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Lamentations 3:52 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— They have chased me sore like a bird, they that are mine enemies without cause.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— My enemies without cause Hunted me down like a bird;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— My enemies chased me fiercely, like a bird without cause.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— They that are mine enemies without cause have chased me sore like a bird.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— They, have laid snares, for me as a bird, who are mine enemies without cause:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Hunted me sore as a bird have my enemies without cause.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Sade. My enemies have chased me and caught me like a bird, without cause.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Mine enemies chased me sore like a bird, without cause.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— TSADE. The fowlers chased me as a sparrow, all mine enemies destroyed my life in a pit without cause,
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Mine enemies 341
{0341} Prime
Active participle of H0340; hating; an adversary.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
chased y6679
[6679] Standard
A primitive root; to lie alongside (that is, in wait); by implication to catch an animal (figuratively men); (denominative from H6718) to victual (for a journey).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
me sore, 6679
{6679} Prime
A primitive root; to lie alongside (that is, in wait); by implication to catch an animal (figuratively men); (denominative from H6718) to victual (for a journey).
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
like a bird, 6833
{6833} Prime
From H6852; a little bird (as hopping).
without cause. 2600
{2600} Prime
From H2580; gratis, that is, devoid of cost, reason or advantage.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Lamentations 3:52-54


_ _ a bird — which is destitute of counsel and strength. The allusion seems to be to Proverbs 1:17 [Calvin].

_ _ without cause — (Psalms 69:4; Psalms 109:3, Psalms 109:4). Type of Messiah (John 15:25).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Lamentations 3:42-54.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Jeremiah 37:15-16 Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison. ... When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;
Jeremiah 38:4-6 Therefore the princes said unto the king, We beseech thee, let this man be put to death: for thus he weakeneth the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words unto them: for this man seeketh not the welfare of this people, but the hurt. ... Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that [was] in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon [there was] no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.


1 Samuel 24:10-15 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and [some] bade [me] kill thee: but [mine eye] spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he [is] the LORD'S anointed. ... The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.
1 Samuel 25:28-29 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found in thee [all] thy days. ... Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, [as out] of the middle of a sling.
1 Samuel 26:18-20 And he said, Wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil [is] in mine hand? ... Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.
Psalms 35:7 For without cause have they hid for me their net [in] a pit, [which] without cause they have digged for my soul.
Psalms 35:19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: [neither] let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
Psalms 69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, [being] mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored [that] which I took not away.
Psalms 109:3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.
Psalms 119:161 SCHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
Jeremiah 37:18 Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have I offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison?
John 15:25 But [this cometh to pass], that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
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