New American Standard Bible
My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.
King James Bible
Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
Darby Bible Translation
Mine eyes anticipate the night-watches, that I may meditate in thy �word.
World English Bible
My eyes stay open through the night watches, that I might meditate on your word.
Young's Literal Translation
Mine eyes have gone before the watches, To meditate in Thy saying.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Mine eyes prevent the night watches - Luther renders this, "I wake up early." The Hebrew word means a "watch" - a part of the night, so called from military watches, or a dividing of the night to "keep guard." See the notes at Psalm 90:4. The idea of the psalmist here is, that he anticipated these regular divisions of the night in order that he might engage in devotion. Instead of waiting for their return, he arose for prayer before they recurred - so much did his heart delight in the service of God. The language would seem to be that of one who was accustomed to pray in these successive "watches" of the night - the early, the middle, and the dawn. This may illustrate what occurs in the life of all who love God. They will have regular seasons of devotion, but they will often anticipate those seasons. They will be in a state of mind which prompts them to pray; when nothing will meet their state of mind but prayer; and when they cannot wait for the regular and ordinary season of devotion - like a hungry man who cannot wait for the usual and regular hour of his meals. The meaning of the phrase, "mine eyes prevent," is that he awoke before the usual time for devotion.
That I might meditate in thy word - See the notes at Psalm 1:2.
LibraryA Cleansed Way
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy word.'--PSALM cxix. 9. There are many questions about the future with which it is natural for you young people to occupy yourselves; but I am afraid that the most of you ask more anxiously 'How shall I make my way?' than 'How shall I cleanse it?' It is needful carefully to ponder the questions: 'How shall I get on in the world--be happy, fortunate?' and the like, and I suppose that that is the consideration …
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When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches,
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