Psalms 55:17

17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.

Psalms 55:17 in Other Translations

17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
17 Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.
17 Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the LORD hears my voice.
17 At dusk, dawn, and noon I sigh deep sighs - he hears, he rescues.
17 I complain and groan morning, noon, and night, and He hears my voice.

Psalms 55:17 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 55:17

Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray
These being the stated times of prayer with the Jews, and which continued to later ages, ( Daniel 6:10 ) . These times, they say F2, were fixed by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: the morning prayer by Abraham, according to ( Genesis 22:3 ) , the prayer of the "minchah" by Isaac, according to ( Genesis 24:63 ) ; and the evening prayer by Jacob, according to ( Genesis 28:11 ) . The prayer of the evening was at the time of the evening sacrifice, to which it is compared, ( Psalms 141:2 ) . This was at the ninth hour, at which time Peter and John went up to the temple to pray; and Cornelius prayed in his own house, ( Acts 3:1 ) ( 10:30 ) . The prayer of the morning was at the time of the morning daily sacrifice, and was about the third hour of the day; at which time the apostles met together for prayer on the day of Pentecost, ( Acts 2:1 Acts 2:15 ) ; and that at noon was at the sixth hour of the day; at which time Peter went up to the housetop to pray, ( Acts 10:9 ) . And now, though we are not tied down to these exact and precise times of prayer, yet this teaches us that we ought to pray frequently and constantly, and that a day should not pass without it; and the morning and evening seem to be very proper seasons for it, seeing the mercies of the Lord are new every morning; and we should be thankful for them and the mercies of the night past, and implore divine protection and grace for the day following; and at evening we should express our thankfulness for the mercies of the day, and commit ourselves and families into the hands of God, who is Israel's Keeper, that neither slumbers nor sleeps;

and cry aloud;
denoting the distress he was in, the fervency of his prayer, and the importunity of it;

and he shall hear my voice;
this he might be assured of, from the general character of God, as a God hearing prayer, and from his own special and particular experience of the truth of it, and from the promises made unto him.


F2 Yalkut Simeoni in loc.

Psalms 55:17 In-Context

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the realm of the dead, for evil finds lodging among them.
16 As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change— he will hear them and humble them, because they have no fear of God.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 141:2; Acts 3:1; Acts 10:3,30
  • 2. Psalms 5:3; Psalms 88:13; Psalms 92:2
  • 3. Acts 10:9
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