Psalm 142:4
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New International Version
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.

New Living Translation
I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me.

English Standard Version
Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul.

New American Standard Bible
Look 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.

King James Bible
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look to the right and see: no one stands up for me; there is no refuge for me; no one cares about me.

International Standard Version
I look to my right and observe— no one is concerned about me. There is nowhere I can go for refuge, and no one cares for me.

NET Bible
Look to the right and see! No one cares about me. I have nowhere to run; no one is concerned about my life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I looked to the right and I saw there was none to advise me; a place of refuge was lost to me and there was no avenger for my soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Look to my right and see that no one notices me. Escape is impossible for me. No one cares about me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no one that would know me; I had no refuge; no one cared for my soul.

King James 2000 Bible
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would acknowledge me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

American King James Version
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

American Standard Version
Look on my right hand, and see; For there is no man that knoweth me: Refuge hath failed me; No man careth for my soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, and there was no one that would know me. Flight hath failed me: and there is no one that hath regard to my soul.

Darby Bible Translation
Look on the right hand and see; there is no man that knoweth me: refuge hath failed me; no man careth for my soul.

English Revised Version
Look on my right hand, and see; for there is no man that knoweth me: refuge hath failed me; no man careth for my soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

World English Bible
Look on my right, and see; for there is no one who is concerned for me. Refuge has fled from me. No one cares for my soul.

Young's Literal Translation
Looking on the right hand -- and seeing, And I have none recognizing; Perished hath refuge from me, There is none inquiring for my soul.
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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 4. - I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me. I looked about, i.e., for human aid, but there was no one who would so much as know me. I was utterly deserted in my trouble. Refuge failed me. I had nowhere to flee unto - no safe and sure abiding-place. The "cave of Adullam" was but a miserable spot to hide in. No man cared for my soul; or, "looked after my soul" (comp. Jeremiah 30:17).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I looked on my right hand, and beheld,.... On the left, so Kimchi supplies it, and after him Piscator; he looked about him every way to the right and left, to see if he could get any help, or find out any way of deliverance. To this sense the Targum, Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions render the words; and so Kimchi and Aben Ezra understand them: but some render them in the imperative, "look on the right hand, and behold" (n); and consider them; either as spoken to his own soul, to stir up himself to look around him for help and relief; or as an address to God, to look and behold, as in Psalm 80:14; and R. Obadiah reads them, "look, O right hand"; O right hand of God, that does valiantly: but looking cannot properly be ascribed to the right hand; and besides it is not the Lord the psalmist is speaking to, or looking after, but men, as follows;

but there was no man that would know me; take notice of him, and acknowledge and own him, or show him any favour, or even own that they had any knowledge of him; which is often the case when men are in affliction and distress, their former friends, acquaintance, yea, relations, keep at a distance from them; so it was with Job, the Messiah, and others; see Job 19:13;

refuge failed me; as he could get no help from men, so there was no way open for his escape, or by which he could flee and get out of the hands and reach of his enemies; in these circumstances he was when in the cave;

no man cared for my soul; or "life" (o); to save it, protect and defend it, that is, very few; otherwise there were some that were concerned for him, as the men that were with him, and Jonathan, Saul's son; but none of Saul's courtiers, they were not solicitous for his welfare, but on the contrary sought his life, to take it away. This is an emblem of a soul under first awakenings and convictions, inquiring the way of salvation, and where to find help, but at a lois for it in the creature.

(n) "respice dexteram et vide", Montanus; "vel ad dexteram", Musculus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Michaelis. (o) "vitam meam", Junius & Tremellius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. Utter desolation is meant.

right hand—the place of a protector (Ps 110:5).

cared for—literally, "sought after," to do good.

Psalm 142:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
I Ask the Lord for Mercy
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. 5I cried out to You, O LORD; I said, "You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.…
Cross References
Job 11:20
But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp."

Psalm 31:11
Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends-- those who see me on the street flee from me.

Psalm 69:20
Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none.

Psalm 88:8
You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;

Psalm 88:18
You have taken from me friend and neighbor-- darkness is my closest friend.

Isaiah 51:18
Among all the children she bore there was none to guide her; among all the children she reared there was none to take her by the hand.

Jeremiah 25:35
The shepherds will have nowhere to flee, the leaders of the flock no place to escape.

Jeremiah 30:17
But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,' declares the LORD, 'because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.'

Ezekiel 34:6
My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.
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I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

I looked, etc. or. Look on the right hand and see, but there was

Psalm 31:11 I was a reproach among all my enemies, but especially among my neighbors, …

Psalm 69:20 Reproach has broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked …

Psalm 88:8,18 You have put away my acquaintance far from me; you have made me an …

Job 19:13-19 He has put my brothers far from me, and my acquaintance are truly …

Matthew 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might …

2 Timothy 4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: …

refuge

1 Samuel 23:11-13,19,20 Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come …

1 Samuel 27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul…

failed me.
no man cared for my soul. Heb. perished from me; no man sought after my soul

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