Psalms 6:3

3 My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long?

Psalms 6:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long?
ESV
3 My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD--how long?
NLT
3 I am sick at heart. How long, O LORD, until you restore me?
MSG
3 and soul? God, how long will it take for you to let up?
CSB
3 my whole being is shaken with terror. And You, Lord-how long?

Psalms 6:3 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 6:3

My soul is also sore vexed
Or "exceedingly troubled" {c}, and even frightened and thrown into a consternation with indwelling sin, and on account of actual transgressions, and by reason of the hidings of God's face, and through the temptations of Satan, and because of the fear of death; to which Old Testament saints were very incident.

But thou, O Lord, how long?
it is an abrupt expression, the whole he designed is not spoken, being hindered through the grief and sorrow with which his heart was overwhelmed; and is to be supplied after this manner,

``shall I have refreshment?''

as the Chaldee paraphrase; or,

``wilt thou look and not heal me?''

as Jarchi; or

``my soul be troubled?''

as Aben Ezra; or

``shall I be afflicted, and thou wilt not heal me?''

as Kimchi; or

``wilt thou afflict me, and not arise to my help?''

see ( Psalms 13:1 Psalms 13:2 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F3 (dam hlhbn) "turbata est valde", V. L. "conturbata", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "territa valde": Pagninus, Montanus; "consternata valde", Cocceius.

Psalms 6:3 In-Context

1 LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.
3 My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long?
4 Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.
5 Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave?

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Job 7:11; Psalms 31:7; Psalms 38:8; Psalms 55:4; S John 12:27; Romans 9:2; 2 Corinthians 2:4
  • 2. 1 Samuel 1:14; 1 Kings 18:21; Psalms 4:2; Psalms 89:46; Isaiah 6:11; Jeremiah 4:14; Habakkuk 1:2; Zechariah 1:12; Psalms 90:13