Psalm 116:10
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New International Version
I trusted in the LORD when I said, "I am greatly afflicted";

New Living Translation
I believed in you, so I said, "I am deeply troubled, LORD."

English Standard Version
I believed, even when I spoke: “I am greatly afflicted”;

New American Standard Bible
I believed when I said, "I am greatly afflicted."

King James Bible
I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

Christian Standard Bible
I believed, even when I said, "I am severely oppressed."

Contemporary English Version
I was faithful to you when I was suffering,

Good News Translation
I kept on believing, even when I said, "I am completely crushed,"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I believed, even when I said," I am severely afflicted."

International Standard Version
I will continue to believe, even when I say, "I am greatly afflicted"

NET Bible
I had faith when I said, "I am severely oppressed."

New Heart English Bible
I believed, therefore I said, "I am greatly afflicted."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have believed and I have spoken, and I have been very humbled.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I kept my faith even when I said, "I am suffering terribly."

JPS Tanakh 1917
I trusted even when I spoke: 'I am greatly afflicted.'

New American Standard 1977
I believed when I said, “I am greatly afflicted.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
I believed, therefore I spoke, and was greatly afflicted;

King James 2000 Bible
I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

American King James Version
I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

American Standard Version
I believe, for I will speak: I was greatly afflicted:

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have believed, therefore have I spoken; but I have been humbled exceedingly.

Darby Bible Translation
I believed, therefore have I spoken. As for me, I was greatly afflicted.

English Revised Version
I believe, for I will speak: I was greatly afflicted:

Webster's Bible Translation
I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

World English Bible
I believed, therefore I said, "I was greatly afflicted."

Young's Literal Translation
I have believed, for I speak, I -- I have been afflicted greatly.
Study Bible
He Listens to My Voice
9I shall walk before the LORD In the land of the living. 10I believed when I said, "I am greatly afflicted." 11I said in my alarm, "All men are liars."…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 4:13
And in keeping with what is written: "I believed, therefore I have spoken," we who have the same spirit of faith also believe and therefore speak,

Psalm 88:7
Your wrath has rested upon me, And You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah.
Treasury of Scripture

I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

I believed

2 Corinthians 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I …

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


Numbers 14:6-9 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which …

Proverbs 21:28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that hears speaks constantly.

2 Peter 1:16,21 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known …

I was greatly

Psalm 116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell got hold …

(10, 11) I believed, therefore have I spoken.--This is the rendering of LXX. and Vulg., and it has become almost proverbial from St. Paul's adaptation of it (2Corinthians 4:13; see New Testament Commentary). And no doubt this is the sense of the words, though the particle khi has been taken in a wrong connection. Mr. Burgess has certainly given the true explanation of the use of this particle. It sometimes follows instead of preceding the verb affected by it. We must render, It is because I believed that I spoke (of God's graciousness, &c.). What follows then comes in as an antithesis. I was in great trouble; I said in my pain, "All men are untrustworthy or deceitful" Or (LXX.), In an ecstasy of despair I said, "The whole race of mankind is a delusion." The meaning of the whole passage may be thus put: It is through trust in God that I thus speak (as above--viz., of God being glorious and righteous, and of His preserving the souls of the simple). It was not always so. Once in distrust I thought that God did not care for man, and that the whole of humanity was a failure. The word ch?phez, rendered in Authorised Version haste, more properly alarm, is in Job 40:23 contrasted with trust, as it is here with faith. For the sense failure or vanity for the word rendered in Authorised Version liars, see Isaiah 58:11 ("fail;" margin, "lie or deceive").

Verses 10, 11. - Parenthetic and obscure. Both the connection and rendering are doubtful. Professor Cheyne translates, "I was confident that I should speak thus;" i.e. even while my affliction was going on, I felt confident that relief would come, and that I should one day speak as I have just spoken. I was, however, too sorely afflicted to give utterance to my feeling. Instead of so doing, I vented my unhappiness in abuse of my fellow-men. Thus understood, the words are an apologia. Verse 10. - I believed, therefore have I spoken. So the LXX., Ἐπίστευσα διὸ ἐλάλησα. But many other meanings are suggested. See the preceding paragraph. I was greatly afflicted (comp. ver. 3). I believed, therefore have I spoken,.... Here the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, begin a new psalm, but without any foundation in the original; nor is it countenanced by the Targum; and is manifestly against the connection with the preceding verses. David expresses his faith in relation to what goes before, though the particulars of it are not mentioned, but are left to be supplied from thence: he not only believed there was a God, but that this God was gracious and merciful, and that he was his God; who had made a covenant with him, ordered in all things, and sure: he believed the promises of it; and particularly the grand promise of it respecting Christ, and salvation by him: he believed the Lord would deliver him out of all his troubles; that he should walk before him, and see his goodness in the land of the living; he believed a future state of happiness he should hereafter enjoy. The Apostle Paul quotes this passage, and applies it to himself and other Gospel ministers; declaring their faith in the resurrection of the dead, and an eternal weight of glory they were looking for, 2 Corinthians 4:13; and therefore spake so freely about these things. Faith gives boldness and freedom of speech to men; which believers use with God in prayer, in the believing views of him, as their God in Christ; and of Christ, his person, blood, righteousness, and sacrifice: it gives ministers boldness and freedom to speak out plainly, constantly, and boldly, the Gospel of Christ; it gives the same to private Christians, to speak freely one to another of their gracious experiences, and to declare publicly to the churches of Christ what God has done for their souls;

I was greatly afflicted; when he believed and spake, and yet nevertheless did; he might be afflicted, reproached, and persecuted for his faith, and his speaking of it; particularly as it respected his coming to the crown and kingdom of Israel. And it is no unusual thing for saints to be persecuted for their faith, and profession of it; and yet none of these things move them from it; their faith remains, and is much more precious than gold that perisheth; and they hold fast the profession of it. Many and great afflictions are the common lot of believers. 10, 11. Confidence in God opposed to distrust of men, as not reliable (Ps 68:8, 9). He speaks from an experience of the result of his faith.116:10-19 When troubled, we do best to hold our peace, for we are apt to speak unadvisedly. Yet there may be true faith where there are workings of unbelief; but then faith will prevail; and being humbled for our distrust of God's word, we shall experience his faithfulness to it. What can the pardoned sinner, or what can those who have been delivered from trouble or distress, render to the Lord for his benefits? We cannot in any way profit him. Our best is unworthy of his acceptance; yet we ought to devote ourselves and all we have to his service. I will take the cup of salvation; I will offer the drink-offerings appointed by the law, in token of thankfulness to God, and rejoice in God's goodness to me. I will receive the cup of affliction; that cup, that bitter cup, which is sanctified to the saints, so that to them it is a cup of salvation; it is a means of spiritual health. The cup of consolation; I will receive the benefits God bestows upon me, as from his hand, and taste his love in them, as the portion not only of mine inheritance in the other world, but of my cup in this. Let others serve what masters they will, truly I am thy servant. Two ways men came to be servants. By birth. Lord, I was born in thy house; I am the son of thine handmaid, and therefore thine. It is a great mercy to be children of godly parents. By redemption. Lord, thou hast loosed my bonds, thou hast discharged me from them, therefore I am thy servant. The bonds thou hast loosed shall tie me faster unto thee. Doing good is sacrifice, with which God is well pleased; and this must accompany giving thanks to his name. Why should we offer that to the Lord which cost us nothing? The psalmist will pay his vows now; he will not delay the payment: publicly, not to make a boast, but to show he is not ashamed of God's service, and to invite others to join him. Such are true saints of God, in whose lives and deaths he will be glorified.
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