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53 They shut me[a] up in a pit
and threw stones at me.
54 The waters closed over my head;
I thought[b] I was about to die.[c]

ק (Qof)

55 I have called on your name, O Lord,
from the deepest pit.[d]

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  1. Lamentations 3:53 tn Heb “my life.”
  2. Lamentations 3:54 tn Heb “I said,” meaning “I said to myself” = “I thought.”
  3. Lamentations 3:54 tn Heb “I was about to be cut off.” The verb נִגְזָרְתִּי (nigzarti), Niphal perfect first person common singular from גָּזַר (gazar, “to be cut off”), functions in an ingressive sense: “about to be cut off.” It is used in reference to the threat of death (e.g., Ezek 37:11; Ps 88:5). To be “cut off” from the land of the living means to experience death (Isa 53:8).
  4. Lamentations 3:55 tn Heb “from a pit of lowest places.”