Lamentations 4:9

They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

They that bee slaine with the sword, are better then they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Better are those slain with the sword Than those slain with hunger; For they pine away, being stricken For lack of the fruits of the field.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

They that are slain with the sword are better than they that are slain with hunger; For these pine away, stricken through, for want of the fruits of the field.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Those who have been put to the sword are better off than those whose death is caused by need of food; for these come to death slowly, burned up like the fruit of the field.
- Basic English Bible

The slain with the sword are happier than the slain with hunger; for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.
- Darby Bible

They that are slain with the sword are better than they that are slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.
- Webster's Bible

Those who are killed with the sword are better than those who are killed with hunger; For these pine away, stricken through, for want of the fruits of the field.
- World English Bible

Better have been the pierced of a sword Than the pierced of famine, For these flow away, pierced through, Without the increase of the field.
- Youngs Literal Bible

They that are slain with the sword are better than they that are slain with hunger; for these pine away, stricken through, for want of the fruits of the field.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Lamentations 4

  • Irene123
    V. 17 - sounds like today, doesn't it ..... ?
  • David
    Jamille, verse 8 "Their visage is blacker than a coal;" does not necessarily refer to the color of their skin, but of their facial expression, that of sadness and torment, as the book of Lamentations describes the plight of the Jews because of their disobedience.
  • Jamille
    Wait did he describe the jews as blacker than coal. Well why are not blacker than coal now?
  • Rodion Ponomariev
    Chapter 4:1 How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.
  • Daniel Ibrahim
    When we contravene God 's ordinances through disobedience,we get punished.
  • L.A
    It is God 's punishment to the Israelites because of they blasphemy, and disobedience. Time and time again God warned them and still they his chosen people did what they wanted instead of what God would have them do.

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