Lamentations 3:43
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New International Version
"You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us; you have slain without pity.

New Living Translation
"You have engulfed us with your anger, chased us down, and slaughtered us without mercy.

English Standard Version
“You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us, killing without pity;

New American Standard Bible
You have covered Yourself with anger And pursued us; You have slain and have not spared.

King James Bible
Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have covered Yourself in anger and pursued us; You have killed without compassion.

International Standard Version
Clothing yourself with anger, you pursued us. You killed without pity,

NET Bible
You shrouded yourself with anger and then pursued us; you killed without mercy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You covered yourself with anger and pursued us. You killed without pity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Samech Thou hast unfurled anger and persecuted us; thou hast slain, thou hast not forgiven.

King James 2000 Bible
You have covered with anger, and persecuted us: you have slain, you have not pitied.

American King James Version
You have covered with anger, and persecuted us: you have slain, you have not pitied.

American Standard Version
Thou hast covered with anger and pursued us; thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Samech. Thou hast covered in thy wrath, and hast struck us: thou hast killed and hast not spared.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast covered thyself with anger, and pursued us; thou hast slain, thou hast not spared.

English Revised Version
Thou hast covered with anger and pursued us; thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.

World English Bible
You have covered with anger and pursued us; you have killed, you have not pitied.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast covered Thyself with anger, And dost pursue us; Thou hast slain -- Thou hast not pitied.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:42-54 The more the prophet looked on the desolations, the more he was grieved. Here is one word of comfort. While they continued weeping, they continued waiting; and neither did nor would expect relief and succour from any but the Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 43. - Thou hast covered with anger. The clause seems imperfect; perhaps "thyself" has fallen out of the text (see next verse).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou hast covered with anger,.... Either himself; not as a tender father, that cannot bear to see the affliction of a child; this does not suit with anger; but rather as one greatly displeased, in whose face anger appears, being covered with it; or who covers his face with it, that he may not be seen, withdrawing his gracious presence; or hast put anger as a wall between thee and us, as Jarchi: so that there was no coming nigh to him: or else it means covering his people with it; so the Targum,

"thou hast covered "us" with anger;''

denoting the largeness and abundance of afflictions upon them; they were as it were covered with them, as tokens of the divine displeasure; one wave and billow after another passing over them. Sanctius thinks the allusion is to the covering of the faces of condemned malefactors, as a token of their being guilty:

and persecuted us; the Targum adds, in captivity; that is, pursued and followed us with fresh instances of anger and resentment; to have men to be persecutors is bad, but to have God to be a persecutor is dreadful:

thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied; had suffered them to be stain by the sword of the enemy, and had shown no compassion to them; See Gill on Lamentations 2:21; here, and in some following verses, the prophet, or the people he represents, are got to complaining again; though before he had checked himself for it; so hard it is under afflictions to put in practice what should be done by ourselves and others.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

43-45. covered—namely, thyself (so La 3:44), so as not to see and pity our calamities, for even the most cruel in seeing a sad spectacle are moved to pity. Compare as to God "hiding His face," Ps 10:11; 22:25.

Lamentations 3:43 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Justice
42We have transgressed and rebelled, You have not pardoned. 43You have covered Yourself with anger And pursued us; You have slain and have not spared. 44You have covered Yourself with a cloud So that no prayer can pass through.…
Cross References
Psalm 83:15
so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm.

Lamentations 2:2
Without pity the Lord has swallowed up all the dwellings of Jacob; in his wrath he has torn down the strongholds of Daughter Judah. He has brought her kingdom and its princes down to the ground in dishonor.

Lamentations 2:17
The LORD has done what he planned; he has fulfilled his word, which he decreed long ago. He has overthrown you without pity, he has let the enemy gloat over you, he has exalted the horn of your foes.

Lamentations 2:21
"Young and old lie together in the dust of the streets; my young men and young women have fallen by the sword. You have slain them in the day of your anger; you have slaughtered them without pity.

Lamentations 3:66
Pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

You have covered with anger, and persecuted us: you have slain, you have not pitied.

covered

Lamentations 2:1 How has the LORD covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his …

Psalm 44:19 Though you have sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered …

persecuted

Lamentations 3:66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.

Psalm 83:15 So persecute them with your tempest, and make them afraid with your storm.

thou hast slain

Lamentations 2:2,17,21 The LORD has swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and has not pitied…

2 Chronicles 36:16,17 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and …

Ezekiel 7:9 And my eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity…

Ezekiel 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: my eye shall not spare, neither …

Ezekiel 9:10 And as for me also, my eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, …

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