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5Q7 Lamentationsb

Language: Hebrew

Date: Before 30 B.C - 68 A.D.

Location: Qumran Cave 5

Contents: Lamentations 4:17-20


Lamentations 4

17 Our eyes still fail,

looking in vain for our help.

In our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save.


18 They hunt our steps,

so that we can’t go in our streets.

Our end is near.

Our days are fulfilled,

for our end has come.


19 Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles of the sky.

They chased us on the mountains.

They set an ambush for us in the wilderness.


20 The breath of our nostrils,

the anointed of Yahweh,

was taken in their pits;

of whom we said,

under his shadow we will live among the nations.




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