New International Version
My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.
King James Bible
Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
Darby Bible Translation
Mine eyes anticipate the night-watches, that I may meditate in thy word.
World English Bible
My eyes stay open through the night watches, that I might meditate on your word.
Young's Literal Translation
Mine eyes have gone before the watches, To meditate in Thy saying.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Mine eyes prevent - קדמו kiddemu, "go before the watches." Before the watchman proclaims the hour, I am awake, meditating on thy words. The Jews divided the night into three watches, which began at what we call six o'clock in the evening, and consisted each of four hours. The Romans taught them afterwards to divide it into four watches of three hours each; and to divide the day and night into twelve hours each; wherein different guards of soldiers were appointed to watch. At the proclaiming of each watch the psalmist appears to have risen and performed some act of devotion. For a remarkable custom of our Saxon ancestors, see the note on Psalm 119:164 (note).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
the night watches. The ancient Jews divided the night into three watches of four hours each, beginning at six o'clock in the evening; before the last of which, the day break, or morning watch, as the LXX and Vulgate read, the Psalmist was awake.
LibraryNotes on the First Century:
Page 1. Line 1. An empty book is like an infant's soul.' Here Traherne may possibly have had in his mind a passage in Bishop Earle's "Microcosmography." In delineating the character of a child, Earle says: "His soul is yet a white paper unscribbled with observations of the world, wherewith at length it becomes a blurred note-book," Page 14. Line 25. The entrance of his words. This sentence is from Psalm cxix. 130. Page 15. Last line of Med. 21. "Insatiableness." This word in Traherne's time was often …
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On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
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