Lamentations 3:7

7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains.

Read Lamentations 3:7 Using Other Translations

He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.
He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has made my chains heavy;
He has walled me in, and I cannot escape. He has bound me in heavy chains.

What does Lamentations 3:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Lamentations 3:7

He hath hedged me about, that I cannot go out
When in prison, or in the dungeon, or during the siege of Jerusalem; though the phrase may only denote in general the greatness of his troubles, with which he was encompassed, and how inextricable they were; like a hedge about a vineyard, or a wall about a city, which could not easily be got over: he hath made my chain heavy;
his affliction intolerable. It is a metaphor taken from malefactors that have heavy chains put upon their legs, that they may not make their escape out of prison: or, "my brass" {g}; that is, chains, or a chain made of brass; so the Targum,

``he hath made heavy upon my feet fetters of brass.''

FOOTNOTES:

F7 (ytvxn) (calkon mou) Sept. "aes meum, [vel] chalybem meum", Piscator.
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