Psalm 28:2
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New International Version
Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.

New Living Translation
Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.

English Standard Version
Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

New American Standard Bible
Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.

King James Bible
Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen to the sound of my pleading when I cry to You for help, when I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.

International Standard Version
Hear the sound of my supplications when I cry to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

NET Bible
Hear my plea for mercy when I cry out to you for help, when I lift my hands toward your holy temple!

New Heart English Bible
Hear the voice of my petitions, when I cry to you, when I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry to you, and when I lift my hands to your holy temple.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Hear my prayer for mercy when I call to you for help, when I lift my hands toward your most holy place.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto Thee, When I lift up my hands toward Thy holy Sanctuary.

New American Standard 1977
Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to Thee for help,
            When I lift up my hands toward Thy holy sanctuary.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward the oracle of thy holiness.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto you, when I lift up my hands toward your holy sanctuary.

American King James Version
Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry to you, when I lift up my hands toward your holy oracle.

American Standard Version
Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, When I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear, O Lord, the voice of my supplication, when I pray to thee; when I lift up my hands to thy holy temple.

Darby Bible Translation
Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward the oracle of thy holiness.

English Revised Version
Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry to thee, when I lift my hands towards thy holy oracle.

World English Bible
Hear the voice of my petitions, when I cry to you, when I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.

Young's Literal Translation
Hear the voice of my supplications, In my crying unto Thee, In my lifting up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
Study Bible
The Lord is My Strength
1A Psalm of David. To You, O LORD, I call; My rock, do not be deaf to me, For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to the pit. 2Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary. 3Do not drag me away with the wicked And with those who work iniquity, Who speak peace with their neighbors, While evil is in their hearts.…
Cross References
1 Timothy 2:8
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or dissension.

1 Kings 6:5
Against the wall of the house he built stories encompassing the walls of the house around both the nave and the inner sanctuary; thus he made side chambers all around.

Psalm 5:7
But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You.

Psalm 28:6
Blessed be the LORD, Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.

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

Psalm 119:170
Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word.

Psalm 130:2
Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications.

Psalm 134:2
Lift up your hands to the sanctuary And bless the LORD.

Psalm 138:2
I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.

Psalm 140:6
I said to the LORD, "You are my God; Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications.
Treasury of Scripture

Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry to you, when I lift up my hands toward your holy oracle.

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Psalm 63:4 Thus will I bless you while I live: I will lift up my hands in your name.

Psalm 125:5 As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead …

Psalm 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Psalm 141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting …

Psalm 143:6 I stretch forth my hands to you: my soul thirsts after you, as a …

2 Chronicles 6:13 For Solomon had made a brazen scaffold of five cubits long, and five …

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, …

thy holy oracle. or, the oracle of thy sanctuary

Psalm 5:7 But as for me, I will come into your house in the multitude of your …

Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward your holy temple, and praise your name for …

1 Kings 6:19,22,23 And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there the …

1 Kings 8:6-8,28-30,38 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD to …

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his …

(2) Lift up my hands.--For interesting illustrations of this Oriental custom see Exodus 9:29; 1Kings 8:22, &c. Compare the well-known line:--

"If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer."

TENNYSON: Morte d'Arthur.

Holy oracle.--Better, the shrine of thy sanctuary (see margin)--i.e., the holy of holies, the adytum, or inner recess of the Temple in which the ark was placed, as we see from 1Kings 6:19-22. The Hebrew word, which is of doubtful derivation, is, with the exception of this place, only found in Kings and Chronicles. The margin, "the oracle of thy sanctuary," is a better rendering than the text.

Verse 2. - Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee. God is said to hear prayer when he grants it, to be deaf to prayer when he withholds the boon requested. The use of the expressions "voice" and "cry" marks the earnestness of the prayers offered. When I lift up my hands, The usual attitude of a Hebrew in prayer (see Exodus 9:29; Exodus 17:11, 12; 1 Kings 8:22, 54; Psalm 63:4; Psalm 141:2; Lamentations 2:19; Lamentations 3:41). Originally, the idea probably was that the hands should be ready to receive the blessings which God would bestow. But, later on, the lifting up of the hands seems to have been regarded as symbolizing the lifting up of the heart (Lamentations 3:41). Towards thy holy oracle (see the comment on Psalm 5:7). Hear the voice of my supplications,.... Which proceed from the Spirit of grace and of supplication, and are put up in an humble manner, under a sense of wants and unworthiness, and on the foot of grace and mercy, and not merit;

when I cry unto thee; as he now did, and determined he would, and continue so doing, until he was heard;

when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle: the holy of holies, in the tabernacle and in the temple, which was sometimes so called, 1 Kings 6:23; compared with 2 Chronicles 3:10; where were the ark, the mercy seat, and cherubim, between which the Lord dwelt, and gave responses to his people; or heaven itself, which the holy of holies was a figure of; where is the throne of God, and from whence he hears the prayers of his people directed to him; or else Christ himself, who is the most Holy, and the "Debir", or Oracle, who speaks to the Lord for his people; and by whom the Lord speaks to them again, and communes with them. The oracle had its name, "debir", from speaking. Lifting up of the hands is a prayer gesture, and here designs the performance of that duty to God in heaven, through Christ; see Lamentations 3:41; it was frequently used, even by the Heathens, as a prayer gesture (r); see Psalm 141:2.

(r) "Duplices manus ad sidera tendit--et paulo post--et ambas ad coelum tendit palmas", Virgil. Aeneid. 10. vid. Aeneid. 2. "Ad coelum manibus sublatis", Horat. Satyr. l. 2. satyr. 5. v. 97. "Coelo supines si tuleris manus", ib. Carmin. l. 3. Ode 23. v. 1. "Et pandere palmas ante Deum delubra", Lucretius l. 5. prope finem , Homer. Iliad. 5. v. 174. 2. lift up my hands—a gesture of prayer (Ps 63:4; 141:2).

oracle—place of speaking (Ex 25:22; Nu 7:89), where God answered His people (compare Ps 5:7).28:1-5 David is very earnest in prayer. Observe his faith in prayer; God is my rock, on whom I build my hope. Believers should not rest till they have received some token that their prayers are heard. He prays that he may not be numbered with the wicked. Save me from being entangled in the snares they have laid for me. Save me from being infected with their sins, and from doing as they do. Lord, never leave me to use such arts of deceit and treachery for my safety, as they use for my ruin. Believers dread the way of sinners; the best are sensible of the danger they are in of being drawn aside: we should all pray earnestly to God for his grace to keep us. Those who are careful not to partake with sinners in their sins, have reason to hope that they shall not receive their plagues. He speaks of the just judgments of the Lord on the workers of iniquity, ver. 4. This is not the language of passion or revenge. It is a prophecy that there will certainly come a day, when God will punish every man who persists in his evil deeds. Sinners shall be reckoned with, not only for the mischief they have done, but for the mischief they designed, and did what they could to effect. Disregard of the works of the Lord, is the cause of the sin of sinners, and becomes the cause of their ruin.
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