Lamentations 3:47
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English Standard Version
panic and pitfall have come upon us, devastation and destruction;

King James Bible
Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.

American Standard Version
Fear and the pit are come upon us, devastation and destruction.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Phe. Prophecy is become to us a fear, and a snare, and destruction.

English Revised Version
Fear and the pit are come upon us, devastation and destruction.

Webster's Bible Translation
Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Confession of sins, and complaint against the cruelty of enemies, as well as over the deep misery into which all the people have sunk. Lamentations 3:40-42. The acknowledgment of guilt implies to prayer, to which also there is a summons in Lamentations 3:40, Lamentations 3:41. The transitional idea is not, "Instead of grumbling in a sinful spirit, let us rather examine our conduct" (Thenius); for the summons to examine one's conduct is thereby placed in contrast with Lamentations 3:39, and the thought, "let every one mourn over his own sins," transformed into a prohibition of sinful complaint. The real transition link is given by Rosenmller: quum mala nostra a peccatis nostris oriantur, culpas nostras et scrutemur et corrigamus. The searching of our ways, i.e., of our conduct, if it be entered on in an earnest spirit, must end in a return to the Lord, from whom we have departed. It is self-evident that עד יהוה does not stand for אל יי, but means as far as (even to) Jahveh, and indicates thorough conversion - no standing half-way. The lifting up of the heart to the hands, also, - not merely of the hands to God, - expresses earnest prayer, that comes from the heart. אל־כּפּים, to the hands (that are raised towards heaven). "To God in heaven," where His almighty throne is placed (Psalm 2:4), that He may look down from thence (Lamentations 3:59) and send help. With Lamentations 3:42 begins the prayer, as is shown by the direct address to God in the second member. There is no need, however, on this account, for supplying לאמר before the first member; the command to pray is immediately followed by prayer, beginning with the confession of sins, and the recognition of God's chastisement; cf. Psalm 106:6; Daniel 9:5. נחנוּ is contrasted with אתּה. "Thou hast not pardoned," because Thy justice must inflict punishment.

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fear

Isaiah 24:17,18 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are on you, O inhabitant of the earth...

Isaiah 51:19 These two things are come to you; who shall be sorry for you? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword...

Jeremiah 48:43,44 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, shall be on you, O inhabitant of Moab, said the LORD...

Luke 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

desolation

Lamentations 1:4,13 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh...

Lamentations 2:1-9 How has the LORD covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven to the earth the beauty of Israel...

Cross References
Isaiah 24:17
Terror and the pit and the snare are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!

Isaiah 24:18
He who flees at the sound of the terror shall fall into the pit, and he who climbs out of the pit shall be caught in the snare. For the windows of heaven are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble.

Jeremiah 48:43
Terror, pit, and snare are before you, O inhabitant of Moab! declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 48:44
He who flees from the terror shall fall into the pit, and he who climbs out of the pit shall be caught in the snare. For I will bring these things upon Moab, the year of their punishment, declares the LORD.

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