Lamentations 4:8
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New International Version
But now they are blacker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones; it has become as dry as a stick.

King James Bible
Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.

Darby Bible Translation
Their visage is darker than blackness, they are not known in the streets; their skin cleaveth to their bones, it is withered, it is become like a stick.

World English Bible
Their appearance is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: Their skin clings to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.

Young's Literal Translation
Darker than blackness hath been their visage, They have not been known in out-places, Cleaved hath their skin unto their bone, It hath withered -- it hath been as wood.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Her Nazarites were purer than snow - נזיר nazir does not always signify a person separated under a religious vow; it sometimes denotes what is chief or eminent. It is applied to Joseph, Genesis 49:26.

Blayney therefore translates here, Her Nobles.

"Her nobles were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk;

They were ruddier on the bone than rubies; their veining was the sapphires."

On which he remarks: - "In the first line the whiteness of their skin is described, and in the second, their flesh;" and as גזר gazar signifies to divide and intersect, as the blue veins do on the surface of the body, these are without doubt intended.

Milk will most certainly well apply to the whiteness of the skin; the beautiful ruby to the ruddiness of the flesh; and the sapphire, in its clear transcendent purple, to the veins in a fine complexion. The reverse of this state, as described in the following verse, needs no explanation. The face was a dismal dark brown, the flesh gone, the skin shrivelled, and apparently wrapped round the bones.

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visage

Lamentations 5:10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

Job 30:17-19,30 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest...

Joel 2:6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.

Nahum 2:10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melts, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins...

blacker than a coal. Heb. darker than blackness. Or, as Dr. Blayney renders, 'duskier than the dawn;' shachar signifying 'the dawn of the day, when it is neither light nor dark, but between both, at which time objects are not easily distinguished. they

Lamentations 4:1,2 How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street...

Ruth 1:19,20 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem...

Job 2:12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle...

Isaiah 52:14 As many were astonished at you; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

their skins

Job 19:20 My bone sticks to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

Job 33:21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.

Psalm 32:4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

Psalm 38:3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of your anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

Psalm 102:3-5,11 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth...

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

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Our two messages we will try to deliver in their order; we shall then want your attention and patience for a minute while we answer the question--Why the difference? and then we will press upon each character the force of the message, that each may be led to believe what is addressed to him. I. Our FIRST MESSAGE IS ONE OF COMFORT. "The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he will no more carry thee away into captivity." 1. We find, at the outset, a joyous fact. Read it
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 8: 1863

It Will be Attempted to Give a Complete List of his Writings In
chronological order; those included in this volume will be marked with an asterisk and enumerated in this place without remark. The figures prefixed indicate the probable date. (1) 318: *Two books contra Gentes,' viz. c. Gent. and De Incarn. (2) 321-2: *Depositio Arii (on its authorship, see Introd.) (3) 328-373: *Festal Letters. (4) 328-335? *Ecthesis or Expositio Fidei. (5) Id.? *In Illud Omnia, etc. (6) 339: *Encyclica ad Episcopos ecclesiæ catholicæ. (7) 343: *Sardican Letters (46,
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Cross References
Luke 10:11
Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.'

Job 19:20
I am nothing but skin and bones; I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.

Job 30:30
My skin grows black and peels; my body burns with fever.

Psalm 102:3
For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers.

Psalm 102:5
In my distress I groan aloud and am reduced to skin and bones.

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

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