Lamentations 2:15
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New International Version
All who pass your way clap their hands at you; they scoff and shake their heads at Daughter Jerusalem: "Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth?"

New Living Translation
All who pass by jeer at you. They scoff and insult beautiful Jerusalem, saying, "Is this the city called 'Most Beautiful in All the World' and 'Joy of All the Earth'?"

English Standard Version
All who pass along the way clap their hands at you; they hiss and wag their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem: “Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty, the joy of all the earth?”

New American Standard Bible
All who pass along the way Clap their hands in derision at you; They hiss and shake their heads At the daughter of Jerusalem, "Is this the city of which they said, 'The perfection of beauty, A joy to all the earth '?"

King James Bible
All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All who pass by scornfully clap their hands at you. They mock and shake their heads at Daughter Jerusalem: Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth?

International Standard Version
Everyone who passes by on the road shake their fists at you. They hiss and shake their heads at cherished Jerusalem: "Is this the city men used to call 'The Perfection of Beauty,' and 'The Joy of the Entire Earth'"?

NET Bible
All who passed by on the road clapped their hands to mock you. They sneered and shook their heads at Daughter Jerusalem. "Ha! Is this the city they called 'The perfection of beauty, the source of joy of the whole earth!'?"

New Heart English Bible
All that pass by clap their hands at you, they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, "Is this the city that men called 'The perfection of beauty,' 'The joy of the whole earth'?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everyone who walks along the road shakes a fist at you. They hiss and shake their heads at Jerusalem's people: 'Is this the city they used to call absolutely beautiful, the joy of the whole world?'

JPS Tanakh 1917
All that pass by clap Their hands at thee; They hiss and wag their head At the daughter of Jerusalem: 'Is this the city that men called The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?'.

New American Standard 1977
All who pass along the way
            Clap their hands in derision at you;
            They hiss and shake their heads
            At the daughter of Jerusalem,
            “Is this the city of which they said,
            ‘The perfection of beauty,
            A joy to all the earth’?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Samech All that passed by clapped their hands over thee and whistled and wagged their heads over the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men called The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

King James 2000 Bible
All that pass by clap their hands at you; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

American King James Version
All that pass by clap their hands at you; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

American Standard Version
All that pass by clap their hands at thee; They hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem,'saying , Is this the city that men called The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Samech. All they that passed by the way have clapped their hands at thee: they have hissed, and wagged their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying: Is this the city of perfect beauty, the joy of all the earth?

Darby Bible Translation
All that pass by clap [their] hands at thee; they hiss and shake their head at the daughter of Jerusalem: Is this the city which they called, The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

English Revised Version
All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying: Is this the city that men called The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

Webster's Bible Translation
All that pass by, clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call the Perfection of beauty, the Joy of the whole earth?

World English Bible
All that pass by clap their hands at you. They hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, [saying], Is this the city that men called The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

Young's Literal Translation
Clapped hands at thee have all passing by the way, They have hissed -- and they shake the head At the daughter of Jerusalem: 'Is this the city of which they said: The perfection of beauty, a joy to all the land?'
Study Bible
God's Anger over Jerusalem
14Your prophets have seen for you False and foolish visions; And they have not exposed your iniquity So as to restore you from captivity, But they have seen for you false and misleading oracles. 15All who pass along the way Clap their hands in derision at you; They hiss and shake their heads At the daughter of Jerusalem, "Is this the city of which they said, The perfection of beauty, A joy to all the earth'?" 16All your enemies Have opened their mouths wide against you; They hiss and gnash their teeth. They say, "We have swallowed her up! Surely this is the day for which we waited; We have reached it, we have seen it."…
Cross References
Matthew 27:39
And those who passed by heaped abuse on Him, shaking their heads,

Job 27:23
"Men will clap their hands at him And will hiss him from his place.

Psalm 22:7
All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying,

Psalm 48:2
Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King.

Psalm 50:2
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone forth.

Psalm 64:8
So they will make him stumble; Their own tongue is against them; All who see them will shake the head.

Psalm 109:25
I also have become a reproach to them; When they see me, they wag their head.

Isaiah 28:21
For the LORD will rise up as at Mount Perazim, He will be stirred up as in the valley of Gibeon, To do His task, His unusual task, And to work His work, His extraordinary work.

