New American Standard Bible
The hands of compassionate women Boiled their own children; They became food for them Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
King James Bible
The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
Darby Bible Translation
The hands of pitiful women have boiled their own children: they were their meat in the ruin of the daughter of my people.
World English Bible
The hands of the pitiful women have boiled their own children; They were their food in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
Young's Literal Translation
The hands of merciful women have boiled their own children, They have been for food to them, In the destruction of the daughter of my people.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Pitiful - i. e. tender-hearted, compassionate. meat is used for food Psalm 69:21. What is here stated actually occurred during the siege of Jerusalem by Titus.
LibraryThe Children of the Poor.
THE CHILDREN OF THE POOR. The young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.--LAMENTATIONS iv., 4. The writer of these words bewailed a state of War and Captivity--a state of things in which the great relations of human life are broken up and desecrated. But it is strange to find that the most flourishing forms of civilization involve conditions very similar to this. For, if any man will push beyond the circle of his daily associations, and enter the regions of the abject poor, he will …
E. H. Chapin—Humanity in the City
The Great Shepherd
'Further, you will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters you will eat.
"Then you shall eat the offspring of your own body, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters whom the LORD your God has given you, during the siege and the distress by which your enemy will oppress you.
"The refined and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground for delicateness and refinement, shall be hostile toward the husband she cherishes and toward her son and daughter,
and toward her afterbirth which issues from between her legs and toward her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of anything else, during the siege and the distress by which your enemy will oppress you in your towns.
2 Kings 6:29
"So we boiled my son and ate him; and I said to her on the next day, 'Give your son, that we may eat him'; but she has hidden her son."
2 Kings 25:3
On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.
"I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they will eat one another's flesh in the siege and in the distress with which their enemies and those who seek their life will distress them."'
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