New American Standard Bible
My soul cleaves to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.
King James Bible
DALETH. My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
Darby Bible Translation
DALETH. My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken me according to thy word.
World English Bible
My soul is laid low in the dust. Revive me according to your word!
Young's Literal Translation
Daleth. Cleaved to the dust hath my soul, Quicken me according to Thy word.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
My soul cleaveth unto the dust - This commences a new division of the psalm, in which each verse begins with the "fourth" letter of the Hebrew alphabet - Daleth (ד d), equivalent to the English "d." There is nothing in the sense to separate it from the other parts of the psalm. The word rendered "cleaveth" means to be glued to; to stick fast. It has the sense of adhering firmly to anything, so that it cannot easily be separated from it. Compare the notes at Psalm 63:8. The word "dust" here may mean either the earth, and earthly things, considered as low, base, unworthy, worldly; or it may mean the grave, as if he were near to that, and in danger of dying. DeWette understands it in the latter sense. Compare Psalm 44:25; Psalm 22:29. Yet the word cleave would hardly suggest this idea; and the force of that word would be better represented by the idea that his soul, as it were, adhered to the things of earth; that it seemed to be so fastened to them - so glued to them - that it could not be detached from them; that his affections were low, earthly, grovelling, so as to give him deep distress, and to lead him to cry to God for life and strength that he might break away from them. This expresses what is often felt by good people, and thus presents one of the forms of religious experience. Compare Romans 7:14-15.
Quicken thou me - Cause me to live; give me vigor and strength to break away from this which binds me fast, and to rise above these low propensities.
According to thy word - That is, either according to thy promises made to thy people to aid them when they are in distress; or, according to the principles of thy word, that I may live as thy word requires. Who has not found his soul so cleaving to dust - to earth - to worldly things - as to feel himself degraded by it, and to lead him to cry out with earnestness that God would give him strength, life, vigor, that his soul might rise to better things?
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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Excursus on the Choir Offices of the Early Church.
Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest against you; yet be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near.'
For our soul has sunk down into the dust; Our body cleaves to the earth.
You who have shown me many troubles and distresses Will revive me again, And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me in Your ways.
Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me through Your righteousness. Vav.
You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your word.
I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have revived me.
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