Psalm 77:2
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New International Version
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted.

New Living Translation
When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted.

English Standard Version
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted.

New American Standard Bible
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; In the night my hand was stretched out without weariness; My soul refused to be comforted.

King James Bible
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I sought the Lord in my day of trouble. My hands were continually lifted up all night long; I refused to be comforted.

International Standard Version
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; my hands were raised at night and they did not grow weary. I refused to be comforted.

NET Bible
In my time of trouble I sought the Lord. I kept my hand raised in prayer throughout the night. I refused to be comforted.

New Heart English Bible
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord. My hand was stretched out in the night, and did not get tired. My soul refused to be comforted.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In the day of my suffering I prayed to Lord Jehovah and his hand drew me in the night and I was not silent and there was no comforter for my soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
On the day I was in trouble, I went to the Lord for help. At night I stretched out my hands in prayer without growing tired. Yet, my soul refused to be comforted.

JPS Tanakh 1917
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; With my hand uplifted, [mine eye] streameth in the night without ceasing; My soul refuseth to be comforted.

New American Standard 1977
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord;
            In the night my hand was stretched out without weariness;
            My soul refused to be comforted.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; my sore bled in the night and ceased not; my soul refused to be comforted.

King James 2000 Bible
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.

American King James Version
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.

American Standard Version
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: My hand was stretched out in the night, and slacked not; My soul refused to be comforted.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the day of my trouble I sought God, with my hands lifted up to him in the night, and I was not deceived. My soul refused to be comforted:

Darby Bible Translation
In the day of my trouble, I sought the Lord: my hand was stretched out in the night, and slacked not; my soul refused to be comforted.

English Revised Version
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my hand was stretched out in the night, and slacked not; my soul refused to be comforted.

Webster's Bible Translation
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.

World English Bible
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord. My hand was stretched out in the night, and didn't get tired. My soul refused to be comforted.

Young's Literal Translation
In a day of my distress the Lord I sought, My hand by night hath been spread out, And it doth not cease, My soul hath refused to be comforted.
Study Bible
In Distress, I Sought the Lord
1For the choir director; according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph. My voice rises to God, and I will cry aloud; My voice rises to God, and He will hear me. 2In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; In the night my hand was stretched out without weariness; My soul refused to be comforted. 3When I remember God, then I am disturbed; When I sigh, then my spirit grows faint. Selah.…
Cross References
Genesis 37:35
Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, "Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son." So his father wept for him.

Job 11:13
"If you would direct your heart right And spread out your hand to Him,

Psalm 50:15
Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me."

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

Psalm 86:7
In the day of my trouble I shall call upon You, For You will answer me.

Psalm 88:9
My eye has wasted away because of affliction; I have called upon You every day, O LORD; I have spread out my hands to You.

Psalm 142:2
I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him.

Isaiah 26:9
At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Jeremiah 31:15
Thus says the LORD, "A voice is heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; She refuses to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more."

Lamentations 1:2
She weeps bitterly in the night And her tears are on her cheeks; She has none to comfort her Among all her lovers. All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; They have become her enemies.
Treasury of Scripture

In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.

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Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called on the LORD, and cried to my God: he heard …

Psalm 50:15 And call on me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you …

Psalm 88:1-3 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you…

Psalm 102:1,2 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come to you…

Psalm 130:1,2 Out of the depths have I cried to you, O LORD…

Genesis 32:7-12,28 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the …

2 Kings 19:3,4,15-20 And they said to him, Thus said Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, …

Isaiah 26:9,16 With my soul have I desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit …

Jonah 2:1,2 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God out of the fish's belly…

2 Corinthians 12:7,8 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance …

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh…

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Psalm 6:2,3 Have mercy on me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my …

Psalm 38:3-8 There is no soundness in my flesh because of your anger; neither …

2 Chronicles 6:28 If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there …

Isaiah 1:5,6 Why should you be stricken any more? you will revolt more and more: …

Hosea 5:13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went …

Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return to the LORD: for he has torn, and he will …

sore. Heb. hand.
my soul

Genesis 37:35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but …

Esther 4:1-4 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, …

Proverbs 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit …

Jeremiah 31:15 Thus said the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and …

John 11:31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, …

(2) My sore ran . . .--The text of this verse is evidently faulty. As it stands it is unintelligible. My hand was poured out and grew not dull (like a corpse).

