12 Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders are shown no respect.
12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.
12 Princes are hung up by their hands; no respect is shown to the elders.
12 They hanged our princes by their hands, dishonored our elders.
12 Princes were hung up by their hands, And elders were not respected.
12 Our princes are being hanged by their thumbs, and our elders are treated with contempt.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Lamentations 5:12
Commentary on Lamentations 5:1-16
(Read Lamentations 5:1-16)
Is any afflicted? Let him pray; and let him in prayer pour out his complaint to God. The people of God do so here; they complain not of evils feared, but of evils felt. If penitent and patient under what we suffer for the sins of our fathers, we may expect that He who punishes, will return in mercy to us. They acknowledge, Woe unto us that we have sinned! All our woes are owing to our own sin and folly. Though our sins and God's just displeasure cause our sufferings, we may hope in his pardoning mercy, his sanctifying grace, and his kind providence. But the sins of a man's whole life will be punished with vengeance at last, unless he obtains an interest in Him who bare our sins in his own body on the tree.