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Psalm 107:27

27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end.

Read Psalm 107:27 Using Other Translations

They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.
they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits' end.
They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end.

What does Psalm 107:27 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 107:27

They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man
Through the agitation of the water, and motion of the ship, not being able to stand upon deck.

And are at their wit's end;
or, "all their wisdom is swallowed up" F14; their wisdom in naval affairs, their art of navigation, their skill in managing ships, all nonplussed and baffled; they know not what method to take to save the vessel and themselves; their knowledge fails them, they are quite confounded and almost distracted. So Apollinarius paraphrases it,

``they forget navigation, and their wise art does not appear;''

so Ovid, describing a storm, uses the same phrase, "deficit ars",

``art fails.''


FOOTNOTES:

F14 (elbtt Mtmkx lk) "omnis sapientia eorum absorpta est", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus; so Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
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