New American Standard Bible
Our fathers sinned, and are no more; It is we who have borne their iniquities.
King James Bible
Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.
Darby Bible Translation
Our fathers have sinned, and they are not; and we bear their iniquities.
World English Bible
Our fathers sinned, and are no more; We have borne their iniquities.
Young's Literal Translation
Our fathers have sinned -- they are not, We their iniquities have borne.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And are not; and we ... - Or, they are not; "we have borne their iniquities." Our fathers who began this national apostasy died before the hour of punishment.
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
We know our wickedness, O LORD, The iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against You.
You too have done evil, even more than your forefathers; for behold, you are each one walking according to the stubbornness of his own evil heart, without listening to Me.
"In those days they will not say again, 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children's teeth are set on edge.'
"What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, 'The fathers eat the sour grapes, But the children's teeth are set on edge '?
"Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?
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