Lamentations 3:5 – Surrounded

Lamentations 3:5 - He has besieged and encompassed me with bitterness and hardship. (NASB)

The above verse continues the thoughts begun in Lamentations 3:1, in which the speaker expresses his experience of being disciplined by God.

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

banah - to build, built
al - upon, above, over
naqaph - compass about, cut down, destroy, go round about, enclose, round
rosh - (a bitter and poisonous herb) venom, poison
telaah - weariness, hardship

Expand and Dig: Let’s use these meanings to expand the passage and dig deeper.

He has built all around me a barricade of venom, of poison, of weariness, and hardship.


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