Psalm 77:8
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English Standard Version
Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time?

King James Bible
Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?

American Standard Version
Is his lovingkindness clean gone for ever? Doth his promise fail for evermore?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or will he cut off his mercy for ever, from generation to generation?

English Revised Version
Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?

Webster's Bible Translation
Is his mercy wholly gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The poet is resolved to pray without intermission, and he prays; fore his soul is comfortless and sorely tempted by the vast distance between the former days and the present times. According to the pointing, והאזין appears to be meant to be imperative after the form הקטיל, which occurs instead of הקטל and הקתילה, cf. Psalm 94:1; Isaiah 43:8; Jeremiah 17:18, and the mode of writing הקטיל, Psalm 142:5, 2 Kings 8:6, and frequently; therefore et audi equals ut audias (cf. 2 Samuel 21:3). But such an isolated form of address is not to be tolerated; והאזין has been regarded as perf. consec. in the sense of ut audiat, although this modification of האזין into האזין in connection with the appearing of the Waw consec. cannot be supported in any other instance (Ew. ֗234, e), and Kimchi on this account tries to persuade himself to that which is impossible, viz., that והאזין in respect of sound stands for ויאזין. The preterites in Psalm 77:3 express that which has commenced and which will go on. The poet labours in his present time of affliction to press forward to the Lord, who has withdrawn from him; his hand is diffused, i.e., stretched out (not: poured out, for the radical meaning of נגר, as the Syriac shows, is protrahere), in the night-time without wearying and leaving off; it is fixedly and stedfastly (אמוּנה, as it is expressed in Exodus 17:12) stretched out towards heaven. His soul is comfortless, and all comfort up to the present rebounds as it were from it (cf. Genesis 37:35; Jeremiah 31:15). If he remembers God, who was once near to him, then he is compelled to groan (cf. Psalm 55:18, Psalm 55:3; and on the cohortative form of a Lamed He verb, cf. Ges. ֗75, 6), because He has hidden Himself from him; if he muses, in order to find Him again, then his spirit veils itself, i.e., it sinks into night and feebleness (התעטּף as in Psalm 107:5; Psalm 142:4; Psalm 143:4). Each of the two members of Psalm 77:4 are protasis and apodosis; concerning this emotional kind of structure of a sentence, vid., Ewald, ֗357, b.

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is his

Isaiah 27:11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire...

Luke 16:25,26 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things...

doth

Numbers 14:34 After the number of the days in which you searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall you bear your iniquities...

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: has he said, and shall he not do it?...

Jeremiah 15:18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed? will you be altogether to me as a liar...

Romans 9:6 Not as though the word of God has taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

for evermore. Heb. to generation and generation

Cross References
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Psalm 89:49
Lord, where is your steadfast love of old, which by your faithfulness you swore to David?

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