New American Standard Bible
I believed when I said, "I am greatly afflicted."
King James Bible
I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:
Darby Bible Translation
I believed, therefore have I spoken. As for me, I was greatly afflicted.
World English Bible
I believed, therefore I said, "I was greatly afflicted."
Young's Literal Translation
I have believed, for I speak, I -- I have been afflicted greatly.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I believed, therefore have I spoken - This, in the Septuagint and Latin Vulgate, begins a new psalm, but without any good reason. This language is borrowed by the Apostle Paul to express his confidence in the truth of the gospel, and the effect which that confidence had on him in causing him to declare the truth. 2 Corinthians 4:13. The meaning here is, that in the time of his affliction the psalmist had true faith in God; and, as a result of that, he was able now to speak as he did. At that time he trusted in God; he called on him; he sought his mercy, and God heard his prayer; and now, as the consequence of that, he was enabled to give utterance to these thoughts. Faith was at the foundation of his recovery, and he was now reaping the fruits of faith.
I was greatly afflicted - In danger of death. The psalmist reviewed this now, and he saw that all that he had felt and dreaded was real. He was in imminent; danger. There was occasion for the tears which he shed. There was reason for the earnestness of his cry to God.
The text informs us that the deaths of God's saints are precious to him. How different, then, is the estimate of human life which God forms from that which has ruled the minds of great warriors and mighty conquerors. Had Napoleon spoken forth his mind about the lives of men in the day of battle, he would have likened them to so much water spilt upon the ground. To win a victory, or subdue a province, it mattered not though he strewed the ground with corpses thick as autumn leaves, nor did it signify …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 18: 1872
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John Bunyan on the Terms of Communion and Fellowship of Christians at the Table of the Lord;
2 Corinthians 4:13
But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE," we also believe, therefore we also speak,
Your wrath has rested upon me, And You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah.
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