Psalms 107:10

10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains,

Psalms 107:10 in Other Translations

10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons,
10 Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisoned in iron chains of misery.
10 Some of you were locked in a dark cell, cruelly confined behind bars,
10 Others sat in darkness and gloom- prisoners in cruel chains-

Psalms 107:10 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 107:10

Such as sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death
This is the second instance of persons in distress calling on the name of the Lord; and who, being delivered, are under obligation to praise him, such as are captives and prisoners. The Targum applies it to the Israelites in the Babylonish captivity; but it is much better to interpret it of prisoners in common; whose prisons are generally dark cells or dungeons, and where they are alone, and deprived of the company of the living; and so are not only in darkness, but seem as if they were in the state of the dead; their condition is the shadow of it, and bears some resemblance to it. And it may be applied, in a spiritual sense, to the case and condition of the people of God in a state of unregeneracy, which is described in the same language, ( Isaiah 9:2 ) ( 42:7 ) ( 49:9 ) ( Luke 1:79 ) , and which is a state of darkness and ignorance; they are darkness itself, and are ignorant of themselves and their case; of the nature of sin, and the evil of it; of the spirituality of the law; of God in Christ; of Christ, and the way of salvation by him; of the Spirit, and his work; of the Scriptures, and the doctrines of the Gospel contained in them; and, like persons in a dark prison, cannot behold the sun, nor see to read nor work; and are like those that are in the state of the dead; and indeed are dead in Adam, dead in law, dead in trespasses and sins; having no spiritual life, sense, nor motion. And here they sit, continue and remain, during the time of their ignorance, till it pleases the Lord to enlighten, quicken, and convert them. These phrases are used of the people of God after conversion, when in darkness and desertion, and under afflictive providences, ( Psalms 23:4 ) ( 44:19 ) ( Psalms 88:5 Psalms 88:6 ) ( Micah 7:9 ) . Being bound in affliction and iron; that is, with fetters of iron, which is very afflicting; see ( Psalms 105:18 ) , and fitly describes the people of God in a state of nature, who are led captive by Satan, at his will; are held with the cords and fetters of their own sins, and are shut up under the law, as a ministering of condemnation and death: or, bound with affliction, as with iron; hence we read of fetters and cords of affliction, ( Job 36:8 ) , with which good men may be held for their iniquities; or, however, are chastened with them for their good, Some refer all this to the state of the Christian church under the ten persecutions, ( Revelation 2:10 ) .

Psalms 107:10 In-Context

8 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains,
11 because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.

Cross References 3

  • 1. ver 14; Psalms 88:6; Psalms 143:3; Isaiah 9:2; Isaiah 42:7,16; Isaiah 49:9; Micah 7:9; Luke 1:79
  • 2. Psalms 102:20; Isaiah 61:1
  • 3. S Job 36:8