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Lamentations 4:15

    Lamentations 4:15 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall no more sojourn there.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    They cried to them, Depart you; it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall no more sojourn there.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Depart ye, they cried unto them, Unclean! depart, depart, touch not! When they fled away and wandered, men said among the nations, They shall no more sojourn here .

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Away! unclean! they were crying out to them, Away! away! let there be no touching: when they went away in flight and wandering, men said among the nations, There is no further resting-place for them.

    Webster's Revision

    Depart ye, they cried unto them, Unclean! depart, depart, touch not! When they fled away and wandered, men said among the nations, They shall no more sojourn here .

    World English Bible

    Depart! they cried to them, Unclean! depart, depart, don't touch! When they fled away and wandered, men said among the nations, They shall no more live [here].

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Depart ye, they cried unto them, Unclean! depart, depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, men said among the nations, They shall no more sojourn here.

    Definitions for Lamentations 4:15

    Heathen - People; nations; non-Jews.

    Clarke's Commentary on Lamentations 4:15

    Of the metrical distribution of these lines, see the Prelim. Dissert., p. 58 note.

    Lamentations 4:15When they fled away - These priests and prophets were so bad, that the very heathen did not like to permit them to sojourn among them. The prophet now resumes the history of the siege.

    Barnes' Notes on Lamentations 4:15

    Men cried to these priests, "Away! Unclean! Away! Away! Touch not." "Unclean" was the cry of the leper whenever he appeared in public: here it is the warning shout of those who meet the murderers.

    When they fled away and wandered - These priests fled away from the city, but with uncertain steps, not knowing where to find refuge. They find themselves abhorred abroad as well as at home.

    It is quite possible that this verse records a real occurrence, if not during the siege, at all events during the last years of Zedekiah's reign.

    Wesley's Notes on Lamentations 4:15

    4:15 Touch not - The Jews that made conscience of keeping the law against touching dead bodies, cried to the other Jews to leave the city as themselves did, the city being now so full of dead bodies that they could not stay in it without polluting themselves.