5 He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship.

Other Translations of Lamentations 3:5

King James Version

5 He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.

English Standard Version

5 he has besieged and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation;

The Message

5 He hemmed me in, ganged up on me, poured on the trouble and hard times.

New King James Version

5 He has besieged me And surrounded me with bitterness and woe.

New Living Translation

5 He has besieged and surrounded me with anguish and distress.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Lamentations 3:5

Commentary on Lamentations 3:1-20

(Read Lamentations 3:1-20)

The prophet relates the more gloomy and discouraging part of his experience, and how he found support and relief. In the time of his trial the Lord had become terrible to him. It was an affliction that was misery itself; for sin makes the cup of affliction a bitter cup. The struggle between unbelief and faith is often very severe. But the weakest believer is wrong, if he thinks that his strength and hope are perished from the Lord.