Psalm 142:3
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New International Version
When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me.

New Living Translation
When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me.

English Standard Version
When my spirit faints within me, you know my way! In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.

New American Standard Bible
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path. In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me.

King James Bible
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Although my spirit is weak within me, You know my way. Along this path I travel they have hidden a trap for me.

International Standard Version
Though my spirit grows faint within me, you are aware of my path. Wherever I go, they have hidden a trap for me.

NET Bible
Even when my strength leaves me, you watch my footsteps. In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.

New Heart English Bible
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, you knew my path. In the way in which I walk, they have hidden a snare for me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When my spirit was troubled, you knew my path; in the way of my steps they have hidden snares for me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When I begin to lose hope, you [already] know what I am experiencing. [My enemies] have hidden a trap for me on the path where I walk.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When my spirit fainteth within me-- Thou knowest my path-- In the way wherein I walk Have they hidden a snare for me.

New American Standard 1977
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
            Thou didst know my path.
            In the way where I walk
            They have hidden a trap for me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou didst know my path. In the way in which I walked have they secretly laid a snare for me.

King James 2000 Bible
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. In the way in which I walked have they secretly laid a snare for me.

American King James Version
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privately laid a snare for me.

American Standard Version
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walk Have they hidden a snare for me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When my spirit failed me, then thou newest my paths.

Darby Bible Translation
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they hidden a snare for me.

English Revised Version
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walk have they hidden a snare for me.

Webster's Bible Translation
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way in which I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

World English Bible
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, you knew my path. In the way in which I walk, they have hidden a snare for me.

Young's Literal Translation
When my spirit hath been feeble in me, Then Thou hast known my path; In the way in which I walk, They have hid a snare for me.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
142:1-7 David's comfort in prayer. - There can be no situation so distressing or dangerous, in which faith will not get comfort from God by prayer. We are apt to show our troubles too much to ourselves, poring upon them, which does us no service; whereas, by showing them to God, we might cast the cares upon him who careth for us, and thereby ease ourselves. Nor should we allow any complaint to ourselves or others, which we cannot make to God. When our spirits are overwhelmed by distress, and filled with discouragement; when we see snares laid for us on every side, while we walk in his way, we may reflect with comfort that the Lord knoweth our path. Those who in sincerity take the Lord for their God, find him all-sufficient, as a Refuge, and as a Portion: every thing else is a refuge of lies, and a portion of no value. In this situation David prayed earnestly to God. We may apply it spiritually; the souls of believers are often straitened by doubts and fears. And it is then their duty and interest to beg of God to set them at liberty, that they may run the way of his commandments. Thus the Lord delivered David from his powerful persecutors, and dealt bountifully with him. Thus he raised the crucified Redeemer to the throne of glory, and made him Head over all things for his church. Thus the convinced sinner cries for help, and is brought to praise the Lord in the company of his redeemed people; and thus all believers will at length be delivered from this evil world, from sin and death, and praise their Saviour for ever.
Study Bible
I Ask the Lord for Mercy
2I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. 3When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path. In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me. 4Look to the right and see; For there is no one who regards me; There is no escape for me; No one cares for my soul.…
Cross References
Psalm 77:3
When I remember God, then I am disturbed; When I sigh, then my spirit grows faint. Selah.

Psalm 140:5
The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside; They have set snares for me. Selah.

Psalm 143:4
Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart is appalled within me.

Jonah 2:7
"While I was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, And my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple.
Treasury of Scripture

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