Lamentations 5:3
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New American Standard Bible
We have become orphans without a father, Our mothers are like widows.

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

Darby Bible Translation
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as 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.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Our mothers are as widows - The particle "as" suggests that the whole verse is metaphorical. Our distress and desolation is comparable only to that of fatherless orphans or wives just bereaved of their husbands.

Lamentations 5:3 Parallel Commentaries

The book familiarly known as the Lamentations consists of four elegies[1] (i., ii., iii., iv.) and a prayer (v.). The general theme of the elegies is the sorrow and desolation created by the destruction of Jerusalem[2] in 586 B.C.: the last poem (v.) is a prayer for deliverance from the long continued distress. The elegies are all alphabetic, and like most alphabetic poems (cf. Ps. cxix.) are marked by little continuity of thought. The first poem is a lament over Jerusalem, bereft, by the siege,
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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

Jeremiah 15:8
"Their widows will be more numerous before Me Than the sand of the seas; I will bring against them, against the mother of a young man, A destroyer at noonday; I will suddenly bring down on her Anguish and dismay.

Jeremiah 18:21
Therefore, give their children over to famine And deliver them up to the power of the sword; And let their wives become childless and widowed. Let their men also be smitten to death, Their young men struck down by the sword in battle.

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