New International Version
So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased;
King James Bible
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
Darby Bible Translation
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
World English Bible
I was mute with silence. I held my peace, even from good. My sorrow was stirred.
Young's Literal Translation
I was dumb with silence, I kept silent from good, and my pain is excited.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I held any peace, even from good - "I ceased from the words of the law," says the Chaldee. I spoke nothing, either good or bad. I did not even defend myself.
My sorrow was stirred - My afflictions increased, and I had an exacerbation of pain. It is a hard thing to be denied the benefit of complaint in sufferings, as it has a tendency to relieve the mind, and indeed, in some sort, to call off the attention from the place of actual suffering: and yet undue and extravagant complaining enervates the mind, so that it becomes a double prey to its sufferings. On both sides there are extremes: David seems to have steered clear of them on the right hand and on the left.
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stirred [heb.] troubled
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When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, like the mute, who cannot speak;
I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this.
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