Isaiah 38:14
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New International Version
I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid!"

King James Bible
Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me.

Darby Bible Translation
Like a swallow [or] a crane, so did I chatter; I mourned as a dove; mine eyes failed [with looking] upward: Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for me.

World English Bible
I chattered like a swallow or a crane. I moaned like a dove. My eyes weaken looking upward. Lord, I am oppressed. Be my security."

Young's Literal Translation
As a crane -- a swallow -- so I chatter, I mourn as a dove, Drawn up have been mine eyes on high, O Jehovah, oppression is on me, be my surety.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Like - a swallow "Like the swallow" - כסיס kesis; so read two MSS., Theodot., and Hieron.

Mine eyes fail - For דלו dallu the Septuagint read כלו calu, εξελιπον. Compare Psalm 69:4; Psalm 119:82, Psalm 119:123; Lamentations 2:11; Lamentations 4:17, in the Hebrew and in the Septuagint.

O Lord "O Lord" - For יהוה Jehovah, thirty MSS. and eight editions read אדני Adonai.

Undertake for me "Contend for me" - עשקה ashekah, with ש shin, Jarchi: this sense of the word is established by Genesis 26:20 : "He called the name of the well עשק esek, because they strove with him:" התעשקו hithasseku, equivalent to יריבו yaribu, at the beginning of the verse.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a crane

Job 30:29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

Psalm 102:4-7 My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread...

I did mourn

Isaiah 59:11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.

Ezekiel 7:16 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning...

Nahum 2:7 And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves...

mine eyes

Psalm 69:3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: my eyes fail while I wait for my God.

Psalm 119:82,123 My eyes fail for your word, saying, When will you comfort me...

Psalm 123:1-4 To you lift I up my eyes, O you that dwell in the heavens...

Lamentations 4:17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.

I am

Psalm 119:122 Be surety for your servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.

Psalm 143:7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit fails: hide not your face from me, lest I be like to them that go down into the pit.

undertake for me. or, ease me.

The Life of the Spirit
(First Sunday after Christmas.) Isaiah xxxviii. 16. O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit. These words are the words of Hezekiah, king of Judah; and they are true words, words from God. But, if they are true words, they are true words for every one--for you and me, for every one here in this church this day: for they do not say, By these things certain men live, one man here and another man there; but all men. Whosoever is really alive, that is, has
Charles Kingsley—Town and Country Sermons

Epistle ii. To Anastasius, Bishop of Antioch.
To Anastasius, Bishop of Antioch. Gregory to Anastasius, Patriarch of Antioch. I have received the letters of your most sweet Blessedness, which flowed with tears for words. For I saw in them a cloud flying aloft as clouds do; but, though it carried with it a darkness of sorrow, I could not easily discover at its commencement whence it came or whither it was going, since by reason of the darkness I speak of I did not fully understand its origin. Yet it becomes you, most holy ones, ever to recall
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

CHAPTERS I-XXXIX Isaiah is the most regal of the prophets. His words and thoughts are those of a man whose eyes had seen the King, vi. 5. The times in which he lived were big with political problems, which he met as a statesman who saw the large meaning of events, and as a prophet who read a divine purpose in history. Unlike his younger contemporary Micah, he was, in all probability, an aristocrat; and during his long ministry (740-701 B.C., possibly, but not probably later) he bore testimony, as
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Hebrews 7:22
Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.

Job 17:3
"Give me, O God, the pledge you demand. Who else will put up security for me?

Job 30:29
I have become a brother of jackals, a companion of owls.

Psalm 55:2
hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught

Psalm 69:3
I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.

Psalm 102:6
I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins.

Psalm 119:82
My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, "When will you comfort me?"

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