Lamentations 3:52
New International Version
Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird.

New Living Translation
My enemies, whom I have never harmed, hunted me down like a bird.

English Standard Version
“I have been hunted like a bird by those who were my enemies without cause;

Berean Study Bible
Without cause my enemies hunted me like a bird.

New American Standard Bible
My enemies without cause Hunted me down like a bird;

King James Bible
Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.

Christian Standard Bible
For no reason, my enemies hunted me like a bird.

Contemporary English Version
No one had reason to hate me, but I was hunted down like a bird.

Good News Translation
"I was trapped like a bird by enemies who had no cause to hate me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For no apparent reason, my enemies hunted me like a bird.

International Standard Version
My enemies hunted me like a bird, viciously and without justification.

NET Bible
For no good reason my enemies hunted me down like a bird.

New Heart English Bible
They have chased me relentlessly like a bird, those who are my enemies without cause.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Those who were my enemies for no reason hunted me like a bird.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They have chased me sore like a bird, That are mine enemies without cause.

New American Standard 1977
My enemies without cause Hunted me down like a bird;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Tzaddi My enemies hunted me like a bird, without cause.

King James 2000 Bible
My enemies chased me hard, like a bird, without cause.

American King James Version
My enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.

American Standard Version
They have chased me sore like a bird, they that are mine enemies without cause.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
TSADE. The fowlers chased me as a sparrow, all mine enemies destroyed my life in a pit without cause,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Sade. My enemies have chased me and caught me like a bird, without cause.

Darby Bible Translation
They that are mine enemies without cause have chased me sore like a bird.

English Revised Version
They have chased me sore like a bird, that are mine enemies without cause.

Webster's Bible Translation
My enemies chased me fiercely, like a bird without cause.

World English Bible
They have chased me relentlessly like a bird, those who are my enemies without cause.

Young's Literal Translation
Hunted me sore as a bird have my enemies without cause.
Study Bible
God's Justice
51My eyes bring grief to my soul because of all the daughters of my city. 52Without cause my enemies hunted me like a bird. 53They dropped me alive into a pit and cast stones upon me.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 26:20
So do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the LORD. For the king of Israel has come out to look for a flea, like one who hunts a partridge in the mountains."

Psalm 11:1
In the LORD I take refuge. So how can you say to me, "Flee to your mountain like a bird!

Psalm 35:7
For without cause they laid their net for me; without reason they dug a pit for my soul.

Psalm 35:19
Let not my enemies gloat over me without cause, or those who hate me without reason wink in malice.

Psalm 124:7
We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; the net is torn, and we have slipped away.

Lamentations 3:51
My eyes bring grief to my soul because of all the daughters of my city.

Treasury of Scripture

My enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.

chased

Jeremiah 37:15,16
Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison…

Jeremiah 38:4-6
Therefore the princes said unto the king, We beseech thee, let this man be put to death: for thus he weakeneth the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words unto them: for this man seeketh not the welfare of this people, but the hurt…

without

1 Samuel 24:10-15
Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD'S anointed…

1 Samuel 25:28,29
I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days…

1 Samuel 26:18-20
And he said, Wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in mine hand? …







Lexicon
Without cause
חִנָּֽם׃ (ḥin·nām)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 2600: Gratis, devoid of cost, reason, advantage

my enemies
אֹיְבַ֥י (’ō·yə·ḇay)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 341: Hating, an adversary

hunted
צ֥וֹד (ṣō·wḏ)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 6679: To lie alongside, to catch an animal, to victual

me like a bird.
כַּצִּפּ֖וֹר (kaṣ·ṣip·pō·wr)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6833: A little bird
(52) Without cause . . .--The words connect themselves in the Hebrew with "mine enemies" (comp. Psalm 35:7; Psalm 35:19; Psalm 69:4), and it has been inferred from this that Jeremiah speaks not of the Chaldeans as enemies of his nation, but of those who were individually his persecutors. The hypothesis receives some confirmation from the apparent reference in the "dungeon" and the "waters" to the narrative of Jeremiah 38. It has been urged, on the other hand, that those expressions may be figurative here, as they are in Psalm 42:7; Psalm 88:7; Psalm 124:4.

Verses 52-66. - THE SPEAKER'S SUFFERINGS; AN EARNESTLY BELIEVING PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE. He speaks as a representative of the nation; if we should not rather say that the nation itself, personified, is the speaker. In the first triad some have supposed a reference to the persecution suffered by Jeremiah at the hands of his countrymen. The "dungeon," or rather "pit," will in this case be the "dungeon" ("pit") mentioned in Jeremiah 38:6. But a "pit" is a figure in the psalms for destruction (Psalm 40:2; Psalm 69:15), and there is nothing recorded in Jeremiah as to the" princes" haying cast stones at Jeremiah, or rolled a stone on to the top of the "pit." Besides, the "pit" into which the prophet was cast had "no water, but mire." Verse 52. - Mine enemies... without cause. These words ought to be connected, as in the Hebrew. 3:42-54 The more the prophet looked on the desolations, the more he was grieved. Here is one word of comfort. While they continued weeping, they continued waiting; and neither did nor would expect relief and succour from any but the Lord.
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