Lamentations 3:4
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New International Version
He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones.

King James Bible
My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.

Darby Bible Translation
My flesh and my skin hath he wasted away, he hath broken my bones.

World English Bible
My flesh and my skin has he made old; he has broken my bones.

Young's Literal Translation
He hath worn out my flesh and my skin. He hath broken my bones.

Lamentations 3:4 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He hath - brought me into darkness - In the sacred writings, darkness is often taken for calamity, light, for prosperity.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

my flesh

Job 16:8,9 And you have filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me bears witness to my face...

Psalm 31:9,10 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: my eye is consumed with grief, yes, my soul and my belly...

Psalm 32:3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

Psalm 38:2-8 For your arrows stick fast in me, and your hand presses me sore...

Psalm 102:3-5 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth...

he hath

Psalm 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the middle of my bowels.

Psalm 51:8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which you have broken may rejoice.

Isaiah 38:13 I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will he break all my bones: from day even to night will you make an end of me.

Jeremiah 50:17 Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria has devoured him...

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February the Twenty-Fourth Moving Towards Daybreak
"He hath brought me into darkness, but not into light." --LAMENTATIONS iii. 1-9. But a man may be in darkness, and yet in motion toward the light. I was in the darkness of the subway, and it was close and oppressive, but I was moving toward the light and fragrance of the open country. I entered into a tunnel in the Black Country in England, but the motion was continued, and we emerged amid fields of loveliness. And therefore the great thing to remember is that God's darknesses are not His goals;
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

"And we all do Fade as a Leaf, and Our Iniquities, Like the Wind, have Taken us Away. "
Isaiah lxiv. 6.--"And we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." Here they join the punishment with the deserving cause, their uncleanness and their iniquities, and so take it upon them, and subscribe to the righteousness of God's dealing. We would say this much in general--First, Nobody needeth to quarrel God for his dealing. He will always be justified when he is judged. If the Lord deal more sharply with you than with others, you may judge there is a difference
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

The Ambassadors from Babylon
In the midst of his prosperous reign King Hezekiah was suddenly stricken with a fatal malady. "Sick unto death," his case was beyond the power of man to help. And the last vestige of hope seemed removed when the prophet Isaiah appeared before him with the message, "Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live." Isaiah 38:1. The outlook seemed utterly dark; yet the king could still pray to the One who had hitherto been his "refuge and strength, a very present help
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Meditations for one that is Like to Die.
If thy sickness be like to increase unto death, then meditate on three things:--First, How graciously God dealeth with thee. Secondly, From what evils death will free thee. Thirdly, What good death will bring unto thee. The first sort of Meditations are, to consider God's favourable dealing with thee. 1. Meditate that God uses this chastisement of thy body but as a medicine to cure thy soul, by drawing thee, who art sick in sin, to come by repentance unto Christ, thy physician, to have thy soul healed
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Cross References
Psalm 31:9
Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief.

Psalm 31:10
My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.

Psalm 38:2
Your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down on me.

Psalm 51:8
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

Psalm 102:3
For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers.

Isaiah 38:13
I waited patiently till dawn, but like a lion he broke all my bones; day and night you made an end of me.

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