Lamentations 5:3
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New International Version
We have become fatherless, our mothers are widows.

New Living Translation
We are orphaned and fatherless. Our mothers are widowed.

English Standard Version
We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are like widows.

New American Standard Bible
We have become orphans without a father, Our mothers are like widows.

King James Bible
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are widows.

International Standard Version
We are now orphans—without fathers— and our mothers are like widows.

NET Bible
We have become fatherless orphans; our mothers have become widows.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We are orphans without a father. Our mothers are like widows.

Jubilee Bible 2000
We are orphans without father; our mothers are as widows.

King James 2000 Bible
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

American King James Version
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

American Standard Version
We are orphans and fatherless; Our mothers are as widows.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We are become orphans without a father: our mothers are as widows.

Darby Bible Translation
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

English Revised Version
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

Webster's Bible Translation
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

World English Bible
We are orphans and fatherless; Our mothers are as widows.

Young's Literal Translation
Orphans we have been -- without a father, our mothers are as widows.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - We are orphans and fatherless; i.e. "We are like the most desolate of beings," as the Targum already explains it. Hence in the next clause the mothers of Israel ere likened to widows.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

We are orphans and fatherless,.... In every sense; in a natural sense, their fathers having been cut off by the sword, famine, or pestilence; in a civil sense, their king being taken from them; and in a religious sense, God having forsaken them for their sins:

our mothers are as widows; either really so, their husbands being dead; or were as if they had no husbands, they not being able to provide for them, protect and deferred them. The Targum adds,

"whose husbands are gone to the cities of the sea, and it is doubtful whether they are alive.''

Some understand this politically, of their cities being desolate and defenceless.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. fatherless—Our whole land is full of orphans [Calvin]. Or, "we are fatherless," being abandoned by Thee our "Father" (Jer 3:19), [Grotius].

Lamentations 5:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Prayer for Mercy and Restoration
2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, Our houses to aliens. 3We have become orphans without a father, Our mothers are like widows. 4We have to pay for our drinking water, Our wood comes to us at a price.…
Cross References
Exodus 22:24
My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.

Jeremiah 15:8
I will make their widows more numerous than the sand of the sea. At midday I will bring a destroyer against the mothers of their young men; suddenly I will bring down on them anguish and terror.

Jeremiah 18:21
So give their children over to famine; hand them over to the power of the sword. Let their wives be made childless and widows; let their men be put to death, their young men slain by the sword in battle.
Treasury of Scripture

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