Psalm 119:148
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New International Version
My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.

New Living Translation
I stay awake through the night, thinking about your promise.

English Standard Version
My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.

New American Standard Bible
My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.

King James Bible
Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am awake through each watch of the night to meditate on Your promise.

International Standard Version
I look forward to the night watches, when I may meditate on what you have said.

NET Bible
My eyes anticipate the nighttime hours, so that I can meditate on your word.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My eyes are open before the night watch that I shall meditate in your word.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My eyes are wide-open throughout the nighttime hours to reflect on your word.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My eyes anticipate the night watches that I might meditate in thy spoken word.

King James 2000 Bible
My eyes awake before the night watches, that I might meditate in your word.

American King James Version
My eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in your word.

American Standard Version
Mine eyes anticipated the night-watches, That I might meditate on thy word.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My eyes to thee have prevented the morning: that I might meditate on thy words.

Darby Bible Translation
Mine eyes anticipate the night-watches, that I may meditate in thy word.

English Revised Version
Mine eyes prevented the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

Webster's Bible Translation
My eyes anticipated the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

World English Bible
My eyes stay open through the night watches, that I might meditate on your word.

Young's Literal Translation
Mine eyes have gone before the watches, To meditate in Thy saying.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

119:145-152 Supplications with the whole heart are presented only by those who desire God's salvation, and who love his commandments. Whither should the child go but to his father? Save me from my sins, my corruptions, my temptations, all the hinderances in my way, that I may keep thy testimonies. Christians who enjoy health, should not suffer the early hours of the morning to glide away unimproved. Hope in God's word encourages us to continue in prayer. It is better to take time from sleep, than not to find time for prayer. We have access to God at all hours; and if our first thoughts in the morning are of God, they will help to keep us in his fear all the day long. Make me lively and cheerful. God knows what we need and what is good for us, and will quicken us. If we are employed in God's service, we need not fear those who try to set themselves as far as they can out of the reach of the convictions and commands of his law. When trouble is near, God is near. He is never far to seek. All his commandments are truth. And God's promises will be performed. All that ever trusted in God have found him faithful.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 148. - Mine eyes prevent the night watches. As ver. 146 is a repetition of ver. 145, so this verse is very nearly a repetition of ver. 147. The only change of idea is in the second clause - that I might meditate in thy Word; or, "on thy promise" - which makes meditation rather than prayer the psalmist's object in his early rising.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mine eyes prevent the night watches,.... The Targum is,

"the morning and evening watches.''

There were three of them; Kimchi interprets it of the second and third; the meaning is, that the psalmist was awake and employed in one religious exercise or another, praying, reading, or meditating; either before the watches were set, or however before the time that some of them took place, or at least before they were all over;

that I might meditate in thy word; he rose so early, in order to give himself up to meditation on the word of God; that he might be better instructed in the knowledge of divine things; that he might have solace and comfort from thence under his afflictions; and that he might be better furnished for the work of prayer; for the more familiar the word of God is to us, the better able we are to speak to God in his own language.



Psalm 119:148 Additional Commentaries
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Thy Word
147I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words. 148My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word. 149Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; Revive me, O LORD, according to Your ordinances.…
Cross References
Psalm 63:6
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.

Psalm 119:15
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
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My eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in your word.

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the night watches. The ancient Jews divided the night into three watches of four hours each, beginning at six o'clock in the evening; before the last of which, the day break, or morning watch, as the LXX and Vulgate read, the Psalmist was awake.

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