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Lamentations 4

Lam. 4:19 KJV (With Strong’s)

Our persecutors
radaph (Hebrew #7291)
to run after (usually with hostile intent; figuratively (of time) gone by)
KJV usage: chase, put to flight, follow (after, on), hunt, (be under) persecute(-ion, -or), pursue(-r).
Pronounce: raw-daf'
Origin: a primitive root
are swifter
qal (Hebrew #7031)
light; (by implication) rapid (also adverbial)
KJV usage: light, swift(-ly).
Pronounce: kal
Origin: contracted from 7043
g than the eagles
nesher (Hebrew #5404)
the eagle (or other large bird of prey)
KJV usage: eagle.
Pronounce: neh'-sher
Origin: from an unused root meaning to lacerate
of the heaven
shamayim (Hebrew #8064)
from an unused root meaning to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve)
KJV usage: air, X astrologer, heaven(-s).
Pronounce: shaw-mah'-yim
Origin: dual of an unused singular shameh {shaw-meh'}
: they pursued
dalaq (Hebrew #1814)
to flame (literally or figuratively)
KJV usage: burning, chase, inflame, kindle, persecute(-or), pursue hotly.
Pronounce: daw-lak'
Origin: a primitive root
us upon the mountains
har (Hebrew #2022)
a mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively)
KJV usage: hill (country), mount(-ain), X promotion.
Pronounce: har
Origin: a shortened form of 2042
, they laid wait
'arab (Hebrew #693)
to lurk
KJV usage: (lie in) ambush(-ment), lay (lie in) wait.
Pronounce: aw-rab'
Origin: a primitive root
for us in the wilderness
midbar (Hebrew #4057)
a pasture (i.e. open field, whither cattle are driven); by implication, a desert; also speech (including its organs)
KJV usage: desert, south, speech, wilderness.
Pronounce: mid-bawr'
Origin: from 1696 in the sense of driving

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Ministry on This Verse

Deut. 28:49• 49The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; (Deut. 28:49)
Isa. 5:26‑28• 26And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:
27None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:
28Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:
(Isa. 5:26‑28)
Isa. 30:16‑17• 16But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.
17One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.
(Isa. 30:16‑17)
Jer. 4:13• 13Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled. (Jer. 4:13)
Hos. 8:1• 1Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law. (Hos. 8:1)
Hab. 1:8• 8Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. (Hab. 1:8)
Matt. 24:27‑28• 27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
(Matt. 24:27‑28)
the eagles.The eagle, whose wings are of an extraordinary length, darts with amazing rapidity through the voids of heaven.they pursued.
 No mountain was steep, no desert lonely, enough to protect the guilty fugitives. It was God who was punishing them by means most just. (Lamentations of Jeremiah: Chapter 4:12-22 by W. Kelly)

J. N. Darby Translation

Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles of the heavens; they chased us hotly upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.