Psalm 142:3
Parallel Verses
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.

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.

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.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - When my spirit was overwhelmed within me; or, "fainted within me." Then thou knewest my path. I had not to tell thee because thou didst not know, but to relieve my own feelings. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me (comp. Psalm 140:5; Psalm 141:9, 10).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,.... Ready to sink and faint under the present affliction, being attended with the hidings of God's face, and with unbelieving frames; which is sometimes the case of God's people, and with which they are as it were covered and overwhelmed, as well as with a sense of sin, and with shame and sorrow for it; see Psalm 61:2;

then thou knewest my path: the eyes of the Lord are upon all men, and he knows their goings, none of them are hid from him; and he sees and approves of the way, of the life and conversation of his people in general; and particularly observes what way they take under affliction, which is to apply to him for help and deliverance, Psalm 1:6. R. Moses in Aben Ezra and Kimchi interpret it of the path he walked in, which was right and not evil, for which he could appeal to God, that knows all things; it may literally intend the path David took to escape the fury of Saul, that pursued him from place to place;

in the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me; let him take which way he would, there were spies upon him, or men that were in ambush to take him; and snares were everywhere laid for him to entrap him; see Psalm 140:5.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. thou knewest … path—The appeal is indicative of conscious innocence; knowest it to be right, and that my affliction is owing to the snares of enemies, and is not deserved (compare Ps 42:4; 61:2).

Psalm 142:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
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
I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.

Psalm 140:5
The arrogant have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.

Psalm 143:4
So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.

Jonah 2:7
"When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.
Treasury of Scripture

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.

my spirit

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

Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed: …

Psalm 102:4 My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

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

Mark 14:33-36 And he takes with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore …

then thou

Psalm 1:6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly …

Psalm 17:3 You have proved my heart; you have visited me in the night; you have …

Psalm 139:2-4 You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought afar off…

Job 23:10 But he knows the way that I take: when he has tried me, I shall come …

in the way

Psalm 31:4 Pull me out of the net that they have laid privately for me: for …

Psalm 35:7,8 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which …

Psalm 56:6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark …

Psalm 140:5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a …

Psalm 141:9 Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins …

Jeremiah 18:22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when you shall bring a troop …

Matthew 22:15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle …

Jump to Previous
Eyes Faint Fainteth Feeble Goings Grows Hid Hidden Knewest Laid Nets Overcome Overwhelmed Path Placed Privily Secretly Snare Spirit Trap Walk Walked Way Wherein Within
Jump to Next
Eyes Faint Fainteth Feeble Goings Grows Hid Hidden Knewest Laid Nets Overcome Overwhelmed Path Placed Privily Secretly Snare Spirit Trap Walk Walked Way Wherein Within
Links
Psalm 142:3 NIV
Psalm 142:3 NLT
Psalm 142:3 ESV
Psalm 142:3 NASB
Psalm 142:3 KJV

Psalm 142:3 Bible Apps
Psalm 142:3 Bible Suite
Psalm 142:3 Biblia Paralela
Psalm 142:3 Chinese Bible
Psalm 142:3 French Bible
Psalm 142:3 German Bible

Alphabetical: a faint for grows have hidden I In is it knew know me men my overwhelmed path snare spirit the They trap walk was way When where who within you

OT Poetry: Psalm 142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me (Psalm Ps Psa.) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Psalm 142:2
Top of Page
Top of Page