Psalm 39:7
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New International Version
"But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.

New Living Translation
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.

English Standard Version
“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.

New American Standard Bible
"And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.

King James Bible
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

Christian Standard Bible
"Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you.

Contemporary English Version
"What am I waiting for? I depend on you, Lord!

Good News Translation
What, then, can I hope for, Lord? I put my hope in you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.

International Standard Version
How long, LORD, will I wait expectantly? I have placed my hope in you.

NET Bible
But now, O Lord, upon what am I relying? You are my only hope!

New Heart English Bible
Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore, what is my hope, if not you alone, Lord Jehovah?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
And now, Lord, what am I waiting for? My hope is in you!

JPS Tanakh 1917
And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope, it is in Thee.

New American Standard 1977
“And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in Thee.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now, Lord, what shall I wait for? My hope is in thee.

King James 2000 Bible
And now, Lord, what do I wait for? my hope is in you.

American King James Version
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in you.

American Standard Version
And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now what is my hope? is it not the Lord? and my substance is with thee.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, what wait I for, Lord? my hope is in thee.

English Revised Version
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

World English Bible
Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you.

Young's Literal Translation
And, now, what have I expected? O Lord, my hope -- it is of Thee.
Study Bible
I will Watch My Ways
6"Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them. 7"And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You. 8"Deliver me from all my transgressions; Make me not the reproach of the foolish.…
Cross References
Hebrews 6:19
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and steadfast. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,

Psalm 38:15
For I hope in You, O LORD; You will answer, O Lord my God.

Psalm 71:5
For You are my hope; O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth.
Treasury of Scripture

And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in you.

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Psalm 130:5,6 I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in his word do I hope…

Genesis 49:18 I have waited for your salvation, O LORD.

Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; …


Psalm 38:15 For in you, O LORD, do I hope: you will hear, O Lord my God.

Psalm 119:81,166 My soul faints for your salvation: but I hope in your word…

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain my …

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, …

(7) And now, Lord . . .--"If such is man's condition, what," says the psalmist, "is my expectation?" We seem to hear the deep sigh with which the words are uttered; and we must remember that the poet can turn for comfort to no hope of immortality. That had not yet dawned. The thought of God's mercy, and the hope of his own moral deliverance, these form the ground of his noble elevation above the oppressive sense of human frailty. The LXX. and Vulg. give it very expressively:--

"And now what is my expectation? Is it not the Lord?

And my substance is with thee."

Verse 7. - And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee. And now - under these circumstances - human life being what it is, and all men nothing but vanity, what is my hope? what is my expectation? what am I waiting for? A cry, as it would seem, of utter despair. But when the night is darkest, day dawns. "Out of the depths" comes forth the voice of faith - "My hope is in THEE!" There is always hope in God When our father and mother forsake us, the Lord taketh us up. He will not leave us nor forsake us. So the psalmist ends his complaint by throwing himself into the arms of the Divine mercy, and unreservedly submitting himself to God's will. And now, Lord, what wait I for?.... Look for, or expect, in this view of things? not long life, since the days of man are so short, and his age as nothing; not help from man, since he is altogether vanity; not riches and honour, since they are such poor, fading, perishing things; but the glories of another world, and the enjoyment of the Lord himself, both in this and that;

my hope is in thee; the psalmist now returns to himself, and comes to his right mind, and to a right way of judging and acting; making the Lord the object of his hope and trust, expecting all good things, grace and glory, alone from him; and this is the hope which makes not ashamed. 7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

8 Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.

9 I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.

10 Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.

11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth; surely every man is vanity. Selah.

