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

New Living Translation
I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear.

English Standard Version
Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart is appalled within me.

King James Bible
Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My spirit is weak within me; my heart is overcome with dismay.

International Standard Version
As a result, my spirit is desolate within me, and my mind within me is appalled.

NET Bible
My strength leaves me; I am absolutely shocked.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My spirit is troubled against me and my heart is moved within me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That is why I begin to lose hope and my heart is in a state of shock.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore my spirit has become overwhelmed within me; my heart within me has become desolate.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

American King James Version
Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

American Standard Version
Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is desolate.

Douay-Rheims Bible
and my spirit is in anguish within me: my heart within me is troubled.

Darby Bible Translation
And my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

English Revised Version
Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

World English Bible
Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me. My heart within me is desolate.

Young's Literal Translation
And my spirit in me is become feeble, Within me is my heart become desolate.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

143:1-6 We have no righteousness of our own to plead, therefore must plead God's righteousness, and the word of promise which he has freely given us, and caused us to hope in. David, before he prays for the removal of his trouble, prays for the pardon of his sin, and depends upon mercy alone for it. He bemoans the weight upon his mind from outward troubles. But he looks back, and remembers God's former appearance for his afflicted people, and for him in particular. He looks round, and notices the works of God. The more we consider the power of God, the less we shall fear the face or force of man. He looks up with earnest desires towards God and his favour. This is the best course we can take, when our spirits are overwhelmed. The believer will not forget, that in his best actions he is a sinner. Meditation and prayer will recover us from distresses; and then the mourning soul strives to return to the Lord as the infant stretches out its hands to the indulgent mother, and thirsts for his consolations as the parched ground for refreshing rain.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; or, "faint within me" (see Psalm 42:3). My heart within me is desolate (comp. Psalm 40:15).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me,.... Covered over with grief, borne down with sorrow, ready to sink and fail; See Gill on Psalm 142:3;

my heart within me is desolate; destitute of the spirit and presence of God, and with respect to the exercise of grace, and filled with fears and misgivings; or "astonished" (u), at the providence he was under, like one stunned and filled with sore amazement, not knowing what to make of things, or what the issue of them would be; so David's antitype was "sore amazed" in the garden, when his troubles and agonies came upon him, Mark 14:33.

(u) "attonitum est", Vatablus; "stupuit", Tigurine version; "stupet", Cocceius, Michaelis; "obstupuit", Gejerus.



Psalm 143:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
My Soul Thirsts for You
3For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead. 4Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart is appalled within me. 5I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands.…
Cross References
Psalm 25:16
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.

Psalm 77:3
I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.

Psalm 109:22
For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

Psalm 142:3
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.

Lamentations 3:11
he dragged me from the path and mangled me and left me without help.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

is my spirit

Psalm 55:5 Fearfulness and trembling are come on me, and horror has overwhelmed me.

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

Psalm 77:3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was …

Psalm 102:1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come to you.

Psalm 124:4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:

Psalm 142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. …

Job 6:27 Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless, and you dig a pit for your friend.

my heart

Psalm 25:16 Turn you to me, and have mercy on me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

Psalm 102:3,4 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth…

Psalm 119:81-83 My soul faints for your salvation: but I hope in your word…

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was …

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