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Lamentations 3:53-54

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3:53 They shut me 1  up in a pit

and threw stones at me.

3:54 The waters closed over my head;

I thought 2  I was about to die. 3 

1 tn Heb “my life.”

2 tn Heb “I said,” meaning “I said to myself” = “I thought.”

3 tn Heb “I was about to be cut off.” The verb נִגְזָרְתִּי (nigzarti), Niphal perfect 1st person common singular from גָּזַר (gazar, “to be cut off”), functions in an ingressive sense: “about to be cut off.” It is used in reference to the threat of death (e.g., Ezek 37:11). To be “cut off” from the hand of the living means to experience death (Ps 88:6).



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