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New International Version
Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them.
New Living Translation
Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
English Standard Version
Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
Berean Study Bible
Therefore let all the godly pray to You while You may be found. Surely when great waters rise, they will not come near.
King James Bible
For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
New King James Version
For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him.
New American Standard Bible
Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Certainly in a flood of great waters, they will not reach him.
Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.
Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they shall not reach him.
Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You [for forgiveness] in a time when You [are near and] may be found; Surely when the great waters [of trial and distressing times] overflow they will not reach [the spirit in] him.
Christian Standard Bible
Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to you immediately. When great floodwaters come, they will not reach him.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to You at a time that You may be found. When great floodwaters come, they will not reach him.
American Standard Version
For this let every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: Surely when the great waters overflow they shall not reach unto him.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, everyone whom you choose will pray to you in the acceptable time, but there will be a flood of many waters and they will not come near him.
Brenton Septuagint Translation
Therefore shall every holy one pray to thee in a fit time: only in the deluge of many waters they shall not come nigh to him.
Contemporary English Version
We worship you, Lord, and we should always pray whenever we find out that we have sinned. Then we won't be swept away by a raging flood.
For this shall every one that is holy pray to thee in a seasonable time. And yet in a flood of many waters, they shall not come nigh unto him.
Good News Translation
So all your loyal people should pray to you in times of need; when a great flood of trouble comes rushing in, it will not reach them.
International Standard Version
Therefore every godly person should pray to you at such a time. Surely a flood of great waters will not reach him.
JPS Tanakh 1917
For this let every one that is godly pray unto Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found; Surely, when the great waters overflow, they will not reach unto him.
Literal Standard Version
For every saintly one prays this to You, In the time to find [You]. Surely at an overflowing of many waters, They do not come to him.
New American Bible
Therefore every loyal person should pray to you in time of distress. Though flood waters threaten, they will never reach him.
For this reason every one of your faithful followers should pray to you while there is a window of opportunity. Certainly when the surging water rises, it will not reach them.
New Revised Standard Version
Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
New Heart English Bible
For this, let everyone who is faithful pray to you in a time when you may be found. Surely when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach to him.
World English Bible
For this, let everyone who is godly pray to you in a time when you may be found. Surely when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach to him.
Young's Literal Translation
For this doth every saintly one pray to Thee, As the time to find. Surely at an overflowing of many waters, Unto him they come not.
Additional Translations ...
ContextThe Providence of God
…5Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not hide my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah 6Therefore let all the godly pray to You while You may be found. Surely when great waters rise, they will not come near. 7You are my hiding place. You protect me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah…
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.
Save me, O God, for the waters are up to my neck.
But my prayer to You, O LORD, is for a time of favor. In Your abundant loving devotion, O God, answer me with Your sure salvation.
then the floods would have engulfed us, then the torrent would have overwhelmed us,
then the raging waters would have swept us away.
Reach down from on high; set me free and rescue me from the deep waters, from the grasp of foreigners,
Treasury of Scripture
For this shall every one that is godly pray to you in a time when you may be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come near to him.
Psalm 34:2-5 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad…
Psalm 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
Psalm 51:12,13 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit…
Psalm 4:3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
2 Corinthians 7:9,10 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing…
Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Proverbs 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
Isaiah 49:8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
a time [heb] a time of finding
Psalm 42:7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
Psalm 69:1,2,13-15 To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David. Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul…
Psalm 124:4,5 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: …
For this--i.e., for this cause.
Shall every one.--Better, let every one.
In a time . . .--See margin. The expression, "time of finding,"' is, of course, elliptical. The Authorised Version explains by Isa. Iv. 6; but Isaiah 45:8 would suggest that "forgiveness" or "acceptance" is the word to be supplied. More probably still some general word, as "goal" or "object," is required, the phrase being rendered by the LXX., "in the appointed time;" by the Vulg., "opportune."
Surely.--This adds emphasis to the statement, whether we render after Proverbs 13:10, "only unto him," or as in Authorised Version. "He--the godly--is the man whom, when the floods rise, they shall not harm." The floods may either be an image of Divine judgment, as in Nahum 1:8, or of temptation and trial, as in Matthew 7:24-27. . . .Verse 6. - For this; or, because of this; i.e. on account of this experience of mine - this immediate following of the grant of forgiveness upon confession of sin - shall every one that is godly - i.e., that is sincere and earnest in religion, though he may be overtaken in a fault or surprised into a sin - pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found; literally, in a time of finding, which some understand as a time when God "finds," and visits, some iniquity in his servants, and others, as the Authorized Version, "in a time when thou art gracious, and allowest thyself to be found by those who approach thee." Surely in the floods of great waters they (i.e. the waters) shall not come nigh unto him; i.e. shall not approach such a man to injure him.
Parallel Commentaries ...
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every
חָסִ֨יד ׀ (ḥā·sîḏ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2623: Kind, pious
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6419: To judge, to intercede, pray
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to
Preposition-l | Noun - common singular
Strong's 6256: Time, now, when
You may be found.
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present
Strong's 7535: But, even, except, howbeit howsoever, at the least, nevertheless
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7227: Much, many, great
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7858: Flood -- a deluge
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen
they will not
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5060: To touch, lay the hand upon, to reach, violently, to strike
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