New American Standard Bible
My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
King James Bible
My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
Darby Bible Translation
My soul waiteth for the Lord more than the watchers wait for the morning, more than the watchers for the morning.
World English Bible
My soul longs for the Lord more than watchmen long for the morning; more than watchmen for the morning.
Young's Literal Translation
My soul is for the Lord, More than those watching for morning, Watching for morning!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning - More intently; more anxiously. The Septuagint and Latin Vulgate render this, "My soul hopeth in the Lord from the morning watch until night." The idea is that of watchers - night guards - who look anxiously for the break of day that they may be relieved. It is not that of persons who simply look for the return of day, but of those who are on guard - or it may be who watch beside the sick or the dying - and who look out on the east to mark the first indications of returning light. To them the night seems long; they are weary, and want repose; all around is cheerless, gloomy, and still; and they long for the first signs that light will again visit the world. Thus in affliction - the long, dark, dreary, gloomy night of sorrow - the sufferer looks for the first indication, the first faint ray of comfort to the soul. Thus under deep conviction for sin, and deep apprehension of the wrath of God - that night, dark, dreary, gloomy, often long - the soul looks for some ray of comfort, some intimation that God will be merciful, and will speak peace and pardon.
I say, more than they that watch for the morning - Margin, which watch unto the morning. The translation in the text best expresses the sense. There is something exceedingly beautiful and touching in this language of repetition, though it is much enfeebled by the words which our translators have inserted, "I say, more than." The Hebrew is, "more than they that watch for the morning - watch for the morning," as if the mind dwelt upon the words as better expressing its own anxious state than any other words could do. Everyone who has been afflicted will feel the force of this; every one who has been under conviction of sin, and who has felt himself in danger of suffering the wrath of God, will remember how anxiously he longed for mercy, for light, for peace, for some indication, even the most faint, like the first ray which breaks in the east, that his soul would find mercy and peace.
PSALM cxxx. 1. Out of the deep have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice. What is this deep of which David speaks so often? He knew it well, for he had been in it often and long. He was just the sort of man to be in it often. A man with great good in him, and great evil; with very strong passions and feelings, dragging him down into the deep, and great light and understanding to show him the dark secrets of that horrible pit when he was in it; and with great love of God too, and of …
Charles Kingsley—The Good News of God
Fervent Supplication. --Ps. cxxx.
Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.
When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches,
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.
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