New American Standard Bible
Turn to me and be gracious to me, For I am lonely and afflicted.
King James Bible
Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
Darby Bible Translation
Turn toward me, and be gracious unto me; for I am solitary and afflicted.
World English Bible
Turn to me, and have mercy on me, for I am desolate and afflicted.
Young's Literal Translation
Turn Thou unto me, and favour me, For lonely and afflicted am I.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Turn thee unto me - Rather, the Hebrew means: "look upon me." The idea, however, is that the face of God was, as it were, turned in another direction, or that He was not attentive to him; and he prays that He would turn and behold him; that He would see him in his trouble.
And have mercy upon me - The psalmist seems to have felt that if God would look upon him he would pity him. He would see his case to be so sad that He would show him compassion - as, when we see an object of distress, "the eye affects the heart."
For I am desolate - The word here rendered "desolate" - יחיד yâchı̂yd - means properly "one alone, only;" and then, one who "is alone," or who is solitary, forsaken, wretched. There is no deeper sadness that ever comes over the mind than the idea that we are alone in the world; that we do not have a friend; that no one cares for us; that no one is concerned about anything that might happen to us; that no one would care if we were to die; that no one would shed a tear over our grave.
And afflicted - In what way we do not know. David, however, was very often in circumstances when he could use this language. The other parts of the psalm show that the "affliction" to which he here refers was that which arose from the recollection of the sins of his early life, and from the designs and purposes of his enemies.
LibraryGuidance in Judgment
'Good and upright is the Lord; therefore will He teach sinners in the way. 9. The meek will He guide in judgment; and the meek will He teach His way.'--PSALM xxv. 8, 9. The Psalmist prays in this psalm for three things: deliverance, guidance, and forgiveness. Of these three petitions the central one is that for guidance. 'Show me Thy ways, O Lord,' he asks in a previous verse; where he means by 'Thy ways,' not God's dealings with men, but men's conduct as prescribed by God. In my text he exchanges …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Both Things are Specially Worthy of Notice. ...
Out of the Deep of Suffering and Sorrow.
"He is the Rock, his Work is Perfect. For all his Ways are Judgment. A God of Truth, and Without Iniquity, Just and Right is He.
For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
Answer me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good; According to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me,
Turn to me, and be gracious to me; Oh grant Your strength to Your servant, And save the son of Your handmaid.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, After Your manner with those who love Your name.
Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart is appalled within me.
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