New International Version
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.
King James Bible
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.
Darby Bible Translation
Look on the right hand and see; there is no man that knoweth me: refuge hath failed me; no man careth for my soul.
World English Bible
Look on my right, and see; for there is no one who is concerned for me. Refuge has fled from me. No one cares for my soul.
Young's Literal Translation
Looking on the right hand -- and seeing, And I have none recognizing; Perished hath refuge from me, There is none inquiring for my soul.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
There was no man, that would know me - This has been applied to the time in which our Lord was deserted by his disciples. As to the case of David in the cave of En-gedi, he had no refuge: for what were the handful of men that were with him to Saul and his army?
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
I looked, etc. or. Look on the right hand and see, but there was
LibraryFebruary the First the Soul in Prison
"Bring my soul out of prison!" --PSALM cxlii. I too, have my prison-house, and only the Lord can deliver me. There is the prison-house of sin. It is a dark and suffocating hole, without friendly light or morning air. And it is haunted by such affrighting shapes, as though my iniquities had incarnated themselves in ugly and repulsive forms. None but the Lord can bring me out. And there is the prison-house of sorrow. My griefs sometimes wrap me about like cold confining walls, which have neither …
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But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp."
Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends-- those who see me on the street flee from me.
Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none.
You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;
You have taken from me friend and neighbor-- darkness is my closest friend.
Among all the children she bore there was none to guide her; among all the children she reared there was none to take her by the hand.
The shepherds will have nowhere to flee, the leaders of the flock no place to escape.
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