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

New Living Translation
My heart is sick, withered like grass, and I have lost my appetite.

English Standard Version
My heart is struck down like grass and has withered; I forget to eat my bread.

New American Standard Bible
My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away, Indeed, I forget to eat my bread.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My heart is afflicted, withered like grass; I even forget to eat my food.

International Standard Version
Withered like grass, my heart is overwhelmed, and I have even forgotten to eat my food.

NET Bible
My heart is parched and withered like grass, for I am unable to eat food.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My heart withers like grass and is dried up because I have forgotten the food of my bread.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My heart is beaten down and withered like grass because I have forgotten about eating.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My heart is smitten like grass, and withered; For I forget to eat my bread.

New American Standard 1977
My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away,
            Indeed, I forget to eat my bread.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My heart is smitten and withered like grass so that I forget to eat my bread.

King James 2000 Bible
My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

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

American Standard Version
My heart is smitten like grass, and withered; For I forget to eat my bread.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I am smitten as grass, and my heart is withered: because I forgot to eat my bread.

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

English Revised Version
My heart is smitten like grass, and withered; for I forget to eat my bread.

Webster's Bible Translation
My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget 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.
Study Bible
Do Not Hide Your Face from Me
3For my days have been consumed in smoke, And my bones have been scorched like a hearth. 4My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away, Indeed, I forget to eat my bread. 5Because of the loudness of my groaning My bones cling to my flesh.…
Cross References
James 1:11
For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its flower falls and its beauty is lost. So too, the rich man will fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

1 Samuel 1:7
It happened year after year, as often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she would provoke her; so she wept and would not eat.

2 Samuel 12:17
The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them.

Ezra 10:6
Then Ezra rose from before the house of God and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib. Although he went there, he did not eat bread nor drink water, for he was mourning over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.

Job 33:20
So that his life loathes bread, And his soul favorite food.

Psalm 6:2
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am pining away; Heal me, O LORD, for my bones are dismayed.

Psalm 37:2
For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb.

Psalm 90:5
You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep; In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew.

Psalm 90:6
In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew; Toward evening it fades and withers away.

Psalm 102:11
My days are like a lengthened shadow, And I wither away like grass.
Treasury of Scripture

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

heart

Psalm 6:2,3 Have mercy on me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my …

Psalm 42:6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember …

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 …

Psalm 77:3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was …

Psalm 143:3,4 For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has smitten my life down …

Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof …

Job 10:1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint on myself; …

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 …

withered

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 …

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 …

Ezra 10:6 Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the …

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

(4) Smitten.--As by the sun. Exactly as in Hosea 9:16.

So that I forget.--Better, for I have forgotten, &c. For this mark of deep sorrow comp. 1Samuel 1:7; 1Samuel 20:34, &c. (Comp. Homer, Iliad, xxiv. 129.)

Verse 4. - My heart is smitten. As with a stroke from the sun (see Psalm 121:6; Hosea 9:16). And withered like grass. As grass upon the house tops (Psalm 129:6), or, indeed, in any exposed place under an Eastern sun. So that I forget to eat my bread; literally, for I forget, etc. The fact is adduced as a proof of the heart's condition (comp. Job 33:20; 1 Samuel 1:7; 1 Samuel 20:34, etc.). My heart is smitten, and withered like grass,.... Like grass in the summer solstice (d), which being smitten with the heat of the sun, or by some blast of thunder and lightning, is dried up, and withers away; so his heart was smitten with a sense of sin, and of God's wrath and displeasure at him, and with the heat of affliction and trouble, that it failed him, and he could not look up with joy and comfort:

so that I forget to eat my bread; sometimes, through grief and trouble, persons refuse to eat bread, as Jonathan and Ahab, which is a voluntary act, and purposely done; but here, in the psalmist, there was such a loss of appetite, through sorrow, that he forgot his stated meals, having no manner of inclination to food: some understand this of spiritual food, the bread of life, refusing to be comforted with it; so the Targum,

"for I forgot the law of my doctrine.''

(d) "Quasi solstitialis herba paulisper fui", Plauti Pseudolus, Acts 1. Sc. 1. v. 36. 4. (Compare Ps 121:6).

so that I forget—or, "have forgotten," that is, in my distress (Ps 107:18), and hence strength fails.102:1-11 The whole word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; but here, is often elsewhere, the Holy Ghost has put words into our mouths. Here is a prayer put into the hands of the afflicted; let them present it to God. Even good men may be almost overwhelmed with afflictions. It is our duty and interest to pray; and it is comfort to an afflicted spirit to unburden itself, by a humble representation of its griefs. We must say, Blessed be the name of the Lord, who both gives and takes away. The psalmist looked upon himself as a dying man; My days are like a shadow.
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