Lamentations 4:16
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New International Version
The LORD himself has scattered them; he no longer watches over them. The priests are shown no honor, the elders no favor.

New Living Translation
The LORD himself has scattered them, and he no longer helps them. People show no respect for the priests and no longer honor the leaders.

English Standard Version
The LORD himself has scattered them; he will regard them no more; no honor was shown to the priests, no favor to the elders.

New American Standard Bible
The presence of the LORD has scattered them, He will not continue to regard them; They did not honor the priests, They did not favor the elders.

King James Bible
The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD Himself has scattered them; He regards them no more. The priests are not respected; the elders find no favor.

International Standard Version
The LORD himself separated them; he will do nothing more for them. They did not respect their own priests; they did not honor their elders.

NET Bible
The LORD himself has scattered them; he no longer watches over them. They did not honor the priests; they did not show favor to the elders.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD himself has scattered them. He will no longer look favorably on them. They no longer respected the priests, nor did they honor their older leaders."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Pe The anger of the LORD has separated them; he will never look upon them again. They did not respect the countenance of the priests, nor did they have compassion on the elders.

King James 2000 Bible
The anger of the LORD has scattered them; he will no longer regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favored not the elders.

American King James Version
The anger of the LORD has divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favored not the elders.

American Standard Version
The anger of Jehovah hath scattered them; he will no more regard them: They respected not the persons of the priests, they favored not the elders.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Phe. The face of the Lord hath divided them, he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, neither had they pity on the ancient.

Darby Bible Translation
The face of Jehovah hath divided them; he will no more regard them. They respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the aged.

English Revised Version
The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders.

Webster's Bible Translation
The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favored not the elders.

World English Bible
The anger of Yahweh has scattered them; he will no more regard them: They didn't respect the persons of the priests, they didn't favor the elders.

Young's Literal Translation
The face of Jehovah hath divided them, He doth not add to behold them, The face of priests they have not lifted up, Elders they have not favoured.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Hath divided them; i.e. hath scattered them, like "l will divide them in Jacob" (Genesis 49:7).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The anger of the Lord hath divided them,.... Or, "the face of the Lord" (f); the anger that appeared in his face, in the dispensation of his providence, removed them out of their own land, and dispersed them among several countries and nations of the world, and as they now are: these are not the words of the Heathens continued, but of the prophet:

he will no more regard them; or, "he will not add to look on them" (g), with a look of love, but continue his anger and resentment:

they respect not the persons of the priests, they favour not the elders; which is to be considered either as the sin of the false prophets and priests before described, which was the cause of their punishment; that they east great contempt on the true prophets of the Lord, as Jeremiah and others, and showed no regard to the elders of the people, or those godly magistrates; who would have corrected and restrained them: or else this is said of the nations among whom they were dispersed, as the Targum; who would pay no respect to their characters as priests, or show any pity to them on account of their age.

(f) "facies Domini", V. L. Montanus, Piscator. (g) "non addet aspicere eos", Montanus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Ain and Pe are here transposed (La 4:16, 17), as in La 2:16, 17; 3:46-51.

anger—literally, "face"; it is the countenance which, by its expression, manifests anger (Ps 34:16). Gesenius translates, "the person of Jehovah"; Jehovah present; Jehovah Himself (Ex 33:14; 2Sa 17:11).

divided—dispersed the Jews.

they respected not … priests—This is the language of the Gentiles. "The Jews have no hope of a return: for they respected not even good priests" (2Ch 24:19-22) [Grotius]. Maurer explains it, "They (the victorious foe) regard not the (Jewish) priests when imploring their pity" (La 5:12). The evident antithesis to "As for us" (La 4:17) and the language of "the heathen" at the close of La 4:15, of which La 4:16 is the continuation, favor the former view.

Ain.

Lamentations 4:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Distress of Zion
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." 16The presence of the LORD has scattered them, He will not continue to regard them; They did not honor the priests, They did not favor the elders. 17Yet our eyes failed, Looking for help was useless; In our watching we have watched For a nation that could not save.…
Cross References
Isaiah 9:14
So the LORD will cut off from Israel both head and tail, both palm branch and reed in a single day;

Jeremiah 52:24
The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah the chief priest, Zephaniah the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.

Lamentations 2:6
He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden; he has destroyed his place of meeting. The LORD has made Zion forget her appointed festivals and her Sabbaths; in his fierce anger he has spurned both king and priest.

Lamentations 5:12
Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders are shown no respect.
Treasury of Scripture

The anger of the LORD has divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favored not the elders.

anger. or face hath

Genesis 49:7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it …

Leviticus 26:33-39 And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword …

Deuteronomy 28:25,64,65 The LORD shall cause you to be smitten before your enemies: you shall …

Deuteronomy 32:26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance …

Jeremiah 15:4 And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth, …

Jeremiah 24:9 And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the …

he will

Psalm 106:44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

Hebrews 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the …

they respected

Lamentations 5:12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honored.

2 Kings 25:18-21 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah …

2 Chronicles 36:17 Therefore he brought on them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their …

Isaiah 9:14-16 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch …

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