New American Standard Bible
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.
King James Bible
I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
Darby Bible Translation
I anticipate the morning-dawn and I cry: I hope in thy word.
World English Bible
I rise before dawn and cry for help. I put my hope in your words.
Young's Literal Translation
I have gone forward in the dawn, and I cry, For Thy word I have hoped.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried - I anticipated it; I rose up to pray before the morning dawned. On the word "prevent," see the notes at 1 Thessalonians 4:15; notes at Psalm 21:3; notes at Psalm 59:10; notes at Psalm 79:8. The meaning here is, that he rose up before the dawn, to pray. Thus the Saviour did, Mark 1:35.
(a) It is proper thus to pray, for our earliest thoughts should be those of devotion; our earliest acts should be in acknowledgment of God.
(b) Such a time is eminently favorable to devotion. Calm, still, quiet; before the thoughts are engaged in the world, and before the cares of life press upon us when the thoughts are clear, and the mind tranquil, the soul is in the best state for devotion.
(c) All people, if they will, can secure this time, before the "dawning of the morning," to pray. Compare Psalm 5:3, note; Psalm 88:13, note; see also Psalm 130:6. The word rendered "dawning of the morning," is from a verb which means to blow; to blow gently; and is usually applied to the evening, when the breezes blow gently. It may be applied, however, as it clearly is here, also to the morning.
I hoped in thy word - I prayed because I had hope in thy word; I exercised hope in thy word then. Alone with thee in the morning, I found consolation by trusting in thy gracious promises.
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Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy word.'--PSALM cxix. 9. There are many questions about the future with which it is natural for you young people to occupy yourselves; but I am afraid that the most of you ask more anxiously 'How shall I make my way?' than 'How shall I cleanse it?' It is needful carefully to ponder the questions: 'How shall I get on in the world--be happy, fortunate?' and the like, and I suppose that that is the consideration …
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In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.
Awake, my glory! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.
But I, O LORD, have cried out to You for help, And in the morning my prayer comes before You.
Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn!
My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.
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