12 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

Psalm 39:7

"And now, Lord, what wait I for?" What is there in these phantoms to enchant me? Why should I linger where the prospect is so uninviting, and the present so trying? It were worse than vanity to linger in the abodes of sorrow to gain a heritage of emptiness. The Psalmist, therefore, turns to his God, in disgust of all things else; he has thought on the world and all things in it, and is relieved by knowing that such vain things are all passing away; he has cut all cords which bound him to earth, and is ready to sound "Boot and saddle, up and away." "My hope is in thee." The Lord is self-existent and true, and therefore worthy of the confidence of men; he will live when all the creatures die, and his fulness will abide when all second causes are exhausted; to him, therefore, let us direct our expectation, and on him let us rest our confidence. Away from sand to rock let all wise builders turn themselves, for if not today, yet surely ere long, a storm will rise before which nothing will be able to stand but that which has the lasting element of faith in God to cement it. David had but one hope, and that hope entered within the veil, hence he brought his vessel to safe anchorage, and after a little drifting all was peace.

Psalm 39:8

"Deliver me from all my transgressions." How fair a sign it is when the Psalmist no longer harps upon his sorrows, but begs freedom from his sins! What is sorrow when compared with sin! Let but the poison of sin be gone from the cup, and we need not fear its gall, for the bitter will act medicinally. None can deliver a man from his transgressions but the blessed One who is called Jesus, because he saves his people from their sins; and when he once works this great deliverance for a man from the cause, the consequences are sure to disappear too. The thorough cleansing desired is well worthy of note' to be saved from some transgressions would be of small benefit; total and perfect deliverance is needed. "Make me not the reproach of the foolish." The wicked are the foolish here meant: such are always on the watch for the faults of saints, and at once make them the theme of ridicule. It is a wretched thing for a man to be suffered to make himself the butt of unholy scorn by apostasy from the right way. Alas, how many have thus exposed themselves to well-deserved reproach! Sin and shame go together and from both David would fain be preserved.

Psalm 39:9

"I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it." This had been far clearer if it had been rendered, "I am silenced, I will not open my mouth." Here we have a nobler silence, purged of all sullenness, and sweetened with submission. Nature failed to muzzle the mouth, but grace achieved the work in the worthiest manner. How like in appearance may two very different things appear! silence is ever silence, but it may be sinful in one case and saintly in another. What a reason for hushing every murmuring thought is the reflection, "because thou didst it"! It is his right to do as he wills, and he always wills to do that which is wisest and kindest; why should I then arraign his dealings? Nay, if it be indeed the Lord, let him do what seemeth him good.

Psalm 39:10

continued...7. The interrogation makes the implied negative stronger. Though this world offers nothing to our expectation, God is worthy of all confidence.39:7-13 There is no solid satisfaction to be had in the creature; but it is to be found in the Lord, and in communion with him; to him we should be driven by our disappointments. If the world be nothing but vanity, may God deliver us from having or seeking our portion in it. When creature-confidences fail, it is our comfort that we have a God to go to, a God to trust in. We may see a good God doing all, and ordering all events concerning us; and a good man, for that reason, says nothing against it. He desires the pardoning of his sin, and the preventing of his shame. We must both watch and pray against sin. When under the correcting hand of the Lord, we must look to God himself for relief, not to any other. Our ways and our doings bring us into trouble, and we are beaten with a rod of our own making. What a poor thing is beauty! and what fools are those that are proud of it, when it will certainly, and may quickly, be consumed! The body of man is as a garment to the soul. In this garment sin has lodged a moth, which wears away, first the beauty, then the strength, and finally the substance of its parts. Whoever has watched the progress of a lingering distemper, or the work of time alone, in the human frame, will feel at once the force of this comparison, and that, surely every man is vanity. Afflictions are sent to stir up prayer. If they have that effect, we may hope that God will hear our prayer. The believer expects weariness and ill treatment on his way to heaven; but he shall not stay here long : walking with God by faith, he goes forward on his journey, not diverted from his course, nor cast down by the difficulties he meets. How blessed it is to sit loose from things here below, that while going home to our Father's house, we may use the world as not abusing it! May we always look for that city, whose Builder and Maker is God.
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