Psalm 56:8
New International Version
Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll -- are they not in your record?

New Living Translation
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.

English Standard Version
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?

Berean Study Bible
You have taken account of my wanderings; You have put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?

New American Standard Bible
You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?

King James Bible
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

Christian Standard Bible
You yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?

Contemporary English Version
You have kept record of my days of wandering. You have stored my tears in your bottle and counted each of them.

Good News Translation
You know how troubled I am; you have kept a record of my tears. Aren't they listed in your book?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your records?

International Standard Version
You have kept count of my wanderings. Put my tears in your bottle— have not you recorded them in your book?

NET Bible
You keep track of my misery. Put my tears in your leather container! Are they not recorded in your scroll?

New Heart English Bible
You number my wanderings. You put my tears into your bottle. Aren't they in your book?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have shown you my confession; put my tears before you and in your book.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(You have kept a record of my wanderings. Put my tears in your bottle. They are already in your book.)

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou has counted my wanderings; Put Thou my tears into Thy bottle; Are they not in Thy book?

New American Standard 1977
Thou hast taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Thy bottle; Are they not in Thy book?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou tellest my wanderings; put my tears into thy bottle; are they not in thy book?

King James 2000 Bible
You number my wanderings: put you my tears into your bottle: are they not in your book?

American King James Version
You tell my wanderings: put you my tears into your bottle: are they not in your book?

American Standard Version
Thou numberest my wanderings: Put thou my tears into thy bottle; Are they not in thy book?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
O God, I have declared my life to thee; thou has set my tears before thee, even according to thy promise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have declared to thee my life: thou hast set my tears in thy sight, As also in thy promise.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou countest my wanderings; put my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

English Revised Version
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle; are they not in thy book?

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou numberest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

World English Bible
You number my wanderings. You put my tears into your bottle. Aren't they in your book?

Young's Literal Translation
My wandering Thou hast counted, Thou -- place Thou my tear in Thy bottle, Are they not in Thy book?
Study Bible
Be Merciful to Me, O God
7In spite of such sin, shall they escape? In Your anger, O God, cast down the nations. 8You have taken account of my wanderings; You have put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? 9Then my enemies will retreat on the day I cry for help. By this I will know that God is on my side.…
Cross References
2 Kings 20:5
"Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of My people, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. I will surely heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the house of the LORD.

Psalm 39:12
Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. For I am a foreigner dwelling with You, a sojourner like all my fathers.

Psalm 139:3
You search out my path and my lying down; You are aware of all my ways.

Psalm 139:16
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be.

Malachi 3:16
At that time, those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them. So a scroll of remembrance was written before Him regarding those who feared the LORD and honored His name.

Treasury of Scripture

You tell my wanderings: put you my tears into your bottle: are they not in your book?

tellest

Psalm 105:13,14
When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people; …

Psalm 121:8
The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Numbers 33:2
And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the commandment of the LORD: and these are their journeys according to their goings out.

put

Psalm 39:12
Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

Psalm 126:5,6
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy…

2 Kings 20:5
Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.

are they

Psalm 139:16
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Malachi 3:16
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

Matthew 10:30
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.







Lexicon
You
אָ֥תָּה (’āt·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

have taken account
סָפַ֪רְתָּ֫ה (sā·p̄ar·tāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5608: To count, recount, relate

of my wanderings;
נֹדִי֮ (nō·ḏî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5112: Wandering (of aimless fugitive)

You have put
שִׂ֣ימָה (śî·māh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

my tears
דִמְעָתִ֣י (ḏim·‘ā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1832: Tears (of one weeping)

in Your bottle.
בְנֹאדֶ֑ךָ (ḇə·nō·ḏe·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4997: A skin bottle, skin

Are they not
הֲ֝לֹ֗א (hă·lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

in Your book?
בְּסִפְרָתֶֽךָ׃ (bə·sip̄·rā·ṯe·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5612: A missive, document, writing, book
(8) Wanderings.--Rather, in the singular, wandering, which, from the parallelism with "tears," must mean "mental restlessness," the "tossings to and fro of the mind." Symmachus, "my inmost things."

Put thou my tears into thy bottle.--There is a play of words in the original of "bottle," and "wandering." We must not, of course, think of the lachrymatories, as they are called, of glass, which have been found in Syria (see Thomson, Land and Book, page 103). If these were really in any way connected with "tears," they must have formed part of funeral customs. The LXX., "Thou hast put my tears before thee," and Symmachus and Jerome, "put my tears in thy sight," suggest a corruption of the text; but, in any case, the poet's feeling here is that of Constance in Shakespeare's King John--

"His grandam's wrongs, and not his mother's shames,

Draw these heaven-moving pearls from his poor eyes,

Which heaven shall take in nature of a fee;

Ay, with those crystal beads Heaven shall be brib'd

To do him justice and revenge on you."

Book.--As in Psalm 139:16. Some prefer "calculation."

Verse 8. - Thou tellest my wanderings; i.e. thou, O God, takest account of my wretched wandering life (1 Samuel 21-30), and notest each occasion when I am forced to move from one city, or cave, or wilderness to another. Put thou my tears into thy bottle. Take also note of my tears - let them not pass unheeded. Rather, gather them drop by drop, and store them, as costly wine is stored, in a flask. The thought, thus dressed in a metaphor, was, no doubt (as Professor Cheyne observes), "Store them up in thy memory." Are they not in thy book? i.e. hast thou not anticipated my request, and entered an account of every tear that I have shed, in thy book of records (comp. Psalm 69:28; Psalm 139:16)? 56:8-13 The heavy and continued trials through which many of the Lord's people have passed, should teach us to be silent and patient under lighter crosses. Yet we are often tempted to repine and despond under small sorrows. For this we should check ourselves. David comforts himself, in his distress and fear, that God noticed all his grievances and all his griefs. God has a bottle and a book for his people's tears, both the tears for their sins, and those for their afflictions. He observes them with tender concern. Every true believer may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and then I will not fear what man shall do unto me; for man has no power but what is given him from above. Thy vows are upon me, O Lord; not as a burden, but as that by which I am known to be thy servant; as a bridle that restrains me from what would be hurtful, and directs me in the way of my duty. And vows of thankfulness properly accompany prayers for mercy. If God deliver us from sin, either from doing it, or by his pardoning mercy, he has delivered our souls from death, which is the wages of sin. Where the Lord has begun a good work he will carry it on and perfect it. David hopes that God would keep him even from the appearance of sin. We should aim in all our desires and expectations of deliverance, both from sin and trouble, that we may do the better service to the Lord; that we may serve him without fear. If his grace has delivered our souls from the death of sin, he will bring us to heaven, to walk before him for ever in light.
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