Ver. I cry aloud - BDB 277, KB 277, Qal imperfect. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,.... Ready to sink and faint under the present affliction, being attended with the hidings of God's face, and with unbelieving frames; which is sometimes the case of God's people, and with which they are as it were covered and overwhelmed, as well as with a sense of sin, and with shame and sorrow for it; see Psalm 61:2; then thou knewest my path: the eyes of the Lord are upon all men, and he knows their goings, none of them are hid from him; and he sees and approves of the way, of the life and conversation of his people in general; and particularly observes what way they take under affliction, which is to apply to him for help and deliverance, Psalm 1:6. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. (Worthington) --- The greatest darkness is that of the heart, Ephesians iv. III. 3. 3. F2 Cling to the memory of this blessed fact as to a cable of deliverance, a board or a plank amidst the shipwreck. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path. -- Christopher Wordsworth. "Commentary on Psalms 142:3". They have privily laid a snare for me. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then Thou knewest my path. Elsewhere only Jonah 2:8, and Lamentations 2:12. then = then [I remembered] Thou knewest, &c. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? The words teach us, when we have tried every remedy and know not what to do, to rest satisfied with the conviction that God is acquainted with our afflictions, and condescends to care for us, as Abraham said —. A prayer when he was in the cave. A keen anticipation of future ills. 5. Such things are appointed for us, because needful, as is the furnace to separate the dross from the pure ore. 2. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me — And ready to sink under the burden of grief and fear: when I was quite at a loss what steps to take, and almost ready to despair; then thou knewest my path — That is, practically, so as to direct me what way I should take, in order that I might escape Saul and his men: or, thou knowest my sincerity and innocence, the straight path in which I have walked, and that I am not such a one as my persecutors represent me. A. Psalm 142:3 = No. The use of concealed traps is disgraceful to our enemies, but they care little to what tricks they resort for their evil purposes. 2. In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me. The bravest spirit is sometimes sorely put to it. Psalms 142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. "Commentary on Psalms 142:3". Thodey.). See Ps 143:3-4, and compare our Lord's words, "My soul is troubled" ( John 12:27 ) with the Evangelist's statement, "Jesus was troubled in spirit" ( John 13:21 11:33). 1999. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me. "Commentary on Psalms 142:3". 4. He was completely enveloped in doubt, anxiety, apprehension, so that he was unable to judge and decide what to do, as Psalms 107:5; Jonah 2:7. Wherein I walked; wherein I used to walk, or they supposed that I would walk. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. Why have I lost that which rendered my moral life beautiful and useful? This Psalm gives us great hope when it proclaims that when our spiritual life feels like a flicker, God knows and has compassion. 1871-8. II. Every movement was watched and criticised for evil. 2. Proverbs 14:12. Why was such and such a being, in whom so many hopes centred, or who had already realised so many pleasant expectations, why was he withdrawn? 1765. A thankful acknowledgment of the Lord’s gracious conduct towards David when his spirit was overwhelmed. Vigilantly guard against the beginning of every evil habit, in heart, intellect, or conduct. I make supplication - BDB 335, KB 334, Hithpael imperfect. 4 Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. Psalm 142:3 AMP - When my spirit was overwhelmed and weak - Bible Gateway When my spirit was overwhelmed and weak within me [wrapped in darkness], You knew my path. Why was this man stricken, and that man spared? F1 "Other refuge have I none; Hangs my helpless soul on thee. But how much greater occasion has the believer in Christ to make this thankful acknowledgment! 1685. It is the *covenant name. Truly it is well for us to know that God knows what we do not know. 2 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.. 3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/psalms-142.html. 3. Psalms 142:4 I looked on my right hand, and … Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 3. An oppressive endurance of present trouble. A. Psalm 143:10 = By His Holy Spirit. I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him. David was a hero, and yet his spirit sank: he could smite a giant down, but he could not keep himself up. Through inexperience and incaution, and the impetuosity of their youthful passions, they are liable to become petrified in evil habits, as fixed as the coral reefs of the ocean. The mercy that he found. Psalm 142 is titled A Contemplation of David. 