Psalms 143:4

4 So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.

Psalms 143:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.
ESV
4 Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.
NLT
4 I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear.
MSG
4 I sat there in despair, my spirit draining away, my heart heavy, like lead.
CSB
4 My spirit is weak within me; my heart is overcome with dismay.

Psalms 143:4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 143:4

Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me
Covered over with grief, borne down with sorrow, ready to sink and fail; (See Gill on Psalms 142:3);

my heart within me is desolate;
destitute of the spirit and presence of God, and with respect to the exercise of grace, and filled with fears and misgivings; or "astonished" F21, at the providence he was under, like one stunned and filled with sore amazement, not knowing what to make of things, or what the issue of them would be; so David's antitype was "sore amazed" in the garden, when his troubles and agonies came upon him, ( Mark 14:33 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F21 (Mmwtvy) "attonitum est", Vatablus; "stupuit", Tigurine version; "stupet", Cocceius, Michaelis; "obstupuit", Gejerus.

Psalms 143:4 In-Context

2 Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.
3 The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead.
4 So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.
5 I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Psalms 30:7; Psalms 142:3