The LXX. and Vulg. have, "with my hands against Him, and I was not deceived," pointing to a different reading. Symmachus has, however, "my hand was stretched out," which may be a possible meaning of the Hebrew, though a comparison with Lamentations 3:49 (comp. Lamentations 2:18) suggests that eye was written instead of hand. The Authorised Version's sore comes from the Rabbins, who thought of the hand beating the breast, and rendered, "my blows were poured out." Though the probable text may be beyond recovery, the feeling of the verse is quite palpable. It expresses the anguish of the poet's soul--

"His vows in the night, so fierce and unavailing,

Stings of his shame and passion of his tears."

Verse 2. - In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord (comp. Genesis 35:3; Habakkuk 3:16). My sore ran in the night; rather, my band was stretched out in the night (Cook, Cheyne, Revised Version); comp. Psalm 28:2. And ceased not. He continued in prayer all through the night. My soul refused to be comforted (comp. Genesis 37:35; Jeremiah 31:15). He was like Jacob when he lost Joseph, or like Rachel weeping for her children. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord,.... Not the creature, for help, and creature amusements to drive away trouble, but the Lord, in private, by prayer and supplication; a time of trouble is a time for prayer, James 5:13, all men have their trouble, but the people of God more especially; and there are some particular times in which they have more than usual, and then it may be said to be "a day of trouble" with them; which sometimes arises from themselves, the strength of their corruptions, the weakness of their graces, their backwardness to duties, or poor performance of them; sometimes from others, from the profaneness or persecutions of the men of the world, from the heretical notions or wicked lives of professors; sometimes from the temptations of Satan, and at other times from the Lord himself more immediately, by his withdrawing his presence from them, or by laying his afflicting hand upon them; but, let the trouble come from what quarter it may, it is always right to seek the Lord. Some think reference is had to the time of trouble mentioned in Daniel 12:1,

my sore ran in the night; my "stroke", or "wound" (i); so Kimchi interprets it; the wound that was made in his soul, and the pain and anguish, grief and trouble, which flowed from it; see Jeremiah 6:7 though the word may be literally rendered "my hand" (k); and the sense is, either that his hand flowed or was wet with wiping his eyes, or with the tears that flowed from his eyes, which ran down to his fingers' ends; so the Targum,

"in the night my eye dropped with tears;''

or rather that his hand was stretched out, as waters, that are poured out and run, are spread, that is, in prayer; the stretching out of the hand being a prayer gesture:

and ceased not; was not remiss and feeble, or was not let down, as Moses's, Exodus 17:11, it denotes the constancy of prayer, and his continuance in it; he prayed without ceasing:

my soul refused to be comforted: such was the greatness of his distress, like that of Jacob's and Rachel's, Genesis 37:35, it is right to refuse comfort and peace, which men speak to themselves upon the false foundation of their own merit and works; or any but what comes from the God of all comfort, and through Christ, in whom is all solid consolation, and by his Spirit, who is the Comforter; but it is wrong to refuse any that comes from hence, and by means of the promises, the word and ordinances and ministries of the Gospel, or Christian friends; this shows the strength of unbelief.

(i) "plaga mea", Pagninus, Muis. (k) "Manus mea", Montanus, Piscator, Gejerus, &c. 2. his importunacy.

my sore ran … night—literally, "my hand was spread," or, "stretched out" (compare Ps 44:20).

ceased not—literally, "grew not numb," or, "feeble" (Ge 45:26; Ps 38:8).

my soul … comforted—(compare Ge 37:35; Jer 31:15).77:1-10 Days of trouble must be days of prayer; when God seems to have withdrawn from us, we must seek him till we find him. In the day of his trouble the psalmist did not seek for the diversion of business or amusement, but he sought God, and his favor and grace. Those that are under trouble of mind, must pray it away. He pored upon the trouble; the methods that should have relieved him did but increase his grief. When he remembered God, it was only the Divine justice and wrath. His spirit was overwhelmed, and sank under the load. But let not the remembrance of the comforts we have lost, make us unthankful for those that are left. Particularly he called to remembrance the comforts with which he supported himself in former sorrows. Here is the language of a sorrowful, deserted soul, walking in darkness; a common case even among those that fear the Lord, Isa 50:10. Nothing wounds and pierces like the thought of God's being angry. God's own people, in a cloudy and dark day, may be tempted to make wrong conclusions about their spiritual state, and that of God's kingdom in the world. But we must not give way to such fears. Let faith answer them from the Scripture. The troubled fountain will work itself clear again; and the recollection of former times of joyful experience often raises a hope, tending to relief. Doubts and fears proceed from the want and weakness of faith. Despondency and distrust under affliction, are too often the infirmities of believers, and, as such, are to be thought upon by us with sorrow and shame. When, unbelief is working in us, we must thus suppress its risings.
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