Lamentations 4:18
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New International Version
People stalked us at every step, so we could not walk in our streets. Our end was near, our days were numbered, for our end had come.

New Living Translation
We couldn't go into the streets without danger to our lives. Our end was near; our days were numbered. We were doomed!

English Standard Version
They dogged our steps so that we could not walk in our streets; our end drew near; our days were numbered, for our end had come.

New American Standard Bible
They hunted our steps So that we could not walk in our streets; Our end drew near, Our days were finished For our end had come.

King James Bible
They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Our steps were closely followed so that we could not walk in our streets. Our end drew near; our time ran out. Our end had come!

International Standard Version
Our steps were closely stalked, so we couldn't travel on our own streets. Our end is near, our days are over; indeed, our end has come.

NET Bible
Our enemies hunted us down at every step so that we could not walk about in our streets. Our end drew near, our days were numbered, for our end had come!

New Heart English Bible
They hunt our steps, so that we can't go in our streets. Our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end has come.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[The enemy] kept tracking us down, so we couldn't even go out into the streets. Our end was near. Our time was up. Our end had come.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They hunt our steps, That we cannot go in our broad places; Our end is near, our days are fulfilled; For our end is come.

New American Standard 1977
They hunted our steps
            So that we could not walk in our streets;
            Our end drew near,
            Our days were finished
            For our end had come.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Tzaddi They hunt our steps that we cannot walk in our streets; our end came near; our days were fulfilled; for our end is come.

King James 2000 Bible
They hunt our steps, so that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end has come.

American King James Version
They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.

American Standard Version
They hunt our steps, so that we cannot go in our streets: Our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Sade. Our steps have slipped in the way of our streets, our end draweth near: our days are fulfilled, for our end is come.

Darby Bible Translation
They hunted our steps, that we could not go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.

English Revised Version
They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.

Webster's Bible Translation
They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.

World English Bible
They hunt our steps, so that we can't go in our streets: Our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.

Young's Literal Translation
They have hunted our steps from going in our broad-places, Near hath been our end, fulfilled our days, For come hath our end.
Study Bible
The Distress of Zion
17Yet our eyes failed, Looking for help was useless; In our watching we have watched For a nation that could not save. 18They hunted our steps So that we could not walk in our streets; Our end drew near, Our days were finished For our end had come. 19Our pursuers were swifter Than the eagles of the sky; They chased us on the mountains, They waited in ambush for us in the wilderness.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 5:31
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it?

Jeremiah 16:16
"Behold, I am going to send for many fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will fish for them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain and every hill and from the clefts of the rocks.

Ezekiel 7:2
"And you, son of man, thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel, 'An end! The end is coming on the four corners of the land.

Amos 8:2
He said, "What do you see, Amos?" And I said, "A basket of summer fruit." Then the LORD said to me, "The end has come for My people Israel. I will spare them no longer.
Treasury of Scripture

They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.

hunt

Lamentations 3:52 My enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.

1 Samuel 24:14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom do you pursue? …

2 Kings 25:4,5 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night …

Job 10:16 For it increases. You hunt me as a fierce lion: and again you show …

Psalm 140:11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt …

Jeremiah 16:16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, said the LORD, and they shall …

Jeremiah 39:4,5 And it came to pass, that when Zedekiah the king of Judah saw them, …

Jeremiah 52:7-9 Then the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled…

our end is near

Jeremiah 1:12 Then said the LORD to me, You have well seen: for I will hasten my …

Jeremiah 51:33 For thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter …

Ezekiel 7:2-12 Also, you son of man, thus said the Lord GOD to the land of Israel; …

Ezekiel 12:22,23,27 Son of man, what is that proverb that you have in the land of Israel, …

Amos 8:2 And he said, Amos, what see you? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. …

(18) They hunt our steps.--Better, They lie in wait. The words probably point to the posts occupied here and there near the wide places of the city, which led people to avoid them through fear of being attacked. The only cry possible at such a time was that "all was over."

Verse 18. - They hunt our steps, etc. Realistic attempts to explain this line have not been wanting, but seem unsuccessful. The Chaldeans were either within the city or without. If within, they would not need literally to "hunt the steps" of the Jews; if without, they had not war engines adequate to shooting the inhabitants at some distance. Probably the expressions are metaphorical; they are similar to those used in Lamentations 3:52, immediately after which we meet with such a purely poetical phrase as, "They have cut off my life in the pit [Authorized Version, 'dungeon'], and cast a stone upon me" (see note on Lamentations 3:52-56). They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets,.... The Chaldeans, from their forts and batteries, as they could see, they watched the people as they came out of their houses, and walked about the streets, and shot their arrows at them; so that they were obliged to keep within doors, and not stir out, which they could not do without great danger:

our end is near, for our days are fulfilled; for our end is come; either the end of their lives, the days, months, and years appointed for them being fulfilled; or the end of their commonwealth, the end of their civil and church state, at least as they thought; the time appointed for their destruction was not only near at hand, but was actually come; it was all over with them. 18. They—the Chaldeans.

cannot go—without danger.

Koph.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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