New American Standard Bible
Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.
King James Bible
So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
Darby Bible Translation
Then I was brutish and knew nothing; I was as a beast with thee.
World English Bible
I was so senseless and ignorant. I was a brute beast before you.
Young's Literal Translation
And I am brutish, and do not know. A beast I have been with Thee.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
So foolish was I, and ignorant - Such low and imperfect views did I take of the subject. The margin is, "I knew not." So the Hebrew: "And I am brutish, and know not;" that is, I did not understand the case; I had no correct views in regard to it.
I was as a beast before thee - Margin, as in Hebrew, "with thee." That is, in thy very presence; or, I was guilty of such foolishness in the very presence of my Maker. If it had been when I was alone, or when no one saw me, the folly would not have been so aggravated, and so much to be regretted, but it was when the very eye of God was upon me. Compare Isaiah 1:7; Jeremiah 7:30; Jeremiah 18:10; Psalm 51:4. When he says that he was as a beast, he means that he was stupid and senseless; he had no proper understanding of the case; he did not take any just views of it.
Library"Let us Pray"
Nevertheless, prayer is the best used means of drawing near to God. You will excuse me, then, if in considering my text this morning, I confine myself entirely to the subject of prayer. It is in prayer mainly, that we draw near to God, and certainly it can be said emphatically of prayer, it is good for every man who knoweth how to practice that heavenly art, in it to draw near unto God. To assist your memories, that the sermon may abide with you in after days, I shall divide my discourse this morning …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 6: 1860
Of a Low Estimation of Self in the Sight of God
Covenanting Adapted to the Moral Constitution of Man.
Cæsarius of Arles.
"Why are we regarded as beasts, As stupid in your eyes?
For he sees that even wise men die; The stupid and the senseless alike perish And leave their wealth to others.
Man in his pomp, yet without understanding, Is like the beasts that perish.
A senseless man has no knowledge, Nor does a stupid man understand this:
Surely I am more stupid than any man, And I do not have the understanding of a man.
I said to myself concerning the sons of men, "God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts."
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