Psalm 74:9
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New International Version
We are given no signs from God; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be.

New Living Translation
We no longer see your miraculous signs. All the prophets are gone, and no one can tell us when it will end.

English Standard Version
We do not see our signs; there is no longer any prophet, and there is none among us who knows how long.

New American Standard Bible
We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet, Nor is there any among us who knows how long.

King James Bible
We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There are no signs for us to see. There is no longer a prophet. And none of us knows how long this will last.

International Standard Version
We see no signs for us; there is no longer a prophet, and no one among us knows the future.

NET Bible
We do not see any signs of God's presence; there are no longer any prophets and we have no one to tell us how long this will last.

New Heart English Bible
We see no miraculous signs. There is no longer any prophet, neither is there among us anyone who knows how long.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They have not seen their signs; there is no more a Prophet, neither is there a wise man with us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We no longer see miraculous signs. There are no prophets anymore. No one knows how long this will last.

JPS Tanakh 1917
We see not our signs; There is no more any prophet; Neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

New American Standard 1977
We do not see our signs;
            There is no longer any prophet,
            Nor is there any among us who knows how long.

Jubilee Bible 2000
We no longer see our own banners; there is no longer any prophet: neither is there among us any that knows. How long shall this be?

King James 2000 Bible
We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knows how long.

American King James Version
We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knows how long.

American Standard Version
We see not our signs: There is no more any prophet; Neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Our signs we have not seen, there is now no prophet: and he will know us no more.

Darby Bible Translation
We see not our signs; there is no more any prophet, neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

English Revised Version
We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet; neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

Webster's Bible Translation
We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

World English Bible
We see no miraculous signs. There is no longer any prophet, neither is there among us anyone who knows how long.

Young's Literal Translation
Our ensigns we have not seen, There is no more a prophet, Nor with us is one knowing how long.
Study Bible
Why have You Rejected Us?
8They said in their heart, "Let us completely subdue them." They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land. 9We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet, Nor is there any among us who knows how long. 10How long, O God, will the adversary revile, And the enemy spurn Your name forever?…
Cross References
1 Samuel 3:1
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD before Eli. And word from the LORD was rare in those days, visions were infrequent.

Psalm 6:3
And my soul is greatly dismayed; But You, O LORD-- how long?

Psalm 74:4
Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place; They have set up their own standards for signs.

Psalm 78:43
When He performed His signs in Egypt And His marvels in the field of Zoan,

Psalm 79:5
How long, O LORD? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire?

Psalm 80:4
O LORD God of hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.

Isaiah 30:20
Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher.

Lamentations 2:9
Her gates have sunk into the ground, He has destroyed and broken her bars. Her king and her princes are among the nations; The law is no more. Also, her prophets find No vision from the LORD.

Ezekiel 7:26
Disaster will come upon disaster and rumor will be added to rumor; then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but the law will be lost from the priest and counsel from the elders.
Treasury of Scripture

We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knows how long.

we see

Exodus 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token on the houses where you …

Exodus 13:9,10 And it shall be for a sign to you on your hand, and for a memorial …

Judges 6:17 And he said to him, If now I have found grace in your sight, then …

Ezekiel 20:12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and …

Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with …

no more

1 Samuel 3:1 And the child Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word …

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, said the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine …

Micah 3:6 Therefore night shall be to you, that you shall not have a vision; …

(9) We see not our signs . . .--It is natural to take this statement in direct contrast to what Psalm 74:4 (see Note) says of the heathen signs. While these abominations--rallying points of savage profanity--were visibly set up, the tokens of the invisible God's presence, His wonders wrought for Israel, are no more seen.

There is no more any prophet.--This was the constant lament of the Maccaban period (1 Maccabees 4:46; 1 Maccabees 9:27; 1 Maccabees 14:41), and suits no earlier time--at least none into which the rest of the psalm would fit. During the exile period Jeremiah and Ezekiel were prophesying, and the complaint took quite a different form then and probably for some time afterwards (Lamentations 2:9; Ezekiel 7:26). The full desolation of the situation is told in "Song of the Three Children," Psalm 74:15; "Neither is there at this time prince, or prophet, or leader, or burnt offering, or sacrifice, or oblation, or incense, or place to sacrifice before Thee or find mercy."

Neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.--This, too, carries us on past the time of Jeremiah, who had given an exact date for the termination of the exile. Probably (if the arrangement of the words is right) we have here another expression of a widely-spread feeling--a feeling which inspired the apocalyptic literature, which had for its object partly to answer this question, how long? But it has been suggested, as more in the Hebrew style, to end the clause with the word know, and make it directly parallel with the preceding ("there is neither a prophet nor one who knows"), and carry on the interrogative to the next verse, where its repetition would add much to the force of the question there put. (Burgess.)

