New American Standard Bible
When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches,
King James Bible
When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Darby Bible Translation
When I remember thee upon my bed, I meditate on thee in the night-watches:
World English Bible
when I remember you on my bed, and think about you in the night watches.
Young's Literal Translation
If I have remembered Thee on my couch, In the watches -- I meditate on Thee.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
When I remember thee upon my bed - See the notes at Psalm 42:8. That is, when I lie down at night; when I compose myself to sleep. Nothing can be more proper than that our last thoughts, as we sink into quiet slumber, should be of God; of his being, his character, his mercy, his loving-kindness; of the dealings of his providence, and the manifestations of his grace toward us, during the day; and nothing is better suited to compose the mind to rest, and to induce quiet and gentle slumber, than the calmness of soul which arises from the idea of an Infinite God, and from confidence in him. Often when restless on our beds - when nothing else will lull the body to rest, the thought of God - the contemplation of his greatness, his mercy, and his love - the sweet sense of an assurance of his favor will soothe us, and cause us to sink into gentle repose. So it may be - so it will be - when we are about to sleep the long sleep of death, for then the most appropriate thoughts - the thoughts that will best prepare us for that long sleep - will be thoughts of God.
And meditate on thee in the night-watches - See the notes at Psalm 1:2. The word watches here refers to the ancient divisions of the night for municipal or military purposes - periods of the night assigned to different persons to keep watch around a camp or city. The most common division of the night was into three parts, though the arrangement varied at different times. See Matthew 14:25; Luke 12:38.
LibraryWhether Oaths are Desirable and to be Used Frequently as Something Useful and Good?
Objection 1: It would seem that oaths are desirable and to be used frequently as something useful and good. Just as a vow is an act of religion, so is an oath. Now it is commendable and more meritorious to do a thing by vow, because a vow is an act of religion, as stated above (Q, A). Therefore for the same reason, to do or say a thing with an oath is more commendable, and consequently oaths are desirable as being good essentially. Objection 2: Further, Jerome, commenting on Mat. 5:34, …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
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But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; In the night my hand was stretched out without weariness; My soul refused to be comforted.
O LORD, I remember Your name in the night, And keep Your law.
My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.
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