Psalm 39:2
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New International Version
So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased;

New Living Translation
But as I stood there in silence--not even speaking of good things--the turmoil within me grew worse.

English Standard Version
I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail, and my distress grew worse.

New American Standard Bible
I was mute and silent, I refrained even from good, And my sorrow grew worse.

King James Bible
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I was speechless and quiet; I kept silent, even from speaking good, and my pain intensified.

International Standard Version
I was as silent as a mute person; I said nothing, not even something good, and my distress deepened.

NET Bible
I was stone silent; I held back the urge to speak. My frustration grew;

New Heart English Bible
I was mute with silence. I held my peace, even from good. My sorrow was stirred.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I was dumb, I was sorrowful and grieved for what is good and my sorrow was agitated.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I remained totally speechless. I kept silent, although it did me no good. While I was deep in thought, my pain grew worse.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I was dumb with silence; I held my peace, had no comfort; And my pain was held in check.

New American Standard 1977
I was dumb and silent,
            I refrained even from good;
            And my sorrow grew worse.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I was dumb with silence; I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

King James 2000 Bible
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

American King James Version
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

American Standard Version
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; And my sorrow was stirred.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I was dumb, and was humbled, and kept silence from good things : and my sorrow was renewed.

Darby Bible Translation
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

English Revised Version
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

Webster's Bible Translation
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

World English Bible
I was mute with silence. I held my peace, even from good. My sorrow was stirred.

Young's Literal Translation
I was dumb with silence, I kept silent from good, and my pain is excited.
Study Bible
I will Watch My Ways
1For the choir director, for Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. I said, "I will guard my ways That I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle While the wicked are in my presence." 2I was mute and silent, I refrained even from good, And my sorrow grew worse. 3My heart was hot within me, While I was musing the fire burned; Then I spoke with my tongue:…
Cross References
Psalm 32:3
When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long.

Psalm 38:13
But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a mute man who does not open his mouth.

Psalm 39:9
"I have become mute, I do not open my mouth, Because it is You who have done it.
Treasury of Scripture

I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

I was

Psalm 38:13,14 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that opens …

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: …

Matthew 27:12-14 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing…

even

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls …

my sorrow

Job 32:19,20 Behold, my belly is as wine which has no vent; it is ready to burst …

Acts 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

stirred [heb.] troubled

(2) Even from good.--This interpretation, while following the LXX., Vulg., and most ancient versions, is suspicious, since the particle, rendered from, is not generally used in this sense after a verb expressing silence. Indeed there is only one instance which at all supports this rendering (1Kings 22:3, margin). Nor does the context require or even admit it. If the bright side of things had been so evident that he could speak of it the Psalmist would not have feared reproach for doing so, nor was there cause for his silence "as to the law," the rabbinical mode of explaining the passage. The obvious translation makes the clause parallel with that which follows: "I held my peace without profit. My sorrow was increased," i.e., instead of lessening my grief by silence, I only increased it.

Stirred.--The LXX. and Vulg. "renewed," which is nearer the meaning than either the Authorised Version or margin.

Verse 2. - I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good. Some explain, "I held my peace, but it did me no good - I was none the better for it" (Hupfeld, Hengstenberg, Canon Cook); others adopt the Prayer-book Version, I kept silence even from good words" (Kay, Alexander, Revised Version). And my sorrow was stirred. The pain at my heart was not quieted thereby, nor even lessened; rather, it was roused up, quickened, and aggravated. This is the natural result of repressing any strong feeling. I was dumb with silence,.... Quite silent, as if he had been a dumb man, and could not speak; so he was before men, especially wicked men, and under the afflicting hand of God; see Psalm 39:9; thus he put his resolution into practice;

I held my peace, even from good; that is, he said neither good nor bad: this expresses the greatness of his silence: he did not choose to open his lips, and say anything that was good, lest evil should come out along with it; though this may be considered as carrying the matter too far, even to a criminal silence; saying nothing of the affliction he laboured under as coming from the hand of God, and of his own desert of it; nor praying to God for the removal of it, nor giving him thanks for his divine goodness in supporting him under it, and making it useful to him; though it seems rather to have respect to his silence concerning the goodness of his cause before men; he said not one word in the vindication of himself; but committed his cause to him that judgeth righteously. The Targum and Jarchi interpret it of his silence and cessation "from the words of the law": he said nothing concerning the good word of God; which sense, could it be admitted, the words in Jeremiah 20:9; might be compared with these and the following;

and my sorrow was stirred; this was the issue and effect of his silence; his sorrow being pent up, and not let out and eased by words, swelled and increased the more; or the sorrow of his heart was stirred up at the insults and reproaches of his enemies, as Paul's spirit was stirred up by the superstition and idolatry of the city of Athens, Acts 17:16. 2. even from good—(Ge 31:24), everything.39:1-6 If an evil thought should arise in the mind, suppress it. Watchfulness in the habit, is the bridle upon the head; watchfulness in acts, is the hand upon the bridle. When not able to separate from wicked men, we should remember they will watch our words, and turn them, if they can, to our disadvantage. Sometimes it may be necessary to keep silence, even from good words; but in general we are wrong when backward to engage in edifying discourse. Impatience is a sin that has its cause within ourselves, and that is, musing; and its ill effects upon ourselves, and that is no less than burning. In our greatest health and prosperity, every man is altogether vanity, he cannot live long; he may die soon. This is an undoubted truth, but we are very unwilling to believe it. Therefore let us pray that God would enlighten our minds by his Holy Spirit, and fill our hearts with his grace, that we may be ready for death every day and hour.
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