Psalm 39:10
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English Standard Version
Remove your stroke from me; I am spent by the hostility of your hand.

King James Bible
Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.

American Standard Version
Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thy hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Remove thy scourges from me. The strength of thy hand hath made me faint in rebukes:

English Revised Version
Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.

Webster's Bible Translation
Remove thy stroke away from me; I am consumed by the blow of thy hand.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Heb.: 39:5-7) He prays God to set the transitoriness of earthly life clearly before his eyes (cf. Psalm 90:12); for if life is only a few spans long, then even his suffering and the prosperity of the ungodly will last only a short time. Oh that God would then grant him to know his end (Job 6:11), i.e., the end of his life, which is at the same time the end of his affliction, and the measure of his days, how it is with this (מה, interrog. extenuantis, as in Psalm 8:5), in order that he may become fully conscious of his own frailty! Hupfeld corrects the text to אני מה־חלד, after the analogy of Psalm 89:48, because חדל cannot signify "frail." But חדל signifies that which leaves off and ceases, and consequently in this connection, finite and transitory or frail. מה, quam, in connection with an adjective, as in Psalm 8:2; Psalm 31:20; Psalm 36:8; Psalm 66:3; Psalm 133:1. By הן (the customary form of introducing the propositio minor, Leviticus 10:18; Leviticus 25:20) the preceding petition is supported. God has, indeed, made the days, i.e., the lifetime, of a man טפחות, handbreadths, i.e., He has allotted to it only the short extension of a few handbreadths (cf. ימים, a few days, e.g., Isaiah 65:20), of which nine make a yard (cf. πήχυιος χρόνος in Mimnermus, and 1 Samuel 20:3); the duration of human life (on חלד vid., Psalm 17:14) is as a vanishing nothing before God the eternal One. The particle אך is originally affirmative, and starting from that sense becomes restrictive; just as רק is originally restrictive and then affirmative. Sometimes also, as is commonly the case with אכן, the affirmative signification passes over into the adversative (cf. verum, verum enim vero). In our passage, agreeably to the restrictive sense, it is to be explained thus: nothing but mere nothingness (cf. Psalm 45:14; James 1:2) is every man נצּב, standing firmly, i.e., though he stand never so firmly, though he be never so stedfast (Zechariah 11:16). Here the music rises to tones of bitter lament, and the song continues in Psalm 39:7 with the same theme. צלם, belonging to the same root as צל, signifies a shadow-outline, an image; the בּ is, as in Psalm 35:2, Beth essentiae: he walks about consisting only of an unsubstantial shadow. Only הבל, breath-like, or after the manner of breath (Psalm 144:4), from empty, vain motives and with vain results, do they make a disturbance (pausal fut. energicum, as in Psalm 36:8); and he who restlessly and noisily exerts himself knows not who will suddenly snatch together, i.e., take altogether greedily to himself, the many things that he heaps up (צבר, as in Job 27:16); cf. Isaiah 33:4, and on - ām equals αὐτά, Leviticus 15:10 (in connection with which אלה הדברים, cf. Isaiah 42:16, is in the mind of the speaker).

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Psalm 25:16,17 Turn you to me, and have mercy on me; for I am desolate and afflicted...

1 Samuel 6:5 Why you shall make images of your tumors, and images of your mice that mar the land; and you shall give glory to the God of Israel...

Job 9:34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:

Job 13:21 Withdraw your hand far from me: and let not your dread make me afraid.

I am consumed

Psalm 38:3,4 There is no soundness in my flesh because of your anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin...

blow [heb.] conflict

Job 40:8 Will you also cancel my judgment? will you condemn me, that you may be righteous?

Cross References
Exodus 9:3
behold, the hand of the LORD will fall with a very severe plague upon your livestock that are in the field, the horses, the donkeys, the camels, the herds, and the flocks.

Job 9:34
Let him take his rod away from me, and let not dread of him terrify me.

Job 13:21
withdraw your hand far from me, and let not dread of you terrify me.

Psalm 32:4
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

Psalm 88:7
Your wrath lies heavy upon me, and you overwhelm me with all your waves. Selah

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