Psalm 102:9
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New International Version
For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears

New Living Translation
I eat ashes for food. My tears run down into my drink

English Standard Version
For I eat ashes like bread and mingle tears with my drink,

New American Standard Bible
For I have eaten ashes like bread And mingled my drink with weeping

King James Bible
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I eat ashes like bread and mingle my drinks with tears

International Standard Version
I have eaten ashes as food and mixed my drink with tears

NET Bible
For I eat ashes as if they were bread, and mix my drink with my tears,

New Heart English Bible
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mixed my drink with tears,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because I have eaten ashes like bread and I have mixed my drink with weeping

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I eat ashes like bread and my tears are mixed with my drink

JPS Tanakh 1917
For I have eaten ashes like bread, And mingled my drink with weeping,

New American Standard 1977
For I have eaten ashes like bread,
            And mingled my drink with weeping,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I have eaten ashes like bread and mingled my drink with weeping,

King James 2000 Bible
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,

American King James Version
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

American Standard Version
For I have eaten ashes like bread, And mingled my drink with weeping,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I did eat ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

Darby Bible Translation
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,

English Revised Version
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,

World English Bible
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mixed my drink with tears,

Young's Literal Translation
Because ashes as bread I have eaten, And my drink with weeping have mingled,
Study Bible
Do Not Hide Your Face from Me
8My enemies have reproached me all day long; Those who deride me have used my name as a curse. 9For I have eaten ashes like bread And mingled my drink with weeping 10Because of Your indignation and Your wrath, For You have lifted me up and cast me away.…
Cross References
Psalm 42:3
My tears have been my food day and night, While they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"

Psalm 80:5
You have fed them with the bread of tears, And You have made them to drink tears in large measure.

Isaiah 44:20
He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, "Is there not a lie in my right hand?"
Treasury of Scripture

For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

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Psalm 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me …

Isaiah 44:20 He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he …

Lamentations 3:15,16 He has filled me with bitterness, he has made me drunken with wormwood…

Micah 1:10 Declare you it not at Gath, weep you not at all: in the house of …

Micah 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their …

mingled

Psalm 42:3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually …

Psalm 80:5 You feed them with the bread of tears; and give them tears to drink …

Job 3:24 For my sighing comes before I eat, and my roarings are poured out …

Lamentations 3:48,49 My eye runs down with rivers of water for the destruction of the …

(9) Ashes like bread.--Lamentations 3:16. A figurative expression, like "dust shall be the serpent's meat" (Isaiah 65:25; comp. Genesis 3:14). With the last clause comp. Psalm 42:3, "tears have been my meat day and night." So too, as an emblem of disappointment, a modern poet:--

"But even while I drank the brook, and ate

The goodly apples, all these things at once

Fell into dust, and I was left alone."

TENNYSON: Holy Grail.

Verse 9. - For I have eaten ashes like bread; i.e. "the 'ashes' of humiliation have been my food. I have, as it were, fed on them." A literal mingling of ashes with his food is not to be thought cf. And mingled my drink with weeping (comp. Psalm 42:3; Psalm 80:5). For I have eaten ashes like bread,.... He sitting in ashes, as Job did, and rolling himself in them in the manner of mourners; and, having no other table than the ground to eat his food upon, he might eat ashes along with it; and by an hypallage of the words, the sense may be, that he ate bread like ashes, no more savoured and relished it, or was nourished by it, than if he had eaten ashes; the meaning is, that he was fed with the bread of adversity, and water of affliction:

and mingled my drink with weeping; that is, with tears; as he drank, the tears ran down his cheeks, and mixed with the liquor in his cup; he was fed with the bread of tears, and had them to drink in great measure; these were his meat and his drink, day and night, while enemies reproached him, swore at him, against him, and by him; see Psalm 80:5. 9. ashes—a figure of grief, my bread; weeping or tears, my drink (Ps 80:5).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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