Lamentations 3:7
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New International Version
He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains.

King James Bible
He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.

Darby Bible Translation
He hath hedged me about that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.

World English Bible
He has walled me about, that I can't go forth; he has made my chain heavy.

Young's Literal Translation
He hath hedged me about, and I go not out, He hath made heavy my fetter.

Lamentations 3:7 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

hedged

Lamentations 3:9 He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone, he has made my paths crooked.

Job 3:23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God has hedged in?

Job 19:8 He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness in my paths.

Psalm 88:8 You have put away my acquaintance far from me; you have made me an abomination to them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.

Jeremiah 38:6 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison...

Hosea 2:6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.

made

Lamentations 1:14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up on my neck: he has made my strength to fall...

Lamentations 5:5 Our necks are under persecution: we labor, and have no rest.

Daniel 9:12 And he has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing on us a great evil...

Library
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
Job 3:23
Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?

Job 19:8
He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; he has shrouded my paths in darkness.

Jeremiah 40:4
But today I am freeing you from the chains on your wrists. Come with me to Babylon, if you like, and I will look after you; but if you do not want to, then don't come. Look, the whole country lies before you; go wherever you please."

Hosea 2:6
Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.

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