Psalms 73:26

26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalms 73:26 in Other Translations

KJV
26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
ESV
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
NLT
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
MSG
26 When my skin sags and my bones get brittle, God is rock-firm and faithful.
CSB
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever.

Psalms 73:26 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 73:26

My flesh and my heart faileth
Either through vehement desires of communion with God deferred, see ( Psalms 84:2 ) or through afflictive dispensations of Providence, being smitten and chastened continually, ( Psalms 73:14 ) , or through inward trials and exercises, by reason of indwelling sin, temptations, and desertions: or rather the words are expressive of the body being emaciated by sickness and diseases; and the heart fainting through fear of death, or rather failing at it, being at the point of death; the heart being, as philosophers say, the first that lives, and the last that dies:

but God is the strength of my heart,
or "the rock of my heart" F8; when overwhelmed with distress through outward trouble, or in the lowest condition with respect to spiritual things; when grace is weak, corruptions strong, temptations prevail, and afflictions are many; then does the Lord support and sustain his people, and strengthens them with strength in their souls; and in the moment of death, by showing them that its sting is taken away, and its curse removed; that their souls are going to their Lord, and about to enter into his joy; and that their bodies will rise again glorious and incorruptible:

and my portion for ever;
both in life and at death, and to all eternity; this is a very large portion indeed; such who have it inherit all things; yea, it is immense and inconceivable; it is a soul satisfying one, and is safe and secure; it can never be taken away, nor can it be spent; it will last always; see ( Psalms 142:5 ) ( Lamentations 3:24 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F8 (ybbl rww) "rupes cordis mei", Montanus, Musculus, Piscator, Cocceius, "petra cordis mei", Tigurine version, Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth.

Psalms 73:26 In-Context

24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Psalms 84:2
  • 2. S Psalms 31:10; Psalms 40:12
  • 3. Psalms 18:1
  • 4. S Deuteronomy 32:9
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