—Hebrew, "wonders," that is, with amazing dejection.

O Lord, behold—Judah here breaks in, speaking for herself.

for the enemy hath magnified himself—What might seem ground for despair, the elated insulting of the enemy, is rather ground for good hope.

Jod.1:1-11 The prophet sometimes speaks in his own person; at other times Jerusalem, as a distressed female, is the speaker, or some of the Jews. The description shows the miseries of the Jewish nation. Jerusalem became a captive and a slave, by reason of the greatness of her sins; and had no rest from suffering. If we allow sin, our greatest adversary, to have dominion over us, justly will other enemies also be suffered to have dominion. The people endured the extremities of famine and distress. In this sad condition Jerusalem acknowledged her sin, and entreated the Lord to look upon her case. This is the only way to make ourselves easy under our burdens; for it is the just anger of the Lord for man's transgressions, that has filled the earth with sorrows, lamentations, sickness, and death.
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