1 Chr 16:23-33 has been modified from Psalm 96:1-13 (most of the psalm, but with a few lines omitted). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-142.html. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/psalms-142.html. R. Moses in Aben Ezra and Kimchi interpret it of the path he walked in, which was right and not evil, for which he could appeal to God, that knows all things; it may literally intend the path David took to escape the fury of Saul, that pursued him from place to place; in the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me; let him take which way he would, there were spies upon him, or men that were in ambush to take him; and snares were everywhere laid for him to entrap him; see Psalm 140:5. A Maskil of David. All rights reserved. 1 Sam. Not many novels, not u perpetual round of angry politics, not a constant poring upon theological errors. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". The idea here is, that, in his troubles, he had no vigor, no life, no spirit. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. But the *LORD God can send him help. "Commentary on Psalms 142:3". Mackey.). Psalm 142, NKJV. 1. What does this verse really mean? What Psalm 142 means. "The right hand was the place of the advocate,"[8] or the defense attorney, in all ancient court proceedings; and David here uses this as a metaphor declaring that there is no one to defend him, no one on his right hand. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me. Saul gave Michal his daughter to David, on purpose that she might be a snare to him, 1 Samuel 18:21. A humble appeal. I wish you much comfort from David's thought: When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. Put it to school to Christ as a humble pupil. Such things as "snares," "gins" and "traps" were common terms in David's vocabulary of complaint. 142:1-2 This Psalm starts out with four imperfects which denote ongoing prayer. 5. Remember Job; you cannot go to greater lengths of despair than he, and yet God had pity on him. (Psalms 142:3.) There is much comfort for you in this example of indescribable suffering, exasperated to the highest degree, and yet pardoned and consoled. The defences to be set up against them. 1983-1999. Job 23:10; Psalms 31:7-8. AE 186. "Commentary on Psalms 142:3". A prayer when he was in the cave. 2. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-142.html. "Commentary on Psalms 142:3". Baigent pointed out that the sentiments of this psalm are those of Charles Wesley's immortal hymn, "Jesus, Lover of my Soul." John Trapp Complete Commentary. I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. What urged him to 'cry' with "supplication," 'pouring out his complaint before' God, was his deep depression of spirit, caused by his perilous position, as well as his conviction that God 'knew his path' at the very time when "there was no man that would know him" (Psalms 142:4). He calls this prayer Maschil, "a psalm of instruction", because of the good lessons he had himself learned in the cave, learned on his knees, and so learned that he desired to teach others.--Matthew Henry.Title. Young men are exposed to theological errors of every form and every degree of criminality and danger, from the slightest obliquity respecting a positive institution, up to blaspheming infidelity. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me. (Haydock). Hithpael generally has a reflexive meaning such as, my spirit falls down or my spirit shrinks (UBS Handbook: Psalms). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-142.html. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me - Luther renders this, “When my spirit was in distress.” The Hebrew word rendered “overwhelmed” means, in Kal, to cover as with a garment; then, to be covered as with darkness, trouble, sorrow; and then, to languish, to faint, to be feeble: Psalm 77:3; Psalm 107:5. The Hebrew word for Contemplation (maskil) could be better translated as instruction. How do they lay them? Psalm 142:1 tn Heb “[with] my voice to the Lord I plead for mercy.” Psalm 142:2 tn Heb “my trouble before him I declare.” Psalm 142:3 tn Heb “my spirit grows faint.” Psalm 142:3 tn Heb “you know my path.” Psalm 142:4 tn Heb “there is no one who recognizes me.” Psalm … Ask of me, and I shall give [thee] the heathen [for] thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth [for] thy possession. Psalms 142:3. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-142.html. Verse 3. Psalm 142:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 142:3, NIV: "When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way.In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me." The figure which he uses of his spirit being perplexed, (246) aptly represents the state of the mind in alternating between various resolutions when there was no apparent outgate from danger, and increasing its distress by resorting to all kinds of devices. "Commentary on Psalms 142:3". BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. Psalm 142:3, ESV: "When my spirit faints within me, you know my way!In the path where I … This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. And as he complains, every thing that was done to, or respecting him, was done with a design to insnare and destroy him. