Psalm 143:6
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English Standard Version
I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

King James Bible
I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

American Standard Version
I spread forth my hands unto thee: My soul thirsteth after thee, as a weary land. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
I stretched forth my hands to thee: my soul is as earth without water unto thee.

English Revised Version
I spread forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a weary land. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
I stretch forth my hands to thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

His request now ascends all the more confident of being answered, and becomes calm, being well-grounded in his feebleness and the superiority of his enemies, and aiming at the glorifying of the divine Name. In Psalm 142:7 רנּתי calls to mind Psalm 17:1; the first confirmation, Psalm 79:8, and the second, Psalm 18:18. But this is the only passage in the whole Psalter where the poet designates the "distress" in which he finds himself as a prison (מסגּר). V. 8b brings the whole congregation of the righteous in in the praising of the divine Name. The poet therefore does not after all find himself so absolutely alone, as it might seem according to Psalm 142:5. He is far from regarding himself as the only righteous person. He is only a member of a community or church whose destiny is interwoven with his own, and which will glory in his deliverance as its own; for "if one member is honoured, all the members rejoice with it" (1 Corinthians 12:26). We understand the differently interpreted יכתּירוּ after this "rejoicing with" (συγχαίρει). The lxx, Syriac, and Aquilaz render: the righteous wait for me; but to wait is כּתּר and not הכתּיר. The modern versions, on the other hand, almost universally, like Luther after Felix Pratensis, render: the righteous shall surround me (flock about me), in connection with which, as Hengstenberg observes, בּי denotes the tender sympathy they fell with him: crowding closely upon me. But there is no instance of a verb of surrounding (אפף, סבב, סבב, עוּד, עטר, הקּיף) taking בּ; the accusative stands with הכתּיר in Habakkuk 1:4, and כּתּר in Psalm 22:13, in the signification cingere. Symmachus (although erroneously rendering: τὸ ὄνομά σου στεφανώσονται δίκαιοι), Jerome (in me coronabuntur justi), Parchon, Aben-Ezra, Coccejus, and others, rightly take יכתּירוּ as a denominative from כּתר, to put on a crown or to crown (cf. Proverbs 14:18): on account of me the righteous shall adorn themselves as with crowns, i.e., shall triumph, that Thou dealest bountifully with me (an echo of Psalm 13:6). According to passages like Psalm 64:11; Psalm 40:17, one might have expected בּו instead of בּי. But the close of Psalm 22 (Psalm 22:23.), cf. Psalm 140:12., shows that בי is also admissible. The very fact that David contemplates his own destiny and the destiny of his foes in a not merely ideal but foreordainedly causal connection with the general end of the two powers that stand opposed to one another in the world, belongs to the characteristic impress of the Psalms of David that come from the time of Saul's persecution.

Psalm 143:6 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

stretch forth

Psalm 44:20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;

Psalm 88:9 My eye mourns by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily on you, I have stretched out my hands to you.

Job 11:13 If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him;

my soul

Psalm 42:1,2 As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God...

Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for you, my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land...

Psalm 84:2 My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh cries out for the living God.

Isaiah 26:8,9 Yes, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, have we waited for you; the desire of our soul is to your name...

Isaiah 35:7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay...

John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink.

Cross References
Exodus 9:29
Moses said to him, "As soon as I have gone out of the city, I will stretch out my hands to the LORD. The thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth is the LORD's.

Job 11:13
"If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him.

Psalm 42:2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

Psalm 63:1
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psalm 63:4
So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 88:9
my eye grows dim through sorrow. Every day I call upon you, O LORD; I spread out my hands to you.

Isaiah 55:1
"Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

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