New American Standard Bible
You have removed lover and friend far from me; My acquaintances are in darkness.
King James Bible
Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.
Darby Bible Translation
Lover and associate hast thou put far from me: my familiar friends are darkness.
World English Bible
You have put lover and friend far from me, and my friends into darkness. A contemplation by Ethan, the Ezrahite.
Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast put far from me lover and friend, Mine acquaintance is the place of darkness!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Lover and friend hast thou put far from me - That is, Thou hast so afflicted me that they have forsaken me. Those who professed to love me, and whom I loved - those whom I regarded as my friends, and who seemed to be my friends - are now wholly turned away from me, and I am left to suffer alone. See the notes at Psalm 88:8.
And mine acquaintance into darkness - The Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate render this, "my acquaintance from my misery." Luther, "Thou hast caused my friends and neighbors, and my kindred, to separate themselves far from me, on account of such misery." The literal rendering would be, my acquaintances are darkness. This may mean either that they had so turned away that he could not see them, as if they were in the dark; or, that his familiars now - his companions - were dark and dismal objects - gloomy thoughts - sad forebodings. Perhaps the whole might be translated, "Far away from me hast thou put lover and friend - my acquaintances! All is darkness!" That is, When I think of any of them, all is darkness, sadness. My friends are not to be seen. They have vanished. I see no friends; I see only darkness and gloom. All have gone, leaving me alone in this condition of unpitied sorrow! This completes the picture of the suffering man; a man to whom all was dark, and who could find no consolation anywhere - in God; in his friends; in the grave; in the prospect of the future. There are such cases; and it was well that there was one such description in the sacred Scriptures of a good man thus suffering - to show us that when we thus feel, it should not be regarded as proof that we have no piety. Beneath all this, there may be true love to God; beyond all this, there may be a bright world to which the sufferer will come, and where he will forever dwell.
LibraryHow a Desolate Man Ought to Commit Himself into the Hands of God
O Lord, Holy Father, be Thou blessed now and evermore; because as Thou wilt so it is done, and what Thou doest is good. Let Thy servant rejoice in Thee, not in himself, nor in any other; because Thou alone art the true joy, Thou art my hope and my crown, Thou art my joy and my honour, O Lord. What hath Thy servant, which he received not from Thee, even without merit of his own? Thine are all things which Thou hast given, and which Thou hast made. I am poor and in misery even from my youth up,(1) …
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ
His Past Work.
"He has removed my brothers far from me, And my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.
Because of all my adversaries, I have become a reproach, Especially to my neighbors, And an object of dread to my acquaintances; Those who see me in the street flee from me.
My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague; And my kinsmen stand afar off.
You have removed my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an object of loathing to them; I am shut up and cannot go out.
Look to the right and see; For there is no one who regards me; There is no escape for me; No one cares for my soul.
There is none to guide her among all the sons she has borne, Nor is there one to take her by the hand among all the sons she has reared.
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