Lamentations 3:7–9 (ESV)

7 He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has made my chains heavy;

From verses 7 to 12, Jeremiah portrays his helplessness with three images. The first comes from his life of imprisonment. Even though he is now out of prison, he still feels as if he is in chains behind walls. There is no escape for him, because not even God hears when he calls out.