Psalm 6:7
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New American Standard Bible
My eye has wasted away with grief; It has become old because of all my adversaries.

King James Bible
Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

Darby Bible Translation
Mine eye wasteth away through grief; it hath grown old because of all mine oppressors.

World English Bible
My eye wastes away because of grief. It grows old because of all my adversaries.

Young's Literal Translation
Old from provocation is mine eye, It is old because of all mine adversaries,

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Mine eye is consumed - The word here rendered "consumed" - עשׁשׁ ‛âshêsh - means properly to fall in, to fall away, and is applied here to the "eye" as pining or wasting away from care, anxiety, and sorrow. Tears were poured forth from the eye, and it seemed to be exhausting itself in this manner. The meaning is, that it had grown "dim," or that its sight began to fail, like that of an old man, on account of his troubles. Many have understood the word here rendered "eye" as referring to the "countenance;" but it is doubtful whether the word ever has this signification; and at any rate the common signification, referring it to the "eye," best suits this connection.

It waxeth old - It seems to grow old; it experiences the effects commonly produced by age in blunting the power of vision. This is not an uncommon effect of grief and sadness. Even while I am writing this I am called in my pastoral visitations to attend on a young lady lying on a bed of languishing, and probably of death, one of whose symptoms is a quite diminished, and indeed almost total loss of vision, as the effect of trouble and disease.

Because of all mine enemies - From the trouble which they have brought upon me. The reference here, according to the interpretation proposed of the psalm, is to Absalom and those who were associated with him. Their conduct had been such as to bring upon David this overwhelming tide of sorrows.

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Library
Pleading for Mercy. Ps 6

John Newton—Olney Hymns

The Tears of the Penitent.
Adversity had taught David self-restraint, had braced his soul, had driven him to grasp firmly the hand of God. And prosperity had seemed for nearly twenty years but to perfect the lessons. Gratitude had followed deliverance, and the sunshine after the rain had brought out the fragrance of devotion and the blossoms of glad songs. A good man, and still more a man of David's age at the date of his great crime, seldom falls so low, unless there has been previous, perhaps unconscious, relaxation of the
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

Cross References
Job 17:7
"My eye has also grown dim because of grief, And all my members are as a shadow.

Psalm 31:9
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also.

Psalm 38:10
My heart throbs, my strength fails me; And the light of my eyes, even that has gone from me.

Psalm 88:9
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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