Lamentations 3:52
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New International Version
Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird.

New Living Translation
My enemies, whom I have never harmed, hunted me down like a bird.

English Standard Version
“I have been hunted like a bird by those who were my enemies without cause;

New American Standard Bible
My enemies without cause Hunted me down like a bird;

King James Bible
Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For no apparent reason, my enemies hunted me like a bird.

International Standard Version
My enemies hunted me like a bird, viciously and without justification.

NET Bible
For no good reason my enemies hunted me down like a bird.

New Heart English Bible
They have chased me relentlessly like a bird, those who are my enemies without cause.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Those who were my enemies for no reason hunted me like a bird.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They have chased me sore like a bird, That are mine enemies without cause.

New American Standard 1977
My enemies without cause
            Hunted me down like a bird;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Tzaddi My enemies hunted me like a bird, without cause.

King James 2000 Bible
My enemies chased me hard, like a bird, without cause.

American King James Version
My enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.

American Standard Version
They have chased me sore like a bird, they that are mine enemies without cause.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Sade. My enemies have chased me and caught me like a bird, without cause.

Darby Bible Translation
They that are mine enemies without cause have chased me sore like a bird.

English Revised Version
They have chased me sore like a bird, that are mine enemies without cause.

Webster's Bible Translation
My enemies chased me fiercely, like a bird without cause.

World English Bible
They have chased me relentlessly like a bird, those who are my enemies without cause.

Young's Literal Translation
Hunted me sore as a bird have my enemies without cause.
Study Bible
God's Justice
51My eyes bring pain to my soul Because of all the daughters of my city. 52My enemies without cause Hunted me down like a bird; 53They have silenced me in the pit And have placed a stone on me.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 26:20
"Now then, do not let my blood fall to the ground away from the presence of the LORD; for the king of Israel has come out to search for a single flea, just as one hunts a partridge in the mountains."

Psalm 11:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. In the LORD I take refuge; How can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain;

Psalm 35:7
For without cause they hid their net for me; Without cause they dug a pit for my soul.

Psalm 35:19
Do not let those who are wrongfully my enemies rejoice over me; Nor let those who hate me without cause wink maliciously.

Psalm 124:7
Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; The snare is broken and we have escaped.

Lamentations 3:51
My eyes bring pain to my soul Because of all the daughters of my city.
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My enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.

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Jeremiah 37:15,16 Why the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put …

Jeremiah 38:4-6 Therefore the princes said to the king, We beseech you, let this …

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1 Samuel 24:10-15 Behold, this day your eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered …

1 Samuel 25:28,29 I pray you, forgive the trespass of your handmaid: for the LORD will …

1 Samuel 26:18-20 And he said, Why does my lord thus pursue after his servant? for …

Psalm 35:7,19 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which …

Psalm 69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head: …

Psalm 109:3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against …

Psalm 119:161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart stands in …

Jeremiah 37:18 Moreover Jeremiah said to king Zedekiah, What have I offended against …

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(52) Without cause . . .--The words connect themselves in the Hebrew with "mine enemies" (comp. Psalm 35:7; Psalm 35:19; Psalm 69:4), and it has been inferred from this that Jeremiah speaks not of the Chaldeans as enemies of his nation, but of those who were individually his persecutors. The hypothesis receives some confirmation from the apparent reference in the "dungeon" and the "waters" to the narrative of Jeremiah 38. It has been urged, on the other hand, that those expressions may be figurative here, as they are in Psalm 42:7; Psalm 88:7; Psalm 124:4.

Verses 52-66. - THE SPEAKER'S SUFFERINGS; AN EARNESTLY BELIEVING PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE. He speaks as a representative of the nation; if we should not rather say that the nation itself, personified, is the speaker. In the first triad some have supposed a reference to the persecution suffered by Jeremiah at the hands of his countrymen. The "dungeon," or rather "pit," will in this case be the "dungeon" ("pit") mentioned in Jeremiah 38:6. But a "pit" is a figure in the psalms for destruction (Psalm 40:2; Psalm 69:15), and there is nothing recorded in Jeremiah as to the" princes" haying cast stones at Jeremiah, or rolled a stone on to the top of the "pit." Besides, the "pit" into which the prophet was cast had "no water, but mire." Verse 52. - Mine enemies... without cause. These words ought to be connected, as in the Hebrew. Mine enemies chased me sore like a bird,.... That is weak and helpless, fearful and timorous; that flees from place to place when pursued; so it was with the prophet, or rather with the people of the Jews he represents; for here and in the following verses he speaks not only of himself, but of them; who, when they fled out of the city, were chased and pursued by the Chaldeans like a bird, till they were taken; see Jeremiah 52:7;

without cause; which may be connected with the word "enemies", so the Targum; who were so without cause; they had done them no injury, to make them their enemies; and without reason pursued and chased them in the manner they did. 52-54. a bird—which is destitute of counsel and strength. The allusion seems to be to Pr 1:17 [Calvin].

without cause—(Ps 69:4; 109:3, 4). Type of Messiah (Joh 15:25).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.
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