Psalm 13:2
New International Version
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?

New Living Translation
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

English Standard Version
How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Berean Study Bible
How long must I wrestle in my soul, with sorrow in my heart each day? How long will my enemy dominate me?

New American Standard Bible
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart all the day? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

King James Bible
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

Christian Standard Bible
How long will I store up anxious concerns within me, agony in my mind every day? How long will my enemy dominate me?

Contemporary English Version
How long must I be confused and miserable all day? How long will my enemies keep beating me down?

Good News Translation
How long must I endure trouble? How long will sorrow fill my heart day and night? How long will my enemies triumph over me?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How long will I store up anxious concerns within me, agony in my mind every day? How long will my enemy dominate me?

International Standard Version
How long must I struggle in my soul at night and have sorrow in my heart during the day? How long will my enemy rise up against me?

NET Bible
How long must I worry, and suffer in broad daylight? How long will my enemy gloat over me?

New Heart English Bible
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart every day? How long shall my enemy triumph over me?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
How long will you put sorrow in my soul and misery in my heart every day? How long will my enemies be exalted against me?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How long must I make decisions alone with sorrow in my heart day after day? How long will my enemy triumph over me?

JPS Tanakh 1917
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart by day? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

New American Standard 1977
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart all the day? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Jubilee Bible 2000
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

King James 2000 Bible
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

American King James Version
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

American Standard Version
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrows in my heart daily? how long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
How long shall I take counsels in my soul, sorrow in my heart all the day?

Darby Bible Translation
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, with sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

English Revised Version
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart all the day? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

Webster's Bible Translation
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

World English Bible
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart every day? How long shall my enemy triumph over me?

Young's Literal Translation
Till when do I set counsels in my soul? Sorrow in my heart daily? Till when is mine enemy exalted over me?
Study Bible
How Long, O LORD?
1For the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? 2How long must I wrestle in my soul, with sorrow in my heart each day? How long will my enemy dominate me? 3See me and respond, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death,…
Cross References
Psalm 31:10
For my life is consumed with grief and my years with groaning; my iniquity has drained my strength and my bones are wasting away.

Psalm 38:17
For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever with me.

Psalm 42:4
These things come to mind as I pour out my soul: how I walked with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and praise.

Psalm 42:9
I will say to God, my rock, "Why have You forgotten me? Why must I walk in sorrow because of the enemy's oppression?"

Psalm 89:42
You have exalted the right hand of his foes; You have made all his enemies rejoice.

Habakkuk 1:2
How long, O LORD, must I call for help but You do not hear, or cry out to You, "Violence!" but You do not save?

Treasury of Scripture

How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

take

Psalm 77:2-12
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted…

Psalm 94:18,19
When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up…

Psalm 142:4-7
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul…

sorrow

Psalm 38:17
For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

Psalm 116:3
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

Nehemiah 2:2
Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,

enemy

Psalm 7:2,4,5
Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver…

Psalm 8:2
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Psalm 9:6
O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.

exalted

Psalm 22:7,8
All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, …

Psalm 31:18
Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Psalm 42:10
As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?







Lexicon
How long
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

must I wrestle
אָשִׁ֪ית (’ā·šîṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7896: To put, set

in my soul,
בְּנַפְשִׁ֗י (bə·nap̄·šî)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

with sorrow
יָג֣וֹן (yā·ḡō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3015: Grief, sorrow

in my heart
בִּלְבָבִ֣י (bil·ḇā·ḇî)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3824: Inner man, mind, will, heart

each day?
יוֹמָ֑ם (yō·w·mām)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3119: Daytime, by day

How long
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

will my enemy
אֹיְבִ֣י (’ō·yə·ḇî)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 341: Hating, an adversary

dominate
יָר֖וּם (yā·rūm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7311: To be high actively, to rise, raise

me?
עָלָֽי׃ (‘ā·lāy)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against
(2) Take counsel.--Literally, put plans unto my soul. The plans (LXX., ??????) formed in the mind turn to sorrows as they are frustrated. It is, however, so doubtful whether nephesh can stand for the mind, that it is better to render, how long shall I form plans against my soul (having) sorrow in my heart all the day? The next verse confirms the suspicion that suicide had been in the psalmist's mind.

Daily.--There is a doubt about this rendering; but so Symmachus, and many moderns, relying on Ezekiel 30:16, "distresses daily."

Verse 2. - How long shall I take counsel in my soul? or, How long shall I arrange plans? (Kay). Tossing on a sea of doubt and perplexity, David forms plan after plan, but to no purpose. He seeks to find a way of escape from his difficulties, but cannot discover one. Having sorrow in my heart daily; or, all the day. It is, perhaps, implied that the plans are formed and thought over at night. How long shall mine enemy be exalted ever me? A special enemy is once more glanced at. The allusion seems to be to Saul (comp. Psalm 7:2, 5, 11-16; Psalm 8:2; Psalm 9:6, 16; Psalm 10:2-11, 15; Psalm 11:5). 13:1-6 The psalmist complains that God had long withdrawn. He earnestly prays for comfort. He assures himself of an answer of peace. - God sometimes hides his face, and leaves his own children in the dark concerning their interest in him: and this they lay to heart more than any outward trouble whatever. But anxious cares are heavy burdens with which believers often load themselves more than they need. The bread of sorrows is sometimes the saint's daily bread; our Master himself was a man of sorrows. It is a common temptation, when trouble lasts long, to think that it will last always. Those who have long been without joy, begin to be without hope. We should never allow ourselves to make any complaints but what drive us to our knees. Nothing is more killing to a soul than the want of God's favour; nothing more reviving than the return of it. The sudden, delightful changes in the book of Psalms, are often very remarkable. We pass from depth of despondency to the height of religious confidence and joy. It is thus, ver. 5. All is gloomy dejection in ver. 4; but here the mind of the despondent worshipper rises above all its distressing fears, and throws itself, without reserve, on the mercy and care of its Divine Redeemer. See the power of faith, and how good it is to draw near to God. If we bring our cares and griefs to the throne of grace, and leave them there, we may go away like Hannah, and our countenances will be no more said, 1Sa 1:18. God's mercy is the support of the psalmist's faith. Finding I have that to trust to, I am comforted, though I have no merit of my own. His faith in God's mercy filled his heart with joy in his salvation; for joy and peace come by believing. He has dealt bountifully with me. By faith he was as confident of salvation, as if it had been completed already. In this way believers pour out their prayers, renouncing all hopes but in the mercy of God through the Saviour's blood: and sometimes suddenly, at others gradually, they will find their burdens removed, and their comforts restored; they then allow that their fears and complaints were unnecessary, and acknowledge that the Lord hath dealt bountifully with them.
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