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Psalms 78:64

    Psalms 78:64 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Their priests fell by the sword; And their widows made no lamentation.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Their priests were put to death by the sword, and their widows made no weeping for them.

    Webster's Revision

    Their priests fell by the sword; And their widows made no lamentation.

    World English Bible

    Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows couldn't weep.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 78:64

    Their priests fell by the sword - Hophni and Phinehas, who were slain in that unfortunate battle against the Philistines in which the ark of the Lord was taken, 1 Samuel 4:11.

    A Chaldee Targum on this passage says, "In the time in which the ark of the Lord was taken by the Philistines, Hophni and Phinehas, the two priests, fell by the sword at Shiloh; and when the news was brought, their wives made no lamentation, for they both died the same day."

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 78:64

    Their priests fell by the sword - Compare 1 Samuel 4:11. It was considered a special calamity that the ministers of religion were cut down in war.

    And their widows made no lamentation - That is, the public troubles were so great, the danger was still so imminent, the calamities thickened so fast, that there was no opportunity for public mourning by formal processions of women, and loud lamentations, such as were usual on these occasions. See the notes at Job 27:15. The meaning is not that there was a want of affection or attachment on the part of the friends of the slain, or that there was no real grief, but that there was no opportunity for displaying it in the customary manner.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 78:64

    78:64 Priests - Hophni and Phinehas. No lamentation - No funeral solemnities; either because they were prevented by their own death, as the wife of Phinehas was, or disturbed by the invasion of the enemy.