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.

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

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
Context
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 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."

Psalm 11:1
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.

Psalm 35:7
Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me,

Psalm 35:19
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.

Psalm 124:7
We have escaped like a bird from the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.

Lamentations 3:51
What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city.
Treasury of Scripture

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 …

John 15:25 But this comes to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is …

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