I composed my soul
Like a lionso He breaks all my bones,
From day until night You make an end of me.
14Like a swallow, like a crane, so I twitter;
I moan like a dove;
My eyes look wistfully to the heights;
O Lord, I am oppressed, be my security.
15What shall I say?
For He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it;
I will wander about all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.
16O Lord, by these things men live,
And in all these is the life of my spirit;
O restore me to health and let me live!
17Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness;
It is You who has kept my soul from the pit of nothingness,
For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.
18For Sheol cannot thank You,
Death cannot praise You;
Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
19It is the living who give thanks to You, as I do today;
A father tells his sons about Your faithfulness.
20The LORD will surely save me;
So we will play my songs on stringed instruments
All the days of our life at the house of the LORD.
21Now Isaiah had said, Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover. 22Then Hezekiah had said, What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD?
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
I quieted myself until morning; as a lion, so he breaketh all my bones: From day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.
I hoped till morning, as a lion so hath he broken all my bones: from morning even to night thou wilt make an end of me.
Darby Bible Translation
I kept still until the morning; ... as a lion, so doth he break all my bones. From day to night thou wilt make an end of me.
English Revised Version
I quieted myself until morning; as a lion, so he breaketh all my bones: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.
Webster's Bible Translation
I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will he break all my bones: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.
World English Bible
I waited patiently until morning. He breaks all my bones like a lion. From day even to night you will make an end of me.
Young's Literal Translation
I have set Him till morning as a lion, So doth He break all my bones, From day unto night Thou dost end me.
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