Psalm 73:16
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New International Version
When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply

New Living Translation
So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is!

English Standard Version
But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task,

New American Standard Bible
When I pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight

King James Bible
When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless

International Standard Version
When I tried to understand this, it was too difficult for me

NET Bible
When I tried to make sense of this, it was troubling to me.

New Heart English Bible
When I tried to understand this, it was too painful for me;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It is evil in my eyes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But when I tried to understand this, it was too difficult for me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when I pondered how I might know this, It was wearisome in mine eyes;

New American Standard 1977
When I pondered to understand this,
            It was troublesome in my sight

Jubilee Bible 2000
I shall meditate that I might understand this; it is very hard for me to see.

King James 2000 Bible
When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

American King James Version
When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

American Standard Version
When I thought how I might know this, It was too painful for me;

Douay-Rheims Bible
I studied that I might know this thing, it is a labour in my sight:

Darby Bible Translation
When I thought to be able to know this, it was a grievous task in mine eyes;

English Revised Version
When I thought how I might know this, it was too painful for me;

Webster's Bible Translation
When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

World English Bible
When I tried to understand this, it was too painful for me;

Young's Literal Translation
And I think to know this, Perverseness it is in mine eyes,
Study Bible
Surely God is Good to Israel
15If I had said, "I will speak thus," Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children. 16When I pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight 17Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end.…
Cross References
Judges 6:2
The power of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of Midian the sons of Israel made for themselves the dens which were in the mountains and the caves and the strongholds.

Ecclesiastes 8:17
and I saw every work of God, I concluded that man cannot discover the work which has been done under the sun. Even though man should seek laboriously, he will not discover; and though the wise man should say, "I know," he cannot discover.
Treasury of Scripture

When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

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Psalm 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment …

Proverbs 30:2,3 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding …

Ecclesiastes 8:17 Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the …

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

too painful for me. Heb. labour in mine eyes.

Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted …

Luke 18:32-34 For he shall be delivered to the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and …

John 16:18,19 They said therefore, What is this that he said, A little while? we …

(16) When I thought . . .--i.e., when I reflected in order to know this--when I tried to think the matter out, get at the bottom of it. (For the sense of the verb, comp. Psalm 78:5; Proverbs 16:9.)

It was too painful.--See margin.

Verse 16. - When I thought to know this; literally, and I meditated, that I might understand this. A process of careful thought and consideration is implied, during which the psalmist tried hard to understand the method of God's government, and to explain to himself its seeming anomalies. But he says, It was too painful for me. He did not succeed; he was baffled and perplexed, and the whole effort was a pain and a grief to him. When I thought to know this,.... How to reconcile the prosperity of the wicked, and the afflictions of the righteous, to the perfections of God, and his wise providence in the government of the world, by the mere dint of reason, without consulting the sacred oracles, or his own and others' experience:

it was too painful for me: too laborious and toilsome, a work he was not equal to; "hic labor, hoc opus"; see Ecclesiastes 8:17. 16, 17. Still he—

thought—literally, "studied," or, "pondered this riddle"; but in vain; it remained a toil (compare Margin), till he—73:15-20 The psalmist having shown the progress of his temptation, shows how faith and grace prevailed. He kept up respect for God's people, and with that he restrained himself from speaking what he had thought amiss. It is a sign that we repent of the evil thoughts of the heart, if we suppress them. Nothing gives more offence to God's children, than to say it is vain to serve God; for there is nothing more contrary to their universal experience. He prayed to God to make this matter plain to him; and he understood the wretched end of wicked people; even in the height of their prosperity they were but ripening for ruin. The sanctuary must be the resort of a tempted soul. The righteous man's afflictions end in peace, therefore he is happy; the wicked man's enjoyments end in destruction, therefore he is miserable. The prosperity of the wicked is short and uncertain, slippery places. See what their prosperity is; it is but a vain show, it is only a corrupt imagination, not substance, but a mere shadow; it is as a dream, which may please us a little while we are slumbering, yet even then it disturbs our repose.
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