New American Standard Bible
I was afflicted and about to die from my youth on; I suffer Your terrors; I am overcome.
King James Bible
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.
Darby Bible Translation
I am afflicted and expiring from my youth up; I suffer thy terrors, and I am distracted.
World English Bible
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up. While I suffer your terrors, I am distracted.
Young's Literal Translation
I am afflicted, and expiring from youth, I have borne Thy terrors -- I pine away.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I am afflicted and ready to die - I am so afflicted - so crushed with sorrow and trouble - that my strength is nearly gone, and I can endure it but a little longer.
From my youth up - That is, for a long time; so long, that the remembrance of it seems to go back to my very childhood. My whole life has been a life of trouble and sorrow, and I have not strength to bear it longer. It may have been literally true that the author of the psalm had been a man always afflicted; or, this may be the language of strong emotion, meaning that his sufferings had been of so long continuance that they seemed to him to have begun in his very boyhood.
While I suffer thy terrors - I bear those things which produce terror; or, which fill my mind with alarm; to wit, the fear of death, and the dread of the future world.
I am distracted - I cannot compose and control my mind; I cannot pursue any settled course of thought; I cannot confine my attention to anyone subject; I cannot reason calmly on the subject of affliction, on the divine government, on the ways of God. I am distracted with contending feelings, with my pain, and my doubts, and my fears - and I cannot think clearly of anything. Such is often the case in sickness; and consequently what we need, to prepare us for sickness, is a strong faith, built on a solid foundation while we are in health; such an intelligent and firm faith that when the hour of sickness shall come we shall have nothing else to do but to believe, and to take the comfort of believing. The bed of sickness is not the proper place to examine the evidences of religion; it is not the place to make preparation for death; not the proper place to become religious. Religion demands the best vigor of the intellect and the calmest state of the heart; and this great subject should be settled in our minds before we are sick - before we are laid on the bed of death.
LibraryHow a Desolate Man Ought to Commit Himself into the Hands of God
O Lord, Holy Father, be Thou blessed now and evermore; because as Thou wilt so it is done, and what Thou doest is good. Let Thy servant rejoice in Thee, not in himself, nor in any other; because Thou alone art the true joy, Thou art my hope and my crown, Thou art my joy and my honour, O Lord. What hath Thy servant, which he received not from Thee, even without merit of his own? Thine are all things which Thou hast given, and which Thou hast made. I am poor and in misery even from my youth up,(1) …
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ
His Past Work.
"For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, Their poison my spirit drinks; The terrors of God are arrayed against me.
"For calamity from God is a terror to me, And because of His majesty I can do nothing.
A Song of Ascents. "Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up," Let Israel now say,
Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.
"As often as it passes through, it will seize you; For morning after morning it will pass through, anytime during the day or night, And it will be sheer terror to understand what it means."
Do not be a terror to me; You are my refuge in the day of disaster.
I am the man who has seen affliction Because of the rod of His wrath.
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