New International Version
Then I called on the name of the LORD: "LORD, save me!"
King James Bible
Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
Darby Bible Translation
Then called I upon the name of Jehovah: I beseech thee, Jehovah, deliver my soul.
World English Bible
Then I called on the name of Yahweh: "Yahweh, I beg you, deliver my soul."
Young's Literal Translation
And in the name of Jehovah I call: I pray Thee, O Jehovah, deliver my soul,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The sorrows of death - חבלי מות chebley maveth, the cables or cords of death; alluding to their bonds and fetters during their captivity; or to the cords by which a criminal is bound who is about to be led out to execution; or to the bandages in which the dead were enveloped, when head, arms, body, and limbs were all laced down together.
The pains of hell - מצרי שאול metsarey sheol the straitnesses of the grave. So little expectation was there of life, that he speaks as if he were condemned, executed, and closed up in the tomb. Or, he may refer here to the small niches in cemeteries, where the coffins of the dead were placed.
Because this Psalm has been used in the thanksgiving of women after safe delivery, it has been supposed that the pain suffered in the act of parturition was equal for the time to the torments of the damned. But this supposition is shockingly absurd; the utmost power of human nature could not, for a moment, endure the wrath of God, the deathless worm, and the unquenchable fire. The body must die, be decomposed, and be built up on indestructible principles, before this punishment can be borne.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? 13. I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.'--PSALM cxvi. 12, 13. There may possibly be a reference here to a part of the Passover ritual. It seems to have become the custom in later times to lift high the wine cup at that feast and drink it with solemn invocation and glad thanksgiving. So we find our Lord taking the cup--the 'cup of blessing' as Paul calls it--and giving thanks. But as there is no record …
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2 Samuel 22:7
"In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.
Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.
Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.
When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious place.
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