Psalm 102:4
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New International Version
My heart is blighted and withered like grass; I forget to eat my food.

King James Bible
My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

Darby Bible Translation
My heart is smitten and withered like grass; yea, I have forgotten to eat my bread.

World English Bible
My heart is blighted like grass, and withered, for I forget to eat my bread.

Young's Literal Translation
Smitten as the herb, and withered, is my heart, For I have forgotten to eat my bread.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

My heart is smitten, and withered like grass - The metaphor here is taken from grass cut down in the meadow. It is first smitten with the scythe, and then withered by the sun. Thus the Jews were smitten with the judgments of God; and they are now withered under the fire of the Chaldeans.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 6:2,3 Have mercy on me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed...

Psalm 42:6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember you from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites...

Psalm 55:4,5 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen on me...

Psalm 69:20 Reproach has broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters...

Psalm 77:3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.

Psalm 143:3,4 For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has smitten my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in darkness...

Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinks up my spirit...

Job 10:1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint on myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Lamentations 3:13,20 He has caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins...

Matthew 26:37,38 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy...


Psalm 102:11 My days are like a shadow that declines; and I am withered like grass.

Psalm 37:2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Isaiah 40:7 The grass wither, the flower fades: because the spirit of the LORD blows on it: surely the people is grass.

so that

Psalm 102:9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

1 Samuel 1:7,8 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat...

Ezra 10:6 Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither...

Acts 9:9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

Out of the Deep of Loneliness, Failure, and Disappointment.
My heart is smitten down, and withered like grass. I am even as a sparrow that sitteth alone on the housetop--Ps. cii. 4, 6. My lovers and friends hast Thou put away from me, and hid mine acquaintance out of my sight--Ps. lxxviii. 18. I looked on my right hand, and saw there was no man that would know me. I had no place to flee unto, and no man cared for my soul. I cried unto Thee, O Lord, and said, Thou art my Hope. When my spirit was in heaviness, then Thou knewest my path.--Ps. cxlii. 4, 5.
Charles Kingsley—Out of the Deep

The Never Changing One.
"JESUS Christ the same yesterday, and to-day and forever" (Heb. xiii:8). Blessed truth and precious assurance for us poor, weak creatures, yea, among all His creatures the most changing; He changeth not. "For I am the Lord, I change not" (Mal. iii:6). "Of old hast Thou laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Thy hands. They shall all perish, but Thou shalt endure: yea all of them shall wax old like a garment, as a vesture shalt Thou change them, and they shall be changed;
Arno Gaebelein—The Lord of Glory

Characters and Names of Messiah
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. S uch was the triumphant exultation of the Old Testament Church! Their noblest hopes were founded upon the promise of MESSIAH; their most sublime songs were derived from the prospect of His Advent. By faith, which is the substance of things hoped for, they considered the gracious declarations
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Covenanting Predicted in Prophecy.
The fact of Covenanting, under the Old Testament dispensations, being approved of God, gives a proof that it was proper then, which is accompanied by the voice of prophecy, affording evidence that even in periods then future it should no less be proper. The argument for the service that is afforded by prophecy is peculiar, and, though corresponding with evidence from other sources, is independent. Because that God willed to make known truth through his servants the prophets, we should receive it
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting

Cross References
James 1:11
For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

1 Samuel 1:7
This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.

2 Samuel 12:17
The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.

Ezra 10:6
Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. While he was there, he ate no food and drank no water, because he continued to mourn over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.

Job 33:20
so that their body finds food repulsive and their soul loathes the choicest meal.

Psalm 6:2
Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.

Psalm 37:2
for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

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