Lamentations 4:10
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New International Version
With their own hands compassionate women have cooked their own children, who became their food when my people were destroyed.

New Living Translation
Tenderhearted women have cooked their own children. They have eaten them to survive the siege.

English Standard Version
The hands of compassionate women have boiled their own children; they became their food during the destruction of the daughter of my people.

New American Standard Bible
The hands of compassionate women Boiled their own children; They became food for them Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.

King James Bible
The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The hands of compassionate women have cooked their own children; they became their food during the destruction of my dear people.

International Standard Version
With their own hands, compassionate women boil their own children— they become their food— when my beloved people were destroyed.

NET Bible
The hands of tenderhearted women cooked their own children, who became their food, when my people were destroyed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The hands of loving mothers cooked their own children. The children were used for food by my people when they were being destroyed [by a blockade].

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jod The hands of the compassionate women have cooked their own children; they were their food in the destruction of the daughter of my people.

King James 2000 Bible
The hands of the compassionate women have boiled their own children: they were their food in the destruction of the daughter of my people.

American King James Version
The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.

American Standard Version
The hands of the pitiful women have boiled their own children; They were their food in the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jod. The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Darby Bible Translation
The hands of pitiful women have boiled their own children: they were their meat in the ruin of the daughter of my people.

English Revised Version
The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children; they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Webster's Bible Translation
The hands of the pitiful women have boiled their own children: they were their food in the destruction of the daughter of my people.

World English Bible
The hands of the pitiful women have boiled their own children; They were their food in the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Young's Literal Translation
The hands of merciful women have boiled their own children, They have been for food to them, In the destruction of the daughter of my people.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-12 What a change is here! Sin tarnishes the beauty of the most exalted powers and the most excellent gifts; but that gold, tried in the fire, which Christ bestows, never will be taken from us; its outward appearance may be dimmed, but its real value can never be changed. The horrors of the siege and destruction of Jerusalem are again described. Beholding the sad consequences of sin in the church of old, let us seriously consider to what the same causes may justly bring down the church now. But, Lord, though we have gone from thee in rebellion, yet turn to us, and turn our hearts to thee, that we may fear thy name. Come to us, bless us with awakening, converting, renewing, confirming grace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - The pitiful women. Strange contrast between the compassionate nature of woman (comp. Isaiah 49:15) and the dread horrors of this moral as well as physical catastrophe (comp. note on Lamentations 2:20).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children,.... Such as were naturally, and agreeably to their sex, pitiful and compassionate; merciful to the poor, as the Targum; and especially tenderhearted to their own offspring; yet, by reason of the soreness of the famine, became so cruel and hardhearted, as to take their own children, and slay them with their own hands, cut them to pieces, put them into a pot of water, and make a fire and boil them, and then eat them, as follows:

they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people: at the time of the destruction of Jerusalem. This strange and unnatural action was foretold by Moses, Deuteronomy 28:56; and though we have no particular instance of it on record, as done at the siege of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans, yet no doubt there was, as may be concluded from the words: and at the siege of it by the Romans, when many things here spoken of had a fuller accomplishment, we have a remarkable instance of it, which Josephus (a) relates; an illustrious woman, named Mary, pressed with the famine, slew her own son, a sucking child, boiled him, and ate part of him, and laid up the rest; which was found by the seditious party that broke into her house, which struck them with the utmost horror; See Gill on Lamentations 2:20.

(a) De Bello Jud. l. 6. c. 3. sect. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. (La 2:20; De 28:56, 57).

pitiful—naturally at other times compassionate (Isa 49:15). Josephus describes the unnatural act as it took place in the siege under Titus.

sodden—boiled.

Caph.

Lamentations 4:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Distress of Zion
9Better are those slain with the sword Than those slain with hunger; For they pine away, being stricken For lack of the fruits of the field. 10The hands of compassionate women Boiled their own children; They became food for them Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people. 11The LORD has accomplished His wrath, He has poured out His fierce anger; And He has kindled a fire in Zion Which has consumed its foundations.…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:29
You will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters.

Deuteronomy 28:53
Because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege, you will eat the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the LORD your God has given you.

Deuteronomy 28:56
The most gentle and sensitive woman among you--so sensitive and gentle that she would not venture to touch the ground with the sole of her foot--will begrudge the husband she loves and her own son or daughter

Deuteronomy 28:57
the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears. For in her dire need she intends to eat them secretly because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege of your cities.

2 Kings 6:29
So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, 'Give up your son so we may eat him,' but she had hidden him."

2 Kings 25:3
By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat.

Jeremiah 19:9
I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another's flesh because their enemies will press the siege so hard against them to destroy them.'

Lamentations 2:11
My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within; my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city.

Lamentations 2:20
"Look, LORD, and consider: Whom have you ever treated like this? Should women eat their offspring, the children they have cared for? Should priest and prophet be killed in the sanctuary of the Lord?

Ezekiel 5:10
Therefore in your midst parents will eat their children, and children will eat their parents. I will inflict punishment on you and will scatter all your survivors to the winds.
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The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.

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Lamentations 4:3 Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their …

Lamentations 2:20 Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom you have done this. Shall the …

2 Kings 6:26-29 And as the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, there cried …

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Isaiah 49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion …

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Lamentations 3:48 My eye runs down with rivers of water for the destruction of the …

Deuteronomy 28:56,57 The tender and delicate woman among you…

2 Kings 6:29 So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said to her on the next …

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