New American Standard Bible
My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away, Indeed, I forget to eat my bread.
King James Bible
My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.
Darby Bible Translation
My heart is smitten and withered like grass; yea, I have forgotten to eat my bread.
World English Bible
My heart is blighted like grass, and withered, for I forget to eat my bread.
Young's Literal Translation
Smitten as the herb, and withered, is my heart, For I have forgotten to eat my bread.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
My heart is smitten - Broken; crushed with grief. We now speak of "a broken heart." Even death is often caused by such excessive sorrow as to crush and break the heart.
And withered like grass - It is dried up as grass is by drought, or as when it is cut down. It loses its support; and having no strength of its own, it dies.
So that I forget to eat my bread - I am so absorbed in my trials; they so entirely engross my attention, that I think of nothing else, not even of those things which are necessary to the support of life. Grief has the effect of taking away the appetite, but this does not seem to be the idea here. It is that of such a complete absorption in trouble that everything else is forgotten.
LibraryThat He who is About to Communicate with Christ Ought to Prepare Himself with Great Diligence
The Voice of the Beloved I am the Lover of purity, and Giver of sanctity. I seek a pure heart, and there is the place of My rest. Prepare for Me the larger upper room furnished, and I will keep the Passover at thy house with my disciples.(1) If thou wilt that I come unto thee and abide with thee, purge out the old leaven,(2) and cleanse the habitation of thy heart. Shut out the whole world, and all the throng of sins; sit as a sparrow alone upon the house-top,(3) and think upon thy transgressions …
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ
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Spiritual Hunger Shall be Satisfied
For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.
1 Samuel 1:7
It happened year after year, as often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she would provoke her; so she wept and would not eat.
2 Samuel 12:17
The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them.
Then Ezra rose from before the house of God and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib. Although he went there, he did not eat bread nor drink water, for he was mourning over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.
So that his life loathes bread, And his soul favorite food.
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am pining away; Heal me, O LORD, for my bones are dismayed.
For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb.
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