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Lamentations 5:6

Context

5:6 We have submitted 1  to Egypt and Assyria

in order to buy food to eat. 2 

1 tn Heb “we have given the hand”; cf. NRSV “We have made a pact.” This is a Semitic idiom meaning “to make a treaty with” someone, placing oneself in a subservient position as vassal. The prophets criticized these treaties.

2 tn Heb “bread.” The term “bread” is a synecdoche of specific (= bread) for the general (= food).



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