New American Standard Bible
Our pursuers are at our necks; We are worn out, there is no rest for us.
King James Bible
Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.
Darby Bible Translation
Our pursuers are on our necks: we are weary, we 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Our necks ... - i. e. we were pursued so actively that our enemies seemed to be leaning over our necks ready to seize us.
We labor - We were wearied, "there was no rest for us:" being chased incessantly.
The book familiarly known as the Lamentations consists of four elegies (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 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
"Behold, we are slaves today, And as to the land which You gave to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its bounty, Behold, we are slaves in it.
"Its abundant produce is for the kings Whom You have set over us because of our sins; They also rule over our bodies And over our cattle as they please, So we are in great distress.
Thus says the LORD of hosts, "The broad wall of Babylon will be completely razed And her high gates will be set on fire; So the peoples will toil for nothing, And the nations become exhausted only for fire."
Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am planning against this family a calamity From which you cannot remove your necks; And you will not walk haughtily, For it will be an evil time.
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