Lamentations 3:12
New International Version
He drew his bow and made me the target for his arrows.

New Living Translation
He has drawn his bow and made me the target for his arrows.

English Standard Version
he bent his bow and set me as a target for his arrow.

Berean Study Bible
He bent His bow and set me as the target for His arrow.

King James Bible
He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

New King James Version
He has bent His bow And set me up as a target for the arrow.

New American Standard Bible
He bent His bow And took aim at me as a target for the arrow.

NASB 1995
He bent His bow And set me as a target for the arrow.

NASB 1977
He bent His bow And set me as a target for the arrow.

Amplified Bible
He has bent His bow And set me as a target for the arrow.

Christian Standard Bible
He strung his bow and set me as the target for his arrow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He strung His bow and set me as the target for His arrow.

American Standard Version
He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He filled his bow and he stood me up as the mark for an arrow

Brenton Septuagint Translation
HE. He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

Contemporary English Version
God took careful aim and shot his arrows

Douay-Rheims Bible
Daleth. He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for his arrows.

English Revised Version
He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

Good News Translation
He drew his bow and made me the target for his arrows.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He has drawn his bow and made me the target for his arrows.

International Standard Version
He bent his bow, aiming at me with his arrow.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He hath bent His bow, and set me As a mark for the arrow.

Literal Standard Version
He has bent His bow, And sets me up as a mark for an arrow.

NET Bible
He drew his bow and made me the target for his arrow.

New Heart English Bible
He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

World English Bible
He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

Young's Literal Translation
He hath trodden His bow, And setteth me up as a mark for an arrow.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jeremiah's Afflictions
11He forced me off my path and tore me to pieces; He left me without help. 12He bent His bow and set me as the target for His arrow. 13He pierced my kidneys with His arrows.…

Cross References
Job 6:4
For the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit drinks in their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.

Job 7:20
If I have sinned, what have I done to You, O watcher of mankind? Why have You made me Your target, so that I am a burden to You?

Job 16:12
I was at ease, but He shattered me; He seized me by the neck and crushed me. He has set me up as His target;

Psalm 7:12
If one does not repent, God will sharpen His sword; He has bent and strung His bow.

Psalm 38:2
For Your arrows have pierced me deeply, and Your hand has pressed down on me.

Lamentations 2:4
He has bent His bow like an enemy; His right hand is positioned. Like a foe He has killed all who were pleasing to the eye; He has poured out His wrath like fire on the tent of the Daughter of Zion.


Treasury of Scripture

He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

bent

Job 6:4
For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

Job 7:20
I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?

Job 16:12,13
I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark…









(12) He hath bent his bow.--(Comp. Job 16:12.) The figure is changed, but there is a natural sequence of thought. The lion suggests the huntsman. but he appears on the scene not to save the victim, but to complete the work of destruction.

Verse 12. - Set me as a mark. Precisely as Job complains of Jehovah, "He hath set me up for his mark" (Job 16:13).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He bent
דָּרַ֤ךְ (dā·raḵ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1869: To tread, to walk, to string a, bow

His bow
קַשְׁתוֹ֙‪‬‪‬ (qaš·tōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7198: A bow, for, shooting, the iris

and set me
וַיַּצִּיבֵ֔נִי (way·yaṣ·ṣî·ḇê·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 5324: To take one's stand, stand

as the target
כַּמַּטָּרָ֖א (kam·maṭ·ṭā·rā)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4307: A guard, ward, prison, target, mark

for His arrow.
לַחֵֽץ׃ (la·ḥêṣ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2671: A piercer, an arrow, a wound, thunderbolt, the shaft of a, spear


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