5. He hath builded against me, and encompassed me with gall and travail.
5. AEdificavit contra me, et circumdedit felle et molestia.
The words, as translated, may seem harsh, yet they have no common beauty in Hebrew. The Prophet says he was blocked up and straitened as it were by walls; and as we shall see, he repeats this comparison three times; in other words, indeed, but for the same purpose.
God, he says,
He then gives a clearer explanation, that he was surrounded by gall 1 or poison and trouble. He mentions poison first, and then, without a figure, he shews what that poison was, even that he was afflicted with many troubles. He afterwards adds, --
1 The Sept., the Targ., and the Arab. render this "my head;" but the Vulg. and the Syr., "gall." It occurs again in Lamentations 2:19, and is rendered "gall" by the Targ. and all the versions. He was "surrounded with gall," with what was bitter to him, and "with faintness," with what made him to faint. Hence, in the next verse, he represents himself as being like the dead. -- Ed.
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