Lamentations 3:5

5 He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship.

Read Lamentations 3:5 Using Other Translations

He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.
he has besieged and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation;
He has besieged and surrounded me with anguish and distress.

What does Lamentations 3:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Lamentations 3:5

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" F5; 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; (perilupov) , 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.''

FOOTNOTES:

F5 (haltw) "et fatigatione", Montanus, Vatablus, Castalio.
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