This Psalm assures us that no matter how lonely, discouraged, afflicted, or depressed we may be God is always our refuge, and He alone cares for our soul. That is because David spoke Hebrew. Psalm 142:3, ESV: "When my spirit faints within me, you know my way!In the path where I … 1. Full of passions easily excited, and warm as the current of their youthful blood; led on by an imagination as active as their youthful limbs and mostly unchecked by experience,--forming images which are constantly mistaken for realities,--which inflame and mislead the passions and bewilder the judgment; set down as strangers in the midst of a world whose objects and inhabitants present destructive blandishments to their inexperience,-whose beauties and amusements, in the absence of the love of God, are fat, ally adapted to their youthful tastes; how can they escape? < Psalms 142:2. In the way wherein I walked - In my path; the path that I was treading. Verse 4. "Commentary on Psalms 142:3". Literally, "of an age," (Haydock) who are quite forgotten, Lamentations iii. I cry aloud - BDB 277, KB 277, Qal imperfect. 1870. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me." He did not know his own path, nor feel able to bear his own burden. According to Psalm 140:5 and 142:3, they also hide snares and set traps along the path. -- Christopher Wordsworth. Q. Ask of me, and I shall give [thee] the heathen [for] thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth [for] thy possession. An oppressive endurance of present trouble. F1 "Other refuge have I none; Hangs my helpless soul on thee. II. 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. Young men, as they enter into business, are in danger of settling down into the love of the world, into views and aims confined to themselves and their own circle, separating them from the great republic of man, and keeping them from employing their powers and their property in promoting the happiness of the human family. A Prayer when he was in the cave.. A. Psalm 143:10 = God teaches you! Put it to school to Christ as a humble pupil. Psalms 142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Thou didst know my path. y Psalm 143 is the last of what Christendom has traditionally identified as seven 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. A. Psalm 143:10 = By His Holy Spirit. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. 1. Saul gave Michal his daughter to David, on purpose that she might be a snare to him, 1 Samuel 18:21. Verse 3. That in the outset you must devote your hearts and souls and lives to the service of God. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 142:3". 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. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Do not believe it. (3) When my spirit.—Literally, in the muffling upon me of my spirit. And as he complains, every thing that was done to, or respecting him, was done with a design to insnare and destroy him. Establish the settled habit of prayer. Verse 3. "Commentary on Psalms 142:3". In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me - (Psalms 140:5; Psalms 141:9.) His human spirit was feeling faint (NASB, overwhelmed, עטף `ataph grow weak, feel faint in the hithpael). Verse 3. The mercy that he found. The Book of Psalms. This psalm prays for that help. 1. Though he owns here that he felt anxiety, yet he confirms what he had said as to the constancy of his faith. Literally, in the muffling upon me of my spirit. 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). I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him. And “such should be, at all times, the confidence of believers in the wisdom, the power, and the goodness of God, even when human prudence has done its utmost and is at its wit’s end.”. They meant to spring it upon me at a moment when I was not aware, and when I should be taken by surprise. Ask Him to teach you now! "Commentary on Psalms 142:3". for the same verb Psalms 61:2; Psalms 77:3.). In the way wherein I walked—In my daily, or ordinary, manner of life. The bravest spirit is sometimes sorely put to it. They watch the gracious man to see where his haunt is, and there they set their trap; but they do it with great caution, avoiding all observation, lest their victim being forewarned should escape their toils. 3. 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." -- John Newton (1725-1807), in "Cardiphonia.". This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-142.html. "Commentary on Psalms 142:3". Q. Yet, in the midst of all, he knew he was under the eye and guardian care of his all-wise and almighty Friend: in him he trusted, and this was his support and comfort. "E.W. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-142.html. 142:1-2 This Psalm starts out with four imperfects which denote ongoing prayer. The dejection of the spirit represents a still more sorrowful and downcast condition, than the fainting of the soul. Psalm 142:3, ESV: "When my spirit faints within me, you know my way!In the path where I … Proud member “Then Thou knewest my path.” It supposes that God was consulted about his path, that the case was distinctly brought before God in prayer, and that the case was one which would bear to be submitted to the Divine inspection. I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. Thou knewest how impatient I was even when professing meek submission. A. Psalm 142:3 = No. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me. Thou knewest the crookedness of my path, when by false pretences I evaded an enemy and deceived a friend; using sinful artifice where I should have relied in truth upon the God of truth. Psalm 142:3 Translation & Meaning. II. See Psalms 42:6 43:5 131:2. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. These rules you will find it hard to keep with a fallen nature, and impossible unless you observe another; which leads me to say--, 8. Psalms 142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. 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." (E. D. Griffin, D. D.), Recently it was announced, as one of the latest discoveries, that a kind of telescope had been constructed which would enable any one looking through it to see far away down into quiet seas, and gaze on the wrecked and sunken ships that lie there. 1685. II. 7. All trouble should lead us to God--not from Him. According to Psalm 57:6, they spread nets and dig pits along the path. A prayer when he was in the cave. --E. De Pressense, D.D., in "The Mystery of Suffering", 1869. When my spirit was so wrapped in trouble and gloom, so "muffled round with woe", that I could not see the … It is much for us to feel when we are in danger or difficulty that God knows it all, and that nothing can be hidden from him. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. The Lord knoweth how to deliver his, 2 Peter 2:9. Q. When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. By watchfulness it is easy to prevent the first irregularity; but who can vanquish an evil habit? 3 Outlines . Observe his comfort: he looked away from his own condition to the ever observant, all knowing God: and solaced himself with the fact that all was known to his heavenly Friend. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. The Lord is not withdrawn to a great distance, but his eye is upon you. Psalm 142 is the 142nd psalm of the biblical Book of Psalms in the Masoretic and modern numbering. 2. 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/acc/psalms-142.html. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. 5. There is in the blessed God health and cure for all diseases of the mind; balm in Gilead, and a never-failing Physician there. His people agree to love and obey God. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Then thou knewest my path— God knew and comprehended his situation, and kindly chose his path, and made a way for his escape. In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me. He sees you not with the indifference of a mere spectator; but he observes with attention, he knows, he consider's your path: yea, he appoints it, and every circumstance about it is under his direction. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". Cling to the memory of this blessed fact as to a cable of deliverance, a board or a plank amidst the shipwreck. Literally, in the muffling upon me of my spirit. I know their way will be strewed with dangers. Psalm 142 Prayer for Deliverance from Persecutors. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". When my spirit was overwhelmed.--There are times when however bravely we would bear ourselves, our spirit faints (R.V. David was a hero, and yet his spirit sank: he could smite a giant down, but he could not keep himself up. 1905. He adds, that though there was no apparent way of safety, God knew from the beginning in what way his deliverance should be effected. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me. Vigilantly guard against the beginning of every evil habit, in heart, intellect, or conduct. 3. Derek Kidner (Psalms 73-150 [IVP], p. 473) contrasts the two psalms: Psalm 57 is bold and animated, almost enjoying the situation for the certainty of its triumphant outcome. My path — What paths I should chuse whereby I might escape. Let the children of God lay their account for sufferings and sorrows here below: heavy sorrows and dreadful sufferings, it may be. All other rights reserved. 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