Psalm 142:4
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New American Standard Bible
Look to the right and see; For there is no one who regards me; There is no escape for me; No one cares for my soul.

King James Bible
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

Darby Bible Translation
Look on the right hand and see; there is no man that knoweth me: refuge hath failed me; no man careth for my soul.

World English Bible
Look on my right, and see; for there is no one who is concerned for me. Refuge has fled from me. No one cares for my soul.

Young's Literal Translation
Looking on the right hand -- and seeing, And I have none recognizing; Perished hath refuge from me, There is none inquiring for my soul.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

I looked on my right hand, and beheld - Margin, "Look on the right hand and see The words translated "looked" and "beheld" are in the imperative mood in the Hebrew. They are not, however, improperly rendered as to the sense. They refer to David's state of mind at the time, and give vividness to the description. The psalmist seems to be in the presence of others. He calls upon them to look around; to see how he was encompassed with danger. Look, says he, in every direction; see who there is on whom I may rely; what there is to which I may trust as a refuge. I can find none; I see none; there is none. The "right hand" is referred to here as the direction where he might look for a protector: Psalm 109:6, Psalm 109:31.

But there was no man that would know me - No man to be seen who would recognize me as his friend; who would stand up for me; on whom I could rely.

Refuge failed me - Margin, as in Hebrew, "perished from me." If there had been any hope of refuge, it has failed altogether. There is none now.

No man cared for my soul - Margin, "No man sought after my soul." Hebrew, after my "life." That is, No one sought to save my life; no one regarded it as of sufficient importance to attempt to preserve me.

Psalm 142:4 Parallel Commentaries

The Ceaselessness of Prayer
The Ceaselessness of Prayer Prayer as Christian freedom, and prayer as Christian life--these are two points I would now expand. I. First, as to the moral freedom involved and achieved in prayer. Prayer has been described as religion in action. But that as it stands is not a sufficient definition of the prayer which lives on the Cross. The same thing might be said about the choicest forms of Christian service to humanity. It is true enough, and it may carry us far; but only if we become somewhat
P. T. Forsyth—The Soul of Prayer

The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Job 11:20
"But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And there will be no escape for them; And their hope is to breathe their last."

Psalm 31:11
Because of all my adversaries, I have become a reproach, Especially to my neighbors, And an object of dread to my acquaintances; Those who see me in the street flee from me.

Psalm 69:20
Reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick. And I looked for sympathy, but there was none, And for comforters, but I found none.

Psalm 88:8
You have removed my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an object of loathing to them; I am shut up and cannot go out.

Psalm 88:18
You have removed lover and friend far from me; My acquaintances are in darkness.

Isaiah 51:18
There is none to guide her among all the sons she has borne, Nor is there one to take her by the hand among all the sons she has reared.

Jeremiah 25:35
"Flight will perish from the shepherds, And escape from the masters of the flock.

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