Psalm 56:8
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New International Version
Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll -- are they not in your record?

King James Bible
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

Darby Bible Translation
*Thou* countest my wanderings; put my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

World English Bible
You number my wanderings. You put my tears into your bottle. Aren't they in your book?

Young's Literal Translation
My wandering Thou hast counted, Thou -- place Thou my tear in Thy bottle, Are they not in Thy book?

Psalm 56:8 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thou tellest my wanderings - Thou seest how often I am obliged to shift the place of my retreat. I am hunted every where; but thou numberest all my hiding-places, and seest how often I am in danger of losing my life.

Put thou my tears into thy bottle - Here is an allusion to a very ancient custom, which we know long obtained among the Greeks and Romans, of putting the tears which were shed for the death of any person into small phials, called lacrymatories or urns lacrymales and offering them on the tomb of the deceased. Some of these were of glass, some of pottery, and some of agate, sardonyx, etc. A small one in my own collection is of hard baked clay.

Are they not in thy book? - Thou hast taken an exact account of all the tears I have shed in relation to this business; and thou wilt call my enemies to account for every tear.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

tellest

Psalm 105:13,14 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people...

Psalm 121:8 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even for ever more.

Numbers 33:2 And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the commandment of the LORD...

1 Samuel 19:18 So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him...

1 Samuel 22:1-5 David therefore departed there, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brothers and all his father's house heard it...

1 Samuel 27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul...

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them...

2 Corinthians 11:26 In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the heathen...

Hebrews 11:8,13,38 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out...

put

Psalm 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with you, and a sojourner...

Psalm 126:5,6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy...

2 Kings 20:5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus said the LORD, the God of David your father, I have heard your prayer...

Job 16:20 My friends scorn me: but my eye pours out tears to God.

Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the middle of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them to living fountains of waters...

are they

Psalm 139:16 Your eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in your book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned...

Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORD listened, and heard it...

Matthew 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened...

Library
March 27. "What Time I am Afraid, I Will Trust in Thee" (Ps. Lvi. 3).
"What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee" (Ps. lvi. 3). We shall never forget a remark Mr. George Mueller once made in answer to a gentleman who asked him the best way to have strong faith. "The only way," replied the patriarch of faith, "to learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings." This is very true. The time to trust is when all else fails. Dear one, if you scarcely realize the value of your present opportunity, if you are
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

January the Thirtieth Irresistible Artillery
"When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back." --PSALM lvi. But it must be a real "cry"! It must not be an idle recitation which sheds no blood. It must be a cry like the cry of the drowning, a cry which cleaves the air like a bullet. Said a man to me some while ago, "Assault the heavens with cries for me!" That is the cry which takes the kingdom by storm. When such a cry rends the heavens, "my enemies turn back." A secret and irresistible artillery begins to play upon them, and their
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

The Great Shepherd
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd; He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. I t is not easy for those, whose habits of life are insensibly formed by the customs of modern times, to conceive any adequate idea of the pastoral life, as obtained in the eastern countries, before that simplicity of manners, which characterized the early ages, was corrupted, by the artificial and false refinements of luxury. Wealth, in those
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Psalms
The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
2 Kings 20:5
"Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD.

Psalm 39:12
"Hear my prayer, LORD, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. I dwell with you as a foreigner, a stranger, as all my ancestors were.

Psalm 139:3
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

Psalm 139:16
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Malachi 3:16
Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.

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