Slaves rule over us;
there is none to deliver us out of their hand. Bible other translations

“hand.” In typical Semitic idiom, “hand” is put by metonymy for “power” or “authority.” It was common for people of power to use trusted slaves to rule over others. Even Roman senators complained bitterly that the slaves of the emperor were given positions of power and ordered them around.

Commentary for: Lamentations 5:8