Lamentations 3:7 – Walled In and Bound

Lamentations 3:7 - He has walled me in so that I cannot go out; He has made my chain heavy. (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.

gadar - to wall up or off, to build a wall
baad - away from, behind, about, on behalf of, through
lo - not, no
yatsa - to go or come out, went
kabad or kabed - to be heavy, weighty, or burdensome, honored
nechosheth - copper, bronze

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

He has built a wall around me so that I can not come and go. He has made me a heavy and burdensome chain of copper and bronze.


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