Verse 9. - We see not our signs. Some suppose "standards" to be meant, as in ver. 4, where the same word is used; but it is, perhaps, better to understand, with Dr. Kay, "Divine ordinances, which were standing signs of God's presence - as the tabernacle, the sacrifices, the sabbaths." There is no more any prophet. It has been said that this shows the psalm not to have been written on the occasion of the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, since Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel were, all of them, then living. But the writer only means to say that there are no prophets in Palestine, where he is residing. Jeremiah in Egypt, Ezekiel on the banks of Chebar, Daniel in Babylon, are nothing to him, even if he knows of their existence, and in no way fill up the gap whereof he complains. Neither is there among us any who knoweth how long. Jeremiah's prophecy of the seventy years (Jeremiah 25:11, 12) did net remove the doubt, since it was uncertain from what event the seventy years were to be counted. Jeremiah's prophecies, moreover, were not yet, in all probability, collected into a volume, and so may not have been known to the psalmist. We see not our signs,.... Either such miracles as were formerly wrought to support the faith of God's people in distress, and for their deliverance out of it, as when they were in Egypt, and brought forth from thence; see Psalm 78:43 or rather their sabbaths and sacrifices, the passover and circumcision, and other ordinances and institutions of divine worship; which were signs of the presence of God with them, and of Christ, and blessings of grace, and good things to come by him; which ceased, or were interrupted in their captivity, and which the godly lament: or the signs of redemption, as Kimchi; and may be interpreted of the blindness and stupidity of the greater part of them, who could not discern the signs of the times, as before the destruction of the city and temple, Matthew 16:3 so after it, when these being destroyed, and they in the hands of the Romans, might easily have perceived that the sceptre was departed from Judah, and therefore Shiloh must be come, or the Messiah; who also must have been in his temple, and Daniel's weeks be up; but these signs they saw not, nor do they yet: and so though the signs of the latter day are upon us, we see them not, or at least very few take notice of them, and lament them; such as a very great departure from the faith of the Gospel, a neglect of Gospel worship and ordinances, coldness and lukewarmness in matters of religion, want of love to Christ and his people, a general sleepiness and security, a form of religion without the power of it, a name to live and be dead, and iniquity abounding even among professors of religion; besides the frequent signs in heaven and in earth; see Matthew 24:12,

there is no more any prophet; there were but few in the Babylonish captivity, and after Malachi there were none; there were none in the times of Antiochus; there were none till John the forerunner of Christ came; and in the latter day the two prophets that prophesy in sackcloth will be slain, and there will be no prophesying for a while, Revelation 11:7. Kimchi explains it, there is no prophet yet, and interprets it thus, Elijah the prophet is not yet come:

neither is there among us any that knoweth how long; the calamity will endure, and ere deliverance will come; how long the Babylonish captivity would continue was known, that it would be seventy years, and no longer; the prophets that searched after the time of salvation and redemption by Christ knew how long it would be to it; Daniel fixed the exact time of it; but how long the present times will last we know not, or how long it is to the end of wonders; or when will end the 1260 days of the reign of antichrist, of the church's being in the wilderness, of the holy city being trodden under foot by the Gentiles, and of the witnesses prophesying in sackcloth. 9. signs—of God's presence, as altar, ark, etc. (compare Ps 74:4; 2Ch 36:18, 19; Da 5:2).

no more any prophet—(Isa 3:2; Jer 40:1; 43:6).

how long—this is to last. Jeremiah's prophecy (Jer 25:11), if published, may not have been generally known or understood. To the bulk of the people, during the captivity, the occasional and local prophetical services of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel would not make an exception to the clause, "there is no more any prophet."74:1-11 This psalm appears to describe the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by the Chaldeans. The deplorable case of the people of God, at the time, is spread before the Lord, and left with him. They plead the great things God had done for them. If the deliverance of Israel out of Egypt was encouragement to hope that he would not cast them off, much more reason have we to believe, that God will not cast off any whom Christ has redeemed with his own blood. Infidels and persecutors may silence faithful ministers, and shut up places of worship, and say they will destroy the people of God and their religion together. For a long time they may prosper in these attempts, and God's oppressed servants may see no prospect of deliverance; but there is a remnant of believers, the seed of a future harvest, and the despised church has survived those who once triumphed over her. When the power of enemies is most threatening, it is comfortable to flee to the power of God by earnest prayer.
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