Psalm 88:15
New International Version
From my youth I have suffered and been close to death; I have borne your terrors and am in despair.

New Living Translation
I have been sick and close to death since my youth. I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors.

English Standard Version
Afflicted and close to death from my youth up, I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.

Berean Study Bible
From my youth I was afflicted and near death. I suffer Your terrors; I am in despair.

New American Standard Bible
I was afflicted and about to die from my youth on; I suffer Your terrors; I am overcome.

King James Bible
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.

Christian Standard Bible
From my youth, I have been suffering and near death. I suffer your horrors; I am desperate.

Contemporary English Version
Ever since I was a child, I have been sick and close to death. You have terrified me and made me helpless.

Good News Translation
Ever since I was young, I have suffered and been near death; I am worn out from the burden of your punishments.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
From my youth, I have been afflicted and near death. I suffer Your horrors; I am desperate.

International Standard Version
Since my youth I have been oppressed and in danger of death. I bear your dread and am overwhelmed.

NET Bible
I am oppressed and have been on the verge of death since my youth. I have been subjected to your horrors and am numb with pain.

New Heart English Bible
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up. While I suffer your terrors, I am distracted.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I am afflicted and weary from my youth; I was exalted and I have been humbled and confounded.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Ever since I was young, I have been suffering and near death. I have endured your terrors, and now I am in despair.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I am afflicted and at the point of death from my youth up; I have borne Thy terrors, I am distracted.

New American Standard 1977
I was afflicted and about to die from my youth on; I suffer Thy terrors; I am overcome.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I am afflicted and destitute; from my youth up I have feared thee and been in awe of thee.

King James 2000 Bible
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer your terrors I am distracted.

American King James Version
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer your terrors I am distracted.

American Standard Version
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: While I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I am poor, and in labours from my youth: and being exalted have been humbled and troubled.

Darby Bible Translation
I am afflicted and expiring from my youth up; I suffer thy terrors, [and] I am distracted.

English Revised Version
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.

Webster's Bible Translation
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.

World English Bible
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up. While I suffer your terrors, I am distracted.

Young's Literal Translation
I am afflicted, and expiring from youth, I have borne Thy terrors -- I pine away.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Day and Night I Cry Out Before You
14Why, O LORD, do You reject me? Why do You hide Your face from me? 15From my youth I was afflicted and near death. I suffer Your terrors; I am in despair. 16Your wrath has swept over me; Your terrors have destroyed me.…
Cross References
Job 6:4
For the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit drinks in their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.

Job 31:23
For calamity from God terrifies me, and His splendor I cannot overpower.

Psalm 129:1
Many a time they have persecuted me from my youth--let Israel now declare--

Proverbs 24:11
Rescue those being led away to death, and restrain those stumbling toward the slaughter.

Isaiah 28:19
As often as it passes through, it will carry you away; it will sweep through morning after morning, by day and by night. Sheer terror will come from understanding the message.

Jeremiah 17:17
Do not become a terror to me; You are my refuge in the day of disaster.

Lamentations 3:1
I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of God's wrath.

Treasury of Scripture

I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer your terrors I am distracted.

afflicted

Psalm 73:14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

Job 17:1,11-16 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me…

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted …

while

Psalm 22:14,15 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my …

Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof …

Job 7:11-16 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish …

Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when …

Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is …

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was …







Lexicon
From my youth
מִנֹּ֑עַר (min·nō·‘ar)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5290: Youth, early life

I [was]
אֲנִ֣י (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

afflicted
עָ֘נִ֤י (‘ā·nî)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6041: Poor, afflicted, humble

and near death.
וְגֹוֵ֣עַ (wə·ḡō·wê·a‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1478: To breathe out, expire

I suffer
נָשָׂ֖אתִי (nā·śā·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5375: To lift, carry, take

Your terrors;
אֵמֶ֣יךָ (’ê·me·ḵā)
Noun - feminine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 367: Fright, an idol

I am in despair.
אָפֽוּנָה׃ (’ā·p̄ū·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6323: Be distracted
(15) Terrors.--Another of the many expressions which connect this psalm with the book of Job. (See Job 6:4; Job 9:34, &c.)

Distracted.--The Hebrew word is peculiar to the place. The ancient versions all agree in taking it as a verb, and rendering it by some general term denoting "trouble." But the context evidently requires a stronger word, and possibly connecting with a cognate word meaning "wheel," we may get, "I turn giddy." A change of a stroke in one letter would give "I grow frigid." (Comp. Psalm 38:8.)

Verse 15. - I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up. This is a new point. The psalmist's afflictions have not come upon him recently. He does not merely mean, as some have supposed, that, like other men, as soon as he was born he began to die, but speaks of something, if not absolutely peculiar to himself, yet at any rate rare and abnormal - a long continuance in a dying state, such as could only have been brought about by some terribly severe malady. While I suffer thy terrors I am distracted; literally, I have endured thy terrors; I am exhausted. (On the endurance of God's "terrors," see Job 6:4; Job 9:34; Job 13:21.) The natural result would be a state, not of distraction, but of exhaustion. (So Kay, and substantially Professor Cheyne.) 88:10-18 Departed souls may declare God's faithfulness, justice, and lovingkindness; but deceased bodies can neither receive God's favours in comfort, nor return them in praise. The psalmist resolved to continue in prayer, and the more so, because deliverance did not come speedily. Though our prayers are not soon answered, yet we must not give over praying. The greater our troubles, the more earnest and serious we should be in prayer. Nothing grieves a child of God so much as losing sight of him; nor is there any thing he so much dreads as God's casting off his soul. If the sun be clouded, that darkens the earth; but if the sun should leave the earth, what a dungeon would it be! Even those designed for God's favours, may for a time suffer his terrors. See how deep those terrors wounded the psalmist. If friends are put far from us by providences, or death, we have reason to look upon it as affliction. Such was the calamitous state of a good man. But the pleas here used were peculiarly suited to Christ. And we are not to think that the holy Jesus suffered for us only at Gethsemane and on Calvary. His whole life was labour and sorrow; he was afflicted as never man was, from his youth up. He was prepared for that death of which he tasted through life. No man could share in the sufferings by which other men were to be redeemed. All forsook him, and fled. Oftentimes, blessed Jesus, do we forsake thee; but do not forsake us, O take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
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