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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Lamentations 3:1-20

The title of the Ps. 102:1-28 might very fitly be prefixed to this chapter?The prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and pours out his complaint before the Lord; for it is very feelingly and fluently that the complaint is here poured out. Let us observe the particulars of it. The prophet complains, 1. That God is angry. This gives both birth and bitterness to the affliction (Lam. 3:1): I am the man, the remarkable man, that has seen affliction, and has felt it sensibly, by the rod... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 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,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Lamentations 3:7

He hath hedged me about - This also may refer to the lines drawn round the city during the siege. But these and similar expressions in the following verses may be merely metaphorical, to point out their straitened, oppressed, and distressed state. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Lamentations 3:7

Verse 7 Here he says, first, that he was held shut up; for גדר, gidar, is to enclose, and גדרה, gidare, means a fence or a mound, or an enclosure of any kind. He then says, that he was shut up as it were by a fence, so that he could not go forth; literally, it is, and I shall not go forth; but the conjunction here is to be taken as denoting the end. He has shut me up, he says, or he has enclosed me, that I might not get out. It then follows, He hath made heavy my fetter. His meaning is, that... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Lamentations 3:1-21

MONOLOGUE SPOKEN BY AN INDIVIDUAL BELIEVER WHOSE FATE IS BOUND UP WITH THAT OF THE NATION ; OR PERHAPS BY THE NATION PERSONIFIED (see Introduction). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Lamentations 3:7

My chain ; literally, my brass (comp. 16:21 ; 2 Kings 25:7 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Lamentations 3:7

Hedged about. I. EVERY LIFE IS SURROUNDED BY DIVINE LIMITATIONS . God hedges all of us about. Some have a narrow field of freedom and others a wider field. But every man's field is fenced in. Within certain limits we have scope for choice and will. Yet even there choice is fettered. For there is not only the hedge that bounds our area of action, there is the chain on our own person that hampers our movements. Free will is far from being unlimited. Or, if the will is not... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Lamentations 3:7-9

Three figures, interrupted by a literal statement of the ill success of prayer. A traveller who finds himself suddenly caged up by a high thorn hedge (comp. Job 3:23 ; Hosea 2:6 ). A prisoner with a heavy chain. Again, a traveller suddenly shut up by solid stone walls (comp. Hosea 2:8 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Lamentations 3:7-9

The way of life hedged and built up. The man who enjoys prosperity seems also to enjoy liberty; his way lies straight and level and open before him. But it often happens in human life that liberty is changed into restraint, that every path that is smooth and peaceful is closed, that, in the figurative language of this passage, a hedge is planted, a fence is staked out, a wall is built across the traveller's way. I. MAN 'S DELIGHT IS NATURALLY IN LIBERTY AND PROSPERITY .... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Lamentations 3:7

The prophet feels as if enclosed within walls, and fettered. read more

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