Psalm 142:3
New International Version
When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me.

New Living Translation
When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me.

English Standard Version
When my spirit faints within me, you know my way! In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.

Berean Study Bible
Although my spirit grows faint within me, You know my way. Along the path I travel they have hidden a snare for me.

New American Standard Bible
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path. In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me.

King James Bible
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

Christian Standard Bible
Although my spirit is weak within me, you know my way. Along this path I travel they have hidden a trap for me.

Contemporary English Version
and whenever I feel low, you are there to guide me. A trap has been hidden along my pathway.

Good News Translation
When I am ready to give up, he knows what I should do. In the path where I walk, my enemies have hidden a trap for me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Although my spirit is weak within me, You know my way. Along this path I travel they have hidden a trap for me.

International Standard Version
Though my spirit grows faint within me, you are aware of my path. Wherever I go, they have hidden a trap for me.

NET Bible
Even when my strength leaves me, you watch my footsteps. In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.

New Heart English Bible
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, you knew my path. In the way in which I walk, they have hidden a snare for me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When my spirit was troubled, you knew my path; in the way of my steps they have hidden snares for me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When I begin to lose hope, you [already] know what I am experiencing. [My enemies] have hidden a trap for me on the path where I walk.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When my spirit fainteth within me-- Thou knowest my path-- In the way wherein I walk Have they hidden a snare for me.

New American Standard 1977
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Thou didst know my path. In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou didst know my path. In the way in which I walked have they secretly laid a snare for me.

King James 2000 Bible
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. In the way in which I walked have they secretly laid a snare for me.

American King James Version
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privately laid a snare for me.

American Standard Version
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walk Have they hidden a snare for me.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
When my spirit was fainting within me, then thou knewest my paths; in the very way wherein I was walking, they hid a snare for me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When my spirit failed me, then thou newest my paths.

Darby Bible Translation
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they hidden a snare for me.

English Revised Version
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walk have they hidden a snare for me.

Webster's Bible Translation
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way in which I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

World English Bible
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, you knew my path. In the way in which I walk, they have hidden a snare for me.

Young's Literal Translation
When my spirit hath been feeble in me, Then Thou hast known my path; In the way in which I walk, They have hid a snare for me.
Study Bible
I Lift My Voice to the LORD
2I pour out my complaint before Him; I reveal my trouble to Him. 3Although my spirit grows faint within me, You know my way. Along the path I travel they have hidden a snare for me. 4Look to my right and see, no one attends to me; there is no refuge for me, no one cares for my soul.…
Cross References
Psalm 77:3
I remembered You, O God, and I groaned; I mused and my spirit grew faint. Selah

Psalm 140:5
The proud hide a snare for me; the cords of their net are spread along the path, and lures are set out for me. Selah

Psalm 143:4
My spirit grows faint within me; my heart is dismayed inside me.

Jonah 2:7
As my life was fading away, I remembered the LORD. My prayer went up to You, to Your holy temple.

Treasury of Scripture

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privately laid a snare for me.

my spirit

Psalm 22:14
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

Psalm 61:2
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalm 102:4
My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

then thou

Psalm 1:6
For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 17:3
Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

Psalm 139:2-4
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off…

in the way

Psalm 31:4
Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

Psalm 35:7,8
For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul…

Psalm 56:6
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.







Lexicon
Although my spirit
רוּחִ֗י (rū·ḥî)
Noun - common singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

grows faint
בְּהִתְעַטֵּ֬ף (bə·hiṯ·‘aṭ·ṭêp̄)
Preposition-b | Verb - Hitpael - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5848: To shroud, clothe, to languish

within me,
עָלַ֨י ׀ (‘ā·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

You
וְאַתָּה֮ (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

know
יָדַ֪עְתָּ (yā·ḏa‘·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

my way.
נְֽתִיבָ֫תִ֥י (nə·ṯî·ḇā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5410: Path, pathway

Along the path
בְּאֹֽרַח־ (bə·’ō·raḥ-)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 734: A well-trodden road, a caravan

I travel
אֲהַלֵּ֑ךְ (’ă·hal·lêḵ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

they have hidden
טָמְנ֖וּ (ṭā·mə·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2934: To hide, conceal

a snare
פַ֣ח (p̄aḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6341: A, sheet, a spring net

for me.
לִֽי׃ (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew
(3) When my spirit.--Literally, in the muffling upon me of my spirit. When my spirit was so wrapped in trouble and gloom, so "muffled round with woe" that I could not see the path before me, was distracted and unable to chose a. line of conduct, Thou (emphatic) knewest my path. (Comp. for the same verb Psalm 61:2; Psalm 77:3.)

Verse 3. - When my spirit was overwhelmed within me; or, "fainted within me." Then thou knewest my path. I had not to tell thee because thou didst not know, but to relieve my own feelings. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me (comp. Psalm 140:5; Psalm 141:9, 10). 142:1-7 David's comfort in prayer. - There can be no situation so distressing or dangerous, in which faith will not get comfort from God by prayer. We are apt to show our troubles too much to ourselves, poring upon them, which does us no service; whereas, by showing them to God, we might cast the cares upon him who careth for us, and thereby ease ourselves. Nor should we allow any complaint to ourselves or others, which we cannot make to God. When our spirits are overwhelmed by distress, and filled with discouragement; when we see snares laid for us on every side, while we walk in his way, we may reflect with comfort that the Lord knoweth our path. Those who in sincerity take the Lord for their God, find him all-sufficient, as a Refuge, and as a Portion: every thing else is a refuge of lies, and a portion of no value. In this situation David prayed earnestly to God. We may apply it spiritually; the souls of believers are often straitened by doubts and fears. And it is then their duty and interest to beg of God to set them at liberty, that they may run the way of his commandments. Thus the Lord delivered David from his powerful persecutors, and dealt bountifully with him. Thus he raised the crucified Redeemer to the throne of glory, and made him Head over all things for his church. Thus the convinced sinner cries for help, and is brought to praise the Lord in the company of his redeemed people; and thus all believers will at length be delivered from this evil world, from sin and death, and praise their Saviour for ever.
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