Lamentations 3:9
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New International Version
He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.

New Living Translation
He has blocked my way with a high stone wall; he has made my road crooked.

English Standard Version
he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones; he has made my paths crooked.

New American Standard Bible
He has blocked my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked.

King James Bible
He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He has walled in my ways with cut stones; He has made my paths crooked.

International Standard Version
He impeded my way with blocks of stone, making my paths uneven.

NET Bible
He has blocked every road I take with a wall of hewn stones; he has made every path impassable.

New Heart English Bible
He has walled up my ways with cut stone; he has made my paths crooked.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He has blocked my way with cut stones and made my paths crooked.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He hath enclosed my ways with hewn stone, He hath made my paths crooked.

New American Standard 1977
He has blocked my ways with hewn stone;
            He has made my paths crooked.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Gimel He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone; he has made my paths crooked.

King James 2000 Bible
He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone, he has made my paths crooked.

American King James Version
He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone, he has made my paths crooked.

American Standard Version
He hath walled up my ways with hewn stone; he hath made my paths crooked.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Ghimel. He hath shut up my ways with square stones, he hath turned my paths upside down.

Darby Bible Translation
He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.

English Revised Version
He hath fenced up my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.

Webster's Bible Translation
He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.

World English Bible
He has walled up my ways with cut stone; he has made my paths crooked.

Young's Literal Translation
He hath hedged my ways with hewn work, My paths He hath made crooked.
Study Bible
Jeremiah's Afflictions
8Even when I cry out and call for help, He shuts out my prayer. 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.…
Cross References
Job 19:8
"He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass, And He has put darkness on my paths.

Isaiah 63:17
Why, O LORD, do You cause us to stray from Your ways And harden our heart from fearing You? Return for the sake of Your servants, the tribes of Your heritage.

Lamentations 3:10
He is to me like a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in secret places.

Hosea 2:6
"Therefore, behold, I will hedge up her way with thorns, And I will build a wall against her so that she cannot find her paths.
Treasury of Scripture

He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone, he has made my paths crooked.

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Lamentations 3:11 He has turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he has made me desolate.

Isaiah 30:28 And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the middle …

Isaiah 63:17 O LORD, why have you made us to err from your ways, and hardened …

(9) He hath inclosed.--Yet another figure of resourceless misery follows. A massive wall of stone runs across the mourner's way. When he turns aside into by-paths, they are turned and twisted in labyrinthine confusion, and lead nowhither.

Verse 9. - Inclosed; or, walled up; the participle of this verb is rendered "masons" in the Authorized Version of 2 Kings 12:12. Made my paths crooked; i.e. hath compelled me to walk in byways (comp. margin of the Authorized Version, Judges 5:6). But this hardly seems appropriate to the context. The semitas meas subvertit of the Vulgate is preferable. Render, therefore, turned my path upside down (comp. Isaiah 24:1). An analogous expression m Job 30:13 is rendered in the Authorized Version, "they mar my path." Thenius thinks that the destruction of a raised causeway is the figure intended; but the word is quite correctly rendered "paths;" see the note of Delitzsch on REFERENCE_WORK:Keil & DelitzschIsaiah 59:8. He hath enclosed my ways with hewn stone,.... Not with a hedge of thorns, or mud walls, but with a fence of stones; and these not rough, and laid loosely together, but hewn and put in order, and well cemented. The Targum is, with marble hewn stones, which are harder than common stones, and not so easily demolished; this may respect the case of the prophet in prison, and in the dungeon, and in Jerusalem, when besieged; or in general his afflictive state, from whence he had no prospect of deliverance; or the state of the Jews in captivity, from which there was no likelihood of a release;

he hath made my paths crooked; or, "perverted my ways" (h); so that he could not find his way out, when he attempted it; he got into a way which led him wrong; everything went cross and against him, and all his measures were disconcerted, and his designs defeated; no one step he took prospered.

(h) "semitas meas pervertit", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Calvin; "contorsit", Michealis. 9. hewn stone—which coheres so closely as not to admit of being broken through.

paths crooked—thwarted our plans and efforts so that none went right.

Daleth.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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