Isaiah 37:22
this is the word that the LORD has spoken against him: "She has despised you and mocked you, The virgin daughter of Zion; She has shaken her head behind you, The daughter of Jerusalem!

Jeremiah 18:16
To make their land a desolation, An object of perpetual hissing; Everyone who passes by it will be astonished And shake his head.
Treasury of Scripture

All that pass by clap their hands at you; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

The combination of scorn, enmity, rage, and exultation, which the conquerors and spectators manifested at the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, are here described with peculiar pathos and energy. The whole scene is presented to view as in an exquisitely finished historical painting. that pass

Deuteronomy 29:22-28 So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up …

1 Kings 9:7-9 Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; …

2 Chronicles 7:21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every …

Jeremiah 18:16 To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that …

by

Lamentations 1:8 Jerusalem has grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that …

Job 27:22,23 For God shall cast on him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand…

Ezekiel 25:6 For thus said the Lord GOD; Because you have clapped your hands, …

Nahum 3:19 There is no healing of your bruise; your wound is grievous: all that …

they

Lamentations 2:16 All your enemies have opened their mouth against you: they hiss and …

Jeremiah 19:8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing…

Jeremiah 25:9,18 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, said …

Jeremiah 29:18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with …

Jeremiah 51:37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling place for dragons, an …

Micah 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house …

Zephaniah 2:15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelled carelessly, that said in …

wag

2 Kings 19:21 This is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him; The virgin …

Psalm 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they …

Psalm 44:14,15 You make us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among …

Isaiah 37:22 This is the word which the LORD has spoken concerning him; The virgin, …

Jeremiah 18:16 To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that …

Matthew 27:39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

Mark 15:29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, …

is this

Lamentations 2:6 And he has violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of …

Psalm 48:2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, …

Psalm 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shined.

Isaiah 64:11 Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised you, …

(15) All that pass by.--The triumphant exultation of the enemies of Zion came to add bitterness to her sorrows. They reminded her of what she had been in the past, and contrasted it with her present desolation.

The perfection of beauty . . .--Like phrases are used of Zion in Psalm 48:2; Psalm 50:2; of Tyre in Ezekiel 27:3. Now that beauty was turned into squalor and desolation.

Verse 15. - Clap... hiss... wag their heads. Gestures of malicious joy (Job 27:23) or contempt (Jeremiah 19:8; Psalm 22:7). The perfection of beauty; literally, the perfect in beauty. The same phrase is used in Ezekiel (Ezekiel 27:3; 28:12) of Tyro, and a similar one in Psalm 1:2 of Zion. All that pass by clap their hands at thee,.... Travellers that passed by, and saw Jerusalem in ruins, clapped their hands at it, by way of rejoicing, as well pleased at the sight. This must be understood, not of the inhabitants of the land, but of strangers, who had no good will to it; though they seem to be distinguished from their implacable enemies in Lamentations 2:16,

they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem; by way of scorn and derision; hereby expressing their contempt of her, and the pleasure and satisfaction they took in seeing her in this condition:

saying, is this the city that men call the perfection of beauty,

the joy of the whole earth? a complete city, a most beautiful one for its situation; for its fortifications by nature and art; for its spacious buildings, palaces, and towers; and especially for the magnificent temple in it, and the residence of the God of heaven there, and that pompous worship of him there performed; on account of all which, and the abundant blessings of goodness bestowed upon the inhabitants, they had reason to rejoice more than all the men of the world besides; as well as they contributed many ways to the good and happiness of all nations; this is what had been said by themselves, Psalm 48:2; and had even been owned by others; by the forefathers of those very persons that now insult over it. So the Targum,

"is this the city which our fathers that were of old said? &c.''

nor do they by these words deny, but rather own, that it had been what was said of it; but now the case was otherwise; instead of being a perfect beauty, it was a perfect heap of rubbish; instead of being the joy of the whole earth, it was the offscouring of all things. 15. clap … hands—in derision (Job 27:23; 34:37).

wag … head—(2Ki 19:21; Ps 44:14).

perfection of beauty … joy of … earth—(Ps 48:2; 50:2). The Jews' enemies quote their very words in scorn.

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