New American Standard Bible
And do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in distress; answer me quickly.
King James Bible
And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.
Darby Bible Translation
And hide not thy face from thy servant, for I am in trouble: answer me speedily.
World English Bible
Don't hide your face from your servant, for I am in distress. Answer me speedily!
Young's Literal Translation
And hide not Thy face from Thy servant, For I am in distress -- haste, answer me.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And hide not thy face from thy servant - See the notes at Psalm 27:9.
For I am in trouble - In the midst of dangers and sorrows. Literally, "there is trouble upon me."
Hear me speedily - Margin, as in Hebrew, "Make haste to hear me." That is, Grant me without delay what I ask. The case is one of urgent necessity. I "must" have relief or I shall perish. It is not wrong to ask God to interpose at once in our behalf when we are in trouble, though it is our duty to be patient and resigned if his interposition is delayed, for he may have important ends to accomplish by our continuing to suffer. In our distress on account of sin also, it is right to plead with him to interpose "at once," and to relieve us by forgiveness. In this respect we are not to be contented with delay; we are to cast ourselves upon his mercy, and to plead for immediate pardon, for as it is our only safety, so it is for the honor of God that we should be forgiven, and that we should not continue in a state of guilt. An afflicted child of God will be safe in the final issue, whether he is relieved at once, or whether he is suddenly cut off by death, or whether he continues to suffer for even many years; but an unpardoned sinner is "not" safe for a moment, and if he should be cut off, unforgiven, even when under the deepest conviction for sin, he would perish. Every consideration, therefore, makes it proper that he should plead for forgiveness at once, and ask that God would not "delay" to show him mercy.
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"So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.
Do not hide Your face from me, Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not abandon me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation!
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also.
Which my lips uttered And my mouth spoke when I was in distress.
Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress; Incline Your ear to me; In the day when I call answer me quickly.
Answer me quickly, O LORD, my spirit fails; Do not hide Your face from me, Or I will become like those who go down to the pit.
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