New International Version
You have taken from me friend and neighbor-- darkness is my closest friend.
King James Bible
Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.
Darby Bible Translation
Lover and associate hast thou put far from me: my familiar friends are darkness.
World English Bible
You have put lover and friend far from me, and my friends into darkness. A contemplation by Ethan, the Ezrahite.
Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast put far from me lover and friend, Mine acquaintance is the place of darkness!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Lover and friend - I have no comfort, and neither friend nor neiphbour to sympathize with me.
Mine acquaintance into darkness - All have forsaken me; or מידעי מחשך meyuddai machsach, "Darkness is my companion." Perhaps he may refer to the death of his acquaintances; all were gone; there was none left to console him! That man has a dismal lot who has outlived all his old friends and acquaintances; well may such complain. In the removal of their friends they see little else than the triumphs of death. Khosroo, an eminent Persian poet, handles this painful subject with great delicacy and beauty in the following lines: -
Ruftem sauee khuteereh bekerestem bezar
Az Hijereh Doostan ke aseer fana shudend:
Guftem Eeshah Kuja shudend? ve Khatyr
Dad az sada jouab Eeshan Kuja!
"Weeping, I passed the place where lay my friends
Captured by death; in accents wild Icried,
Where are they? And stern Fate, by Echoes voice,
Returned in solemn sound the sad Where are they?"
J. B. C.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
mine acquaintance. A figurative expression to denote that he now never saw them.
LibraryOut of the Deep of Doubt, Darkness, and Hell.
O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night unto Thee. Oh! let my prayer enter into Thy presence. For my soul is full of trouble and my life draweth nigh unto Hell. Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in a place of darkness, and in the deep.--Ps. lxxxviii. 1, 2. If I go down to Hell, Thou art there also. Yea, the darkness is no darkness with Thee; but the night is as clear as the day.--Ps. cxxxix. 7, 11. I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my calling. …
Charles Kingsley—Out of the Deep
Sense in Which, and End for which all Things were Delivered to the Incarnate Son.
Of Faith. The Definition of It. Its Peculiar Properties.
"He has alienated my family from me; my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.
Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends-- those who see me on the street flee from me.
My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away.
You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.
Among all the children she bore there was none to guide her; among all the children she reared there was none to take her by the hand.
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