Psalm 102:9
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English Standard Version
For I eat ashes like bread and mingle tears with my drink,

King James Bible
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,

American Standard Version
For I have eaten ashes like bread, And mingled my drink with weeping,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I did eat ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

English Revised Version
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

From this point onward the Psalm becomes original. Concerning the Beth in בעשׁן, vid., on Psalm 37:20. The reading כּמו קד (in the Karaite Ben-Jerucham) enriches the lexicon in the same sense with a word which has scarcely had any existence. מוקד (Arabic mauḳid) signifies here, as in other instances, a hearth. נחרוּ is, as in Psalm 69:4, Niphal: my bones are heated through with a fever-heat, as a hearth with the smouldering fire that is on it. הוּכּה (cf. יגודּוּ, Psalm 94:21) is used exactly as in Hosea 9:16, cf. Psalm 121:5. The heart is said to dry up when the life's blood, of which it is the reservoir, fails. The verb שׁכח is followed by מן of dislike. On the cleaving of the bones to the flesh from being baked, i.e., to the skin (Arabic bašar, in accordance with the radical signification, the surface of the body equals the skin, from בשׂר, to brush along, rub, scrape, scratch on the surface), cf. Job 19:20; Lamentations 4:8. ל (אל) with דּבק is used just like בּ. It is unnecessary, with Bttcher, to draw מקּול אנחתי to Psalm 102:5. Continuous straining of the voice, especially in connection with persevering prayer arising from inward conflict, does really make the body waste away.

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I Have

Psalm 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

Isaiah 44:20 He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say...

Lamentations 3:15,16 He has filled me with bitterness, he has made me drunken with wormwood...

Micah 1:10 Declare you it not at Gath, weep you not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll yourself in the dust.

Micah 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth...

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Psalm 42:3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say to me, Where is your God?

Psalm 80:5 You feed them with the bread of tears; and give them tears to drink in great measure.

Job 3:24 For my sighing comes before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.

Lamentations 3:48,49 My eye runs down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people...

Cross References
Psalm 42:3
My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, "Where is your God?"

Psalm 80:5
You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in full measure.

Isaiah 44:20
He feeds on ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, "Is there not a lie in my right hand?"

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