Lamentations 4:14
New International Version
Now they grope through the streets as if they were blind. They are so defiled with blood that no one dares to touch their garments.

New Living Translation
They wandered blindly through the streets, so defiled by blood that no one dared touch them.

English Standard Version
They wandered, blind, through the streets; they were so defiled with blood that no one was able to touch their garments.

Berean Study Bible
They wandered blind in the streets, defiled by this blood, so that no one dared to touch their garments.

New American Standard Bible
They wandered, blind, in the streets; They were defiled with blood So that no one could touch their garments.

King James Bible
They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.

Christian Standard Bible
Blind, they stumbled in the streets, defiled by this blood, so that no one dared to touch their garments.

Contemporary English Version
Yes, her prophets and priests were covered with blood; no one would come near them, as they wandered from street to street.

Good News Translation
Her leaders wandered through the streets as though blind, so stained with blood that no one would touch them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Blind, they stumbled in the streets, defiled by this blood, so that no one dared to touch their garments."

International Standard Version
people stagger around in the streets like the blind, defiled by blood unclean so that no one is able to touch their clothing.

NET Bible
They wander blindly through the streets, defiled by the blood they shed, while no one dares to touch their garments.

New Heart English Bible
They wander as blind men in the streets, they are polluted with blood, so that men can't touch their garments.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My people staggered blindly through the streets. They were so contaminated with bloodstains that no one would touch their clothes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They wander as blind men in the streets, They are polluted with blood, So that men cannot Touch their garments.

New American Standard 1977
They wandered, blind, in the streets; They were defiled with blood So that no one could touch their garments.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nun They have wandered blindly in the streets; they were polluted in blood, so that no one could touch their garments.

King James 2000 Bible
They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.

American King James Version
They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.

American Standard Version
They wander as blind men in the streets, they are polluted with blood, So that men cannot touch their garments.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
NUN. her watchmen staggered in the streets, they were defiled with blood in their weakness, they touched their raiment with it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Nun. They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they were defiled with blood: and when they could not help walking in it, they held up their skirts.

Darby Bible Translation
They wandered about blind in the streets; they were polluted with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.

English Revised Version
They wander as blind men in the streets, that are polluted with blood, so that men cannot touch their garments.

Webster's Bible Translation
They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.

World English Bible
They wander as blind men in the streets, they are polluted with blood, So that men can't touch their garments.

Young's Literal Translation
They have wandered naked in out-places, They have been polluted with blood, Without any being able to touch their clothing,
Study Bible
The Distress of Zion
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. 15“Go away! Unclean!” men shouted at them. “Away, away! Do not touch us!” So they fled and wandered. Among the nations it was said, “They can stay here no longer.”…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:28
The LORD will afflict you with madness, blindness, and confusion of mind,

Deuteronomy 28:29
so that at noon you will grope about like a blind man in the darkness. You will not prosper in your ways. Day after day you will be oppressed and plundered, with no one to save you.

Isaiah 1:15
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you multiply your prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

Isaiah 29:10
For the LORD has poured out on you a spirit of deep sleep; He has shut your eyes, O prophets, and covered your heads, O seers.

Isaiah 56:10
Israel's watchmen are blind, they are all oblivious; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they are dreamers lying around, loving to slumber.

Isaiah 59:9
Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We hope for light, but there is darkness, for brightness, but we walk in gloom.

Isaiah 59:10
Like the blind, we feel our way along the wall, groping like those without eyes. We stumble at midday as in the twilight; among the vigorous we are like the dead.

Jeremiah 2:34
Moreover, your skirts are stained with the blood of the innocent poor, though you did not find them breaking in. But in spite of all these things

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!

Treasury of Scripture

They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.

have wandered

Deuteronomy 28:28,29
The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart: …

Isaiah 29:10-12
For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered…

Isaiah 56:10
His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

they have polluted

Numbers 35:33
So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.

Isaiah 1:15
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

Jeremiah 2:34
Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.

Numbers 19:16
And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.

Hosea 4:2
By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.

depart ye

Numbers 16:26
And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.

Numbers 19:16
And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.

Psalm 6:8
Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.

it is unclean.

Leviticus 13:45
And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean.







Lexicon
They wandered
נָע֤וּ (nā·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5128: To quiver, wave, waver, tremble, totter

blind
עִוְרִים֙ (‘iw·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5787: Blind

in the streets,
בַּֽחוּצ֔וֹת (ba·ḥū·ṣō·wṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2351: Separate by a, wall, outside, outdoors

defiled
נְגֹֽאֲל֖וּ (nə·ḡō·’ă·lū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1351: To soil, desecrate

by this blood,
בַּדָּ֑ם (bad·dām)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1818: Blood, of man, an animal, the juice of the grape, bloodshed

so that no
בְּלֹ֣א (bə·lō)
Preposition-b | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

one dared
יֽוּכְל֔וּ (yū·ḵə·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3201: To be able, have power

to touch
יִגְּע֖וּ (yig·gə·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5060: To touch, lay the hand upon, to reach, violently, to strike

their garments.
בִּלְבֻשֵׁיהֶֽם׃ (bil·ḇu·šê·hem)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3830: A garment, clothing, raiment
(14) They have wandered . . .--Literally, reeled. The blindness, i.e., either that of the insatiable lust of blood, or of hopeless despair, or both. (Comp. Deuteronomy 28:28; Jeremiah 23:12; Isaiah 29:10.) The horror of the picture is heightened by the fact that the very garments of the priests were so dripping with blood that men shrank from touching them.

Verse 14. - They; i.e. the prophets and priests. Wandered as blind men. The leaders of the people are blinded by ignorance, for they know not the only true way of averting calamity, and by passion, for they have not that "eye" of the soul (Matthew 6:22, 23) which alone enables a man to see the good and the right course for himself individually, The" wandering," or, rather, "staggering" (comp. Psalm 107:27, Authorized Version), however, may also refer to the panic stricken condition of those self. deceived deceivers when overtaken by God's punishment; comp. "wine of reeling" (Authorized Version, "astonishment"), Psalm 60:3; also the prophecies in Deuteronomy 28:28, 29; Jeremiah 23:12. The doubt is whether "have wandered" refers to some period before the final catastrophe, or to the consternation produced by that awful surprise. The latter view seems the more probable. They have polluted themselves, etc. Their acts of violence have been continued to the very end of their term of power. Their garments are still stained with blood when the summons to depart into exile reaches them. 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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