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Lamentations 1:13: "he turned me back": how does that relate to the rest of the verse?

Lamentations 1:13 NRSV From on high he sent fire; it went deep into my bones; he spread a net for my feet; he turned me back; he has left me stunned, faint all day long. The first and third couplets ...
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Who is "the adversary" in Lamentations?

Lamentations mentions an "adversary" 5 times through the book. Only the book of Psalm has more references to an/the adversary. All NASB95: Lam 1:5: "...Her little ones have gone away as ...
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What is the best translation for הָרָע֖וֹת in Lamentations 3:38?

Lamentations 3:38 King James Bible Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good? New International Version Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good ...
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Does God ordain evil?

Lamentations 3:38 (NASB) Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both good and ill go forth? Does God ordain evil? I understand there are many biblical references which show that He allows it,...
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Blood as cause for ritual defilement in Lamentations 4:15?

Hebrew in Lamentations 4:14-16 reads: נָעוּ עִוְרִים בַּחוּצוֹת, נְגֹאֲלוּ בַּדָּם; בְּלֹא יוּכְלוּ, > יִגְּעוּ בִּלְבֻשֵׁיהֶם. {ס} טו סוּרוּ טָמֵא קָרְאוּ לָמוֹ, סוּרוּ > סוּרוּ אַל-...
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Why do infants ask for wine in Lamentations 2:12?

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 ...
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In the Lamentations 4:21-22 (LXX), what is the significance of using Ιδουμαίας and then Εδωμ to identify the daughter of Edom?

In Lamentations, the phrase "daughter of Edom" is repeated in consecutive verses: Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, you who dwell in the land of Uz; but to you also the cup shall ...
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Does the acrostic structure of Lamentations indicate a composition from 5 separate psalms?

It's not noticeable in many English translations, but Lamentations makes heavy use of the acrostic technique of Hebrew poetry. As a note in the NET Bible mentions: Chapters 1-4 are arranged in ...
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In Lamentations 2:8 what does it mean that the LORD has "stretched out a line"?

[Lam 2:8 KJV] (8) The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and ...
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Who is described in Lamentations 4:7-8?

Lamentations 4:7-8 describes the reversal of fortune among some group of people. The NIV has: Their princes were brighter than snow and whiter than milk While the KJV has: Her Nazarites were ...
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Who wrote Lamentations?

As part of the Meta Call for questions related to the Five Scrolls. Traditionally, Lamentations has been attributed to Jeremiah, the reason it follows Jeremiah in the Christian ordering of the Old ...
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“His love never ceases” vs. “we are not consumed” in Lamentations 3:22

Lamentations 3:22a חַֽסְדֵ֤י יְהוָה֙ כִּ֣י לֹא־תָ֔מְנוּ The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases... (ESV) ESV footnote: Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Because of the steadfast love of the LORD, ...
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What does the "splendour of Israel" has been hurled down to earth mean?

In Lamentations 2:1 it is written: How the Lord has covered the daughter of Zion with the cloud of his anger! He has hurled down the splendour of Israel from heaven to earth, he has not ...