Psalm 116:4
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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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Commentary
Clarke'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.

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Psalm 22:1-3 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring...

Psalm 30:7,8 LORD, by your favor you have made my mountain to stand strong: you did hide your face, and I was troubled...

Psalm 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

Psalm 40:15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say to me, Aha, aha.

Psalm 118:5 I called on the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.

Psalm 130:1,2 Out of the depths have I cried to you, O LORD...

2 Chronicles 33:12,13 And when he was in affliction, he sought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers...

Isaiah 37:15-20 And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD, saying...

Isaiah 38:1-3 In those days was Hezekiah sick to death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, Thus said the LORD...

John 2:2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

O Lord

Psalm 6:4 Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for your mercies' sake.

Psalm 22:20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.

Psalm 25:17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring you me out of my distresses.

Psalm 40:12,13 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: my iniquities have taken hold on me, so that I am not able to look up...

Psalm 142:4-6 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul...

Psalm 143:6-9 I stretch forth my hands to you: my soul thirsts after you, as a thirsty land. Selah...

Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote on his breast, saying...

Luke 23:42,43 And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom...

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Requiting God
'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
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Prayer Answered, Love Nourished
"Oh the transporting, rapturous scene That rises to my sight! Sweet fields arrayed in living green, And rivers of delight. Filled with delight my raptured soul Would here no longer stay, Though Jordan's waves around me roll, Fearless I'd launch away." Yet nevertheless the Christian may do well sometimes to look backward; he may look back to the hole of the pit and the miry clay whence he was digged--the retrospect will help him to be humble, it will urge him to be faithful. He may look back with
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859

That we must not Believe Everyone, and that we are Prone to Fall in Our Words
Lord, be thou my help in trouble, for vain is the help of man.(1) How often have I failed to find faithfulness, where I thought I possessed it. How many times I have found it where I least expected. Vain therefore is hope in men, but the salvation of the just, O God, is in Thee. Blessed be thou, O Lord my God, in all things which happen unto us. We are weak and unstable, we are quickly deceived and quite changed. 2. Who is the man who is able to keep himself so warily and circumspectly as not
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

But Some Man Will Say, Would Then those Midwives and Rahab have done Better...
34. But some man will say, Would then those midwives and Rahab have done better if they had shown no mercy, by refusing to lie? Nay verily, those Hebrew women, if they were such as that sort of persons of whom we ask whether they ought ever to tell a lie, would both eschew to say aught false, and would most frankly refuse that foul service of killing the babes. But, thou wilt say, themselves would die. Yea, but see what follows. They would die with an heavenly habitation for their incomparably more
St. Augustine—Against Lying

Cross References
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.

Psalm 17:13
Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.

Psalm 18:6
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.

Psalm 22:20
Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.

Psalm 118:5
When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious place.

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