Lamentations 2:11-12

My eyes fail from weeping,
I am in torment within;
my heart is poured out on the ground
because my people are destroyed,
because children and infants faint
in the streets of the city.
They say to their mothers, "Where is bread and wine?"

Why do infants ask for wine? Does this have implications on the Lord's Communion?

  • The exact construction וָיָ֑יִן wayayin 'and wine' Biblehub and Strong 3196 seems to occur exactly seven times in scripture which may point to a significance.
    – Nigel J
    Commented Jul 7, 2020 at 19:33

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Simply said, probably, the expression ‘corn and wine’ (ויין דגן) – like the similar expression ‘bread and wine’ (see, for some examples, Gen 14:18, Judges 19:19, Neh 5:15) - should be intended an idiom for ‘something to eat, and something to drink’.

In fact, the scholars Keil & Delitzsch commented the expression (bold is mine): “The children say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine?" i.e., Give us bread and wine, or, Where can we eat and drink?

I hope this answer your question.

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