New American Standard Bible
For You have rescued my soul from death, My eyes from tears, My feet from stumbling.
King James Bible
For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
Darby Bible Translation
For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, my feet from falling.
World English Bible
For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
Young's Literal Translation
For Thou hast delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, my feet from overthrowing.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For thou hast delivered my soul from death - My life. Thou hast saved me from death. This is such language as would be used by one who had been dangerously ill, and who had been restored again to health.
Mine eyes from tears - Tears which he had shed in his sickness, and in the apprehension of dying. It may refer to tears shed on other occasions, but it is most natural to refer it to this. Compare the notes at Psalm 6:6.
And my feet from falling - From stumbling. That is, he had not, as it were, fallen by the way, and been rendered unable to pursue the journey of life. All this seems to refer to one occasion - to a time of dangerous illness.
The text informs us that the deaths of God's saints are precious to him. How different, then, is the estimate of human life which God forms from that which has ruled the minds of great warriors and mighty conquerors. Had Napoleon spoken forth his mind about the lives of men in the day of battle, he would have likened them to so much water spilt upon the ground. To win a victory, or subdue a province, it mattered not though he strewed the ground with corpses thick as autumn leaves, nor did it signify …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 18: 1872
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But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For He will receive me. Selah.
For You have delivered my soul from death, Indeed my feet from stumbling, So that I may walk before God In the light of the living.
For Your lovingkindness toward me is great, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD.
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