Psalm 77:4
New International Version
You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak.

New Living Translation
You don't let me sleep. I am too distressed even to pray!

English Standard Version
You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

Berean Study Bible
You have kept my eyes from closing; I am too troubled to speak.

New American Standard Bible
You have held my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

King James Bible
Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

Christian Standard Bible
You have kept me from closing my eyes; I am troubled and cannot speak.

Contemporary English Version
Because of you, Lord God, I can't sleep. I am restless and can't even talk.

Good News Translation
He keeps me awake all night; I am so worried that I cannot speak.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have kept me from closing my eyes; I am troubled and cannot speak.

International Standard Version
You kept my eyes open; I was troubled and couldn't speak.

NET Bible
You held my eyelids open; I was troubled and could not speak.

New Heart English Bible
You hold my eyelids open. I am so troubled that I can't speak.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And dizziness seized me in my eyes; I was dumb and did not speak.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(You keep my eyelids open.) I am so upset that I cannot speak.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou holdest fast the lids of mine eyes; I am troubled, and cannot speak.

New American Standard 1977
Thou hast held my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou didst hold my eyelids open; I am broken and did not speak.

King James 2000 Bible
You hold my eyes from closing: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

American King James Version
You hold my eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

American Standard Version
Thou holdest mine eyes watching: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
All mine enemies set a watch against me: I was troubled, and spoke not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My eyes prevented the watches: I was troubled, and I spoke not.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou holdest open mine eyelids; I am full of disquiet and cannot speak.

English Revised Version
Thou holdest mine eyes watching: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou holdest my eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

World English Bible
You hold my eyelids open. I am so troubled that I can't speak.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast taken hold of the watches of mine eyes, I have been moved, and I speak not.
Study Bible
In The Day of Trouble I Sought the LORD
3I remembered You, O God, and I groaned; I mused and my spirit grew faint. Selah 4You have kept my eyes from closing; I am too troubled to speak. 5I considered days of old, years long in the past.…
Cross References
Psalm 39:9
I have become mute; I do not open my mouth because it is You who have done it.

Psalm 102:7
I lie awake; I am like a lone bird on a housetop.

Daniel 6:18
Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting. No entertainment was brought before him, and sleep fled from him.

Treasury of Scripture

You hold my eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

holdest

Psalm 6:6
I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

Esther 6:1
On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.

Job 7:13-15
When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint; …

I am

Job 2:13
So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

Job 6:3
For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.







Lexicon
You have kept
אָ֭חַזְתָּ (’ā·ḥaz·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 270: To grasp, take hold, take possession

my eyes
עֵינָ֑י (‘ê·nāy)
Noun - cdc | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

from closing;
שְׁמֻר֣וֹת (šə·mu·rō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 8109: Something guarded, an eye-lid

I am too troubled
נִ֝פְעַ֗מְתִּי (nip̄·‘am·tî)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6470: To tap, beat regularly, to impel, agitate

to speak.
אֲדַבֵּֽר׃ (’ă·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue
(4) Thou holdest mine eyes waking.--Rather, Thou hast closed the guards of my eyes--i.e., my eyelids. The Authorised Version mistakes the noun. guards, for a participle, and mistranslates it by the active instead of the passive. For the verb hold in the sense of shut, see Nehemiah 7:3, and Job 26:9, where God is described as veiling His throne in cloud, and so shutting it up, as it were, from the access of men.

I am so troubled.--The verb is used elsewhere of the awestruck state into which the mind is thrown by a mysterious dream (Genesis 41:8; Daniel 2:1; Daniel 2:3), and once (Judges 13:25) of inspiration, such as impelled the judges of old to become the liberators of their country. The parallelism here shows that it is used in the first connection. The poet has been struck dumb (the verb is rendered strike in the Lexicons) by a mysterious dream; he is too overawed to speak.

Verse 4. - Thou holdest mine eyes waking; literally, thou boldest the watches of mine eyes; i.e. preventedst me from obtaining any sleep. I am so troubled that I cannot speak; literally, I was perplexed and did not speak. The perplexity was probably caused by an inability to understand God's ways. Why had he afflicted his people? Was the affliction always to continue? Was Israel cast off? 77:1-10 Days of trouble must be days of prayer; when God seems to have withdrawn from us, we must seek him till we find him. In the day of his trouble the psalmist did not seek for the diversion of business or amusement, but he sought God, and his favor and grace. Those that are under trouble of mind, must pray it away. He pored upon the trouble; the methods that should have relieved him did but increase his grief. When he remembered God, it was only the Divine justice and wrath. His spirit was overwhelmed, and sank under the load. But let not the remembrance of the comforts we have lost, make us unthankful for those that are left. Particularly he called to remembrance the comforts with which he supported himself in former sorrows. Here is the language of a sorrowful, deserted soul, walking in darkness; a common case even among those that fear the Lord, Isa 50:10. Nothing wounds and pierces like the thought of God's being angry. God's own people, in a cloudy and dark day, may be tempted to make wrong conclusions about their spiritual state, and that of God's kingdom in the world. But we must not give way to such fears. Let faith answer them from the Scripture. The troubled fountain will work itself clear again; and the recollection of former times of joyful experience often raises a hope, tending to relief. Doubts and fears proceed from the want and weakness of faith. Despondency and distrust under affliction, are too often the infirmities of believers, and, as such, are to be thought upon by us with sorrow and shame. When, unbelief is working in us, we must thus suppress its risings.
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