Psalm 42:8
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New International Version
By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me-- a prayer to the God of my life.

New Living Translation
But each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.

English Standard Version
By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.

King James Bible
Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD will send His faithful love by day; His song will be with me in the night-- a prayer to the God of my life.

International Standard Version
By day the LORD will command his gracious love, and by night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.

NET Bible
By day the LORD decrees his loyal love, and by night he gives me a song, a prayer to the living God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
By day Lord Jehovah will command his mercies and his songs in the night; prayer is with me unto the living God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD commands his mercy during the day, and at night his song is with me- a prayer to the God of my life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Yet the LORD will command his mercy in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

King James 2000 Bible
Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

American King James Version
Yet the LORD will command his loving kindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer to the God of my life.

American Standard Version
Yet Jehovah will command his lovingkindness in the day-time; And in the night his song shall be with me, Even a prayer unto the God of my life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the daytime the Lord hath commanded his mercy; and a canticle to him in the night. With me is prayer to the God of my life.

Darby Bible Translation
In the day-time will Jehovah command his loving-kindness, and in the night his song shall be with me, a prayer unto the God of my life.

English Revised Version
Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the day-time, and in the night his song shall be with me, even a prayer unto the God of my life.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet the LORD will command his loving-kindness in the day-time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer to the God of my life.

World English Bible
Yahweh will command his loving kindness in the daytime. In the night his song shall be with me: a prayer to the God of my life.

Young's Literal Translation
By day Jehovah commandeth His kindness, And by night a song is with me, A prayer to the God of my life.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

42:6-11 The way to forget our miseries, is to remember the God of our mercies. David saw troubles coming from God's wrath, and that discouraged him. But if one trouble follow hard after another, if all seem to combine for our ruin, let us remember they are all appointed and overruled by the Lord. David regards the Divine favour as the fountain of all the good he looked for. In the Saviour's name let us hope and pray. One word from him will calm every storm, and turn midnight darkness into the light of noon, the bitterest complaints into joyful praises. Our believing expectation of mercy must quicken our prayers for it. At length, is faith came off conqueror, by encouraging him to trust in the name of the Lord, and to stay himself upon his God. He adds, And my God; this thought enabled him to triumph over all his griefs and fears. Let us never think that the God of our life, and the Rock of our salvation, has forgotten us, if we have made his mercy, truth, and power, our refuge. Thus the psalmist strove against his despondency: at last his faith and hope obtained the victory. Let us learn to check all unbelieving doubts and fears. Apply the promise first to ourselves, and then plead it to God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - Yet the Lord will command his loving-kindness in the daytime. Notwithstanding all these present woes, God wilt at some time "command" his loving-kindness to make itself apparent (comp. Psalm 44:4; Psalm 68:28), and both "in the daytime" and in the night will so comfort me that his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life; i.e. I shall offer him both praise and prayer continually both day and night (Psalm 92:2) for his great mercies.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime,.... Which is a tender affection in God towards his people, springs from his sovereign will and pleasure, is from everlasting, is ever the same, never removes from them, and is better than life; the effects of which are all spiritual blessings, grace, and glory: and this the Lord "commands" when he sends it forth with power, makes a clear manifestation and home application of it to them; when he commands his covenant, or bestows covenant blessings on them; when he commands his strength, or gives them strength to bear up under afflictions; when he commands deliverances for Jacob, or works salvation for them; and when he commands blessings temporal and spiritual on them, especially life for evermore: see Psalm 111:9; and this is done in "the daytime"; either, as some interpret it, in a fit and seasonable time, in God's appointed time, who has his set time to favour his people, and show his lovingkindness to them; or openly and publicly, so as themselves and others may see the salvation of the Lord; or continually; for mercy, goodness, and lovingkindness, follow them all the days of their lives; yea, are from everlasting to everlasting: and these words may be read either in the past tense, as some do, "yet the Lord hath commanded" (m), &c. and so respect what had been, and relate to the former experiences and manifestations of the love of God, with which the psalmist encourages himself under his present afflictions; or in the future, as in our version; and so they are an expression of faith as to what would be hereafter, that the Lord would appear again, and show him his face and favour;

and in the night his song shall be with me; signifying hereby, that he strongly believed he should have occasion of singing praise to God in the night season, though he was now in such mournful circumstances: he calls it "his song"; that is, the Lord's song; because the matter of it are his lovingkindness, and the blessings springing from it; because the Lord himself is the subject of it; his perfections, his works, his salvation and glory; and because he gives songs in the night, and puts them into the mouths of his people; see Isaiah 12:2; and the psalmist says it would be with him, in his heart, and in his mouth, and be his constant companion wherever he was, lying down, or rising up; and that "in the night"; either figuratively understood of affliction and distress, out of which he would be delivered, and so be compassed about with songs of deliverance; or literally, it being a time of leisure to call to mind the salvation and mercies of the day, and be thankful for them; see Psalm 77:6;

and my prayer unto the God of my life: natural, spiritual, and eternal; being the author, giver, and preserver of each; and this is no inconsiderable mercy, to have such a God to pray unto in a time of distress; as well as in a time of salvation, to go to, and make known requests with thanksgiving; which seems to be intended here, since it is joined with a song. Prayer and praise go together, the object of which are not lifeless idols, that cannot save; but the living God, who is a God hearing and answering prayer, and does not despise the prayer of the destitute. The prayer of the psalmist follows.

(m) "praecepit", Tigurine version; "mandavit", Hammond; so Aben Ezra and others.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. Still he relies on as constant a flow of divine mercy which will elicit his praise and encourage his prayer to God.

Psalm 42:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
As the Deer Pants for the Water
7Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me. 8The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life. 9I will say to God my rock, "Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"…
Cross References
Job 35:10
But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,

Psalm 16:7
I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.

Psalm 44:4
You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob.

Psalm 57:3
He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me-- God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.

Psalm 63:6
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.

Psalm 71:3
Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

Psalm 77:6
I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked:

Psalm 119:55
In the night, LORD, I remember your name, that I may keep your law.

Psalm 133:3
It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.

Psalm 149:5
Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.

Ecclesiastes 5:18
This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them--for this is their lot.

Ecclesiastes 8:15
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.
Treasury of Scripture

Yet the LORD will command his loving kindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer to the God of my life.

command

Psalm 44:4 You are my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.

Psalm 133:3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended on the mountains …

Leviticus 25:21 Then I will command my blessing on you in the sixth year, and it …

Deuteronomy 28:8 The LORD shall command the blessing on you in your storehouses, and …

Matthew 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that you should …

in the night

Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you …

Psalm 63:6 When I remember you on my bed, and meditate on you in the night watches.

Psalm 149:5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud on their beds.

Job 35:10 But none said, Where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night;

Isaiah 30:29 You shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; …

Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and …

the God

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD …

Colossians 3:3 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

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