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

New Living Translation
when my nights were filled with joyful songs. I search my soul and ponder the difference now.

English Standard Version
I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Then my spirit made a diligent search:

New American Standard Bible
I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my heart, And my spirit ponders:

King James Bible
I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At night I remember my music; I meditate in my heart, and my spirit ponders."

International Standard Version
During the night I remembered my song. I meditate in my heart, and my spirit ponders.

NET Bible
I said, "During the night I will remember the song I once sang; I will think very carefully." I tried to make sense of what was happening.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I remembered, I meditated in the night; I meditated in my heart and I examined my spirit and I said:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I remember my song in the night and reflect [on it]. My spirit searches [for an answer]:

Jubilee Bible 2000
I call to remembrance my songs of the night; I commune with my own heart, and my spirit made diligent search.

King James 2000 Bible
I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with my own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

American King James Version
I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with my own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

American Standard Version
I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart; And my spirit maketh diligent search.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I meditated in the night with my own heart: and I was exercised and I swept my spirit.

Darby Bible Translation
I remember my song in the night; I muse in mine own heart, and my spirit maketh diligent search.

English Revised Version
I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart; and my spirit made diligent search.

Webster's Bible Translation
I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with my own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

World English Bible
I remember my song in the night. I consider in my own heart; my spirit diligently inquires:

Young's Literal Translation
I remember my music in the night, With my heart I meditate, and my spirit doth search diligently:
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - I call to remembrance my song in the night. He bethought himself of the songs of thanksgiving which he used to sing to God in the night (comp. Job 35:10) on account of mercies received; but this did not comfort him. "Nessun maggior dolore che ricordarsi di tempo felice nella miseria." I commune with mine own heart, and my spirit made diligent search; or, "and I diligently searched out my spirit" (Cheyne). The results of the searchings out seem to be given in vers. 7-10.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I call to remembrance my song in the night,.... What had been an occasion of praising the Lord with a song, and which he had sung in the night seasons, when he was at leisure, his thoughts free, and he retired from company; or it now being night with him, he endeavoured to recollect what had been matter of praise and thankfulness to him, and tried to sing one of those songs now, in order to remove his melancholy thoughts and fears, but all to no purpose:

I commune with mine own heart; or "meditate" (o) with it; looked into his own heart, put questions to it, and conversed with himself, in order to find out the reason of the present dispensation:

and my spirit made diligent search; into the causes of his troubles, and ways and means of deliverance out of them, and what would be the issue and consequence of them; the result of all which was as follows.

(o) "meditabor", Montanus; meditatus sum, V. L. "meditor", Junius & Tremellius; "meditabar", Piscator, Cocceius.



Psalm 77:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
In Distress, I Sought the Lord
5I have considered the days of old, The years of long ago. 6I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my heart, And my spirit ponders: 7Will the Lord reject forever? And will He never be favorable again?…
Cross References
Job 35:10
But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,

Psalm 4:4
Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.

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

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

I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with my own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

my song

Psalm 42:8 Yet the LORD will command his loving kindness in the day time, and …

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

Habakkuk 3:17,18 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in …

Jonah 1:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their …

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

commune

Psalm 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart on your bed, …

Ecclesiastes 1:16 I communed with my own heart, saying, See, I am come to great estate…

and

Psalm 139:23,24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts…

Job 10:2 I will say to God, Do not condemn me; show me why you contend with me.

Lamentations 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

1 Corinthians 11:28-32 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, …

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