Lamentations 4:13
New International Version
But it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who shed within her the blood of the righteous.

New Living Translation
Yet it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the sins of her priests, who defiled the city by shedding innocent blood.

English Standard Version
This was for the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who shed in the midst of her the blood of the righteous.

Berean Study Bible
But this was for the sins of her prophets and the guilt of her priests, who shed the blood of the righteous in her midst.

New American Standard Bible
Because of the sins of her prophets And the iniquities of her priests, Who have shed in her midst The blood of the righteous;

King James Bible
For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,

Christian Standard Bible
Yet it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who shed the blood of the righteous within her.

Contemporary English Version
Jerusalem was punished because her prophets and her priests had sinned and caused the death of innocent victims.

Good News Translation
But it happened, because her prophets sinned and her priests were guilty of causing the death of innocent people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the guilt of her priests, who shed the blood of the righteous within her.

International Standard Version
Due to the sins committed by her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests who shed in her midst, the blood of the righteous,

NET Bible
But it happened due to the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who poured out in her midst the blood of the righteous.

New Heart English Bible
It is because of the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[They got through] because of the sins of Jerusalem's prophets and the crimes of its priests, who spilled the blood of righteous people within it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is because of the sins of her prophets, And the iniquities of her priests, That have shed the blood of the just In the midst of her.

New American Standard 1977
Because of the sins of her prophets And the iniquities of her priests, Who have shed in her midst The blood of the righteous,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Mem For the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,

King James 2000 Bible
For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,

American King James Version
For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the middle of her,

American Standard Version
It is because of the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, That have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
MEM. For the sins of her prophets, and iniquities of her priests, who shed righteous blood in the midst of her,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Mem. For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her.

Darby Bible Translation
[It is] for the sins of her prophets, [and] the iniquities of her priests, who have shed the blood of the righteous in the midst of her.

English Revised Version
It is because of the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her.

World English Bible
[It is] because of the sins of her prophets, [and] the iniquities of her priests, That have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her.

Young's Literal Translation
Because of the sins of her prophets, The iniquities of her priests, Who are shedding in her midst the blood of the righteous,
Study Bible
The Distress of Zion
12The kings of the earth did not believe, nor any people of the world, that an enemy or a foe could enter the gates of Jerusalem. 13But this was for the sins of her prophets and the guilt of her priests, who shed the blood of the righteous in her midst. 14They wandered blind in the streets, defiled by this blood, so that no one dared to touch their garments.…
Cross References
Matthew 23:31
So you testify against yourselves that you are the sons of those who murdered the prophets.

Jeremiah 2:30
"I have struck your sons in vain; they accepted no discipline. Your own sword has devoured your prophets like a voracious lion.

Jeremiah 5:31
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority. My people love it so, but what will you do in the end?"

Jeremiah 6:13
"For from the least of them to the greatest, all are greedy for gain. From prophet to priest, all practice deceit.

Jeremiah 26:8
and as soon as he had finished telling all the people what the LORD had commanded him to say, the priests and prophets and all the people seized him, shouting, "You must surely die!

Jeremiah 26:9
How dare you prophesy in the name of the LORD that this house will become like Shiloh and this city will be desolate and deserted!" And all the people assembled against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.

Lamentations 2:14
The visions of your prophets were empty and deceptive; they did not expose your guilt to ward off your captivity. The oracles they saw for you were empty and misleading.

Ezekiel 22:26
Her priests do violence to My law and profane My holy things. They make no distinction between the holy and the common, and they fail to distinguish between the clean and the unclean. They disregard My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.

Treasury of Scripture

For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the middle of her,

the sins

Lamentations 2:14
Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.

Jeremiah 5:31
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Jeremiah 6:13
For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

that

Jeremiah 2:20
For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.

Jeremiah 26:8,9
Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people took him, saying, Thou shalt surely die…

Matthew 23:31,33-37
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets…







Lexicon
[But this was] for the sins
מֵֽחַטֹּ֣את (mê·ḥaṭ·ṭōṯ)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2403: An offence, its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, expiation, an offender

of her prophets
נְבִיאֶ֔יהָ (nə·ḇî·’e·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5030: A spokesman, speaker, prophet

and the guilt
עֲוֺנ֖וֹת (‘ă·wō·nō·wṯ)
Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

of her priests,
כֹּהֲנֶ֑יהָ (kō·hă·ne·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3548: Priest

who shed
הַשֹּׁפְכִ֥ים (haš·šō·p̄ə·ḵîm)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8210: To spill forth, to expend, to sprawl out

the blood
דַּ֥ם (dam)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1818: Blood, of man, an animal, the juice of the grape, bloodshed

of the righteous
צַדִּיקִֽים׃ (ṣad·dî·qîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

in her midst.
בְּקִרְבָּ֖הּ (bə·qir·bāh)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7130: The nearest part, the center
(13) That have shed the blood of the just . . .--The words point to incidents like the death of Zechariah the son of Jehoiada (2Chronicles 24:21); the "innocent blood" shed by Manasseh (2Kings 21:16); the attempts on Jeremiah's own life (Jeremiah 26:7); possibly to some unrecorded atrocities during the siege on the part of the priests and false prophets, who looked on the true prophets as traitors (Jeremiah 26:23).

Verse 13. - For the sins of her prophets, etc. Instead of connecting this verse by a comma with the following, we should rather view it as a unit in itself, and understand at the beginning, "All this hath happened" The sins of the prophets and priests are mentioned together by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 6:13; Jeremiah 23:11), as well as by Isaiah (Isaiah 28:7). But we are nowhere else told that the spiritual leaders of the people, in these closing years of the Jewish state, were guilty of shedding innocent blood, unless this is to be inferred from the incident related in Jeremiah 26:7, etc. 4:13-20 Nothing ripens a people more for ruin, nor fills the measure faster, than the sins of priests and prophets. The king himself cannot escape, for Divine vengeance pursues him. Our anointed King alone is the life of our souls; we may safely live under his shadow, and rejoice in Him in the midst of our enemies, for He is the true God and eternal life.
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