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New International Version
In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
New Living Translation
Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
English Standard Version
O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
Berean Study Bible
In the morning, O LORD, You hear my voice; at daybreak I lay my plea before You and wait in expectation.
New American Standard Bible
In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.
King James Bible
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
Christian Standard Bible
In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you and watch expectantly.
Contemporary English Version
Each morning you listen to my prayer, as I bring my requests to you and wait for your reply.
Good News Translation
you hear my voice in the morning; at sunrise I offer my prayer and wait for your answer.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
At daybreak, LORD, You hear my voice; at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly.
International Standard Version
LORD, in the morning you will hear my voice; in the morning I will pray to you, and I will watch for your answer.
LORD, in the morning you will hear me; in the morning I will present my case to you and then wait expectantly for an answer.
New Heart English Bible
LORD, in the morning you shall hear my voice. In the morning I will lay my requests before you, and watch.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah, at dawn you will hear my voice and at dawn I shall be ready and shall appear before you.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the morning, O LORD, hear my voice. In the morning I lay my needs in front of you, and I wait.
JPS Tanakh 1917
O LORD, in the morning shalt Thou hear my voice; In the morning will I order my prayer unto Thee, and will look forward.
New American Standard 1977
In the morning, O LORD, Thou wilt hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to Thee and eagerly watch.
Jubilee Bible 2000
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; early will I present myself unto thee and wait.
King James 2000 Bible
My voice shall you hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto you, and will look up.
American King James Version
My voice shall you hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer to you, and will look up.
American Standard Version
O Jehovah, in the morning shalt thou hear my voice; In the morning will I order my prayer unto thee, and will keep watch.
For to thee will I pray: O Lord, in the morning thou shalt hear my voice.
Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah, in the morning shalt thou hear my voice; in the morning will I address myself to thee, and will look up.
English Revised Version
O LORD, in the morning shalt thou hear my voice; in the morning will I order my prayer unto thee, and will keep watch.
Webster's Bible Translation
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer to thee, and will look up.
World English Bible
Yahweh, in the morning you shall hear my voice. In the morning I will lay my requests before you, and will watch expectantly.
Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah, at morning Thou hearest my voice, At morning I set in array for Thee, And I look out.
Study BibleGive Ear to My Words
…2Attend to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I pray. 3In the morning, O LORD, You hear my voice; at daybreak I lay my plea before You and wait in expectation. 4For You are not a God who delights in wickedness; no evil can dwell with You.…
Morning, noon, and night, I cry out in distress, and He will hear my voice.
But I will sing of Your strength and proclaim Your loving devotion in the morning. For You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
But to You, O LORD, I cry for help; in the morning my prayer comes before You.
I rise before dawn and cry for help; in Your word I have put my hope.
I wait for the LORD; my soul does wait, and in His word I put my hope.
The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of discipleship, to sustain the weary with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning; He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.
I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the ramparts. I will watch to see what He will say to me and how I will answer my reproof.
Treasury of Scripture
My voice shall you hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer to you, and will look up.
prepare, is the same employed in Leviticus 1:8; Leviticus 1:12; Leviticus 6:12, of the priest laying out the wood for the sacrifice, or the parts of the offering itself, and suggest that the author may himself have been a priest. The word "offering" should be supplied, instead of "prayer." Henry Vaughan's fine hymn--
"When first thine eyes unveil, give thy soul leave
To do the like"--
was probably suggested by this verse.
Look up.--The Hebrew is from the root which forms "Mizpeh," or "watch-tower." The psalmist looks up for the answer to his prayer as the seer on his tower (Habakkuk 2:1) looked up for his inspiration. The usual attitude of prayer in the East was then, as now, either standing or prostrate, the hands lifted up or spread out (Exodus 9:33; Psalm 28:2; Psalm 134:2; Psalm 141:2). To raise the eyes was not so usual. Virgil, describing the capture of Cassandra by the Greeks, makes her look up, but only because her hands were bound.
