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Lamentations 3:52-55


צ (Tsade)

3:52 For no good reason 1  my enemies

hunted me down 2  like a bird.

3:53 They shut me 3  up in a pit

and threw stones at me.

3:54 The waters closed over my head;

I thought 4  I was about to die. 5 

ק (Qof)

3:55 I have called on your name, O Lord,

from the deepest pit. 6 

1 tn Heb “without cause.”

2 tn The construction צוֹד צָדוּנִי (tsod tsaduni, “they have hunted me down”) is emphatic: Qal infinitive absolute of the same root of Qal perfect 3rd person common plural + 1st person common singular suffix.

3 tn Heb “my life.”

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

5 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).

6 tn Heb “from a pit of lowest places.”

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