Psalm 102:9
New International Version
For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears

New Living Translation
I eat ashes for food. My tears run down into my drink

English Standard Version
For I eat ashes like bread and mingle tears with my drink,

Berean Study Bible
For I have eaten ashes like bread and mixed my drink with tears,

New American Standard Bible
For I have eaten ashes like bread And mingled my drink with weeping

King James Bible
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,

Christian Standard Bible
I eat ashes like bread and mingle my drinks with tears

Contemporary English Version
Instead of food, I have ashes to eat and tears to drink,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I eat ashes like bread and mingle my drinks with tears

International Standard Version
I have eaten ashes as food and mixed my drink with tears

NET Bible
For I eat ashes as if they were bread, and mix my drink with my tears,

New Heart English Bible
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mixed my drink with tears,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because I have eaten ashes like bread and I have mixed my drink with weeping

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I eat ashes like bread and my tears are mixed with my drink

JPS Tanakh 1917
For I have eaten ashes like bread, And mingled my drink with weeping,

New American Standard 1977
For I have eaten ashes like bread, And mingled my drink with weeping,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I have eaten ashes like bread and mingled my drink with weeping,

King James 2000 Bible
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,

American King James Version
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

American Standard Version
For I have eaten ashes like bread, And mingled my drink with weeping,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For I have eaten ashes as it were bread, and mingled my drink with weeping;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I did eat ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

Darby Bible Translation
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,

English Revised Version
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,

World English Bible
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mixed my drink with tears,

Young's Literal Translation
Because ashes as bread I have eaten, And my drink with weeping have mingled,
Study Bible
The Prayer of the Afflicted
8All day long my enemies taunt me; they ridicule and curse me. 9For I have eaten ashes like bread and mixed my drink with tears, 10because of Your indignation and wrath; for You have picked me up and cast me aside.…
Cross References
Psalm 42:3
My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"

Psalm 80:5
You fed them with the bread of tears and made them drink their full measure of tears.

Isaiah 44:20
He feeds on ashes. His deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?"

Treasury of Scripture

For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

I Have

Psalm 69:21
They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

Isaiah 44:20
He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Lamentations 3:15,16
He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood…

mingled

Psalm 42:3
My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

Psalm 80:5
Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

Job 3:24
For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.







Lexicon
For
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

I have eaten
אָכָ֑לְתִּי (’ā·ḵā·lə·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat

ashes
אֵ֭פֶר (’ê·p̄er)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 665: Ashes

like bread
כַּלֶּ֣חֶם (kal·le·ḥem)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3899: Food, bread, grain

and mixed
מָסָֽכְתִּי׃ (mā·sā·ḵə·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4537: To mix, produce by mixing

my drink
וְ֝שִׁקֻּוַ֗י (wə·šiq·qu·way)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8249: A draught

with tears,
בִּבְכִ֥י (biḇ·ḵî)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1065: A weeping, a dripping
(9) Ashes like bread.--Lamentations 3:16. A figurative expression, like "dust shall be the serpent's meat" (Isaiah 65:25; comp. Genesis 3:14). With the last clause comp. Psalm 42:3, "tears have been my meat day and night." So too, as an emblem of disappointment, a modern poet:--

"But even while I drank the brook, and ate

The goodly apples, all these things at once

Fell into dust, and I was left alone."

TENNYSON: Holy Grail.

Verse 9. - For I have eaten ashes like bread; i.e. "the 'ashes' of humiliation have been my food. I have, as it were, fed on them." A literal mingling of ashes with his food is not to be thought cf. And mingled my drink with weeping (comp. Psalm 42:3; Psalm 80:5). 102:1-11 The whole word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; but here, is often elsewhere, the Holy Ghost has put words into our mouths. Here is a prayer put into the hands of the afflicted; let them present it to God. Even good men may be almost overwhelmed with afflictions. It is our duty and interest to pray; and it is comfort to an afflicted spirit to unburden itself, by a humble representation of its griefs. We must say, Blessed be the name of the Lord, who both gives and takes away. The psalmist looked upon himself as a dying man; My days are like a shadow.
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