Psalm 116:2
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New International Version
Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

New Living Translation
Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!

English Standard Version
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

New American Standard Bible
Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.

King James Bible
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Because He has turned His ear to me, I will call out to Him as long as I live.

International Standard Version
for he listens to me whenever I call.

NET Bible
and listened to me. As long as I live, I will call to him when I need help.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he will incline his ear to me in the day when I shall call him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will call on him as long as I live because he turns his ear toward me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because he has inclined his ear unto me, therefore I will call upon him all of my days.

King James 2000 Bible
Because he has inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

American King James Version
Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore will I call on him as long as I live.

American Standard Version
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, Therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me: and in my days I will call upon him.

Darby Bible Translation
For he hath inclined his ear unto me, and I will call upon him during [all] my days.

English Revised Version
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because he hath inclined his ear to me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

World English Bible
Because he has turned his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

Young's Literal Translation
Because He hath inclined His ear to me, And during my days I call.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

116:1-9 We have many reasons for loving the Lord, but are most affected by his loving-kindness when relieved out of deep distress. When a poor sinner is awakened to a sense of his state, and fears that he must soon sink under the just wrath of God, then he finds trouble and sorrow. But let all such call upon the Lord to deliver their souls, and they will find him gracious and true to his promise. Neither ignorance nor guilt will hinder their salvation, when they put their trust in the Lord. Let us all speak of God as we have found him; and have we ever found him otherwise than just and good? It is of his mercies that we are not consumed. Let those who labour and are heavy laden come to him, that they may find rest to their souls; and if at all drawn from their rest, let them haste to return, remembering how bountifully the Lord has dealt with them. We should deem ourselves bound to walk as in his presence. It is a great mercy to be kept from being swallowed up with over-much sorrow. It is a great mercy for God to hold us by the right hand, so that we are not overcome and overthrown by a temptation. But when we enter the heavenly rest, deliverance from sin and sorrow will be complete; we shall behold the glory of the Lord, and walk in his presence with delight we cannot now conceive.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Because he hath inclined his ear unto me (compare the expression of Hezekiah in Isaiah 37:17, "Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear"). Therefore will I call upon him as long as I live; literally, in my days - another expression attributed to Hezekiah in the history (Isaiah 39:8). Lifelong gratitude and praise are promised by Hezekiah to God in Isaiah 38:20.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Because he hath inclined his ear unto me,.... Not as hard of hearing, for his ear is not heavy that it cannot hear; he is quick of hearing, and his ears are always open to the righteous; it rather denotes his readiness to hear; he hearkens and hears, he listens to what his people say, and hears them at once, and understands them, though ever so broken and confused; when their prayers are but like the chatterings of a crane or swallow, or only expressed in sighs and groans, and even without a voice; when nothing is articulately pronounced: moreover, this shows condescension in him; he bows his ear as a rattler to a child, he stoops as being above them, and inclines his ear to them.

Therefore will I call upon him as long as I live; or "in my days" (d); in days of adversity and affliction, for help and relief; in days of prosperity, with thankfulness for favours received; every day I live, and several times a day: prayer should be constantly used; men should pray without ceasing always, and not faint; prayer is the first and last action of a spiritual life; it is the first thing a regenerate man does, "behold, he prays"; as soon as he is born again he prays, and continues praying all his days; and generally goes out of the world praying, as Stephen did, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit"; and it is the Lord's hearing prayer that encourages his people to keep on praying, and which makes the work delightful to them. Christ was often at this work in life, and died praying, Luke 6:12.

(d) "in diebus meis", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, &c.



Psalm 116:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
He Listens to My Voice
1I love the LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications. 2Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live. 3The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow.…
Cross References
Psalm 17:6
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.

Psalm 31:2
Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.

Psalm 40:1
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.

Psalm 66:19
but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.

Isaiah 38:20
The LORD will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore will I call on him as long as I live.

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Psalm 55:16,17 As for me, I will call on God; and the LORD shall save me…

Psalm 86:6,7 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications…

Psalm 88:1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you:

Psalm 145:18,19 The LORD is near to all them that call on him, to all that call on …

Job 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call on God?

Luke 18:1 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always …

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication …

Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

as long as I live. Heb. in my days

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