Lamentations 3:5
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New International Version
He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship.

New Living Translation
He has besieged and surrounded me with anguish and distress.

English Standard Version
he has besieged and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation;

New American Standard Bible
He has besieged and encompassed me with bitterness and hardship.

King James Bible
He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He has laid siege against me, encircling me with bitterness and hardship.

International Standard Version
He laid siege against me, surrounding me with bitterness and suffering.

NET Bible
He has besieged and surrounded me with bitter hardship.

New Heart English Bible
He has built against me, and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He has attacked me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He hath builded against me, and compassed me With gall and travail.

New American Standard 1977
He has besieged and encompassed me with bitterness and hardship.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Beth He has built against me and compassed me with gall and travail.

King James 2000 Bible
He has besieged me, and surrounded me with gall and travail.

American King James Version
He has built against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.

American Standard Version
He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Beth. He hath built round about me, and he hath compassed me with gall and labour.

Darby Bible Translation
He hath built against me, and encompassed [me] with gall and toil.

English Revised Version
He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.

Webster's Bible Translation
He hath built against me, and compassed me with gall and labor.

World English Bible
He has built against me, and surrounded me with gall and travail.

Young's Literal Translation
He hath built up against me, And setteth round poverty and weariness.
Study Bible
Jeremiah's Afflictions
4He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away, He has broken my bones. 5He has besieged and encompassed me with bitterness and hardship. 6In dark places He has made me dwell, Like those who have long been dead.…
Cross References
Luke 21:20
But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that her desolation is near.

Job 19:8
"He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass, And He has put darkness on my paths.

Jeremiah 23:15
"Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets, 'Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood And make them drink poisonous water, For from the prophets of Jerusalem Pollution has gone forth into all the land.'"

Lamentations 3:19
Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness.
Treasury of Scripture

He has built against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.

builded

Lamentations 3:7-9 He has hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he has made my chain heavy…

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

gall

Lamentations 3:19 Remembering my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.

Psalm 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me …

Jeremiah 8:14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the …

Jeremiah 9:15 Therefore thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, …

Jeremiah 23:15 Therefore thus said the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, …

(5) He hath builded.--The attack of sorrow is presented under the figure of a siege. In the next clause the figure is dropped. "Gall" stands, as in Jeremiah 8:14, for bitterest sorrow. "Travel" is the old English form of "travail," the two forms, originally identical, being now used with different meanings.

Verse 5. - He hath builded against me, and compassed me. A figure from the siege of a town. Gall. For the true meaning of the word, see on Jeremiah 8:14. We need not trouble ourselves about it here, for the word is evidently used as a kind of "ideograph" for bitterness. Travel; literally, weariness. He hath builded against me,.... Fortresses, as the Targum adds; as when forts and batteries were raised by the Chaldeans against the city of Jerusalem, in which the prophet was:

and compassed me with gall and travail; or "weariness" (e); the same with gall and wormwood, Lamentations 3:19; as Jarchi observes. The sense is, he was surrounded with sorrow, affliction, and misery, which were as disagreeable as gall; or like poison that drank up his spirits, and made him weary of his life. Thus our Lord was exceeding sorrowful, even unto death; encompassed with sorrows, Matthew 26:38. The Targum is,

"he hath surrounded the city, and rooted up the heads of the people, and caused them to fail.''

(e) "et fatigatione", Montanus, Vatablus, Castalio. 5. builded—mounds, as against a besieged city, so as to allow none to escape (so La 3:7, 9).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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