Psalm 102:23
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New International Version
In the course of my life he broke my strength; he cut short my days.

New Living Translation
He broke my strength in midlife, cutting short my days.

English Standard Version
He has broken my strength in midcourse; he has shortened my days.

New American Standard Bible
He has weakened my strength in the way; He has shortened my days.

King James Bible
He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He has broken my strength in midcourse; He has shortened my days.

International Standard Version
He has weakened my strength along the way. He has cut short my days.

NET Bible
He has taken away my strength in the middle of life; he has cut short my days.

New Heart English Bible
He weakened my strength along the course. He shortened my days.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They humbled my power in the Earth and in the shortage of my days

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He has weakened my strength along the way. He has reduced [the number of] my days.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He weakened my strength in the way; He shortened my days.

New American Standard 1977
He has weakened my strength in the way;
            He has shortened my days.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

King James 2000 Bible
He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

American King James Version
He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

American Standard Version
He weakened my strength in the way; He shortened my days.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He answered him in the way of his strength: Declare unto me the fewness of my days.

Darby Bible Translation
He weakened my strength in the way, he shortened my days.

English Revised Version
He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

Webster's Bible Translation
He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

World English Bible
He weakened my strength along the course. He shortened my days.

Young's Literal Translation
He hath humbled in the way my power, He hath shortened my days.
Study Bible
Do Not Hide Your Face from Me
22When the peoples are gathered together, And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD. 23He has weakened my strength in the way; He has shortened my days. 24I say, "O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days, Your years are throughout all generations.…
Cross References
Psalm 39:5
"Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.

Psalm 89:45
You have shortened the days of his youth; You have covered him with shame. Selah.
Treasury of Scripture

He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

he weakened. Heb. he afflicted

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2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

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Revelation 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast to the earth, he persecuted …

shortened

Job 21:21 For what pleasure has he in his house after him, when the number …

(23) In the way--i.e., in the course of life. Others render, "by reason of the way," but the meaning is the same. The clause is exactly parallel to "shortened my days."

Verses 23-28. - The third strophe begins with an acknowledgment of weakness - a sort of "renewed complaint" (Hengstenberg). But from this there is an ascent to a higher confidence than any displayed previously - a confidence that God, who is everlasting (vers. 24-27), will perpetually protect his people, and, whatever becomes of the existing generation, will establish their seed before him forever (ver. 28). Verse 23. - He weakened my strength in the way. The reading "my strength" (כחי) is greatly to be preferred to that of "his strength" (כחו), which cannot be made to yield a tolerable meaning. It is judiciously adopted by Professor Cheyne, who translates, "He has brought down my strength in the way," and explains "the way" as "the journey of life." So also Rosenmuller and Hengstenberg. He shortened my days; i.e. "made me grow old prematurely" (comp. ver.] 1). He weakened my strength in the way,.... The psalmist here returns to his complaint of his afflictions, weakness, and frailty, which ended Psalm 102:11, after which some hints are given of the latter day glory, which though he despaired of seeing, by reason of his frailty and mortality, yet comforts himself with the eternity and immutability of Christ, and that there would be a succession of the church, a seed of true believers, who would see and enjoy it: as for himself, he says that God (for he is that "He", and not the enemy, as some) had "weakened" his "strength in the way", by afflictions, as the word (e) signifies; which weakens the strength and vigour of the mind, and discourages and dispirits it, and enfeebles the body: many are the afflictions which the people of God meet with in the course of their life, in their way to heaven, which have such an effect upon them; through many tribulations they pass to enter the kingdom, as the Israelites in their way to Canaan, and Christ to glory: some think the psalmist represents the Jews in their return from the Babylonish captivity, meeting with difficulties and discouragements in the way; rather the church of God, in the expectation of the Messiah, who, because his coming was delayed, grew feeble in their faith and hope, had weak hands and feeble knees, which needed strengthening by fresh promises: though it may be, best of all, the people of God, waiting for latter day glory, enfeebled by the persecutions of antichrist, or grown weak in the exercises of their grace, faith, hope, and love; which will be their case before these glorious times, and now is, see Revelation 3:2,

he shortened my days; which he thought he should live, and expected he would; and which, according to the course of nature, and the common term of man's life, he might, in all human appearance, have lived; otherwise, with respect to the decree of God, which has fixed the bounds of man's days, they cannot be shorter or longer than they are, Job 14:5.

(e) "afflixit", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Musculus, Piscator, Gejerus, Schmidt; so Ainsworth. 23-28. The writer, speaking for the Church, finds encouragement in the midst of all his distresses. God's eternal existence is a pledge of faithfulness to His promises.

in the way—of providence.

weakened—literally, "afflicted," and made fearful of a premature end, a figure of the apprehensions of the Church, lest God might not perform His promise, drawn from those of a person in view of the dangers of early death (compare Ps 89:47). Paul (Heb 1:10) quotes Ps 102:26-28 as addressed to Christ in His divine nature. The scope of the Psalm, as already seen, so far from opposing, favors this view, especially by the sentiments of Ps 102:12-15 (compare Isa 60:1). The association of the Messiah with a day of future glory to the Church was very intimate in the minds of Old Testament writers; and with correct views of His nature it is very consistent that He should be addressed as the Lord and Head of His Church, who would bring about that glorious future on which they ever dwelt with fond delightful anticipations. 102:23-28 Bodily distempers soon weaken our strength, then what can we expect but that our months should be cut off in the midst; and what should we do but provide accordingly? We must own God's hand in it; and must reconcile this to his love, for often those that have used their strength well, have it weakened; and those who, as we think, can very ill be spared, have their days shortened. It is very comfortable, in reference to all the changes and dangers of the church, to remember that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. And in reference to the death of our bodies, and the removal of friends, to remember that God is an everlasting God. Do not let us overlook the assurance this psalm contains of a happy end to all the believer's trials. Though all things are changing, dying, perishing, like a vesture folding up and hastening to decay, yet Jesus lives, and thus all is secure, for he hath said, Because I live ye shall live also.
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