Psalm 119:28
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New International Version
My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.

New Living Translation
I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word.

English Standard Version
My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!

New American Standard Bible
My soul weeps because of grief; Strengthen me according to Your word.

King James Bible
My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am weary from grief; strengthen me through Your word.

International Standard Version
I weep because of sorrow; fortify me according to your word.

NET Bible
I collapse from grief. Sustain me by your word!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My soul is troubled in thought; give me life according to your word.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I am drowning in tears. Strengthen me as you promised.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My soul melts for heaviness; strengthen me according to thy word.

King James 2000 Bible
My soul melts for heaviness: strengthen me according unto your word.

American King James Version
My soul melts for heaviness: strengthen you me according to your word.

American Standard Version
My soul melteth for heaviness: Strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My soul hath slumbered through heaviness: strengthen thou me in thy words.

Darby Bible Translation
My soul melteth for sadness: strengthen me according to thy word.

English Revised Version
My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

Webster's Bible Translation
My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according to thy word.

World English Bible
My soul is weary with sorrow: strengthen me according to your word.

Young's Literal Translation
My soul hath dropped from affliction, Establish me according to Thy word.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

119:25-32 While the souls of the children of this world cleave to the earth as their portion, the children of light are greatly burdened, because of the remains of carnal affections in their hearts. It is unspeakable comfort to a gracious soul, to think with what tenderness all its complaints are received by a gracious God. We can talk of the wonders of redeeming love, when we understand the way of God's precepts, and walk in that way. The penitent melts in sorrow for sin: even the patient spirit may melt in the sense of affliction, it is then its interest to pour out its soul before God. The way of lying means all false ways by which men deceive themselves and others, or are deceived by Satan and his instruments. Those who know and love the law of the Lord, desire to know it more, and love it better. The way of serious godliness is the way of truth; the only true way to happiness: we must always have actual regard to it. Those who stick to the word of God, may in faith expect and pray for acceptance with God. Lord, never leave me to do that by which I shall shame myself, and do not thou reject my services. Those that are going to heaven, should still press forward. God, by his Spirit, enlarges the hearts of his people when he gives them wisdom. The believer prays to be set free from sin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - My soul melteth for heaviness (comp. Psalm evil. 26; and, for the sentiment, see ver. 25). Strengthen thou me according unto thy Word; i.e. according to thy promise to help thy faithful ones (comp. vers. 25, 41, 49, 58, 76, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My soul melteth for heaviness,.... Like wax before the sun or fire; or flows like water; drops (a), as the word signifies, and dissolves into tears, through grief and sorrow for sins committed; or by reason of Satan's temptations, or divine desertions, or grievous troubles and afflictions; which cause heaviness, lie heavy, and press hard;

strengthen thou me according unto thy word; to oppose corruptions, withstand temptations, bear up under trials and afflictions, and do the will of God. And the word of God is a means of strengthening his people to do these things; it is the spiritual bread which strengthens man's heart, and in the strength of which, like Elijah, he walks many days, and goes from strength to strength: and there are many gracious words of promise, which may be pleaded with God to this purpose; that he will help, strengthen, and uphold his people; that he will renew their strength, and that as their day is their strength shall be.

(a) "stillavit"; Pagninus, Montanus; "distillet", Vatablus; "stillat", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28-32. In order to adhere to His word, we must seek deliverance from temptations to sin as well as from despondency.

enlarge—or, "expand"

my heart—with gracious affections.

Psalm 119:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
Thy Word
27Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I will meditate on Your wonders. 28My soul weeps because of grief; Strengthen me according to Your word. 29Remove the false way from me, And graciously grant me Your law.…
Cross References
1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Psalm 20:2
May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.

Psalm 22:14
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me.

Psalm 107:26
They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away.

Psalm 119:29
Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law.
Treasury of Scripture

My soul melts for heaviness: strengthen you me according to your word.

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Psalm 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my …

Psalm 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their …

Joshua 2:11,24 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither …

melteth. Heb. droppeth
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Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your …

Psalm 29:11 The LORD will give strength to his people; the LORD will bless his …

Deuteronomy 33:25 Your shoes shall be iron and brass; and as your days, so shall your strength be.

Isaiah 40:29,31 He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases …

Zechariah 10:12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and …

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to …

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

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