"Ad coelum tendens ardentia lumina frustra,
Lumina--nam teneras arcebant vincula palmas."Verse 3. - My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord (compare "At evening, and at morning, and at noonday will I pray, and he shall hear my voice," Psalm 55:17; and see also Psalm 59:16; Psalm 88:13; Psalm 119:147). The appointment of daily morning and evening sacrifice (Numbers 28:4) pointed out morn and eve as times especially appropriate for prayer. A natural instinct suggested the same idea (Job 1:5). In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee. The repetition adds force to the implied injunction (comp. Psalm 130:6). The word translated "direct my prayer" means "arrange" or "set in order," as the priests did the altar before a sacrifice (Leviticus 1:7, 8, 12; Leviticus 6:5; Numbers 28:4). Prayer is viewed as a sort of sacrificial act. And will look up; or, look out - keep on the watch - in expectation of my prayer being granted (see the Revised Version). Psalm 5:2; he would pray to him every morning: the morning is a proper time for prayer, both to return thanks to God for refreshing sleep and rest, for preservation from dangers by fire, by thieves and murderers, and for renewed mercies in the morning; as also to pray to God to keep from evil and dangers the day following; to give daily food, and to succeed in business and the employments of life; and for a continuation of every mercy, temporal and spiritual. God should be served and sought in the first place; and so to do looks as if God was with his people, and they with him, when they awake in the morning. The Targum and Arabic version consider the words as a petition, and render them, "Hear (d) in the morning, O Lord, my voice", or "my petition"; and so bear the same sense as the other petitions;
in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee; or "set it in order" (e): not so much respecting the order of words, the method of prayer, which is sometimes very broken and confused, and yet regarded by God; but in allusion either to the shewbread, placed in order on the table, which was typical of Christ's continual intercession for his people, Exodus 40:4; or to the offering of incense and other sacrifices, which when offered were put in order upon the altar; and to which prayer is compared, Psalm 141:2. Or the words may be rendered, "I will stand before thee in the morning", as the Arabic version; or, "I will present unto thee", as the Septuagint; that is, myself; see Job 1:6, Romans 12:1; though the supplement, "my prayer", seems to be a good one; and so the words are supplied by the Jewish commentators (f);
and will look up; or "out" (g) as out of a watch tower, Habakkuk 2:1; to see if help is coming, and for an answer of prayer: the phrase is expressive of hope, expectation, faith, and confidence, that an answer would be returned; and therefore the psalmist determines to look upwards to heaven, whither he directed his prayer, and from whence the answer must come; and to look out from his watch tower, where he was waiting for it, and to continue patiently expecting it till he had it: and the ground of his confidence were the nature and perfections of God, particularly his purity and holiness, as appears from Psalm 5:4.
(d) "audi", Vatablus, Gejerus. (e) "disponam", Montanus, Michaelis; "praeparabo", Pagninus, Musculus; "ordinabo", Piscator, Gejerus. (f) Jarchi, Aben Ezra, Kimchi, & Ben Melech in loc. (g) "speculabor", Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator, Michaelis; "speculatorus", Junius & Tremellius.
Observe, this is not so much a prayer as a resolution, "'My voice shalt thou hear,' I will not be dumb, I will not be silent, I will not withhold my speech, I will cry to thee, for the fire that dwells within compels me to pray." We can sooner die than live without prayer. None of God's children are possessed with a dumb devil.
"In the morning." This is the fittest time for intercourse with God. An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. While the dew is on the grass, let grace drop upon the soul. Let us give to God the mornings of our days and the morning of our lives. Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night. Devotion should be both the morning star and the evening star.
If we merely read our English version, and want an explanation of these two sentences, we find it in the figure of an archer, "I will direct my prayer unto thee, "I will put my prayer upon the bow, I will direct it towards heaven, and then when I have shot up my arrow, 1 will look up to see where it has gone. But the Hebrew has a still fuller meaning than this - "I will direct my prayer." It is the word that is used for the laying in order of the wood and the pieces of the victim upon the altar, and it is used also for the putting of the shewbread upon the table. It means just this: "I will arrange my prayer before thee;" I will lay it out upon the altar in the morning, just as the priest lays out the morning sacrifice. I will arrange my prayer; or, as old Master Trapp has it, "I will marshal up my prayers, "I will put them in order, call up all my powers, and bid them stand in their proper places, that I may pray with all my might, and pray acceptably.
"And will look up," or, as the Hebrew might better be translated, "'I will look out,' I will look out for the answer; after I have prayed, I will expect that the blessing shall come." It is a word that is used in another place where we read of those who watched for the morning. So will I watch for thine answer, O my Lord! I will spread out my prayer like the victim on the altar, and I will look up, and expect to receive the answer by fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice.
Two questions are suggested by the last part of this verse. Do we not miss very much of the sweetness and efficacy of prayer by a want of careful meditation before it, and of hopeful expectation after it? We too often rush into the presence of God without forethought or humility. We are live men who present themselves before a king without a petition, and what wonder is it that we often miss the end of prayer? We should be careful to keep the stream of meditation always running; for this is the water to drive the mill of prayer. It is idle to pull up the flood-gates of a dry brook, and then hope to see the wheel revolve. Prayer without fervency is like hunting with a dead dog, and prayer without preparation is hawking with a blind falcon. Prayer is the work of the Holy Spirit, but he works by means. God made man, but he used the dust of the earth as a material: the Holy Ghost is the author of prayer, but he employs the thoughts of a fervent soul as the gold with which to fashion the vessel. Let not our prayers and praises be the flashes of a hot and hasty brain, but the steady burning of a well-kindled fire.
But, furthermore, do we not forget to watch the result of our supplications? We are like the ostrich, which lays her eggs and looks not for her young. We sow the seed, and are too idle to seek a harvest. How can we expect the Lord to open the windows of his grace, and pour us out a blessing, if we will not open the windows of expectation and look up for the promised favour? Let holy preparation link hands with patient expectation, and we shall have far larger answers to our prayers.
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