And He doth cause me to come up From a pit of desolation -- from mire of mud, And He raiseth up on a rock my feet, He is establishing my steps.
Psalm 40:2 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A horrible pit - Literally, the sounding pit; where nothing was heard except the howlings of wild beasts, or the hollow sounds of winds reverberated and broken from the craggy sides and roof.
The miry clay - Where the longer I stayed the deeper I sank, and was utterly unable to save myself. The Syriac and Arabic translate "The pit of perdition, and the mud of corruption." These are figurative expressions to point out the dreary, dismal, ruinous state of sin and guilt, and the utter inability of a condemned sinner to save himself either from the guilt of his conscience, or the corruption of his heart.
Set my feet upon a rock - Thou hast changed my state from guilt to pardon; from corruption to holiness; in consequence of which my goings are established. I have now power over all sin, and can walk steadily in the way that leads to God's kingdom.
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Isaiah 24:22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison...
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horrible pit [heb.] pit of noise
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Psalm 18:36 You have enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.
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Psalm 119:133 Order my steps in your word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
Psalm 40:2 Parallel CommentariesClay Deep Desolate Destruction Drew Earth Established Feet Firm Footsteps Goings Horrible Lifted Making Miry Mud Pit Rock Secure Soft Stand Steps Sticky Tumultuous WasteClay Deep Desolate Destruction Drew Earth Established Feet Firm Footsteps Goings Horrible Lifted Making Miry Mud Pit Rock Secure Soft Stand Steps Sticky Tumultuous WasteTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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