New American Standard Bible
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also.
King James Bible
Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.
Darby Bible Translation
Be gracious unto me, Jehovah, for I am in trouble: mine eye wasteth away with vexation, my soul and my belly.
World English Bible
Have mercy on me, Yahweh, for I am in distress. My eye, my soul, and my body waste away with grief.
Young's Literal Translation
Favour me, O Jehovah, for distress is to me, Mine eye, my soul, and my body Have become old by provocation.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble - The nature and sources of his trouble are specified in the verses following. He seems to have regarded all his trouble as the result of sin, either the sin of his heart, of which he alone was conscious, or of some open act of sin, that had been the means of bringing this affliction upon him, Psalm 31:10. As a consequence of this, he says that he was subjected to the reproach of his enemies, and shunned by his neighbors and his acquaintances; that he was forgotten by them like a dead man out of mind; that he was exposed to the slander of others, and that they conspired against his life, Psalm 31:11-13. In view of all this he calls earnestly upon God to save him in his troubles, and to be his helper and friend.
Mine eye is consumed with grief - That is, with weeping. See the notes at Psalm 6:7.
Yea, my soul - That is, my spirit, my life, my mind. My powers are weakened and exhausted by excessive grief.
And my belly - My bowels: regarded as the seat of the affections. See the notes at Isaiah 16:11; compare Psalm 22:14. The effect of his grief was to exhaust his strength, and to make his heart sink within him.
Library'Into Thy Hands'
'Into Thine hand I commit my spirit: Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.'--PSALM xxxi. 5. The first part of this verse is consecrated for ever by our Lord's use of it on the Cross. Is it not wonderful that, at that supreme hour, He deigned to take an unknown singer's words as His words? What an honour to that old saint that Jesus Christ, dying, should find nothing that more fully corresponded to His inmost heart at that moment than the utterance of the Psalmist long ago! How His mind must …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
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My eye has wasted away with grief; It has become old because of all my adversaries.
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Which my lips uttered And my mouth spoke when I was in distress.
And do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in distress; answer me quickly.
My eye has wasted away because of affliction; I have called upon You every day, O LORD; I have spread out my hands to You.
He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away, He has broken my bones.
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