Psalm 39:7
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English Standard Version
“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.

King James Bible
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

American Standard Version
And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now what is my hope? is it not the Lord? and my substance is with thee.

English Revised Version
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Heb.: 39:2-4) The poet relates how he has resolved to bear his own affliction silently in the face of the prosperity of the ungodly, but that his smart was so overpowering that he was compelled involuntarily to break his silence by loud complaint. The resolve follows the introductory אמרתּי in cohortatives. He meant to take heed to his ways, i.e., his manner of thought and action, in all their extent, lest he should sin with his tongue, viz., by any murmuring complaint concerning his own misfortune, when he saw the prosperity of the ungodly. He was resolved to keep (i.e., cause invariably to press) a bridling (cf. on the form, Genesis 30:37), or a bridle (capistrum), upon his mouth, so long as he should see the ungodly continuing and sinning in the fulness of his strength, instead of his speedy ruin which one ought to expect. Then he was struck dumb דּוּמיּה, in silence, i.e., as in Psalm 62:2, cf. Lamentations 3:26, in resigned submission, he was silent מטּוב, turned away from (vid., Psalm 28:1; 1 Samuel 7:8, and frequently) prosperity, i.e., from that in which he saw the evil-doer rejoicing; he sought to silence for ever the perplexing contradiction between this prosperity and the righteousness of God. But this self-imposed silence gave intensity to the repressed pain, and this was thereby נעכּר, stirred up, excited, aroused; the inward heat became, in consequence of restrained complaint, all the more intense (Jeremiah 20:9): "and while I was musing a fire was kindled," i.e., the thoughts and emotions rubbing against one another produced a blazing fire, viz., of irrepressible vexation, and the end of it was: "I spake with my tongue," unable any longer to keep in my pain. What now follows is not what was said by the poet when in this condition. On the contrary, he turns away from his purpose, which has been proved to be impracticable, to God Himself with the prayer that He would teach him calm submission.

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what wait

Psalm 130:5,6 I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in his word do I hope...

Genesis 49:18 I have waited for your salvation, O LORD.

Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout...

hope

Psalm 38:15 For in you, O LORD, do I hope: you will hear, O Lord my God.

Psalm 119:81,166 My soul faints for your salvation: but I hope in your word...

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain my own ways before him.

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Cross References
Hebrews 6:19
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,

Psalm 38:15
But for you, O LORD, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.

Psalm 71:5
For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.

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