New American Standard Bible
Let my cry come before You, O LORD; Give me understanding according to Your word.
King James Bible
TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.
Darby Bible Translation
TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, Jehovah: give me understanding according to thy word.
World English Bible
Let my cry come before you, Yahweh. Give me understanding according to your word.
Young's Literal Translation
Taw. My loud cry cometh near before Thee, O Jehovah; According to Thy word cause me to understand.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord - This commences a new division of the psalm, indicated by the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the letter Tau (ט ṭ), corresponding to our "t," or "th." The petition here is, that his prayer might be heard; that it might come into the very presence of God; that there might be no obstructions to its reaching where God was. Let nothing from my unworthiness, from my past sins, from my ignorance, prevent its coming before thee. Something often apparently hinders our prayers so that they do not reach the ear of God. The psalmist prays here that there may be no such hindrance in the prayer which he now offers.
Give me understanding according to thy word - According to the promises of thy word; or, give me the same views of truth which are set forth in thy word. This prayer had been several times offered before, and it shows how earnest was his desire to know the truth. See Psalm 119:34, Psalm 119:73,Psalm 119:144.
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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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"O earth, do not cover my blood, And let there be no resting place for my cry.
In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.
A Prayer of the Afflicted when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD. Hear my prayer, O LORD! And let my cry for help come to You.
Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I will meditate on Your wonders.
You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your word.
Your testimonies are righteous forever; Give me understanding that I may live. Qoph.
Plead my cause and redeem me; Revive me according to Your word.
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