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-142.html. The dejection of the spirit represents a still more sorrowful and downcast condition, than the fainting of the soul. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me." Verse 3: David wrote this psalm in Hebrew. By all the love I bear them I am constrained to point out to them some of their perils. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. 2. (H. O. Without doing this you will not pray effectually, and of course will have no security against one of these dangers. Psalms 142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me. When my spirit was so wrapped in trouble and gloom, so "muffled round with woe", that I could not see the path before me, was distracted and unable to choose a line of conduct, Thou (emphatic) knewest my path. Let us all cherish the thought that God knows our path; in the fullest sense of the words knows our every step. – Psalm 142:3 (NIV) Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Author of Making Sense of the Bible How do we process weakness? Thou knewest, to wit, practically, so as to direct me to it. BibliographyWesley, John. But here he speaks of his way, or path in life, as a fact; in Psalms 143:8 he desires God to show him what it ought to be, in order to avoid falling into the enemies' snares. Verse 3. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". “My spirit was overwhelmed” means that David’s spirit was “muffled”, his spirit so wrapped up in gloom that he had lost his way, his powers of judgment gone. II. The refuge that he sought. 4. 2:19. Every part of this psalm shows the propriety of its inscription or title. 3.When, my spirit, etc. What is here said of the "spirit" (rooakh) is oftener predicted of the "soul" (nephesh) (Psa. I pour out my complaint - BDB 1049, KB 1629, Qal imperfect, cf. 62:8; Lam. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. Psalm 142 is titled A Contemplation of David. Hithpael generally has a reflexive meaning such as, my spirit falls down or my spirit shrinks (UBS Handbook: Psalms). 1. The Lord knoweth how to deliver his, 2 Peter 2:9. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. "Commentary on Psalms 142:3". Let it be a settled rule to make some advance in knowledge every day, and every day to bring to pass something for the good of mankind. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". On one had yare conveys the sense of threat to one's life, but on the other it can express the idea of reverence and deep respect (as in Ps 25:14). 42:6; 43:5); but the dejection and fainting of the spirit is a more sorrowful condition. Observe the beautiful opposition between "Thou knewest" and "no man would know me" (Psalms 1:6; Psalms 31:7). The dejection which he felt. 1. David wrote one other psalm from the cave (see my sermon, “Singing in the Cave,” on Psalm 57, August 8, 1993, on the church web site.) Hebrew = was darkened. Psalm 142 - A maskil of David. Hide me, O my Saviour, hide Till the storm of life is past." This is a great trial, but the Lord is greater still, and makes us to walk safely in the midst of danger, for he knows us and our enemies, our way and the snare which is laid in it. And then remember that affliction forms part of God's plan, and that he also asks you to manifest ready and absolute confidence in him. Psalm 143 — Hear Your Servant, Lord 1.0 Introducing Psalm 143 y Psalms 142 and 143 express the same need for deliverance from enemies, employ a common vocabulary, and contain an identical phrase (142:3; 143:4). "They have hidden a snare for me" (Psalms 142:3b). By watchfulness it is easy to prevent the first irregularity; but who can vanquish an evil habit? ), In the way where I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.--. Used by Permission. Fear ()() is a verb meaning to fear, to be afraid (Ge 3:10-note), to respect, to reverence, to be terrified, to be awesome, to be feared, to make afraid, to frighten.The most common translations are to be afraid, to fear, to fear God. Under all these exposures they are constantly forming habits, as uncontrollable and despotic as an Eastern sultan, and harder to be dethroned. I. Psalm 142 is the 142nd psalm of the biblical Book of Psalms in the Masoretic and modern numbering. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-142.html. Kidner identified the term "refuge" as, "A favorite word with David, as in Psalms 57:1)."[11]. New York. Affliction and consolation. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/psalms-142.html. 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