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Lamentations 3:8

8 Even when I call out or cry for help, he shuts out my prayer.

Read Lamentations 3:8 Using Other Translations

Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.
though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer;
And though I cry and shout, he has shut out my prayers.

What does Lamentations 3:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Lamentations 3:8

Also when I cry and shout
Cry, because of the distress of the enemy within; "shout", or cry aloud for help from others without; as persons in a prison do, to make them hear and pity their case: thus the prophet in his affliction cried aloud to God; was fervent, earnest, and importunate in prayer; and yet not heard: he shutteth out my prayer;
shuts the door, that it may not enter; as the door is sometimes shut upon beggars, that their cry may not be heard. The Targum is,

``the house of my prayer is shut.''
Jarchi interprets it of the windows of the firmament being shut, so that his prayer could not pass through, or be heard; see ( Lamentations 3:44 ) . The phrase designs God's disregard, or seeming disregard, of the prayer of the prophet, or of the people; and his shutting his ears against it. Of this, as the Messiah's case, see ( Psalms 22:2 ) .
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