Lamentations 5:5
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New International Version
Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary and find no rest.

New Living Translation
Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are exhausted but are given no rest.

English Standard Version
Our pursuers are at our necks; we are weary; we are given no rest.

New American Standard Bible
Our pursuers are at our necks; We are worn out, there is no rest for us.

King James Bible
Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We are closely pursued; we are tired, and no one offers us rest.

International Standard Version
Our pursuers breathe down our necks; we are weary, but there is no rest for us.

NET Bible
We are pursued--they are breathing down our necks; we are weary and have no rest.

New Heart English Bible
Our pursuers are on our necks; we are weary, and have no rest.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Our enemies] are breathing down our necks. We are worn out [and] not permitted to rest.

JPS Tanakh 1917
To our very necks we are pursued; We labour, and have no rest.

New American Standard 1977
Our pursuers are at our necks;
            We are worn out, there is no rest for us.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Our necks are under persecution; we are become tired and have no rest.

King James 2000 Bible
Our necks are under persecution: we labor, and have no rest.

American King James Version
Our necks are under persecution: we labor, and have no rest.

American Standard Version
Our pursuers are upon our necks: We are weary, and have no rest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We were dragged by the necks, we were weary and no rest was given us.

Darby Bible Translation
Our pursuers are on our necks: we are weary, we have no rest.

English Revised Version
Our pursuers are upon our necks: we are weary, and have no rest.

Webster's Bible Translation
Our necks are under persecution: we labor, and have no rest.

World English Bible
Our pursuers are on our necks: We are weary, and have no rest.

Young's Literal Translation
For our neck we have been pursued, We have laboured -- there hath been no rest for us.
Study Bible
A Prayer for Mercy and Restoration
4We have to pay for our drinking water, Our wood comes to us at a price. 5Our pursuers are at our necks; We are worn out, there is no rest for us. 6We have submitted to Egypt and Assyria to get enough bread.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 9:36
"Behold, we are slaves today, And as to the land which You gave to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its bounty, Behold, we are slaves in it.

Nehemiah 9:37
"Its abundant produce is for the kings Whom You have set over us because of our sins; They also rule over our bodies And over our cattle as they please, So we are in great distress.

Jeremiah 51:58
Thus says the LORD of hosts, "The broad wall of Babylon will be completely razed And her high gates will be set on fire; So the peoples will toil for nothing, And the nations become exhausted only for fire."

Micah 2:3
Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am planning against this family a calamity From which you cannot remove your necks; And you will not walk haughtily, For it will be an evil time.
Treasury of Scripture

Our necks are under persecution: we labor, and have no rest.

our necks are under persecution. Heb. on our necks are we persecuted

Lamentations 1:14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, …

Lamentations 4:19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued …

Deuteronomy 28:48,65,66 Therefore shall you serve your enemies which the LORD shall send …

Jeremiah 27:2,8,11,12 Thus said the LORD to me; Make you bonds and yokes, and put them on your neck…

Jeremiah 28:14 For thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; I have put a …

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in …

Acts 15:10 Now therefore why tempt you God, to put a yoke on the neck of the …

labour

Nehemiah 9:36,37 Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that you gave …

(5) Our necks are under persecution.--Better, were under pursuit: i.e., the enemies were pressing close on them, always, as in our English phrase, at their very heels.

Verse 5. - Our necks are under persecution. Persecution is here compared to a yoke. But this rendering and explanation hardly suit the phrase, which rather means, "We are pursued close upon our necks." The harassing conduct of the Babylonian conquerors is compared to the pursuit of a foe fast gaining upon a fugitive. Our necks are under persecution,.... A yoke of hard servitude and bondage was put upon their necks, as Jarchi interprets it; which they were forced to submit unto: or, "upon our necks we are pursued" (s); or, "suffer persecution": which Aben Ezra explains thus, in connection with the Lamentations 5:4; if we carry water or wood upon our necks, the enemy pursues us; that is, to take it away from us. The Targum relates a fable here, that when Nebuchadnezzar saw the ungodly rulers of the children of Israel, who went empty, he ordered to sow up the books of the law, and make bags or wallets of them, and fill them with the stones on the banks of the Euphrates, and loaded them on their necks:

we labour, and have no rest; night nor day, nor even on sabbath days; obliged to work continually till they were weary; and, when they were, were not allowed time to rest themselves, like their forefathers in Egypt.

(s) "super colla nostra persecutionem passi sumus", Pagninus, Montanus, Calvin; "vel patimur", Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. 5. Literally, "On our necks we are persecuted"; that is, Men tread on our necks (Ps 66:12; Isa 51:23; compare Jos 10:24). The extremest oppression. The foe not merely galled the Jews face, back, and sides, but their neck. A just retribution, as they had been stiff in neck against the yoke of God (2Ch 30:8, Margin; Ne 9:29; Isa 48:4).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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