The Meaning of Lamentations 5:3 Explained

Lamentations 5:3

KJV: We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

YLT: Orphans we have been -- without a father, our mothers are as widows.

Darby: We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

ASV: We are orphans and fatherless; Our mothers are as widows.

What does Lamentations 5:3 Mean?

Verse Meaning

Because the Lord no longer protected and provided for the people, they had become virtual orphans. They had lost their rights as well as their property. Jewish men had become defenseless, and Jewish mothers had become as vulnerable as widows having lost their protection.

Chapter Summary: Lamentations 5

1  A complaint of Zion in prayer unto God

What do the individual words in Lamentations 5:3 mean?

Orphans we have become - and waifs Our mothers [are] like widows
יְתוֹמִ֤ים הָיִ֙ינוּ֙ [אין] (וְאֵ֣ין) אָ֔ב אִמֹּתֵ֖ינוּ כְּאַלְמָנֽוֹת

יְתוֹמִ֤ים  Orphans 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural
Root: יָתֹום  
Sense: an orphan, fatherless.
הָיִ֙ינוּ֙  we  have  become 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Perfect, first person common plural
Root: אֶהְיֶה 
Sense: to be, become, come to pass, exist, happen, fall out.
[אין]  - 
Parse: Adverb
אָ֔ב  waifs 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: אָב  
Sense: father of an individual.
אִמֹּתֵ֖ינוּ  Our  mothers  [are] 
Parse: Noun, feminine plural construct, first person common plural
Root: אֵם  
Sense: mother.
כְּאַלְמָנֽוֹת  like  widows 
Parse: Preposition-k, Noun, feminine plural
Root: אַלְמָנָה  
Sense: widow.

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