Psalm 80:5
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New International Version
You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.

New Living Translation
You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful.

English Standard Version
You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in full measure.

New American Standard Bible
You have fed them with the bread of tears, And You have made them to drink tears in large measure.

King James Bible
Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You fed them the bread of tears and gave them a full measure of tears to drink.

International Standard Version
You fed them tears as their food, and caused them to drink a full measure of tears.

NET Bible
You have given them tears as food; you have made them drink tears by the measure.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You fed them bread with tears and you made them drink with tears.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You made them eat tears as food. You often made them drink [their own] tears.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou dost feed them with the bread of tears and give them tears to drink in great measure.

King James 2000 Bible
You feed them with the bread of tears; and give them tears to drink in great measure.

American King James Version
You feed them with the bread of tears; and give them tears to drink in great measure.

American Standard Version
Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears, And given them tears to drink in large measure.

Douay-Rheims Bible
How long wilt thou feed us with the bread of tears: and give us for our drink tears in measure?

Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure:

English Revised Version
Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

World English Bible
You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast caused them to eat bread of tears, And causest them to drink With tears a third time.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

80:1-7 He that dwelleth upon the mercy-seat, is the good Shepherd of his people. But we can neither expect the comfort of his love, nor the protection of his arm, unless we partake of his converting grace. If he is really angry at the prayers of his people, it is because, although they pray, their ends are not right, or there is some secret sin indulged in them, or he will try their patience and perseverance in prayer. When God is displeased with his people, we must expect to see them in tears, and their enemies in triumph. There is no salvation but from God's favour; there is no conversion to God but by his own grace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Thou feedest them with the bread of tears (comp. Psalm 42:2, "My tears have been my meat day and night"). And givest them tears to drink in great measure; or, and givest them to drink a copious draught of tears; literally, shalish is a measure of capacity, probably the third part of an ephah (see Isaiah 40:12).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou feedest them with the bread of tears,.... With tears instead of bread, having none to eat; or their bread is mingled with their tears, "dipped" therein, as the Targum; such was their constant grief, and the occasion of it, that they could not cease from tears while they were eating their meals, and so ate them with them (n):

and givest them tears to drink in great measure; or the wine of tears "three fold", as the Targum. Jarchi interprets it of the captivity of Babylon, which was the third part of the two hundred and ten years of Israel's being in Egypt; which exposition, he says, he learned from R. Moses Hadarsan; but he observes, that some interpret it of the kingdom of Grecia, which was the third distress: and so Kimchi and Arama explain it of the third captivity; but Menachem, as Jarchi says, takes "shalish" to be the name of a drinking vessel, and so does Aben Ezra; the same it may be which the Latins call a "triental", the third part of a pint; unless the Hebrew measure, the "seah", which was the third part of an "ephah", is meant; it is translated a "measure" in Isaiah 40:12 and seems to design a large one, and so our version interprets it; compare with this Isaiah 30:20.

(n) "----lachrymisque suis jejunia pavit", Ovid. Metamorph. l. 4. Fab. 6.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. bread of tears—still an Eastern figure for affliction.

Psalm 80:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Hear Us, Shepherd of Israel
4O LORD God of hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people? 5You have fed them with the bread of tears, And You have made them to drink tears in large measure. 6You make us an object of contention to our neighbors, And our enemies laugh among themselves.…
Cross References
Psalm 42:3
My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"

Psalm 102:9
For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears

Psalm 126:5
Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.

Isaiah 30:20
Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.

Jeremiah 9:15
Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "See, I will make this people eat bitter food and drink poisoned water.
Treasury of Scripture

You feed them with the bread of tears; and give them tears to drink in great measure.

Psalm 42:3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually …

Psalm 102:9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

Job 6:7 The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.

Isaiah 30:20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water …

Ezekiel 4:16,17 Moreover he said to me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff …

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