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Psalms 119:147 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— I anticipated the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy words.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— I came before the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— I anticipate the morning-dawn and I cry: I hope in thy word.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— I forestalled the twilight, and cried for help, For thy word, I waited.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— I have gone forward in the dawn, and I cry, For Thy word I have hoped.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— I prevented the dawning of the day, and cried: because in thy words I very much hoped.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— I preuented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— I arose before the dawn, and cried: I hoped in thy words.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
I prevented 6923
{6923} Prime
A primitive root; to project (one self), that is, precede; hence to anticipate, hasten, meet (usually for help).
<8765> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2121
the dawning x5399
(5399) Complement
From H5398; properly a breeze, that is, (by implication) dusk (when the evening breeze prevails).
of the morning, y5399
[5399] Standard
From H5398; properly a breeze, that is, (by implication) dusk (when the evening breeze prevails).
and cried: 7768
{7768} Prime
A primitive root; properly to be free; but used only causatively and reflexively to halloo (for help, that is, freedom from some trouble).
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
I hoped 3176
{3176} Prime
A primitive root; to wait; by implication to be patient, hope.
<8765> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2121
in thy word. 1697
{1697} Prime
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 119:145-149.

Psalms 119:147

_ _ prevented — literally, “came before,” anticipated not only the dawn, but even the usual periods of the night; when the night watches, which might be expected to find me asleep, come, they find me awake (Psalms 63:6; Psalms 77:4; Lamentations 2:19). Such is the earnestness of the desire and love for God’s truth.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 119:147-148

_ _ David goes on here to relate how he had abounded in the duty of prayer, much to his comfort and advantage: he cried unto God, that is, offered up to him his pious and devout affections with all seriousness. Observe,

_ _ I. The handmaids of his devotion. The two great exercises that attended his prayers, and were helpful to them, were, 1. Hope in God's word, which encouraged him to continue instant in prayer, though the answer did not come immediately: “I cried, and hoped that at last I should speed, because the vision is for an appointed time, and at the end it will speak and not lie. I hoped in thy word, which I knew would not fail me.” 2. Meditation in God's word. The more intimately we converse with the word of God, and the more we dwell upon it in our thoughts, the better able we shall be to speak to God in his own language and the better we shall know what to pray for as we ought. Reading the word will not serve, but we must meditate in it.

_ _ II. The hours of his devotion. He anticipated the dawning of the morning, nay, and the night-watches. See here, 1. That David was an early riser, which perhaps contributed to his eminency. He was none of those that say, Yet a little sleep. 2. That he began the day with God. The first thing he did in the morning, before he admitted any business, was to pray, when his mind was most fresh and in the best frame. If our first thoughts in the morning be of God they will help to keep us in his fear all the day long. 3. That his mind was so full of God, and the cares and delights of his religion, that a little sleep served his turn. Even in the night-watches, when he awaked from his first sleep, he would rather meditate and pray than turn himself and go to sleep again. He esteemed the words of God's mouth more than his necessary repose, which we can as ill spare as our food, Job 23:12. 4. That he would redeem time for religious exercises. He was full of business all day, but that will excuse no man from secret devotion; it is better to take time from sleep, as David did, than not to find time for prayer. And this is our comfort, when we pray in the night, that we can never come unseasonably to the throne of grace; for we may have access to it at all hours. Baal may be asleep, but Israel's God never slumbers, nor are there any hours in which he may not be spoken with.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
I prevented:
That is, I anticipated, or rose before, the morning dawn; and was before hand with the light itself.
Psalms 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct [my prayer] unto thee, and will look up.
Psalms 21:3 For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.
Psalms 42:8 [Yet] the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song [shall be] with me, [and] my prayer unto the God of my life.
Psalms 88:13 But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.
Psalms 130:6 My soul [waiteth] for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: [I say, more than] they that watch for the morning.
Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments [are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.


Psalms 119:74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.
Psalms 119:81 CAPH. My soul fainteth for thy salvation: [but] I hope in thy word.
Psalms 56:4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
Psalms 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
Hebrews 6:17-19 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed [it] by an oath: ... Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
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