New American Standard Bible
I say, "O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days, Your years are throughout all generations.
King James Bible
I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.
Darby Bible Translation
I said, My �God, take me not away in the midst of my days! ... Thy years are from generation to generation.
World English Bible
I said, "My God, don't take me away in the midst of my days. Your years are throughout all generations.
Young's Literal Translation
I say, 'My God, take me not up in the midst of my days,' Through all generations are Thine years.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days - This was the burden of my prayer, for this I earnestly pleaded. See Psalm 30:9; Isaiah 38:1-3, Isaiah 38:9-18. The word used here means "to cause to ascend or go up" and the expression might have been translated, "Cause me not to ascend." The Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate render it, "Call me not away." Dr. Horsley," Carry me not off." In the word there may be an allusion - an obscure one, it is to be admitted - to the idea that the soul ascends to God when the body dies. The common idea in the Old Testament is that it would descend to the regions of the departed spirits - to Sheol. It is plain, however, that there was another idea - that the soul would ascend at once to God when death occurred. Compare Ecclesiastes 3:21; Ecclesiastes 12:7. The word rendered "in the midst" means properly in the half; as if life were divided into two portions. Compare Psalm 55:23.
Thy years are throughout all generations - Thou dost not die; thou art ever the same, though the generations of people are cut off. This seems to have been said here for two reasons:
(1) As a ground of consolation, that God was ever the same; that whatever might happen to people, to the psalmist himself, or to any other man, God was unchanged, and that his great plans would be carried forward and accomplished;
(2) As a reason for the prayer. God was eternal. He had an immortal existence. He could not die. He knew, in its perfection, the blessedness of "life" - life as such; life continued; life unending. The psalmist appeals to what God himself enjoyed - as a reason why life - so great a blessing - should be granted to him a little longer. By all that there was of blessedness in the life of God, the psalmist prays that that which was in itself - even in the case of God - so valuable, might yet a little longer be continued to "him."
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"Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him; The number of His years is unsearchable.
"Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may smile again Before I depart and am no more."
Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
But You, O LORD, abide forever, And Your name to all generations.
I said, "In the middle of my life I am to enter the gates of Sheol; I am to be deprived of the rest of my years."
"But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.
Are You not from everlasting, O LORD, my God, my Holy One? We will not die. You, O LORD, have appointed them to judge; And You, O Rock, have established them to correct.
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