Lamentations 4:14
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New International Version
Now they grope through the streets as if they were blind. They are so defiled with blood that no one dares to touch their garments.

New Living Translation
They wandered blindly through the streets, so defiled by blood that no one dared touch them.

English Standard Version
They wandered, blind, through the streets; they were so defiled with blood that no one was able to touch their garments.

New American Standard Bible
They wandered, blind, in the streets; They were defiled with blood So that no one could touch their garments.

King James Bible
They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Blind, they stumbled in the streets, defiled by this blood, so that no one dared to touch their garments."

International Standard Version
people stagger around in the streets like the blind, defiled by blood unclean so that no one is able to touch their clothing.

NET Bible
They wander blindly through the streets, defiled by the blood they shed, while no one dares to touch their garments.

New Heart English Bible
They wander as blind men in the streets, they are polluted with blood, so that men can't touch their garments.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My people staggered blindly through the streets. They were so contaminated with bloodstains that no one would touch their clothes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They wander as blind men in the streets, They are polluted with blood, So that men cannot Touch their garments.

New American Standard 1977
They wandered, blind, in the streets;
            They were defiled with blood
            So that no one could touch their garments.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nun They have wandered blindly in the streets; they were polluted in blood, so that no one could touch their garments.

King James 2000 Bible
They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.

American King James Version
They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.

American Standard Version
They wander as blind men in the streets, they are polluted with blood, So that men cannot touch their garments.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Nun. They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they were defiled with blood: and when they could not help walking in it, they held up their skirts.

Darby Bible Translation
They wandered about blind in the streets; they were polluted with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.

English Revised Version
They wander as blind men in the streets, that are polluted with blood, so that men cannot touch their garments.

Webster's Bible Translation
They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.

World English Bible
They wander as blind men in the streets, they are polluted with blood, So that men can't touch their garments.

Young's Literal Translation
They have wandered naked in out-places, They have been polluted with blood, Without any being able to touch their clothing,
Study Bible
The Distress of Zion
13Because of the sins of her prophets And the iniquities of her priests, Who have shed in her midst The blood of the righteous; 14They wandered, blind, in the streets; They were defiled with blood So that no one could touch their garments. 15"Depart! Unclean!" they cried of themselves. "Depart, depart, do not touch!" So they fled and wandered; Men among the nations said, "They shall not continue to dwell with us."…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:28
"The LORD will smite you with madness and with blindness and with bewilderment of heart;

Deuteronomy 28:29
and you will grope at noon, as the blind man gropes in darkness, and you will not prosper in your ways; but you shall only be oppressed and robbed continually, with none to save you.

Isaiah 1:15
"So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

Isaiah 29:10
For the LORD has poured over you a spirit of deep sleep, He has shut your eyes, the prophets; And He has covered your heads, the seers.

Isaiah 56:10
His watchmen are blind, All of them know nothing. All of them are mute dogs unable to bark, Dreamers lying down, who love to slumber;

Isaiah 59:9
Therefore justice is far from us, And righteousness does not overtake us; We hope for light, but behold, darkness, For brightness, but we walk in gloom.

Isaiah 59:10
We grope along the wall like blind men, We grope like those who have no eyes; We stumble at midday as in the twilight, Among those who are vigorous we are like dead men.

Jeremiah 2:34
"Also on your skirts is found The lifeblood of the innocent poor; You did not find them breaking in. But in spite of all these things,

Jeremiah 26:8
When Jeremiah finished speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, "You must die!
Treasury of Scripture

They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.

have wandered

Deuteronomy 28:28,29 The LORD shall smite you with madness, and blindness, and astonishment …

Isaiah 29:10-12 For the LORD has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep, and …

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Isaiah 59:9-11 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither does justice overtake …

Micah 3:6,7 Therefore night shall be to you, that you shall not have a vision; …

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind …

Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life …

they have polluted

Numbers 35:33 So you shall not pollute the land wherein you are: for blood it defiles …

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

Jeremiah 2:34 Also in your skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: …

so that men could not touch, or, in that they could not but touch

Numbers 19:16 And whoever touches one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, …

Hosea 4:2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing …

depart ye

Numbers 16:26 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from …

Numbers 19:16 And whoever touches one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, …

Psalm 6:8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard …

Psalm 139:19 Surely you will slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, …

Micah 2:10 Arise you, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, …

2 Corinthians 6:17 Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, …

it is unclean. or, ye polluted

Leviticus 13:45 And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and …

(14) They have wandered . . .--Literally, reeled. The blindness, i.e., either that of the insatiable lust of blood, or of hopeless despair, or both. (Comp. Deuteronomy 28:28; Jeremiah 23:12; Isaiah 29:10.) The horror of the picture is heightened by the fact that the very garments of the priests were so dripping with blood that men shrank from touching them.

Verse 14. - They; i.e. the prophets and priests. Wandered as blind men. The leaders of the people are blinded by ignorance, for they know not the only true way of averting calamity, and by passion, for they have not that "eye" of the soul (Matthew 6:22, 23) which alone enables a man to see the good and the right course for himself individually, The" wandering," or, rather, "staggering" (comp. Psalm 107:27, Authorized Version), however, may also refer to the panic stricken condition of those self. deceived deceivers when overtaken by God's punishment; comp. "wine of reeling" (Authorized Version, "astonishment"), Psalm 60:3; also the prophecies in Deuteronomy 28:28, 29; Jeremiah 23:12. The doubt is whether "have wandered" refers to some period before the final catastrophe, or to the consternation produced by that awful surprise. The latter view seems the more probable. They have polluted themselves, etc. Their acts of violence have been continued to the very end of their term of power. Their garments are still stained with blood when the summons to depart into exile reaches them. They have wandered as blind men in the streets,.... That is, the false prophets and wicked priests; and may be understood either literally, that when the city was taken, and they fled, they were like blind men, and knew not which way to go to make their escape, but wandered from place to place, and could find no way out; or spiritually, though they pretended to great light and knowledge, yet were as blind men, surrounded with the darkness of ignorance and error, and were blind leaders of the blind:

they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments; or, "could not but touch it with their garments" (c); or, "might not" (d); it was not lawful for them to do it: the sense is either, that, which way soever these men took to make their escape, they found so many dead carcasses in the streets, and such a profusion of blood by them, that they could not but touch it with their garments; or being besmeared with it, were so defiled, that others might not touch them, even their garments; or these men had defiled themselves with the shedding of the blood of righteous persons; so that they were odious to men, and they shunned them as they would do anything that by the law rendered them in a ceremonious sense unclean, and therefore said as follows:

(c) "quem non possunt, quin tangent vestimentis suis", "Junius & Tremellius. (d) "Tangebant eum (nempe sanguinem) vestibus eorum quem non potuerunt", i.e. "jure", Gataker. 14. blind—with mental aberration.

polluted … with blood—both with blood of one another mutually shed (for example, Jer 2:34), and with their blood shed by the enemy [Glassius].

not touch … garments—as being defiled with blood (Nu 19:16).

Samech.4:13-20 Nothing ripens a people more for ruin, nor fills the measure faster, than the sins of priests and prophets. The king himself cannot escape, for Divine vengeance pursues him. Our anointed King alone is the life of our souls; we may safely live under his shadow, and rejoice in Him in the midst of our enemies, for He is the true God and eternal life.
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