Psalm 88:3
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New International Version
I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death.

New Living Translation
For my life is full of troubles, and death draws near.

English Standard Version
For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol.

New American Standard Bible
For my soul has had enough troubles, And my life has drawn near to Sheol.

King James Bible
For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I have had enough troubles, and my life is near Sheol.

International Standard Version
For my life is filled with troubles as I approach Sheol.

NET Bible
For my life is filled with troubles and I am ready to enter Sheol.

New Heart English Bible
For my soul is full of troubles. My life draws near to Sheol.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because my soul has been filled with evils and my life has arrived at Sheol!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My soul is filled with troubles, and my life comes closer to the grave.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For my soul is sated with troubles, And my life draweth nigh unto the grave.

New American Standard 1977
For my soul has had enough troubles,
            And my life has drawn near to Sheol.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near unto Sheol.

King James 2000 Bible
For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draws near unto the grave.

American King James Version
For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draws near to the grave.

American Standard Version
For my soul is full of troubles, And my life draweth nigh unto Sheol.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For my soul is filled with evils: and my life hath drawn nigh to hell.

Darby Bible Translation
For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draweth nigh to Sheol.

English Revised Version
For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draweth nigh unto Sheol.

Webster's Bible Translation
For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh to the grave.

World English Bible
For my soul is full of troubles. My life draws near to Sheol.

Young's Literal Translation
For my soul hath been full of evils, And my life hath come to Sheol.
Study Bible
I have Cried Day and Night Before You
2Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry! 3For my soul has had enough troubles, And my life has drawn near to Sheol. 4I am reckoned among those who go down to the pit; I have become like a man without strength,…
Cross References
Job 17:1
"My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished, The grave is ready for me.

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

Psalm 107:18
Their soul abhorred all kinds of food, And they drew near to the gates of death.

Psalm 107:26
They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths; Their soul melted away in their misery.

Psalm 116:3
The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow.

Psalm 141:7
As when one plows and breaks open the earth, Our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
Treasury of Scripture

For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draws near to the grave.

soul

Psalm 88:14,15 LORD, why cast you off my soul? why hide you your face from me…

Psalm 22:11-21 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help…

Psalm 69:17-21 And hide not your face from your servant; for I am in trouble: hear …

Psalm 77:2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, …

Psalm 143:3,4 For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has smitten my life down …

Job 6:2-4 Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in …

Isaiah 53:3,10,11 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted …

Lamentations 3:15-19 He has filled me with bitterness, he has made me drunken with wormwood…

Matthew 26:37-39 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began …

Mark 14:33,34 And he takes with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore …

life

Psalm 107:18 Their soul abhors all manner of meat; and they draw near to the gates of death.

Job 33:22 Yes, his soul draws near to the grave, and his life to the destroyers.

(3) Grave.--Shel. Here, as in Psalm 6:4-5; Psalm 33:19; Isaiah 38:10-11, there comes into prominence the thought that death severs the covenant relation with God, and so presents an irresistible reason why prayer should be heard now before it is too late.

Verse 3. - For my soul is full of troubles (see Job 10:15). And my life draweth nigh unto the grave; literally, unto Sheol - the place of departed spirits (comp. Job 10:21, 22). For my soul is full of troubles,.... Or "satiated or glutted" (e) with them, as a stomach full of meat that can receive no more, to which the allusion is; having been fed with the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, so that he had his fill of trouble: every man is full of trouble, of one kind or another, Job 14:1 especially the saint, who besides his outward troubles has inward ones, arising from indwelling sin, the temptations of Satan, and divine desertions, which was now the case of the psalmist: this may be truly applied to Christ, who himself said, when in the garden, "my soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death", Matthew 26:38, he was a man of sorrows all his days, but especially at that time, and when upon the cross, forsaken by his Father, and sustaining his wrath: "his soul" was then "filled with evil things" (f), as the words may be rendered:

innumerable evils compassed him about, Psalm 40:12, the sins of his people, those evil things, were imputed to him; the iniquity of them all was laid upon him, as was also the evil of punishment for them; and then he found trouble and sorrow enough:

and my life draweth nigh unto the grave: a phrase expressive of a person's being just ready to die, Job 33:22 as the psalmist now thought he was, Psalm 88:5, it is in the plural number "my lives" (g); and so may not only denote the danger he was in of his natural life, but of his spiritual and eternal life, which he might fear, being in darkness and desertion, would be lost, though they could not; yea, that he was near to "hell" itself, for so the word (h) may be rendered; for when the presence of God is withdrawn, and wrath let into the conscience, a person in his own apprehension seems to be in hell as it were, or near it; see Jonah 2:2. This was true of Christ, when he was sorrowful unto death, and was brought to the dust of it, and under divine dereliction, and a sense of the wrath of God, as the surety of his people.

(e) "saturata", Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius; "satiata", Tigurine version. (f) "in malis", Pagninus, Montanus; "malis", Junius & Tremellius, &c. (g) "vitae meae", Montanus, Michaelis. (h) "ad orcum", Cocceius; "inferno", Gejerus; "ad infernum", Michaelis; so Ainsworth. 3. grave—literally, "hell" (Ps 16:10), death in wide sense.88:1-9 The first words of the psalmist are the only words of comfort and support in this psalm. Thus greatly may good men be afflicted, and such dismal thoughts may they have about their afflictions, and such dark conclusion may they make about their end, through the power of melancholy and the weakness of faith. He complained most of God's displeasure. Even the children of God's love may sometimes think themselves children of wrath and no outward trouble can be so hard upon them as that. Probably the psalmist described his own case, yet he leads to Christ. Thus are we called to look unto Jesus, wounded and bruised for our iniquities. But the wrath of God poured the greatest bitterness into his cup. This weighed him down into darkness and the deep.
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