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מִן־הַ֖מֵּצַֽר קָרָ֣אתִי יָּ֑הּ עָ֜נָ֗נִי בַּמֶּרְחָ֣ב יָֽהּ

From the straits I called God; God answered me with a vast expanse.

I put הַ֖מֵּצַֽר into a contemporary Hebrew dictionary and it does come out as "straits, isthmus", but I'm still unclear on the meaning of the passage. I'm reading the Tanakh on Chabad's website (where there's an option to toggle Rashi), but Rashi doesn't explicate it. I was wondering where you guys go to get explanations of what things mean? Why would this particular metaphor have been used, and what is it getting at?

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    definition two is usually something like "a situation of perplexity or distress". The text resolves a word hinting to "tight" or "constrained" with a word hinting to "open" or "wide." – rosends Mar 9 at 11:53
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    @rosends is on track. The metaphor is essentuially. When I was in the "straits" like a tough "tightened" situation, when I felt as if my energy and strength were being squeezed and felt hopeless, I prayed to God. And, God answered me with his openness - perhaps a reference to his abundant mercy and grace, thus answering my plea. I'll see if I can locate something more comprehensive. – DanF Mar 9 at 14:25

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