Psalm 142:4
New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me.

English Standard Version
Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul.

Berean Study Bible
Look to my right and see, no one attends to me; there is no refuge for me, no one cares for my soul.

New American Standard Bible
Look to the right and see; For there is no one who regards me; There is no escape for me; No one cares for my soul.

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
Look to the right and see: no one stands up for me; there is no refuge for me; no one cares about me.

Contemporary English Version
Even if you look, you won't see anyone who cares enough to walk beside me. There is no place to hide, and no one who really cares.

Good News Translation
When I look beside me, I see that there is no one to help me, no one to protect me. No one cares for me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look to the right and see: no one stands up for me; there is no refuge for me; no one cares about me.

International Standard Version
I look to my right and observe— no one is concerned about me. There is nowhere I can go for refuge, and no one cares for me.

NET Bible
Look to the right and see! No one cares about me. I have nowhere to run; no one is concerned about my life.

New Heart English Bible
Look on my right, and see; for there is no one who is concerned for me. Refuge has fled from me. No one cares for my soul.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I looked to the right and I saw there was none to advise me; a place of refuge was lost to me and there was no avenger for my soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Look to my right and see that no one notices me. Escape is impossible for me. No one cares about me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Look on my right hand, and see, For there is no man that knoweth me; I have no way to flee; No man careth for my soul.

New American Standard 1977
Look to the right and see; For there is no one who regards me; There is no escape for me; No one cares for my soul.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no one that would know me; I had no refuge; no one cared for my soul.

King James 2000 Bible
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would acknowledge me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
Look on my right hand, and see; For there is no man that knoweth me: Refuge hath failed me; No man careth for my soul.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I looked on my right hand, and behold, for there was none that noticed me; refuge failed me; and there was none that cared for my soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, and there was no one that would know me. Flight hath failed me: and there is no one that hath regard to my soul.

Darby Bible Translation
Look on the right hand and see; there is no man that knoweth me: refuge hath failed me; no man careth for my soul.

English Revised Version
Look on my right hand, and see; for there is no man that knoweth me: refuge hath failed me; no man careth for my soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
Look on my right, and see; for there is no one who is concerned for me. Refuge has fled from me. No one cares for my soul.

Young's Literal Translation
Looking on the right hand -- and seeing, And I have none recognizing; Perished hath refuge from me, There is none inquiring for my soul.
Study Bible
I Lift My Voice to the LORD
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. 5I cry to You, O LORD: “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”…
Cross References
Job 11:20
But the eyes of the wicked will fail, their escape route will be cut off, and they will hope for their last breath."

Psalm 31:11
Among all my enemies I am a disgrace and among my neighbors all the more. I am dreaded by my friends--they flee when they see me on the street.

Psalm 69:20
Insults have broken my heart, and I am in despair. I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found no one.

Psalm 88:8
You have removed my friends from me; You have made me repulsive to them; I am confined and cannot escape.

Psalm 88:18
You have removed my beloved and my friend; darkness is my closest companion.

Isaiah 51:18
Among all the sons she bore, there is no one to guide her; among all the sons she brought up, there is no one to take her hand.

Jeremiah 25:35
Flight will evade the shepherds, and escape will elude the leaders of the flock.

Jeremiah 30:17
But I will restore your health and heal your wounds, declares the LORD, because they call you an outcast, Zion, for whom no one cares."

Ezekiel 34:6
My flock went astray on all the mountains and every high hill. They were scattered over the face of all the earth, with no one to search or seek for them.'

Treasury of Scripture

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.

I looked, etc.

Psalm 31:11
I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.

Psalm 69:20
Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

Psalm 88:8,18
Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth…

refuge

1 Samuel 23:11-13,19,20
Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the LORD said, He will come down…

1 Samuel 27:1
And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.

failed me.







Lexicon
Look
הַבֵּ֤יט (hab·bêṭ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5027: To scan, look intently at, to regard

to my right
יָמִ֨ין ׀ (yā·mîn)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3225: The right hand, side, the south

and see,
וּרְאֵה֮ (ū·rə·’êh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

no one
וְאֵֽין־ (wə·’ên-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

attends to me;
מַ֫כִּ֥יר (mak·kîr)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5234: To regard, recognize

there is no
אָבַ֣ד (’ā·ḇaḏ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6: To wander away, lose oneself, to perish

refuge
מָנ֣וֹס (mā·nō·ws)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4498: Flight, place of escape or refuge

for me,
מִמֶּ֑נִּי (mim·men·nî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4480: A part of, from, out of

no one
אֵ֖ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

cares
דּוֹרֵ֣שׁ (dō·w·rêš)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1875: To tread, frequent, to follow, to seek, ask, to worship

for my soul.
לְנַפְשִֽׁי׃ (lə·nap̄·šî)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion
(4) I looked.--The Authorised Version follows the ancient versions in turning the Hebrew imperatives into historic tenses. But they are easily intelligible if taken rhetorically, and indeed the psalm loses in liveliness by missing them:

"On the path by which I must walk they have laid a trap for me;

Look to the right and see,

Not a friend is in sight.

Failed has refuge from me,

There is none who careth for my soul."

To the "right," because according to the regular Hebrew metaphor it was on the "right hand" that the protector would stand. (See Note Psalm 16:8, &c; and comp. Psalm 109:6; Psalm 109:31; Psalm 110:5; Psalm 121:5.)

Verse 4. - I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me. I looked about, i.e., for human aid, but there was no one who would so much as know me. I was utterly deserted in my trouble. Refuge failed me. I had nowhere to flee unto - no safe and sure abiding-place. The "cave of Adullam" was but a miserable spot to hide in. No man cared for my soul; or, "looked after my soul" (comp. Jeremiah 30:17). 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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