|New International Version (©2011)|
I cry to you, LORD; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."
New Living Translation (©2007)
Then I pray to you, O LORD. I say, "You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.
English Standard Version (©2001)
I cry to you, O LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
I cried out to You, O LORD; I said, "You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
I cry to You, LORD; I say, "You are my shelter, my portion in the land of the living."
International Standard Version (©2012)
So I cry to you, Lord, declaring, "You are my refuge, my only possession while I am on this earth."
NET Bible (©2006)
I cry out to you, O LORD; I say, "You are my shelter, my security in the land of the living."
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
I cried to you, Lord Jehovah, and I have said:” You are my hope and my portion in the land of life.”
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
I call out to you, O LORD. I say, "You are my refuge, my own inheritance in this world of the living."
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
I cried unto you, O LORD: I said, you are my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
American King James Version
I cried to you, O LORD: I said, You are my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
American Standard Version
I cried unto thee, O Jehovah; I said, Thou art my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.
I cried to thee, O Lord: I said: Thou art my hope, my portion in the land of the living.
Darby Bible Translation
I cried unto thee, Jehovah; I said, Thou art my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.
English Revised Version
I cried unto thee, O LORD; I said, Thou art my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.
Webster's Bible Translation
I cried to thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
World English Bible
I cried to you, Yahweh. I said, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."
Young's Literal Translation
I have cried unto thee, O Jehovah, I have said, 'Thou art my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.'
|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.
Verse 5. - I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my Refuge. When men's fathers and mothers forsake them, the Lord taketh them up (Psalm 27:10). David looked to God as a sure Refuge at all times (Psalm 9:9; Psalm 18:1, 2; Psalm 57:1; Psalm 59:9, 16, 17). And my Portion in the land of the living; or, "my inheritance" (comp. Psalm 16:5; Psalm 73:26).
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
I cried unto thee, O Lord,.... Finding no help from man, he turns to the Lord, and directs his prayer to him in his distress;
I said, thou art my refuge; as he was, from all his enemies that were in pursuit of him, and from the storm of calamities he apprehended was coming upon him: and a refuge the Lord is to all his people in time of trouble; and where they always meet with sustenance, protection, and safety; he being a strong habitation, a strong hold, a strong refuge, to which they may resort at all times; and such is Christ to all sensible sinners that flee unto him, Hebrews 6:18;
and my portion in the land of the living; and a most excellent one he is, a large, immense, and inconceivable portion; he and all his perfections, purposes, promises, and blessings, being included in it; a soul-satisfying one, and which will never be taken away nor consumed; it is a portion in the present life; it will last as long as life lasts, and continues unto death, and at death, and for evermore, Psalm 73:26.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
5. (Compare Ps 31:14; 62:7).
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I Ask the Lord for Mercy
…4I 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. 5I cried to you, O LORD: I said, You are my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. 6Attend to my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.
You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge.
LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
If you say, "The LORD is my refuge," and you make the Most High your dwelling,
"Elam is there, with all her hordes around her grave. All of them are slain, fallen by the sword. All who had spread terror in the land of the living went down uncircumcised to the earth below. They bear their shame with those who go down to the pit.