Lamentations 4:6
New International Version
The punishment of my people is greater than that of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment without a hand turned to help her.

New Living Translation
The guilt of my people is greater than that of Sodom, where utter disaster struck in a moment and no hand offered help.

English Standard Version
For the chastisement of the daughter of my people has been greater than the punishment of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment, and no hands were wrung for her.

Berean Study Bible
The punishment of the daughter of my people is greater than that of Sodom, which was overthrown in an instant without a hand turned toward her.

New American Standard Bible
For the iniquity of the daughter of my people Is greater than the sin of Sodom, Which was overthrown as in a moment, And no hands were turned toward her.

King James Bible
For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.

Christian Standard Bible
The punishment of my dear people is greater than that of Sodom, which was overthrown in an instant without a hand laid on it.

Contemporary English Version
My nation was punished worse than the people of Sodom, whose city was destroyed in a flash without the help of human hands.

Good News Translation
My people have been punished even more than the inhabitants of Sodom, which met a sudden downfall at the hands of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The punishment of my dear people is greater than that of Sodom, which was overthrown in an instant without a hand laid on it.

International Standard Version
The guilt of my cherished people surpasses the sin of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment, without a hand to help her.

NET Bible
The punishment of my people exceeded that of of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment with no one to help her.

New Heart English Bible
For the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the sin of Sodom, which was overthrown in an instant, and no hands were laid on her.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The punishment for my people's wickedness has been more severe than the punishment for the sins of Sodom. Sodom was destroyed instantly, without one human hand touching it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater Than the sin of Sodom, That was overthrown as in a moment, And no hands fell upon her.

New American Standard 1977
For the iniquity of the daughter of my people Is greater than the sin of Sodom, Which was overthrown as in a moment, And no hands were turned toward her.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Vau For the iniquity of the daughter of my people has increased more than the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and companies did not camp upon her.

King James 2000 Bible
For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, with no hands laid on her.

American King James Version
For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.

American Standard Version
For the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the sin of Sodom, That was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands were laid upon her.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
VAU. And the iniquity of the daughter of my people has been increased beyond the iniquities of Sodoma, the city that was overthrown very suddenly, and none laboured against her with their hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Vau. And the iniquity of the daughter of my people is made greater than the sin of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment, and hands took nothing in her.

Darby Bible Translation
And the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the reward of the sin of Sodom, which was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands were violently laid upon her.

English Revised Version
For the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands were laid upon her.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.

World English Bible
For the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the sin of Sodom, That was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands were laid on her.

Young's Literal Translation
And greater is the iniquity of the daughter of my people, Than the sin of Sodom, That was overturned as in a moment, And no hands were stayed on her.
Study Bible
The Distress of Zion
5Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets; those brought up in purple huddle in ash heaps. 6The punishment of the daughter of my people is greater than that of Sodom, which was overthrown in an instant without a hand turned toward her. 7Her dignitaries were brighter than snow, whiter than milk; their bodies were more ruddy than rubies, their appearance like sapphires.…
Cross References
Genesis 19:24
Then the LORD rained down brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah--from the LORD out of the heavens.

Genesis 19:25
Thus He destroyed these cities and the entire plain, including all the inhabitants of the cities and everything that grew on the ground.

Jeremiah 20:16
May that man be like the cities the LORD overthrew without compassion. May he hear an outcry in the morning and a battle cry at noon,

Treasury of Scripture

For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.

Isaiah 1:9,10
Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah…

Ezekiel 16:48-50
As I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters…

Matthew 11:23,24
And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day…

the punishment

Lamentations 4:9
They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.

Genesis 19:25
And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

Daniel 9:12
And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.







Lexicon
The punishment
עֲוֺ֣ן (‘ă·wōn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

of the daughter
בַּת־ (baṯ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1323: A daughter

of my people
עַמִּ֔י (‘am·mî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

is greater
וַיִּגְדַּל֙ (way·yiḡ·dal)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1431: To grow up, become great

than [that]
מֵֽחַטַּ֖את (mê·ḥaṭ·ṭaṯ)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2403: An offence, its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, expiation, an offender

of Sodom,
סְדֹ֑ם (sə·ḏōm)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5467: Sodom -- a Canaanite city near the Dead Sea

which was overthrown
הַֽהֲפוּכָ֣ה (ha·hă·p̄ū·ḵāh)
Article | Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2015: To turn about, over, to change, overturn, return, pervert

in
כְמוֹ־ (ḵə·mōw-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 3644: Like, as, when

an instant
רָ֔גַע (rā·ḡa‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7281: A wink, a very short space of time

without
וְלֹא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

a hand
יָדָֽיִם׃ (yā·ḏā·yim)
Noun - fd
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

turned toward her.
חָ֥לוּ (ḥā·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2342: To twist, whirl, to dance, to writhe in pain, fear, to wait, to pervert
(6) The punishment of the iniquity.--Better, The iniquity of the daughter of my people was greater than the sin of Sodom. The words in both cases point to guilt rather than its penalty, though, as the context shows, the greatness of the former is inferred from that of the latter. The point of comparison was that Sodom was not doomed to a protracted misery, like that which had been the lot of Jerusalem.

No hands stayed on her . . .--Literally, no hands went round about her: i.e., her destruction was the direct work of God, and not of human agents, with their more merciless tortures. (Comp. 2Samuel 24:14.) The main thought may be noticed as reproduced in Matthew 10:15; Matthew 11:24.

Verse 6. - The punishment of the iniquity... the punishment of the sin. This is a possible rendering (see Genesis 4:13; Zechariah 14:19), but the renderings, "the iniquity," "the sin? are preferable, and yield a finer meaning, viz. that the punishment having been so severe, the guilt must have been in proportion. And no hands stayed on her. To make the picture of sudden destruction more vivid, the poet alludes to the ordinary circumstances of the capture of a city, the "hands" of a fierce soldiery ever "whirling" a destroying sword. Comp. "the swinging of the hand of Jehovah Sabaoth, which he swingeth against it" (Isaiah 19:16). 4:1-12 What a change is here! Sin tarnishes the beauty of the most exalted powers and the most excellent gifts; but that gold, tried in the fire, which Christ bestows, never will be taken from us; its outward appearance may be dimmed, but its real value can never be changed. The horrors of the siege and destruction of Jerusalem are again described. Beholding the sad consequences of sin in the church of old, let us seriously consider to what the same causes may justly bring down the church now. But, Lord, though we have gone from thee in rebellion, yet turn to us, and turn our hearts to thee, that we may fear thy name. Come to us, bless us with awakening, converting, renewing, confirming grace.
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