Psalm 31:9
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New International Version
Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief.

King James Bible
Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.

Darby Bible Translation
Be gracious unto me, Jehovah, for I am in trouble: mine eye wasteth away with vexation, my soul and my belly.

World English Bible
Have mercy on me, Yahweh, for I am in distress. My eye, my soul, and my body waste away with grief.

Young's Literal Translation
Favour me, O Jehovah, for distress is to me, Mine eye, my soul, and my body Have become old by provocation.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Mine eye is consumed - He now returns, and speaks of his present situation. Grief had brought many tears from his eyes, many agonies into his soul, and many distressful feelings into his whole frame.

My soul and my belly - The belly is often taken for the whole body. But the term belly or bowels, in such as case as this, may be the most proper; for in distress and misery, the bowels being the most tender part, and in fact the very seat of compassion, they are often most affected. In Greek the word σπλαγχνον signifies a bowel, and σπλαγχνιζομαι signifies to be moved with compassion; to feel misery in the bowels at the sight of a person in pain and distress.

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mine

Psalm 6:7 My eye is consumed because of grief; it waxes old because of all my enemies.

Psalm 88:9 My eye mourns by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily on you, I have stretched out my hands to you.

Job 17:7 My eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow.

Lamentations 4:17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.

Lamentations 5:17 For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.

my soul

Psalm 6:1,2 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, neither chasten me in your hot displeasure...

Psalm 22:14,15 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the middle of my bowels...

Psalm 38:1-10 O lord, rebuke me not in your wrath: neither chasten me in your hot displeasure...

Psalm 44:25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly sticks to the earth.

Psalm 73:14,26 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning...

Psalm 88:3-5 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draws near to the grave...

Psalm 102:3-5 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth...

Psalm 107:10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

Job 33:19-22 He is chastened also with pain on his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain...

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Goodness Wrought and Goodness Laid Up
'Oh how great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee; which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men!'--PSALM xxxi. 19. The Psalmist has been describing, with the eloquence of misery, his own desperate condition, in all manner of metaphors which he heaps together--'sickness,' 'captivity,' 'like a broken vessel,' 'as a dead man out of mind.' But in the depth of desolation he grasps at God's hand, and that lifts him up out of the pit. 'I trusted
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

'Lying Vanities'
'They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.'--JONAH 11. 8. Jonah's refusal to obey the divine command to go to Nineveh and cry against it is best taken, not as prosaic history, but as a poetical representation of Israel's failure to obey the divine call of witnessing for God. In like manner, his being cast into the sea and swallowed by the great fish, is a poetic reproduction, for homiletical purposes, of Israel's sufferings at the hands of the heathen whom it had failed to warn. The
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Other Fragments on the Psalms. Ii.
On Psalm xxxi. 22. Of the Triumph of the Christian Faith. The mercy of God is not so "marvellous" when it is shown in humbler cities as when it is shown in "a strong city," [1389] and for this reason "God is to be blessed."
Hippolytus—The Extant Works and Fragments of Hippolytus

My Spirit on Thy Care
[861]Emmaus: [862]St. Michael: Louis Bourgeois, 1551; Arr. William Crotch, 1836 Psalm 31 Henry F. Lyte, 1834 My spirit on Thy care, Blest Savior, I recline; Thou wilt not leave me to despair, For Thou art love divine. In Thee I place my trust, On Thee I calmly rest; I know Thee good, I know Thee just, And count thy choice the best. Whate'er events betide, Thy will they all perform: Safe in Thy breast my head I hide, Nor fear the coming storm. Let good or ill befall, It must be good for me; Secure
Various—The Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA

Cross References
Psalm 6:7
My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.

Psalm 63:1
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

Psalm 66:14
vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble.

Psalm 69:17
Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.

Psalm 88:9
my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to you.

Lamentations 3:4
He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones.

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