Psalm 143:4
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New International Version
So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.

King James Bible
Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

Darby Bible Translation
And my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

World English Bible
Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me. My heart within me is desolate.

Young's Literal Translation
And my spirit in me is become feeble, Within me is my heart become desolate.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Therefore is my spirit - I am deeply depressed in spirit, and greatly afflicted in body.

My heart within me is desolate - It has no companion of its sorrows, no sympathetic friend. I am utterly destitute of comfort.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

is my spirit

Psalm 55:5 Fearfulness and trembling are come on me, and horror has overwhelmed me.

Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalm 77:3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.

Psalm 102:1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come to you.

Psalm 124:4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:

Psalm 142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privately laid a snare for me.

Job 6:27 Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless, and you dig a pit for your friend.

my heart

Psalm 25:16 Turn you to me, and have mercy on me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

Psalm 102:3,4 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth...

Psalm 119:81-83 My soul faints for your salvation: but I hope in your word...

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Library
The Prayer of Prayers
'Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God! Thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.'--PSALM cxliii. 10. These two clauses mean substantially the same thing. The Psalmist's longings are expressed in the first of them in plain words, and in the second in a figure. 'To do God's will' is to be in 'the land of uprightness.' That phrase, in its literal application, means a stretch of level country, and hence is naturally employed as an emblem of a moral or religious condition. A life
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Tell Me, O Thou whom My Soul Loveth, Where Thou Feedest, Where Thou Reposest at Midday, Lest I Should Begin to Wander after the Flocks of Thy Companions.
O Thou whom my soul loveth! exclaims this poor affianced one, thus obliged to leave the sweet employment within, to be engaged about external matters of the lowest description; O Thou, whom I love so much the more as I find my love more thwarted; ah, show me where Thou feedest Thy flocks, and with what food Thou satisfiest the souls that are so blessed as to be under Thy care! We know that when Thou wert upon earth, Thy meat and drink was to do the will of Thy Father (John iv. 34), and now Thy meat
Madame Guyon—Song of Songs of Solomon

Of Prayer --A Perpetual Exercise of Faith. The Daily Benefits Derived from It.
1. A general summary of what is contained in the previous part of the work. A transition to the doctrine of prayer. Its connection with the subject of faith. 2. Prayer defined. Its necessity and use. 3. Objection, that prayer seems useless, because God already knows our wants. Answer, from the institution and end of prayer. Confirmation by example. Its necessity and propriety. Perpetually reminds us of our duty, and leads to meditation on divine providence. Conclusion. Prayer a most useful exercise.
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

The Work of Jesus Christ as an Advocate,
CLEARLY EXPLAINED, AND LARGELY IMPROVED, FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL BELIEVERS. 1 John 2:1--"And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." By JOHN BUNYAN, Author of "The Pilgrim's Progress." London: Printed for Dorman Newman, at the King's Arms, in the Poultry, 1689. ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR. This is one of the most interesting of Bunyan's treatises, to edit which required the Bible at my right hand, and a law dictionary on my left. It was very frequently republished;
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

Cross References
Psalm 25:16
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.

Psalm 77:3
I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.

Psalm 109:22
For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

Psalm 142:3
When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me.

Lamentations 3:11
he dragged me from the path and mangled me and left me without help.

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