New American Standard Bible
My tears have been my food day and night, While they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
King James Bible
My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
Darby Bible Translation
My tears have been my bread day and night, while they say unto me all the day, Where is thy God?
World English Bible
My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually ask me, "Where is your God?"
Young's Literal Translation
My tear hath been to me bread day and night, In their saying unto me all the day, 'Where is thy God?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
My tears have been my meat - The word rendered tears in this place is in the singular number, and means literally weeping. Compare Psalm 39:12. The word meat here means literally bread, and is used in the general signification of food, as the word meat is always used in the English version of the Bible. The English word meat, which originally signified food, has been changed gradually in its signification, until it now denotes in common usage animal food, or flesh. The idea here is, that instead of eating, he had wept. The state described is that which occurs so often when excessive sorrow takes away the appetite, or destroys the relish for food, and occasions fasting. This was the foundation of the whole idea of fasting - that sorrow, and especially sorrow for sin, takes away the desire for food for the time, and leads to involuntary abstinence. Hence arose the correlative idea of abstaining from food with a view to promote that deep sense of sin, or to produce a condition of the body which would be favorable to a proper recollection of guilt.
Where is thy God? - See Psalm 3:2; Psalm 22:8. The meaning here is, "He seems to be utterly forsaken or abandoned by God. He trusted in God. He professed to be his friend. He looked to him as his protector. But he is now forsaken, as if he had no God; and God is treating him as if he were none of his; as if he had no love for him, and no concern about his welfare."
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William John Knox Little, English preacher, was born 1839 and educated at Cambridge University. He has filled many parochial cures, and in 1881 was appointed canon of Worcester, and sub-dean in 1902. He also holds the vicarage of Hoar Cross (1885). He is of high repute as a preacher and is in much request all over England. He belongs to the High Church school and has printed, besides his sermons, many works of educational character, such as the "Treasury of Meditation," "Manual of Devotion for Lent," …
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I am weary with my sighing; Every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears.
O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest.
As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me, While they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let there be known among the nations in our sight, Vengeance for the blood of Your servants which has been shed.
You have fed them with the bread of tears, And You have made them to drink tears in large measure.
For I have eaten ashes like bread And mingled my drink with weeping
Why should the nations say, "Where, now, is their God?"
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