Lamentations 5:3
New International Version
We have become fatherless, our mothers are widows.

New Living Translation
We are orphaned and fatherless. Our mothers are widowed.

English Standard Version
We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are like widows.

Berean Study Bible
We have become fatherless orphans; our mothers are widows.

King James Bible
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

New King James Version
We have become orphans and waifs, Our mothers are like widows.

New American Standard Bible
We have become orphans, without a father; Our mothers are like widows.

NASB 1995
We have become orphans without a father, Our mothers are like widows.

NASB 1977
We have become orphans without a father, Our mothers are like widows.

Amplified Bible
We have become orphans without a father; Our mothers are like widows.

Christian Standard Bible
We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are widows.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are widows.

American Standard Version
We are orphans and fatherless; Our mothers are as widows.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
We were orphans without a father, and our mothers were as widows

Brenton Septuagint Translation
we are become orphans, we have no father, our mothers are as widows.

Contemporary English Version
We are like children whose mothers are widows.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We are become orphans without a father: our mothers are as widows.

English Revised Version
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

Good News Translation
Our fathers have been killed by the enemy, and now our mothers are widows.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We are orphans without a father. Our mothers are like widows.

International Standard Version
We are now orphans—without fathers— and our mothers are like widows.

JPS Tanakh 1917
We are become orphans and fatherless, Our mothers are as widows.

Literal Standard Version
Orphans we have been—without a father, our mothers [are] as widows.

NET Bible
We have become fatherless orphans; our mothers have become widows.

New Heart English Bible
We are orphans and fatherless. Our mothers are like widows.

World English Bible
We are orphans and fatherless; Our mothers are as widows.

Young's Literal Translation
Orphans we have been -- without a father, our mothers are as widows.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Prayer for Restoration
2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our houses to foreigners. 3We have become fatherless orphans; our mothers are widows. 4We must buy the water we drink; our wood comes at a price.…

Cross References
Exodus 22:24
My anger will be kindled, and I will kill you with the sword; then your wives will become widows and your children will be fatherless.

Jeremiah 15:8
I will make their widows more numerous than the sand of the sea. I will bring a destroyer at noon against the mothers of young men. I will suddenly bring upon them anguish and dismay.

Jeremiah 18:21
Therefore, hand their children over to famine; pour out the power of the sword upon them. Let their wives become childless and widowed; let their husbands be slain by disease, their young men struck down by the sword in battle.


Treasury of Scripture

We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

Exodus 22:24
And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.

Jeremiah 18:21
Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour out their blood by the force of the sword; and let their wives be bereaved of their children, and be widows; and let their men be put to death; let their young men be slain by the sword in battle.

Hosea 14:3
Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.









(3) Our mothers are as widows--i.e., their husbands, though living, were carried into exile, and they were as destitute as though they had been deprived of them by death. The Chaldee paraphrase gives the same meaning to the last clause also, "We are like orphans."

Verse 3. - We are orphans and fatherless; i.e. "We are like the most desolate of beings," as the Targum already explains it. Hence in the next clause the mothers of Israel ere likened to widows.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
We have become
הָיִ֙ינוּ֙ (hā·yî·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common plural
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

fatherless
וְאֵ֣ין (wə·’ên)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

orphans;
יְתוֹמִ֤ים (yə·ṯō·w·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3490: A bereaved person

our mothers
אִמֹּתֵ֖ינוּ (’im·mō·ṯê·nū)
Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's 517: A mother, )

are widows.
כְּאַלְמָנֽוֹת׃ (kə·’al·mā·nō·wṯ)
Preposition-k | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 490: A widow, a desolate place


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