Psalm 32:4
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New International Version
For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.

New Living Translation
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude

English Standard Version
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

New American Standard Bible
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.

King James Bible
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was drained as in the summer's heat. Selah

International Standard Version
For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; my strength was exhausted as in a summer drought. Interlude

NET Bible
For day and night you tormented me; you tried to destroy me in the intense heat of summer. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
For day and night your hand was heavy on me. My strength was sapped in the heat of summer. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because night and day your hand has been heavy against me, and pain returned into my chest to kill me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Day and night your hand lay heavily on me. My strength shriveled in the summer heat. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me; My sap was turned as in the droughts of summer. Selah

New American Standard 1977
For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me;
            My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my green growth is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me: my strength is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

American King James Version
For day and night your hand was heavy on me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

American Standard Version
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: My moisture was changed as with the drought of summer. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: I am turned in my anguish, whilst the thorn is fastened.

Darby Bible Translation
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

English Revised Version
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture was changed as with the drought of summer. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drouth of summer. Selah.

World English Bible
For day and night your hand was heavy on me. My strength was sapped in the heat of summer. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
When by day and by night Thy hand is heavy upon me, My moisture hath been changed Into the droughts of summer. Selah.
Study Bible
Blessed is He who is Forgiven
3When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long. 4For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah. 5I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.…
Cross References
Acts 13:11
Now look, the hand of the Lord is against you, and for a time you will be blind and unable to see the light of the sun." Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand.

Ruth 1:13
would you therefore wait until they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters; for it is harder for me than for you, for the hand of the LORD has gone forth against me."

1 Samuel 5:6
Now the hand of the LORD was heavy on the Ashdodites, and He ravaged them and smote them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territories.

Job 23:2
"Even today my complaint is rebellion; His hand is heavy despite my groaning.

Job 33:7
"Behold, no fear of me should terrify you, Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you.

Psalm 22:15
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And You lay me in the dust of death.

Psalm 38:2
For Your arrows have sunk deep into me, And Your hand has pressed down on me.

Psalm 39:3
My heart was hot within me, While I was musing the fire burned; Then I spoke with my tongue:

Psalm 39:10
"Remove Your plague from me; Because of the opposition of Your hand I am perishing.

Psalm 88:7
Your wrath has rested upon me, And You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah.
Treasury of Scripture

For day and night your hand was heavy on me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

hand

Psalm 38:2-8 For your arrows stick fast in me, and your hand presses me sore…

Psalm 39:10,11 Remove your stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of your hand…

1 Samuel 5:6,7,9,11 But the hand of the LORD was heavy on them of Ashdod, and he destroyed …

1 Samuel 6:9 And see, if it goes up by the way of his own coast to Bethshemesh, …

Job 16:21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbor!

Job 33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make you afraid, neither shall my hand …

moisture

Psalm 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue sticks to …

Psalm 90:6,7 In the morning it flourishes, and grows up; in the evening it is …

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

Job 30:30 My skin is black on me, and my bones are burned with heat.

Lamentations 4:8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: …

Lamentations 5:10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

(4) Thy hand was heavy.--The verb, as in "kept silence" in Psalm 32:3, is properly present--the agony is still vividly present.

My moisture.--The Hebrew word is found only once besides (Numbers 11:8), where the Authorised Version has "fresh oil;" the LXX. and Vulg., "an oily cake." Aquila has "of the breast of oil," reading the word erroneously. Here both LXX. and Vulg. seem to have had a different reading, "I was turned to sorrow while the thorn was fixed in." Symmachus translates somewhat similarly, but by "to destruction" instead of "to sorrow." Aquila, "to my spoiling in summer desolation." These readings, however, mistake the lamed, which is part of the word, for a preposition. Gesenius connects with an Arabic root, to suck, and so gets the meaning juice or moisture.

Into the drought of summer.--This is the best rendering of the Hebrew, though it might be either "as in summer dryness" or "with summer heat." Some understand literally a fever, but it is better to take it figuratively of the soul-fever which the whole passage describes.

Verse 4. - For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me. David sees now that his sufferings at this time came from God, and were a part of the punishment of his sin. They continued without intermission both by day and by night. His conscience was never wholly at rest. My moisture is turned into the drought of summer; literally, my sap was changed through summer drought; i.e. the vital principle, which had been strong in him, was changed - burnt up and exhausted - by the heat of God's wrath. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me,.... Meaning the afflicting hand of God, which is not joyous, but grievous, and heavy to be borne; especially without his gracious presence, and the discoveries of his love: this continued night and day, without any intermission; and may design some violent distemper; perhaps a fever; since it follows,

my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. That is, the radical moisture in him was almost dried up, as brooks in the summer season; his body was parched, as it were, with the burning heat of the disease; or with an apprehension of the wrath of God under it, or both: and so he continued until be was brought to a true sense of sin, and an acknowledgment of it, when he had the discoveries of pardoning love, as is expressed in Psalm 32:5. The Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions read, "I am turned into distress, through a thorn being fixed"; and so Apollinarius paraphrases the words,

"I am become miserable, because thorns are fixed in my skin;''

reading for and which Suidas (o) interprets "sin", that being like the thorn, unfruitful and pricking; see 2 Corinthians 12:7.

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

(o) In voce 4. thy hand—of God, or power in distressing him (Ps 38:2).

moisture—vital juices of the body, the parching heat of which expresses the anguish of the soul. On the other figures, compare Ps 6:2, 7; 31:9-11. If composed on the occasion of the [582]fifty-first Psalm, this distress may have been protracted for several months.32:3-7 It is very difficult to bring sinful man humbly to accept free mercy, with a full confession of his sins and self-condemnation. But the true and only way to peace of conscience, is, to confess our sins, that they may be forgiven; to declare them that we may be justified. Although repentance and confession do not merit the pardon of transgression, they are needful to the real enjoyment of forgiving mercy. And what tongue can tell the happiness of that hour, when the soul, oppressed by sin, is enabled freely to pour forth its sorrows before God, and to take hold of his covenanted mercy in Christ Jesus! Those that would speed in prayer, must seek the Lord, when, by his providence, he calls them to seek him, and, by his Spirit, stirs them up to seek him. In a time of finding, when the heart is softened with grief, and burdened with guilt; when all human refuge fails; when no rest can be found to the troubled mind, then it is that God applies the healing balm by his Spirit.
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