Psalm 73:22
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New International Version
I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.

King James Bible
So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Then I was brutish and knew nothing; I was [as] a beast with thee.

World English Bible
I was so senseless and ignorant. I was a brute beast before you.

Young's Literal Translation
And I am brutish, and do not know. A beast I have been with Thee.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thus may heart was grieved - The different views which I got of this subject quite confounded me; I was equally astonished at their sudden overthrow and my own ignorance. I felt as if I were a beast in stupidity. I permitted my mind to be wholly occupied with sensible things, like the beasts that perish and did not look into a future state; nor did I consider, nor submit to, the wise designs of an unerring Providence.

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Psalm 69:5 O God, you know my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from you.

Psalm 92:6 A brutish man knows not; neither does a fool understand this.

Proverbs 30:2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.

Ecclesiastes 3:18 I said in my heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them...

ignorant. Heb. I knew not. as a

Psalm 32:9 Be you not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle...

Isaiah 1:3 The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master's crib: but Israel does not know, my people does not consider.

before thee. Heb. with thee.

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Nearness to God the Key to Life's Puzzle
'It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Thy works.'--PSALM lxxiii. 28. The old perplexity as to how it comes, if God is good and wise and strong, that bad men should prosper and good men should suffer, has been making the Psalmist's faith reel. He does not answer the question exactly as the New Testament would have done, but he does find a solution sufficient for himself in two thoughts, the transiency of that outward prosperity, and the
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

What is Meant by "Altogether Lovely"
Let us consider this excellent expression, and particularly reflect on what is contained in it, and you shall find this expression "altogether lovely." First, It excludes all unloveliness and disagreeableness from Jesus Christ. As a theologian long ago said, "There is nothing in him which is not loveable." The excellencies of Jesus Christ are perfectly exclusive of all their opposites; there is nothing of a contrary property or quality found in him to contaminate or devaluate his excellency. And
John Flavel—Christ Altogether Lovely

The Great Gain of Godliness
'And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon. 26. And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. 27. And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month: they lacked nothing. 28. Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought they unto the place where the officers were,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Meditating on the Future Life.
1. The design of God in afflicting his people. 1. To accustom us to despise the present life. Our infatuated love of it. Afflictions employed as the cure. 2. To lead us to aspire to heaven. 2. Excessive love of the present life prevents us from duly aspiring to the other. Hence the disadvantages of prosperity. Blindness of the human judgment. Our philosophizing on the vanity of life only of momentary influence. The necessity of the cross. 3. The present life an evidence of the divine favour to his
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Cross References
Job 18:3
Why are we regarded as cattle and considered stupid in your sight?

Psalm 49:10
For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others.

Psalm 49:20
People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 92:6
Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand,

Proverbs 30:2
Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding.

Ecclesiastes 3:18
I also said to myself, "As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.

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