Lamentations 5:5
New International Version
Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary and find no rest.

New Living Translation
Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are exhausted but are given no rest.

English Standard Version
Our pursuers are at our necks; we are weary; we are given no rest.

Berean Study Bible
We are closely pursued; we are weary and find no rest.

King James Bible
Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.

New King James Version
They pursue at our heels; We labor and have no rest.

New American Standard Bible
Our pursuers are at our necks; We are worn out, we are given no rest.

NASB 1995
Our pursuers are at our necks; We are worn out, there is no rest for us.

NASB 1977
Our pursuers are at our necks; We are worn out, there is no rest for us.

Amplified Bible
Our pursuers are at our necks; We are worn out, there is no rest for us.

Christian Standard Bible
We are closely pursued; we are tired, and no one offers us rest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We are closely pursued; we are tired, and no one offers us rest.

American Standard Version
Our pursuers are upon our necks: We are weary, and have no rest.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They came for our necks; we were persecuted and we labor and we have no rest

Brenton Septuagint Translation
we have been persecuted, we have laboured, we have had no rest.

Contemporary English Version
We are terribly mistreated; we are worn out and can find no rest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We were dragged by the necks, we were weary and no rest was given us.

English Revised Version
Our pursuers are upon our necks: we are weary, and have no rest.

Good News Translation
Driven hard like donkeys or camels, we are tired, but are allowed no rest.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Our enemies] are breathing down our necks. We are worn out [and] not permitted to rest.

International Standard Version
Our pursuers breathe down our necks; we are weary, but there is no rest for us.

JPS Tanakh 1917
To our very necks we are pursued; We labour, and have no rest.

Literal Standard Version
For our neck we have been pursued, "" We have labored—there has been no rest for us.

NET Bible
We are pursued--they are breathing down our necks; we are weary and have no rest.

New Heart English Bible
Our pursuers are on our necks; we are weary, and have no rest.

World English Bible
Our pursuers are on our necks: We are weary, and have no rest.

Young's Literal Translation
For our neck we have been pursued, We have laboured -- there hath been no rest for us.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Prayer for Restoration
4We must buy the water we drink; our wood comes at a price. 5We are closely pursued; we are weary and find no rest. 6We submitted to Egypt and Assyria to get enough bread.…

Cross References
Nehemiah 9:36
So here we are today as slaves in the land You gave our fathers to enjoy its fruit and goodness--here we are as slaves!

Nehemiah 9:37
Its abundant harvest goes to the kings You have set over us because of our sins. And they rule over our bodies and our livestock as they please. We are in great distress.

Jeremiah 51:58
This is what the LORD of Hosts says: "Babylon's thick walls will be leveled, and her high gates consumed by fire. So the labor of the people will be for nothing; the nations will exhaust themselves to fuel the flames."

Micah 2:3
Therefore this is what the LORD says: "I am planning against this nation a disaster from which you cannot free your necks. Then you will not walk so proudly, for it will be a time of calamity.


Treasury of Scripture

Our necks are under persecution: we labor, and have no rest.

our necks are under persecution.

Lamentations 1:14
The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up.

Lamentations 4:19
Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.

Deuteronomy 28:48,65,66
Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee…

labour

Nehemiah 9:36,37
Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it: …









(5) Our necks are under persecution.--Better, were under pursuit: i.e., the enemies were pressing close on them, always, as in our English phrase, at their very heels.

Verse 5. - Our necks are under persecution. Persecution is here compared to a yoke. But this rendering and explanation hardly suit the phrase, which rather means, "We are pursued close upon our necks." The harassing conduct of the Babylonian conquerors is compared to the pursuit of a foe fast gaining upon a fugitive.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
We are closely
עַ֤ל (‘al)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

pursued;
נִרְדָּ֔פְנוּ (nir·dā·p̄ə·nū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - first person common plural
Strong's 7291: To pursue, chase, persecute

we are weary
יָגַ֖עְנוּ (yā·ḡa‘·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common plural
Strong's 3021: To gasp, to be exhausted, to tire, to toil

[and find] no
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

rest.
הֽוּנַ֖ח‪‬ (hū·naḥ-)
Verb - Hofal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5117: To rest, settle down


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