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Jeremiah 4:31


4:31 In fact, 1  I hear a cry like that of a woman in labor,

a cry of anguish like that of a woman giving birth to her first baby.

It is the cry of Daughter Zion 2  gasping for breath,

reaching out for help, 3  saying, “I am done in! 4 

My life is ebbing away before these murderers!”

1 tn The particle כִּי (ki) is more likely asseverative here than causal.

2 sn Jerusalem is personified as a helpless maiden.

3 tn Heb “spreading out her hands.” The idea of asking or pleading for help is implicit in the figure.

4 tn Heb “Woe, now to me!” See the translator’s note on 4:13 for the usage of “Woe to…”

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