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Lamentations 5:9


At the risk 1  of our lives 2  we get our food 3  because robbers lurk 4  in the countryside. 5 


Jud 6:11; 2Sa 23:17; Jer 40:9-12; Jer 41:1-10,18; Jer 42:14,16; Eze 4:16,17; Eze 12:18,19

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tn Heb “at the cost of our lives.” The preposition ב (bet) here denotes purchase price paid (e.g., Gen 30:16; Exod 34:20; 2 Sam 3:14; 24:24) (BDB 90 s.v. בְּ 3.a). The expression בְּנַפְשֵׁנוּ (bÿnafshenu) means “at the risk of our lives.” Similar expressions include בְנַפְשׁוֹ (bÿnafsho, “at the cost of his life,” 1 Kgs 2:23; Prov 7:23) and בְּנַפְשׁוֹתָם (bÿnafshotam, “at peril of their lives,” 2 Sam 23:17).

tn Heb “our soul.” The noun נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh, “soul”) is used as a metonymy (= soul) of association (= life) (e.g., Gen 44:30; Exod 21:23; 2 Sam 14:7; Jon 1:14).

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

tn Heb “because of the sword.” The term “sword” is a metonymy of instrument (= sword) for the persons who use the instrument (= murderers or marauders).

tn Heb “the wilderness.”

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