Psalm 77:6
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I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked:

King James Bible
I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

Darby Bible Translation
I remember my song in the night; I muse in mine own heart, and my spirit maketh diligent search.

World English Bible
I remember my song in the night. I consider in my own heart; my spirit diligently inquires:

Young's Literal Translation
I remember my music in the night, With my heart I meditate, and my spirit doth search diligently:

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I call to remembrance my song in the night - I do not think that נגינתי neginathi means my song. We know that נגינת neginath signifies some stringed musical instrument that was struck with a plectrum, but here it possibly might be applied to the Psalm that was played on it. But it appears to me rather that the psalmist here speaks of the circumstances of composing the short ode contained in the seventh, eighth, and ninth verses; which it is probable he sung to his harp as a kind of dirge, if indeed he had a harp in that distressful captivity.

My spirit made diligent search - The verb חפש chaphas signifies such an investigation as a man makes who is obliged to strip himself in order to do it; or, to lift up coverings, to search fold by fold, or in our phrase, to leave no stone unturned. The Vulgate translates: "Et scopebam spiritum meum." As scopebam is no pure Latin word, it may probably be taken from the Greek σκοπεω scopeo, "to look about, to consider attentively." It is however used by no author but St. Jerome; and by him only here and in Isaiah 14:23 : And I will sweep it with the besom of destruction; scopabo eam in scopa terens. Hence we see that he has formed a verb from a noun scope, a sweeping brush or besom; and this sense my old Psalter follows in this place, translating the passage thus: And I sweped my gast: which is thus paraphrased: "And swa I sweped my gaste, (I swept my soul), that is, I purged it of all fylth."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

my song

Psalm 42:8 Yet the LORD will command his loving kindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me...

Job 35:10 But none said, Where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night;

Habakkuk 3:17,18 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail...

Jonah 1:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and the prisoners heard them.

commune

Psalm 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart on your bed, and be still. Selah.

Ecclesiastes 1:16 I communed with my own heart, saying, See, I am come to great estate...

and

Psalm 139:23,24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts...

Job 10:2 I will say to God, Do not condemn me; show me why you contend with me.

Lamentations 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

1 Corinthians 11:28-32 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup...

Library
June the Eleventh the Path Across the Sea
"Thy way is in the sea." --PSALM lxxvii. 11-20. And the sea appears to be the most trackless of worlds! The sea is the very symbol of mystery, the grim dwelling-house of innumerable things that have been lost. But God's way moves here and there across this trackless wild. God is never lost among our mysteries. He knows his way about. When we are bewildered He sees the road, and He sees the end even from the beginning. Even the sea, in every part of it, is the Lord's highway. When His way is in
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

Despondency Self-Corrected. --Ps. Lxxvii.
Despondency Self-Corrected.--Ps. lxxvii. In time of tribulation, Hear, Lord, my feeble cries, With humble supplication To Thee my spirit flies: My heart with grief is breaking, Scarce can my voice complain; Mine eyes, with tears kept waking, Still watch and weep in vain. The days of old, in vision, Bring vanish'd bliss to view; The years of lost fruition Their joys in pangs renew; Remember'd songs of gladness, Through night's lone silence brought, Strike notes of deeper sadness, And stir desponding
James Montgomery—Sacred Poems and Hymns

The Early Life of Malachy. Having Been Admitted to Holy Orders He Associates with Malchus
[Sidenote: 1095.] 1. Our Malachy, born in Ireland,[134] of a barbarous people, was brought up there, and there received his education. But from the barbarism of his birth he contracted no taint, any more than the fishes of the sea from their native salt. But how delightful to reflect, that uncultured barbarism should have produced for us so worthy[135] a fellow-citizen with the saints and member of the household of God.[136] He who brings honey out of the rock and oil out of the flinty rock[137]
H. J. Lawlor—St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh

Of Faith. The Definition of It. Its Peculiar Properties.
1. A brief recapitulation of the leading points of the whole discussion. The scope of this chapter. The necessity of the doctrine of faith. This doctrine obscured by the Schoolmen, who make God the object of faith, without referring to Christ. The Schoolmen refuted by various passages. 2. The dogma of implicit faith refuted. It destroys faith, which consists in a knowledge of the divine will. What this will is, and how necessary the knowledge of it. 3. Many things are and will continue to be implicitly
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Cross References
Job 35:10
But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,

Psalm 4:4
Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.

Psalm 16:7
I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.

Psalm 42:8
By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me-- a prayer to the God of my life.

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