Isaiah 38:14
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New International Version
I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid!"

New Living Translation
Delirious, I chattered like a swallow or a crane, and then I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew tired of looking to heaven for help. I am in trouble, Lord. Help me!"

English Standard Version
Like a swallow or a crane I chirp; I moan like a dove. My eyes are weary with looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; be my pledge of safety!

New American Standard Bible
"Like a swallow, like a crane, so I twitter; I moan like a dove; My eyes look wistfully to the heights; O Lord, I am oppressed, be my security.

King James Bible
Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I chirp like a swallow or a crane; I moan like a dove. My eyes grow weak looking upward. Lord, I am oppressed; support me.

International Standard Version
Like a swallow or a crane I chirp, I moan like a dove. My eyes look weakly upward. O Lord, I am oppressed, so stand up for me!

NET Bible
Like a swallow or a thrush I chirp, I coo like a dove; my eyes grow tired from looking up to the sky. O sovereign master, I am oppressed; help me!

New Heart English Bible
I chattered like a swallow or a crane. I moaned like a dove. My eyes weaken looking upward. Lord, I am oppressed. Be my security."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I chirped like swallows and cranes. I cooed like doves. My eyes were tired from looking up to heaven. I've suffered miserably, O Lord! Please help me!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Like a swallow or a crane, so do I chatter, I do moan as a dove; Mine eyes fail with looking upward. O LORD, I am oppressed, be Thou my surety.

New American Standard 1977
“Like a swallow, like a crane, so I twitter;
            I moan like a dove;
            My eyes look wistfully to the heights;
            O Lord, I am oppressed, be my security.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Like a crane or a swallow, so did I complain; I mourned as a dove; I raised my eyes upward, O LORD, I am suffering violence; comfort me.

King James 2000 Bible
Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: my eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me.

American King James Version
Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: my eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me.

American Standard Version
Like a swallow or a crane, so did I chatter; I did moan as a dove; mine eyes fail with looking upward: O Lord, I am oppressed, be thou my surety.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will cry like a young swallow, I will meditate like a dove: my eyes are weakened looking upward: Lord, I suffer violence, answer thou for me.

Darby Bible Translation
Like a swallow [or] a crane, so did I chatter; I mourned as a dove; mine eyes failed [with looking] upward: Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for me.

English Revised Version
Like a swallow or a crane, so did I chatter; I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward; O LORD, I am oppressed, be thou my surety.

Webster's Bible Translation
Like a crane or a swallow, so I chattered: I mourned as a dove: my eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me.

World English Bible
I chattered like a swallow or a crane. I moaned like a dove. My eyes weaken looking upward. Lord, I am oppressed. Be my security."

Young's Literal Translation
As a crane -- a swallow -- so I chatter, I mourn as a dove, Drawn up have been mine eyes on high, O Jehovah, oppression is on me, be my surety.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
38:9-22 We have here Hezekiah's thanksgiving. It is well for us to remember the mercies we receive in sickness. Hezekiah records the condition he was in. He dwells upon this; I shall no more see the Lord. A good man wishes not to live for any other end than that he may serve God, and have communion with him. Our present residence is like that of a shepherd in his hut, a poor, mean, and cold lodging, and with a trust committed to our charge, as the shepherd has. Our days are compared to the weaver's shuttle, Job 7:6, passing and repassing very swiftly, every throw leaving a thread behind it; and when finished, the piece is cut off, taken out of the loom, and showed to our Master to be judged of. A good man, when his life is cut off, his cares and fatigues are cut off with it, and he rests from his labours. But our times are in God's hand; he has appointed what shall be the length of the piece. When sick, we are very apt to calculate our time, but are still at uncertainty. It should be more our care how we shall get safe to another world. And the more we taste of the loving-kindness of God, the more will our hearts love him, and live to him. It was in love to our poor perishing souls that Christ delivered them. The pardon does not make the sin not to have been sin, but not to be punished as it deserves. It is pleasant to think of our recoveries from sickness, when we see them flowing from the pardon of sin. Hezekiah's opportunity to glorify God in this world, he made the business, and pleasure, and end of life. Being recovered, he resolves to abound in praising and serving God. God's promises are not to do away, but to quicken and encourage the use of means. Life and health are given that we may glorify God and do good.
Study Bible
Hezekiah's Song of Thanksgiving
13"I composed my soul until morning. Like a lion-- so He breaks all my bones, From day until night You make an end of me. 14"Like a swallow, like a crane, so I twitter; I moan like a dove; My eyes look wistfully to the heights; O Lord, I am oppressed, be my security. 15"What shall I say? For He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it; I will wander about all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.…
Cross References
Hebrews 7:22
Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.

Job 17:3
"Lay down, now, a pledge for me with Yourself; Who is there that will be my guarantor?

Job 30:29
"I have become a brother to jackals And a companion of ostriches.

Psalm 55:2
Give heed to me and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted,

Psalm 69:3
I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; My eyes fail while I wait for my God.

Psalm 102:6
I resemble a pelican of the wilderness; I have become like an owl of the waste places.

Psalm 119:82
My eyes fail with longing for Your word, While I say, "When will You comfort me?"

Psalm 119:122
Be surety for Your servant for good; Do not let the arrogant oppress me.

Psalm 119:123
My eyes fail with longing for Your salvation And for Your righteous word.

Isaiah 59:11
All of us growl like bears, And moan sadly like doves; We hope for justice, but there is none, For salvation, but it is far from us.
Treasury of Scripture

Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: my eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me.

a crane

Job 30:29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

Psalm 102:4-7 My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to …

I did mourn

Isaiah 59:11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, …

Ezekiel 7:16 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains …

Nahum 2:7 And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and …

mine eyes

Psalm 69:3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: my eyes fail while I …

Psalm 119:82,123 My eyes fail for your word, saying, When will you comfort me…

Psalm 123:1-4 To you lift I up my eyes, O you that dwell in the heavens…

Lamentations 4:17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching …

I am

Psalm 119:122 Be surety for your servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.

Psalm 143:7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit fails: hide not your face from …

undertake for me. or, ease me.

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