New American Standard Bible
We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet, Nor is there any among us who knows how long.
King James Bible
We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.
Darby Bible Translation
We see not our signs; there is no more any prophet, neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.
World English Bible
We see no miraculous signs. There is no longer any prophet, neither is there among us anyone who knows how long.
Young's Literal Translation
Our ensigns we have not seen, There is no more a prophet, Nor with us is one knowing how long.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
We see not our signs - The emblems of worship, or the national emblems or banners, which we have been accustomed to see. There are no signals or tokens of our nationality in the land. All have been removed by the invaders, and we see everywhere evidences of the presence of a foreign power. The marks of our own independency are gone. The nation is subdued and conquered.
There is no more any prophet - No one is raised up as the special messenger of God to assure us of his favor, or to take the lead in the national troubles. In times of danger God had been accustomed to send to them some special teacher who would declare his will, direct the nation what to do, and give encouraging assurances that the national troubles would cease, and that deliverance would come. They saw no such messengers of God now. This is not inconsistent with the supposition that this psalm was written before the captivity, and in the time of the Chaldean invasion, or with the supposition that Jeremiah was then alive, for the meaning may be, not that literally there was no prophet in the land, but that there was no one who had come from God as a special messenger of comfort and deliverance. Ruin had come upon them, and there were no indications of divine interposition in their behalf.
Neither is there among us any that knoweth how long - How long these calamities are to continue. No one can tell when they are to end. The prophetic office seemed to have ceased among them. It was renewed, however, after the captivity, in the case of Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, and Malachi.
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1 Samuel 3:1
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD before Eli. And word from the LORD was rare in those days, visions were infrequent.
And my soul is greatly dismayed; But You, O LORD-- how long?
Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place; They have set up their own standards for signs.
When He performed His signs in Egypt And His marvels in the field of Zoan,
How long, O LORD? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire?
O LORD God of hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.
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