New International Version
Lord, by such things people live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live.
King James Bible
O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.
Darby Bible Translation
Lord, by these things [men] live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit; and thou hast recovered me, and made me to live.
World English Bible
Lord, men live by these things; and my spirit finds life in all of them: you restore me, and cause me to live.
Young's Literal Translation
Lord, by these do men live, And by all in them is the life of my spirit, And Thou savest me, make me also to live,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
By these things men live "For this cause shall it be declared" - Περι αυτης γαρ ανηγγελη σοι, και εξηγειρας μου την πνοην, Sept. They read in their copies עליה יחוו לך ותחיי רוחי not very different from the present text, from which all the ancient Versions vary. They entirely omit two words, ולכל בהן ulecol bahen; as to which there is some variation in the MSS. One MS. has ובכל ubechol, and in all; two others וכל vechol, and all, and ten MSS. have בהם bahem, in them, in the masculine gender.
Taking this as in the common Version, we may observe, it is not an unfrequent case, that afflictions, and especially such as tend to a speedy death, become the means, not only of saving the soul, but also of lengthening the life.
Make me to live "Hast prolonged my life" - A MSS. and the Babylonish Talmud read ותחיני vetachayeni, and so the ancient Versions. It must necessarily be in the second person.
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(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.
Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!
Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again before I depart and am no more."
I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word.
It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.
I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
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