Psalms 63:6

6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.

Psalms 63:6 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
English Standard Version (ESV)
6 when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
New Living Translation (NLT)
6 I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.
The Message Bible (MSG)
6 If I'm sleepless at midnight, I spend the hours in grateful reflection.
American Standard Version (ASV)
6 When I remember thee upon my bed, [And] meditate on thee in the night-watches.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
6 As I lie on my bed, I remember you. Through the long hours of the night, I think about you.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
6 When, on my bed, I think of You, I meditate on You during the night watches
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
6 As I lie on my bed I remember you. I think of you all night long.

Psalms 63:6 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 63:6

When I remember thee upon my bed
Or "beds" F17; seeing he lay in many, as Kimchi observes, being obliged to flee from place to place. The sense is, that when he was on his bed in the night season, when alone, and free from worldly cares and fatigues, and called to mind the love of God to him, the past experience of his kindness, his promises to hits, and the fulfilment of them: that he should then be delightfully entertained, abundantly satisfied, slid his mouth be filled with songs of praise;

[and] meditate on thee in the [night] watches;
which the Jewish writers on the text say were three, as they were with the Jews, but with the Romans four; (See Gill on Matthew 14:25); and the night, in the times of Homer F18, was divided into three parts: the night season is a very proper one for meditation on the perfections, providences, promises, word and works of God; and which is very delightful and profitable, when attended with the presence, Spirit, and grace of God. The Targum is,

``in the watches I will meditate on thy word.''


F17 (yewuy) "stratis meis", Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator, Cocceius; so Junius & Tremellius, Ainsworth.
F18 Iliad. 10. v. 252, 253.

Psalms 63:6 In-Context

4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalms 16:7; Psalms 119:148; Matthew 14:25; Psalms 42:8
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