Psalm 78:64
New International Version
their priests were put to the sword, and their widows could not weep.

New Living Translation
Their priests were slaughtered, and their widows could not mourn their deaths.

English Standard Version
Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.

Berean Study Bible
His priests fell by the sword, but His widows could not lament.

New American Standard Bible
His priests fell by the sword, And His widows could not weep.

King James Bible
Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

Christian Standard Bible
His priests fell by the sword, and the widows could not lament.

Contemporary English Version
Priests died violent deaths, but their widows were not allowed to mourn.

Good News Translation
Priests died by violence, and their widows were not allowed to mourn.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His priests fell by the sword, but the widows could not lament.

International Standard Version
The priests fell by the sword, yet their widows couldn't weep.

NET Bible
Their priests fell by the sword, but their widows did not weep.

New Heart English Bible
Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows couldn't weep.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The priests fell by the sword and their widows did not weep.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His priests were cut down with swords. The widows [of his priests] could not even weep [for them].

JPS Tanakh 1917
Their priests fell by the sword; And their widows made no lamentation.

New American Standard 1977
His priests fell by the sword; And His widows could not weep.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

King James 2000 Bible
Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

American King James Version
Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

American Standard Version
Their priests fell by the sword; And their widows made no lamentation.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows shall not be wept for.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Their priests fell by the sword: and their widows did not mourn.

Darby Bible Translation
Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.

English Revised Version
Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

Webster's Bible Translation
Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

World English Bible
Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows couldn't weep.

Young's Literal Translation
His priests by the sword have fallen, And their widows weep not.
Study Bible
I Will Open My Mouth in Parables
63Fire consumed His young men, and their maidens were left without wedding songs. 64His priests fell by the sword, but His widows could not lament. 65Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, like a warrior overcome by wine.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 4:17
The messenger answered, "Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has been a great slaughter among the people. Your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are both dead, and the ark of God has been captured."

1 Samuel 22:18
So the king ordered Doeg, "You turn and strike down the priests!" And Doeg the Edomite turned and struck down the priests himself. On that day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.

Job 27:15
His survivors will be buried by the plague, and their widows will not weep for them.

Lamentations 2:20
Look, O LORD, and consider: Whom have You ever treated like this? Should women eat their offspring, the infants they have nurtured? Should priests and prophets be killed in the sanctuary of the Lord?

Ezekiel 24:23
Your turbans will remain on your heads and your sandals on your feet. You will not mourn or weep, but you will waste away because of your sins and groan among yourselves.

Treasury of Scripture

Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

priests

1 Samuel 2:33,34
And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age…

1 Samuel 4:11,17
And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain…

1 Samuel 22:18,19
And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod…

widows

1 Samuel 4:19,20
And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her…

Job 27:15
Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.

Ezekiel 24:23
And your tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another.







Lexicon
His priests
כֹּ֭הֲנָיו (kō·hă·nāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3548: Priest

fell
נָפָ֑לוּ (nā·p̄ā·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5307: To fall, lie

by the sword,
בַּחֶ֣רֶב (ba·ḥe·reḇ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2719: Drought, a cutting instrument, as a, knife, sword

but His widows
וְ֝אַלְמְנֹתָ֗יו (wə·’al·mə·nō·ṯāw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 490: A widow, a desolate place

could not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

lament.
תִבְכֶּֽינָה׃ (ṯiḇ·ke·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1058: To weep, to bemoan
(64) And their widows . . .--Undoubtedly referring to the fact that the wife of Phinehas died in premature labour, and so could not attend the funeral of her husband with the customary lamentations, which in Oriental countries are so loud and marked. The Prayer-Book version, therefore, gives the right feeling--"there were no widows to make lamentations."

Verse 64. - Their priests fell by the sword. As Hophni and Phinehas at the taking of the ark (1 Samuel 4:11), and, no doubt, many others on other occasions. And their widows made no lamentation. The solemn funeral dirge could not take place, since the bodies remained on the battlefield. 78:56-72 After the Israelites were settled in Canaan, the children were like their fathers. God gave them his testimonies, but they turned back. Presumptuous sins render even Israelites hateful to God's holiness, and exposed to his justice. Those whom the Lord forsakes become an easy prey to the destroyer. And sooner or later, God will disgrace his enemies. He set a good government over his people; a monarch after his own heart. With good reason does the psalmist make this finishing, crowning instance of God's favour to Israel; for David was a type of Christ, the great and good Shepherd, who was humbled first, and then exalted; and of whom it was foretold, that he should be filled with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. On the uprightness of his heart, and the skilfulness of his hands, all his subjects may rely; and of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end. Every trial of human nature hitherto, confirms the testimony of Scripture, that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, and nothing but being created anew by the Holy Ghost can cure the ungodliness of any.
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