New American Standard Bible
My heart throbs, my strength fails me; And the light of my eyes, even that has gone from me.
King James Bible
My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
Darby Bible Translation
My heart throbbeth, my strength hath left me; and the light of mine eyes, it also is no more with me.
World English Bible
My heart throbs. My strength fails me. As for the light of my eyes, it has also left me.
Young's Literal Translation
My heart is panting, my power hath forsaken me, And the light of mine eyes, Even they are not with me.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
My heart panteth - The word rendered "panteth," in its original form, means properly to go about; to travel around; and then, to travel around as a merchant or pedlar, or for purposes of traffic: Genesis 23:16; Genesis 37:28; Genesis 42:34. Applied to the heart, as it is here, it means to move about rapidly; to palpitate; to beat quick. It is an expression of pain and distress, indicated by a rapid beating of the heart.
My strength faileth me - It is rapidly failing. He regarded himself as rapidly approaching death.
As for the light of mine eyes - My vision; my sight.
It also is gone from me - Margin, as in Hebrew: "is not with me." This is usually an indication of approaching death; and it would seem from all these symptoms that he appeared to be drawing near to the end of life. Compare Psalm 13:3; Psalm 6:7; Psalm 31:9.
LibraryOut of the Deep of Suffering and Sorrow.
Save me, O God, for the waters are come in even unto my soul: I am come into deep waters; so that the floods run over me.--Ps. lxix. 1, 2. I am brought into so great trouble and misery: that I go mourning all the day long.--Ps. xxxviii. 6. The sorrows of my heart are enlarged: Oh! bring Thou me out of my distress.--Ps. xxv. 17. The Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping: the Lord will receive my prayer.--Ps. vi. 8. In the multitude of the sorrows which I had in my heart, Thy comforts have refreshed …
Charles Kingsley—Out of the Deep
Question Lxxxiii of Prayer
My eye has wasted away with grief; It has become old because of all my adversaries.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And You lay me in the dust of death.
For my life is spent with sorrow And my years with sighing; My strength has failed because of my iniquity, And my body has wasted away.
I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; My eyes fail while I wait for my God.
My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
My eye has wasted away because of affliction; I have called upon You every day, O LORD; I have spread out my hands to You.
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