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Lamentations 3:10

 

 

He is to me like a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in secret places.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

He was unto me as a bear lying in wait,.... For its prey, which seizes on it at once, and tears it in pieces; such were the Chaldeans to the Jews by divine permission:

and as a lion in secret places; lurking there, in order to take every opportunity and advantage, and fall upon any creature that comes that way. The same thing is signified here as before; see Hosea 5:14.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:10". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/lamentations-3.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

e He [was] to me [as] a bear lying in wait, [and as] a lion in secret places.

(e) He has no pity on me.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:10". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/lamentations-3.html. 1599-1645.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Harsh is the complaint when Jeremiah compares God to a. bear and a lion. But we have said that the apprehension of God’s wrath so terrified the faithful, that they could not sufficiently express the atrocity of their calamity; and then borne in mind must also be what we have stated, that they spoke according to the judgment of the flesh; for they did not always so moderate their feelings, but that something fell from them worthy of blame. We ought not, then, to make as a rule in religion all the complaints of holy men, when they were pressed down by the hand of God; for when their minds were in a state of confusion, they uttered much that was intemperate. But we ought, on the other hand, to acknowledge how great must be our weakness, since we see that even the strongest; have thus fallen, when God exercised severity towards them.

Though, then, it does not seem that it was said in due honor, that God did lie in wait as bears for travelers, or as lions in their dens; yet, if we consider how much the faithful dreaded the tokens of God’s wrath, we shall not wonder at this excess. It is then certain that rite Prophet brings before us here not only evidences of the fear of God, of religion and humility, but also of the corrupt feelings of the flesh; for it cannot be, but that the infirmity of men will betray itself ill extreme evils. He adds, what is of the same import, —


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:10". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/lamentations-3.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Lamentations 3:10 He [was] unto me [as] a bear lying in wait, [and as] a lion in secret places.

Ver. 10. He was unto me as a bear lying in wait.] So that if I do but offer to stir, or seek to make escape, I am in danger to be devoured.

And as a lion in secret places.] God hath many ways and means to bemeet with sinners. He can stop them in their course, as he did Balaam, Jonah, and others.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:10". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/lamentations-3.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

That is, he hath taken all advantages against me to destroy me.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Lamentations 3:10". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/lamentations-3.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

10. As a bear… in wait — This is one of several allusions in the poetical and prophetical books, harmonizing with certain passages in the historical books, such as 1 Samuel 17:34; 1 Samuel 17:36-37; 2 Samuel 17:8, which imply that in Old Testament times the bear was a common animal in this land.

The figure of “a bear lying in wait” occurs only here. Nagelsbach renders:

A lurking bear was he to me, a lion in ambush.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:10". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/lamentations-3.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Places. This may refer to the prophet or to the people.


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:10". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/lamentations-3.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

as a lion. See note on Psalms 22:16.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:10". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/lamentations-3.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(10) As a bear . . . as a lion.—The figure found in Hosea 13:8; Amos 5:19, is specially characteristic of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 4:7; Jeremiah 5:6; Jeremiah 49:19; Jeremiah 50:44). We are reminded of Dante (Inferno, i. 31-51).


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:10". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/lamentations-3.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.
unto
Job 10:16; Isaiah 38:13; Hosea 5:14; 6:1; 13:7,8; Amos 5:18-20
in secret
Psalms 10:9; 17:12

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:10". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/lamentations-3.html.

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