New American Standard Bible
"Oh that my request might come to pass, And that God would grant my longing!
King James Bible
Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
Darby Bible Translation
Oh that I might have my request, and that +God would grant my desire!
World English Bible
"Oh that I might have my request, that God would grant the thing that I long for,
Young's Literal Translation
O that my request may come, That God may grant my hope!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Oh that I might have my request - To wit, death. This he desired as the end of his sorrows, either that he might be freed from them, or that he might be admitted to a happy world - or both.
Would grant me the thing that I long for - Margin, "My expectation." That is, death. He expected it; he looked out for it; he was impatient that the hour should come. This state of feeling is not uncommon - where sorrows become so accumulated and intense that a man desires to die. It is no evidence, however, of a preparation for death. The wicked are more frequently in this state than the righteous. They are overwhelmed with pain; they see no hope of deliverance from it and they impatiently wish that the end had come. They are stupid about the future world, and either suppose that the grave is the end of their being, or that in some undefinable way they will be made happy hereafter. The righteous, on the other hand, are willing to wait until God shall be pleased to release them, feeling that He has some good purpose in all that they endure, and that they do not suffer one pang too much. Such sometimes were Job's feelings; but here, as in some other instances, no one can doubt that he was betrayed into unjustifiable impatience under his sorrows, and that he expressed an improper wish to die.
Library"Now the God of Hope Fill You with all Joy and Peace in Believing," &C.
Rom. xv. 13.--"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing," &c. It is usual for the Lord in his word to turn his precepts unto promises, which shows us, that the commandments of God do not so much import an ability in us, or suppose strength to fulfil them, as declare that obligation which lies upon us, and his purpose and intention to accomplish in some, what he requires of all: and therefore we should accordingly convert all his precepts unto prayers, seeing he hath made …
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning
The Sinner Stripped of his Vain Pleas.
"My soul refuses to touch them; They are like loathsome food to me.
"Would that God were willing to crush me, That He would loose His hand and cut me off!
"Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life."
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