Psalm 143:6
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New International Version
I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.

New Living Translation
I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. Interlude

English Standard Version
I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

New American Standard Bible
I stretch out my hands to You; My soul longs for You, as a parched land. Selah.

King James Bible
I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I spread out my hands to You; I am like parched land before You. Selah

International Standard Version
I stretch out my hands toward you, longing for you like a parched land. Interlude

NET Bible
I spread my hands out to you in prayer; my soul thirsts for you in a parched land.

New Heart English Bible
I spread forth my hands to you. My soul thirsts for you, like a parched land. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I have stretched forth my hands to you; my soul is thirsty for you like the ground.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I stretch out my hands to you in prayer. Like parched land, my soul thirsts for you. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
I spread forth my hands unto Thee; My soul [thirsteth] after Thee, as a weary land. Selah

New American Standard 1977
I stretch out my hands to Thee;
            My soul longs for Thee, as a parched land. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I stretched forth my hands unto thee; my soul thirsted after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
I stretch forth my hands unto you: my soul thirsts after you, as a thirsty land. Selah.

American King James Version
I stretch forth my hands to you: my soul thirsts after you, as a thirsty land. Selah.

American Standard Version
I spread forth my hands unto thee: My soul thirsteth after thee, as a weary land. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
I stretched forth my hands to thee: my soul is as earth without water unto thee.

Darby Bible Translation
I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul, as a parched land, [thirsteth] after thee. Selah.

English Revised Version
I spread forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a weary land. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
I stretch forth my hands to thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

World English Bible
I spread forth my hands to you. My soul thirsts for you, like a parched land. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
I have spread forth my hands unto Thee, My soul is as a weary land for Thee. Selah.
Study Bible
My Soul Thirsts for You
5I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands. 6I stretch out my hands to You; My soul longs for You, as a parched land. Selah. 7Answer me quickly, O LORD, my spirit fails; Do not hide Your face from me, Or I will become like those who go down to the pit.…
Cross References
Exodus 9:29
Moses said to him, "As soon as I go out of the city, I will spread out my hands to the LORD; the thunder will cease and there will be hail no longer, that you may know that the earth is the LORD'S.

Job 11:13
"If you would direct your heart right And spread out your hand to Him,

Psalm 42:2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?

Psalm 63:1
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psalm 63:4
So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.

Psalm 88:9
My eye has wasted away because of affliction; I have called upon You every day, O LORD; I have spread out my hands to You.

Isaiah 55:1
"Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost.
Treasury of Scripture

I stretch forth my hands to you: my soul thirsts after you, as a thirsty land. Selah.

stretch forth

Psalm 44:20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands …

Psalm 88:9 My eye mourns by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily …

Job 11:13 If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him;

my soul

Psalm 42:1,2 As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God…

Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for …

Psalm 84:2 My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD: my heart …

Isaiah 26:8,9 Yes, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, have we waited for you; …

Isaiah 35:7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land …

John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, …

(6) With the first clause comp. Psalm 44:20.

Thirsty land.--See Psalm 63:1, which explains this elliptical sentence. As our Lord taught, God is even more ready to send the refreshing spiritual shower than man's heart to receive it.

Verse 6. - I stretch forth my hands unto thee. These recollections draw me to thee, O God, and make me stretch forth my hands in prayer to thee (Psalm 141:2b), and entreat thee for succor. My soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. As a parched and withered land. seems to look up to heaven and long for rain, so does my soul long for thee, O Lord, "and thy refreshing grace" (comp. Psalm 42:1). The "pause-mark," "selah," at the end of the verse, at once gives time for secret prayer, and makes a division of the psalm into two parts. I stretch forth my hands unto thee,.... In prayer, as the Targum adds; for this is a prayer gesture, 1 Kings 8:38; both hands were stretched forth, earnestly imploring help, and ready to receive and embrace every blessing bestowed with thankfulness;

my soul thirsteth after thee as a thirsty land. As a dry land, which wants water, gapes, and as it were thirsts for rain, which is very refreshing to it; so his soul thirsted after God, after his word and ordinances, after communion with him in them, after his grace and fresh supplies of it; particularly after pardoning grace and mercy, after the coming of Christ, and the blessings of grace by him; as reconciliation, atonement, righteousness, and salvation; after more knowledge of God and Christ, and divine truths; and after the enjoyment of them in heaven to all eternity. Some copies read, "in a thirsty land" (x), and so some versions; see Psalm 42:1.

Selah; on this word; see Gill on Psalm 3:2.

(x) Cod. Heb. Bomberg. Venet. "in terra siticulosa", Musculus, Tarnovius. 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.
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