Lamentations 3:12

He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Arrows. Such places were common where shooting was practised, 1 Kings xx. 36., and Job xvi. 11.

Thomas Aquinas

AD 1274
The manner for afflicting is stated here. First the manner is insidious, second, it is open. Verse 12 then says: "He bent his bow and set me as a markfor his arrow." Third, the manner for afflicting is widespread. Verse 15 so states: "He has filled me with bitterness, he has sated me with wormwood." Regarding the insidious manner for afflicting two more ideas are presented. First is the insidious action of enemies. So Verse 10 says: "He is to me like a bear lying in wait, like a lion in hiding." Just like Nabuchodonosor fighting against me ( Jeremiah), from ambush (cf. Old Babylon Empire; around 1140 B.C; or Ruler of New Babylon Empire, around 605-562 B.C.). Then, Verse 10: "He is to me like a bear": cruel, and "like a lion": in which is designated the above ruler (Nabuchodonosor). As the prophet Hosea relates: "So I will be to them like a lion, like a leopard I will lurk beside the way" (Hos 13:7). Second, ambushes, or plots of such enemies whom they would repell. As Verse...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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