Psalm 42:8
New International Version
By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.

New Living Translation
But each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.

English Standard Version
By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

Berean Study Bible
The LORD decrees His loving devotion by day, and at night His song is with me as a prayer to the God of my life.

King James Bible
Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

New King James Version
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD will send His goodness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.

NASB 1995
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.

NASB 1977
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.

Amplified Bible
Yet the LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song will be with me, A prayer to the God of my life.

Christian Standard Bible
The LORD will send his faithful love by day; his song will be with me in the night — a prayer to the God of my life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD will send His faithful love by day; His song will be with me in the night— a prayer to the God of my life.

American Standard Version
Yet Jehovah will command his lovingkindness in the day-time; And in the night his song shall be with me, Even a prayer unto the God of my life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
By day LORD JEHOVAH will command his mercies and his songs in the night; prayer is with me unto the living God.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
By day the Lord will command his mercy, and manifest it by night: with me is prayer to the God of my life.

Contemporary English Version
Every day, you are kind, and at night you give me a song as my prayer to you, the God of my life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the daytime the Lord hath commanded his mercy; and a canticle to him in the night. With me is prayer to the God of my life.

English Revised Version
Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the day-time, and in the night his song shall be with me, even a prayer unto the God of my life.

Good News Translation
May the LORD show his constant love during the day, so that I may have a song at night, a prayer to the God of my life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD commands his mercy during the day, and at night his song is with me- a prayer to the God of my life.

International Standard Version
By day the LORD will command his gracious love, and by night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
By day the LORD will command His lovingkindness, And in the night His song shall be with me, Even a prayer unto the God of my life.

Literal Standard Version
By day YHWH commands His kindness, And by night a song [is] with me, A prayer to the God of my life.

NET Bible
By day the LORD decrees his loyal love, and by night he gives me a song, a prayer to the living God.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD will command his loving kindness in the daytime. In the night his song shall be with me: a prayer to the God of my life.

World English Bible
Yahweh will command his loving kindness in the daytime. In the night his song shall be with me: a prayer to the God of my life.

Young's Literal Translation
By day Jehovah commandeth His kindness, And by night a song is with me, A prayer to the God of my life.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Blessed is He who Cares for the Poor
7Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfalls; all Your breakers and waves have rolled over me. 8The LORD decrees His loving devotion by day, and at night His song is with me as a prayer to the God of my life. 9I say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why must I walk in sorrow because of the enemy’s oppression?”…

Cross References
Job 35:10
But no one asks, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives us songs in the night,

Psalm 16:7
I will bless the LORD who counsels me; even at night my conscience instructs me.

Psalm 44:4
You are my King, O God, who ordains victories for Jacob.

Psalm 57:3
He reaches down from heaven and saves me; He rebukes those who trample me. Selah God sends forth His loving devotion and His truth.

Psalm 63:6
When I remember You on my bed, I think of You through the watches of the night.

Psalm 71:3
Be my rock of refuge, where I can always go. Give the command to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress.

Psalm 77:6
At night I remembered my song; in my heart I mused, and my spirit pondered:


Treasury of Scripture

Yet the LORD will command his loving kindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer to the God of my life.

command

Psalm 44:4
Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.

Psalm 133:3
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Leviticus 25:21
Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years.

in the night

Psalm 32:7
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Psalm 63:6
When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Psalm 149:5
Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

the God

Psalm 27:1
A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Colossians 3:3
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.









(8) Yet the Lord.--Better, By day Jehovah shall command (or, literally, Jehovah command) his grace.

And in the night his song--i.e., a song to Him; but the emendation shirah, "song," for shiroh, "his song," commends itself. The parallelism of this verse seems to confirm the conclusion drawn from the sentence at end of Book II., that the title "prayer," and "song" were used indiscriminately for any of the hymns in religious use.

Verse 8. - Yet the Lord will command his loving-kindness in the daytime. Notwithstanding all these present woes, God wilt at some time "command" his loving-kindness to make itself apparent (comp. Psalm 44:4; Psalm 68:28), and both "in the daytime" and in the night will so comfort me that his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life; i.e. I shall offer him both praise and prayer continually both day and night (Psalm 92:2) for his great mercies.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The LORD
יְהוָ֨ה ׀ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

decrees
יְצַוֶּ֬ה (yə·ṣaw·weh)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order

His loving devotion
חַסְדּ֗וֹ (ḥas·dōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

by day;
יוֹמָ֤ם ׀ (yō·w·mām)
Adverb
Strong's 3119: Daytime, by day

and at night
וּ֭בַלַּיְלָה (ū·ḇal·lay·lāh)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3915: A twist, night, adversity

His song
שִׁיר֣וֹ (šî·rōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7892: A song, singing

is with me—
עִמִּ֑י (‘im·mî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 5973: With, equally with

a prayer
תְּ֝פִלָּ֗ה (tə·p̄il·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8605: Intercession, supplication, a hymn

to the God
לְאֵ֣ל (lə·’êl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

of my life.
חַיָּֽי׃ (ḥay·yāy)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life


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