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Lamentations 3:48-49

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3:48 Streams 1  of tears flow from my eyes 2 

because my people 3  are destroyed. 4 

ע (Ayin)

3:49 Tears flow from my eyes 5  and will not stop;

there will be no break 6 

1 tn Heb “canals.” The phrase “canals of water” (eye water = tears) is an example of hyperbole. The English idiom “streams of tears” is also hyperbolic.

2 tn Heb “my eyes flow down with canals of water.”

3 tn Heb “the daughter of my people,” or “the Daughter, my people.”

4 tn Heb “because of the destruction of [the daughter of my people].”

5 tn Heb “my eye flows.” The term “eye” is a metonymy of association, standing for the “tears” which flow from one’s eyes.

6 tn Heb “without stopping.” The noun הַפוּגָה (hafugah, “stop”) is a hapax legomenon (word that occurs only once in Hebrew scriptures). The form of the noun is unusual, probably being derived from the denominative Hiphil verbal stem of the root פּוּג (pug, “to grow weary, ineffective; numb, become cold”).



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