Psalm 109:24
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New International Version
My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt.

King James Bible
My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.

Darby Bible Translation
My knees are failing through fasting, and my flesh hath lost its fatness;

World English Bible
My knees are weak through fasting. My body is thin and lacks fat.

Young's Literal Translation
My knees have been feeble from fasting, And my flesh hath failed of fatness.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

My knees are weak through fasting - That hunger is as soon felt in weakening the knees, as in producing an uneasy sensation in the stomach, is known by all who have ever felt it. Writers in all countries have referred to this effect of hunger. Thus Tryphioderus Il. Excid. ver 155:

Τειρομενου βαρυθειεν ατερπεΐ γουνατα λιμῳ.

"Their knees might fail, by hunger's force subdued;

And sink, unable to sustain their load."


So Plautus, Curcul, act. ii., scen. 3: -

Tenebrae oboriuntur, genua inedia succidunt.

"My eyes grow dim; my knees are weak with hunger."

And Lucretius, lib. 4: ver. 950: -

Brachia, palpebraeque cadunt, poplitesque procumbunt.

"The arms, the eyelids fall; the knees give way."

Both the knees and the sight are particularly affected by hunger.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the middle of my bowels.

Psalm 35:13,14 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting...

Psalm 69:10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.

Matthew 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.

2 Corinthians 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

Hebrews 12:12 Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

my flesh

Psalm 32:3,4 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long...

Psalm 38:5-8 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness...

Psalm 102:4,5 My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread...

Job 19:20 My bone sticks to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

Psalm. Cix. 21. ; Micah, vi. 9
Psalm. cix. 21.; Micah, vi. 9. Sweet is Thy mercy, O my God! When humbled at Thy feet, I learn the lessons of Thy rod, Thy mercy, Lord, is sweet. For Thou dost not in wrath chastise, But when I go astray, "Return," a voice behind me cries, "Walk here;--this is the way." Impatient of Thine easy yoke, If heedless yet I roam, Some sharp affliction, with a stroke Of kindness, warns me home. That godly sorrow then I feel, Which nothing can control, Until the hand that wounded, heal, That bruised me,
James Montgomery—Sacred Poems and Hymns

But I give myself unto prayer.' Psa 109: 4. I shall not here expatiate upon prayer, as it will be considered more fully in the Lord's prayer. It is one thing to pray, and another thing to be given to prayer: he who prays frequently, is said to be given to prayer; as he who often distributes alms, is said to be given to charity. Prayer is a glorious ordinance, it is the soul's trading with heaven. God comes down to us by his Spirit, and we go up to him by prayer. What is prayer? It is an offering
Thomas Watson—The Ten Commandments

The Destruction of Jerusalem
"If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation." Luke 19:42-44. From the crest of Olivet,
Ellen Gould White—The Great Controversy

The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Hebrews 12:12
Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.

Genesis 41:3
After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank.

Job 16:8
You have shriveled me up--and it has become a witness; my gauntness rises up and testifies against me.

Psalm 35:13
Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered,

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