Lamentations 4:5
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New International Version
Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those brought up in royal purple now lie on ash heaps.

New Living Translation
The people who once ate the richest foods now beg in the streets for anything they can get. Those who once wore the finest clothes now search the garbage dumps for food.

English Standard Version
Those who once feasted on delicacies perish in the streets; those who were brought up in purple embrace ash heaps.

New American Standard Bible
Those who ate delicacies Are desolate in the streets; Those reared in purple Embrace ash pits.

King James Bible
They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Those who used to eat delicacies are destitute in the streets; those who were reared in purple garments huddle in garbage heaps.

International Standard Version
Those who enjoyed delicacies lie desolate in the streets. Those who were reared wearing purple scavenge in piles of trash.

NET Bible
Those who once feasted on delicacies are now starving to death in the streets. Those who grew up wearing expensive clothes are now dying amid garbage.

New Heart English Bible
Those who ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those who were brought up in purple embrace ash heaps.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who used to eat delicacies are now destitute in the streets. Those who used to wear expensive clothes now pick through piles of garbage.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They that did feed on dainties Are desolate in the streets; They that were brought up in scarlet Embrace dunghills.

New American Standard 1977
Those who ate delicacies
            Are desolate in the streets;
            Those reared in purple
            Embrace ash pits.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He Those that did feed delicately are made desolate in the streets; those that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

King James 2000 Bible
They that did eat delicacies are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace ash heaps.

American King James Version
They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

American Standard Version
They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: They that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He. They that were fed delicately have died in the streets; they that were brought up in scarlet have embraced the dung.

Darby Bible Translation
They that fed delicately are desolate in the streets; they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dung-hills.

English Revised Version
They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dung-hills.

Webster's Bible Translation
They that fed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

World English Bible
Those who did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: Those who were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

Young's Literal Translation
Those eating of dainties have been desolate in out-places, Those supported on scarlet have embraced dunghills.
Study Bible
The Distress of Zion
4The tongue of the infant cleaves To the roof of its mouth because of thirst; The little ones ask for bread, But no one breaks it for them. 5Those who ate delicacies Are desolate in the streets; Those reared in purple Embrace ash pits. 6For the iniquity of the daughter of my people Is greater than the sin of Sodom, Which was overthrown as in a moment, And no hands were turned toward her.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 6:2
"The comely and dainty one, the daughter of Zion, I will cut off.

Amos 6:3
Do you put off the day of calamity, And would you bring near the seat of violence?
Treasury of Scripture

They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

that die

Deuteronomy 28:54-56 So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his …

Isaiah 3:16-26 Moreover the LORD said, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, …

Isaiah 24:6-12 Therefore has the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein …

Isaiah 32:9-14 Rise up, you women that are at ease; hear my voice, you careless …

Jeremiah 6:2,3 I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman…

Amos 6:3-7 You that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence …

Luke 7:25 But what went you out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? …

1 Timothy 5:6 But she that lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.

Revelation 18:7-9 How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much …

brought

2 Samuel 1:24 You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, …

Proverbs 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household …

Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine …

embrace

Job 24:8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock …

Jeremiah 9:21,22 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, …

Luke 15:16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine …

(5) They that were brought up . . .--Literally, that were carried (as children are carried). "Scarlet" as in 2Samuel 1:24, stands for the shawls or garments of the rich, dyed, as they were, in the Tyrian purple or crimson. Those that had been once wrapped in such shawls now threw themselves, "embracing" them as their only refuge, on dunghills.

Verse 5. - They that did feed delicately, etc. i.e. luxuriously. The rendering has been disputed, but without sufficient ground. "They that did eat at dainties," i.e. pink at their dainty food, is forced. The Aramaic mark of the accusative need not surprise us in Lamentations (comp. Jeremiah 40:2). Brought up in scarlet; rather, borne upon scarlet; i.e. resting upon scarlet-covered couches. The poet speaks of adults, not of children. They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets,.... That were brought up in the king's palace, or in the houses of noblemen; or, however, born of parents rich and wealthy, and had been used to good living, and had fared sumptuously and deliciously every day, were now wandering about in the streets in the most forlorn and distressed condition, seeking for food of any sort, but could find none to satisfy their hunger; and so, as the Vulgate Latin version renders it, perished in the ways or streets:

they that were brought up in scarlet: in dyed garments, as Jarchi; clothed with scarlet coloured ones, as was the manner of the richer and better sort of people, Proverbs 31:21; or, "brought up upon scarlet" (o); upon scarlet carpets, on which they used to sit and eat their food, as is the custom of the eastern people to this day: these

embrace dunghills, are glad of them, and with the greatest eagerness rake into them, in order to find something to feed upon, though ever so base and vile; or to sit and lie down upon. Aben Ezra interprets it of their being cast here when dead, and there was none to bury them.

(o) "super coccinum", Pagninus, Montanus; "super coccino", Piscator, Michaelis. 5. delicately—on dainties.

are desolate—or, "perish."

in scarlet embrace dunghills—Instead of the scarlet couches on which the grandees were nursed, they must lie on dunghills.

embrace—They who once shrank sensitively from any soil, gladly cling close to heaps of filth as their only resting-place. Compare "embrace the rock" (Job 24:8).

Vau.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.
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