Lamentations 3:10
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New International Version
Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion in hiding,

New Living Translation
He has hidden like a bear or a lion, waiting to attack me.

English Standard Version
He is a bear lying in wait for me, a lion in hiding;

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

King James Bible
He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.

Christian Standard Bible
He is a bear waiting in ambush, a lion in hiding.

Contemporary English Version
God was like a bear or a lion waiting in ambush for me;

Good News Translation
He waited for me like a bear; he pounced on me like a lion.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He is a bear waiting in ambush, a lion in hiding.

International Standard Version
He is like a bear that lies in wait for me, a lion in hiding.

NET Bible
To me he is like a bear lying in ambush, like a hidden lion stalking its prey.

New Heart English Bible
He is to me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in hiding.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He is like a bear waiting to ambush me, like a lion in hiding.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He is unto me as a bear lying in wait, As a lion in secret places.

New American Standard 1977
He is to me like a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in secret places.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Daleth He was unto me as a bear lying in wait and as a lion in secret places.

King James 2000 Bible
He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.

American King James Version
He was to me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.

American Standard Version
He is unto me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in secret places.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Daleth. He is become to me as a bear lying in wait: as a lion in secret places.

Darby Bible Translation
He is unto me [as] a bear lying in wait, a lion in secret places.

English Revised Version
He is unto me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in secret places.

Webster's Bible Translation
He was to me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.

World English Bible
He is to me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in secret places.

Young's Literal Translation
A bear lying in wait He is to me, A lion in secret hiding-places.
Study Bible
Jeremiah's Afflictions
9He has blocked my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked. 10He is to me like a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in secret places. 11He has turned aside my ways and torn me to pieces; He has made me desolate.…
Cross References
Job 10:16
Should my head be lifted up, You would hunt me like a lion; And again You would show Your power against me.

Lamentations 3:9
He has blocked my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked.

Lamentations 3:11
He has turned aside my ways and torn me to pieces; He has made me desolate.

Hosea 13:7
So I will be like a lion to them; Like a leopard I will lie in wait by the wayside.
Treasury of Scripture

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

unto

Job 10:16 For it increases. You hunt me as a fierce lion: and again you show …

Isaiah 38:13 I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will he break all my …

Hosea 5:14 For I will be to Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house …

Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return to the LORD: for he has torn, and he will …

Hosea 13:7,8 Therefore I will be to them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will …

Amos 5:18-20 Woe to you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for …

in secret

Psalm 10:9 He lies in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lies in wait to …

Psalm 17:12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young …

(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).

Verse 10. - Was; rather, is. As a bear...as a lion. The comparison of the enemy to a lion is not uncommon; see e.g. Jeremiah 4:7; Jeremiah 5:6 (see note); 49:19; 1:44; Psalm 10:9; Psalm 17:12; Job 10:16. The bear is only once mentioned in such a context (Hosea 13:8). The two latter passages may possibly have been in the mind of the writer, as Jehovah is in both the subject of the comparison. 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. 10-13. (Job 10:16; Ho 13:7, 8).3:1-20 The prophet relates the more gloomy and discouraging part of his experience, and how he found support and relief. In the time of his trial the Lord had become terrible to him. It was an affliction that was misery itself; for sin makes the cup of affliction a bitter cup. The struggle between unbelief and faith is often very severe. But the weakest believer is wrong, if he thinks that his strength and hope are perished from the Lord.
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