Psalm 73:21
New International Version
When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,

New Living Translation
Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside.

English Standard Version
When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart,

Berean Study Bible
When my heart was grieved and I was pierced within,

New American Standard Bible
When my heart was embittered And I was pierced within,

New King James Version
Thus my heart was grieved, And I was vexed in my mind.

King James Bible
Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

Christian Standard Bible
When I became embittered and my innermost being was wounded,

Contemporary English Version
Once I was bitter and brokenhearted.

Good News Translation
When my thoughts were bitter and my feelings were hurt,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When I became embittered and my innermost being was wounded,

International Standard Version
When I chose to be bitter I was emotionally pained.

NET Bible
Yes, my spirit was bitter, and my insides felt sharp pain.

New Heart English Bible
For my soul was grieved. I was embittered in my heart.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I am troubled; my heart and my kidneys rage against me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When my heart was filled with bitterness and my mind was seized [with envy],

JPS Tanakh 1917
For my heart was in a ferment, And I was pricked in my reins.

New American Standard 1977
When my heart was embittered, And I was pierced within,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Truly my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my kidneys.

King James 2000 Bible
Thus my soul was grieved, and I was pierced in my heart.

American King James Version
Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

American Standard Version
For my soul was grieved, And I was pricked in my heart:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For my heart has rejoiced, and my reins have been gladdened.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For my heart hath been inflamed, and my reins have been changed:

Darby Bible Translation
When my heart was in a ferment, and I was pricked in my reins,

English Revised Version
For my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins:

Webster's Bible Translation
Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

World English Bible
For my soul was grieved. I was embittered in my heart.

Young's Literal Translation
For my heart doth show itself violent, And my reins prick themselves,
Study Bible
Endow the King with Your Justice
20Like a dream when one awakens, upon arising, O Lord, You will despise their form. 21When my heart was grieved and I was pierced within, 22I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before You.…
Cross References
Acts 2:37
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and asked Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"

Judges 10:16
So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD, and He could no longer bear the misery of Israel.

Treasury of Scripture

Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

my heart

Psalm 73:3
For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalm 37:1,7
A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity…

in my

Job 16:13
His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.

Lamentations 3:13
He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.







Lexicon
When
כִּ֭י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

my heart
לְבָבִ֑י (lə·ḇā·ḇî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3824: Inner man, mind, will, heart

was grieved
יִתְחַמֵּ֣ץ (yiṯ·ḥam·mêṣ)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2556: To be pungent, in taste, in color

and I was pierced
אֶשְׁתּוֹנָֽן׃ (’eš·tō·w·nān)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8150: To point, to pierce, to inculcate

within,
וְ֝כִלְיוֹתַ֗י (wə·ḵil·yō·w·ṯay)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3629: A kidney, the mind
(21) Grieved.--Literally, grew sour; or, as we say, "was soured."

Verse 21. - Thus my heart was grieved; literally, for my heart was grieved, or "was soured." The "for" refers to a suppressed phrase of self-condemnation, "But at the time I did not see all this - the solution did not present itself to me." I was too full of grief and bitterness to consider the matter calmly and dispassionately. And I was pricked in my reins; i.e. "a pang of passionate discontent had pierced my inmost being" (Cheyne). 73:21-28 God would not suffer his people to be tempted, if his grace were not sufficient, not only to save them from harm, but to make them gainers by it. This temptation, the working of envy and discontent, is very painful. In reflecting upon it, the psalmist owns it was his folly and ignorance thus to vex himself. If good men, at any time, through the surprise and strength of temptation, think, or speak, or act amiss, they will reflect upon it with sorrow and shame. We must ascribe our safety in temptation, and our victory, not to our own wisdom, but to the gracious presence of God with us, and Christ's intercession for us. All who commit themselves to God, shall be guided with the counsel both of his word and of his Spirit, the best counsellors here, and shall be received to his glory in another world; the believing hopes and prospects of which will reconcile us to all dark providences. And the psalmist was hereby quickened to cleave the closer to God. Heaven itself could not make us happy without the presence and love of our God. The world and all its glory vanishes. The body will fail by sickness, age, and death; when the flesh fails, the conduct, courage, and comfort fail. But Christ Jesus, our Lord, offers to be all in all to every poor sinner, who renounces all other portions and confidences. By sin we are all far from God. And a profession Christ, if we go on in sin, will increase our condemnation. May we draw near, and keep near, to our God, by faith and prayer, and find it good to do so. Those that with an upright heart put their trust in God, shall never want matter for thanksgiving to him. Blessed Lord, who hast so graciously promised to become our portion in the next world, prevent us from choosing any other in this.
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