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“The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness.”

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Lamentations 1:4 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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The ways דַּרְכֵ֨י A road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb ways
of Zion צִיּ֜וֹן Tsijon (as a permanent capital), a mountain of Jerusalem Zion
do mourn, אֲבֵל֗וֹת Lamenting do mourn
because none מִבְּלִי֙ Properly, failure, i.e., nothing or destruction; usually (with preposition) without, not yet, because not, as long as, etc because none
come בָּאֵ֣י To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) come
to the solemn feasts: מוֹעֵ֔ד Properly, an appointment, i.e., a fixed time or season; specifically, a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand) solemn feasts
all כָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
her gates שְׁעָרֶ֙יהָ֙ An opening, i.e., door or gate gates
are desolate: שֽׁוֹמֵמִ֔ין To stun (or intransitively, grow numb), i.e., devastate or (figuratively) stupefy (both usually in a passive sense) are desolate
her priests כֹּהֲנֶ֖יהָ Literally one officiating, a priest; also (by courtesy) an acting priest (although a layman) priests
sigh, נֶאֱנָחִ֑ים To sigh sigh
her virgins בְּתוּלֹתֶ֥יהָ A virgin (from her privacy); sometimes (by continuation) a bride; also (figuratively) a city or state virgins
are afflicted, נּוּג֖וֹת To grieve are afflicted
and she וְהִ֥יא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are and she
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
in bitterness. מַר To be (causatively, make) bitter (literally or figuratively) bitterness

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  • 2  She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.

  • 3  Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.

  • 4  The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness.

  • 5  Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the Lord hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy.

  • 6  And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer.


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