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Lamentations 3:7

 

 

He has walled me in so that I cannot go out; He has made my chain heavy.

Adam Clarke Commentary

He hath hedged me about - This also may refer to the lines drawn round the city during the siege. But these and similar expressions in the following verses may be merely metaphorical, to point out their straitened, oppressed, and distressed state.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:7". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/lamentations-3.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The prophet feels as if enclosed within walls, and fettered.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:7". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/lamentations-3.html. 1870.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

"He hath walled me about, that I cannot go forth;

he hath made my chain heavy,

Yea, when I cry, and call for help,

he shutteth out my prayer.

He hath walled up my ways with hewn stone;

he hath made my paths crooked.

He is unto me as a bear lying in wait,

as a lion in secret places.

He hath turned aside my ways,

he hath pulled me in pieces;

he hath made me desolate.

He hath bent his bow,

and set me as a mark for his arrow."

"He is unto me as a bear ... and a lion" (Lamentations 3:10). A similar use of these animals as examples of enmity are in Hosea 13:8 and in Amos 5:19.

"He hath set me as a mark for his arrow" (Lamentations 3:12). This is like Job's complaint in Job 16:13.

"This new simile arises out of the preceding one."[19] The progression is from the animals (the bear and the lion) to the hunter. Jeremiah felt himself as a sufferer from both, caught in the middle," as we might say.


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:7". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/lamentations-3.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

He hath hedged me about, that I cannot go out,.... When in prison, or in the dungeon, or during the siege of Jerusalem; though the phrase may only denote in general the greatness of his troubles, with which he was encompassed, and how inextricable they were; like a hedge about a vineyard, or a wall about a city, which could not easily be got over:

he hath made my chain heavy; his affliction intolerable. It is a metaphor taken from malefactors that have heavy chains put upon their legs, that they may not make their escape out of prison: or, "my brass"F7נחשתי χαλκον μου Sept. "aes meum, vel chalybem meum", Piscator. ; that is, chains, or a chain made of brass; so the Targum,

"he hath made heavy upon my feet fetters of brass.'


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/lamentations-3.html. 1999.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Here he says, first, that he was held shut up; for גדר, gidar, is to enclose, and גדרה, gidare, means a fence or a mound, or an enclosure of any kind. He then says, that he was shut up as it were by a fence, so that he could not go forth; literally, it is, and I shall not go forth; but the conjunction here is to be taken as denoting the end. He has shut me up, he says, or he has enclosed me, that I might not get out.

It then follows, He hath made heavy my fetter. His meaning is, that he was not only bound with fetters, but so bound that he could not raise up his feet, as though he had said, that he not only had fetters, but that they were so heavy that he could not even move his feet.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:7". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/lamentations-3.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Lamentations 3:7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.

Ver. 7. He hath hedged me about.] Sorrounded me with troubles, brought me into straits inextricable and importable.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:7". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/lamentations-3.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The use of a hedge about an enclosed field is twofold:

1. To keep out other beasts which belong not to the owner of the ground; in this sense God set a hedge sometimes about Canaan, Isaiah 5:5.

2. To keep in those beasts that are within; thus God had now hedged them in, into a barren place where they had no pasture, but were continually pushed at by other beasts with whom they were mixed, and who were stronger than they, and they could not get out. God had dealt with them as with grievous malefactors, who are loaded with heavy chains. He had made their affliction heavy and insupportable.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Lamentations 3:7". 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

7. Chain — Literally, brass. The figure is that of a prisoner shut up in an enclosure and loaded with heavy fetters.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:7". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/lamentations-3.html. 1874-1909.

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

The Lord had imprisoned His prophet in his affliction; he could not escape from it (cf. Job 19:8; Psalm 88:8; Jeremiah 38:6; Hosea 2:6).


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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:7". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/lamentations-3.html. 2012.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

chain = iron, or bronze. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause). App-6, for the fetters made of it. Compare Judges 16:21 and 2 Kings 25:7. 2 Chronicles 83:11; 2 Chronicles 36:6. Jeremiah 39:7; all of distinguished men.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:7". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/lamentations-3.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(7) He hath hedged.—From the darkness of Hades we pass to that of the prison-house, in which the mourner is “hedged” or confined, bound with a heavy chain (literally, brass).


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:7". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/lamentations-3.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.
hedged
9; Job 3:23; 19:8; Psalms 88:8; Jeremiah 38:6; Hosea 2:6
made
1:14; 5:5; Daniel 9:12

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:7". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/lamentations-3.html.

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