New International Version
Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did.
King James Bible
O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
Darby Bible Translation
Turn toward me, and be gracious unto me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
World English Bible
Turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give your strength to your servant. Save the son of your handmaid.
Young's Literal Translation
Look unto me, and favour me, Give Thy strength to Thy servant, And give salvation to a son of Thine handmaid.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
O turn unto me - He represents himself as following after God; but he cannot overtake him; and then he plays that he would turn and meet him through pity; or give him strength that he might be able to hold on his race.
Give thy strength unto thy servant - The Vulgate renders, Daniel imperium tuum puero tuo, "Give thy empire to thy child." The old Psalter. Gyf empyre to thi barne, and make safe the son of thi hand mayden. Thi barne - thy tender child. Anglo-Saxon; thy knave; signifying either a serving man or a male child. As many servants were found to be purloiners of their masters' property, hence the word knave, became the title of an unprincipled servant. The term fur, which signifies a thief in Latin, for the same reason became the appellative of a dishonest servant.
Quid domini facient, audent cum talia Fures?
When servants (thieves) do such things, what may not be expected from the masters?
Virg. Ecclesiastes 3:16.
So Plautus, speaking of a servant, Aulul. 2:46, says: Homo es trium literarum, "Thou art a man of three letters," i.e., Fur, a thief. The word knave is still in use, but is always taken in a bad sense. The paraphrase in the old Psalter states the handmaid to be the kirk, and the son of this handmaid to be a true believer.
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'Bow down Thine ear, O Lord, hear me; for I am poor and needy. 2. Preserve my soul, for I am holy: O Thou my God, save Thy servant that trusteth in Thee. 3. Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto Thee daily. 4. Rejoice the soul of Thy servant: for unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 5. For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee.'--PSALM lxxxvi. 1-5. We have here a sheaf of arrows out of a good man's quiver, shot into heaven. …
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the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!
Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me.
Truly I am your servant, LORD; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains.
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