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.
For no good reason my enemies hunted me down like a bird.
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.
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.
Parallel CommentariesMatthew 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.
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.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
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.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
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).
Lamentations 3:52 Additional Commentaries
…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.…
1 Samuel 26:20
Now do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the LORD. The king of Israel has come out to look for a flea--as one hunts a partridge in the mountains."
For the director of music. Of David. In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain.
Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me,
Do not let those gloat over me who are my enemies without cause; do not let those who hate me without reason maliciously wink the eye.
We have escaped like a bird from the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.
What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city.
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