Lamentations 5:10
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New International Version
Our skin is hot as an oven, feverish from hunger.

New Living Translation
The famine has blackened our skin as though baked in an oven.

English Standard Version
Our skin is hot as an oven with the burning heat of famine.

New American Standard Bible
Our skin has become as hot as an oven, Because of the burning heat of famine.

King James Bible
Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Our skin is as hot as an oven from the ravages of hunger.

International Standard Version
Our skin blisters as from an oven, due to ravaging blasts of the famine.

NET Bible
Our skin is hot as an oven due to a fever from hunger.

New Heart English Bible
Our skin is hot like an oven, because of the burning heat of famine.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Our skin is as hot as an oven from the burning heat of starvation.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Our skin is hot like an oven Because of the burning heat of famine.

New American Standard 1977
Our skin has become as hot as an oven,
            Because of the burning heat of famine.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Our skin became black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

King James 2000 Bible
Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

American King James Version
Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

American Standard Version
Our skin is black like an oven, Because of the burning heat of famine.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Our skin was burnt as an oven, by reason of the violence of the famine.

Darby Bible Translation
Our skin gloweth like an oven, because of the burning heat of the famine.

English Revised Version
Our skin is black like an oven because of the burning heat of famine.

Webster's Bible Translation
Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

World English Bible
Our skin is black like an oven, Because of the burning heat of famine.

Young's Literal Translation
Our skin as an oven hath been burning, Because of the raging of the famine.
Study Bible
A Prayer for Mercy and Restoration
9We get our bread at the risk of our lives Because of the sword in the wilderness. 10Our skin has become as hot as an oven, Because of the burning heat of famine. 11They ravished the women in Zion, The virgins in the cities of Judah.…
Cross References
Job 30:30
"My skin turns black on me, And my bones burn with fever.

Lamentations 4:8
Their appearance is blacker than soot, They are not recognized in the streets; Their skin is shriveled on their bones, It is withered, it has become like wood.
Treasury of Scripture

Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

skin

Lamentations 3:4 My flesh and my skin has he made old; he has broken my bones.

Lamentations 4:8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: …

Job 30:30 My skin is black on me, and my bones are burned with heat.

Psalm 119:83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget your statutes.

terrible famine, or terrors, or storms of famine

(10) Our skin was black . . .-Better, fiery red, and for "terrible famine," the fever-blast of famine. The words paint the hot fever of hunger rather than the livid paleness of exhaustion.

Verse 10. - Was black like an oven. The translation is misleading; there is no real parallel to Lamentations 4:8. Render, gloweth. It is the feverish glow produced by gnawing hunger which is meant. The terrible famine; rather, the burning heat of hunger. Hariri, the humoristic author of the cycle of stories in rhymed Arabic prose and verse, called 'Makamat,' puts into the mouth of his ne'er do well Abu Seid very similar words to describe a famished man -

"Dess Eingeweide brennend nach Erquickung sehrein,
Der nichts gegessen seit zwei Tagen oder drein."


(Ruckert's adaptation, third Makama.) Our skin was black like an oven, because of the terrible famine. Or "terrors and horrors of famine"; which are very dreadful and distressing: or, "the storms of famine"; see Psalm 11:6; or, "burning winds" (u); such as are frequent in Africa and Asia; to which the famine is compared that was in Jerusalem, at the siege of it, both by the Chaldeans and Romans; and as an oven, furnace, or chimney becomes black by the smoke of the fire burnt in it, or under it; so the skins of the Jews became black through these burning winds and storms, or burnings of famine; see Lamentations 4:8. So Jarchi says the word has the signification of "burning"; for famine as it were burns up the bodies of men when most vehement.

(u) "horrorum famis", Montanus; "terrores, vel tremores", Vatablus; "procellas famis", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "exustiones", Pagninus, Calvin; "adustiones famis", Stockius, p. 281. 10. As an oven is scorched with too much fire, so our skin with the hot blast of famine (Margin, rightly, "storms," like the hot simoom). Hunger dries up the pores so that the skin becomes like as if it were scorched by the sun (Job 30:30; Ps 119:83).5:1-16 Is any afflicted? Let him pray; and let him in prayer pour out his complaint to God. The people of God do so here; they complain not of evils feared, but of evils felt. If penitent and patient under what we suffer for the sins of our fathers, we may expect that He who punishes, will return in mercy to us. They acknowledge, Woe unto us that we have sinned! All our woes are owing to our own sin and folly. Though our sins and God's just displeasure cause our sufferings, we may hope in his pardoning mercy, his sanctifying grace, and his kind providence. But the sins of a man's whole life will be punished with vengeance at last, unless he obtains an interest in Him who bare our sins in his own body on the tree.
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