New International Version
I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle:
King James Bible
I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
Darby Bible Translation
I will incline mine ear to a parable, I will open my riddle upon the harp.
World English Bible
I will incline my ear to a proverb. I will open my riddle on the harp.
Young's Literal Translation
I incline to a simile mine ear, I open with a harp my riddle:
Psalm 49:4 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I will incline mine ear to a parable - This was the general method of conveying instruction among the Asiatics. They used much figure and metaphor to induce the reader to study deeply in order to find out the meaning. This had its use; it obliged men to think and reflect deeply; and thus in some measure taught them the use, government, and management of their minds.
My dark saying upon the harp - Music was sometimes used to soothe the animal spirits, and thus prepare the mind for the prophetic influx.
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'Like sheep they are laid in the grave; Death shall feed on them.' --PSALM xlix. 14. 'The Lamb which is in the midst of the Throne shall feed them.' --REV. vii. 17. These two verses have a much closer parallelism in expression than appears in our Authorised Version. If you turn to the Revised Version you will find that it rightly renders the former of my texts, 'Death shall be their shepherd,' and the latter, 'The Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall be their Shepherd.' The Old Testament …
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With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?"
1 Kings 10:1
When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the LORD, she came to test Solomon with hard questions.
2 Kings 3:15
But now bring me a harpist." While the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came on Elisha
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.
I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old--
for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
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