Psalm 80:5
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New International Version
You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.

King James Bible
Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure:

World English Bible
You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast caused them to eat bread of tears, And causest them to drink With tears a third time.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thou feedest them with the bread of tears - They have no peace, no comfort, nothing but continual sorrow.

In great measure - שליש shalish, threefold. Some think it was a certain measure used by the Chaldeans, the real capacity of which is not known. others think it signifies abundance or abundantly.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalm 42:3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say to me, Where is your God?

Psalm 102:9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

Job 6:7 The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.

Isaiah 30:20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction...

Ezekiel 4:16,17 Moreover he said to me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight...

One Antidote for Many Ills
This morning's sermon, then will be especially addressed to my own church, on the absolute necessity of true religion in our midst, and of revival from all apathy and indifference. We may ask of God multitudes of other things, but amongst them all, let this be our chief prayer: "Lord, revive us; Lord, revive us!" We have uttered it in song; let me stir up your pure minds, by way of remembrance, to utter it in your secret prayers, and make it the daily aspiration of your souls. I feel, beloved, that
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859

Period iii. The Critical Period: A. D. 140 to A. D. 200
The interval between the close of the post-apostolic age and the end of the second century, or from about 140 to 200, may be called the Critical Period of Ancient Christianity. In this period there grew up conceptions of Christianity which were felt by the Church, as a whole, to be fundamentally opposed to its essential spirit and to constitute a serious menace to the Christian faith as it had been commonly received. These conceptions, which grew up both alongside of, and within the Church, have
Joseph Cullen Ayer Jr., Ph.D.—A Source Book for Ancient Church History

The Barren Fig-Tree;
OR, THE DOOM AND DOWNFALL OF THE FRUITLESS PROFESSOR: SHOWING, THAT THE DAY OF GRACE MAY BE PAST WITH HIM LONG BEFORE HIS LIFE IS ENDED; THE SIGNS ALSO BY WHICH SUCH MISERABLE MORTALS MAY BE KNOWN. BY JOHN BUNYAN 'Who being dead, yet speaketh.'--Hebrews 11:4 London: Printed for J. Robinson, at the Golden Lion, in St. Paul's Churchyard, 1688. This Title has a broad Black Border. ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR. This solemn, searching, awful treatise, was published by Bunyan in 1682; but does not appear
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Psalm 42:3
My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"

Psalm 102:9
For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears

Psalm 126:5
Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.

Isaiah 30:20
Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.

Jeremiah 9:15
Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "See, I will make this people eat bitter food and drink poisoned water.

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