; properly a breathing
creature, that is, animal
or (abstractly) vitality
; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental).
A primitive root; to drip
; by implication to weep
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Perfect (See H8816
Count - 12562
(of spirits); concretely a grief
; properly a part
of; hence (prepositionally), from
or out of
in many senses.
A primitive root; to rise
(in various applications, literally, figuratively, intensively and causatively).
Stem - Piel (See H8840
Mood - Imperative (See H8810
Count - 446
thou me according unto thy word.
; a word
; by implication a matter
of) or thing
; adverbially a cause
_ _ In order to adhere to His word, we must seek deliverance from temptations to sin as well as from despondency.
_ _ enlarge or, “expand”
_ _ my heart with gracious affections.
_ _ Here is, 1. David's representation of his own griefs: My soul melteth for heaviness, which is to the same purport with Psalms 119:25, My soul cleaveth to the dust. Heaviness in the heart of man makes it to melt, to drop away like a candle that wastes. The penitent soul melts in sorrow for sin, and even the patient soul may melt in the sense of affliction, and it is then its interest to pour out its supplication before God. 2. His request for God's grace. (1.) That God would enable him to bear his affliction well and graciously support him under it: “Strengthen thou me with strength in my soul, according to thy word, which, as the bread of life, strengthens man's heart to undergo whatever God is pleased to inflict. Strengthen me to do the duties, resist the temptations, and bear up under the burdens, of an afflicted state, that the spirit may not fail. Strengthen me according to that word (Deuteronomy 33:25), As thy days so shall thy strength be.” (2.) That God would keep him from using any unlawful indirect means for the extricating of himself out of his troubles (Psalms 119:29): Remove from me the way of lying. David was conscious to himself of a proneness to this sin; he had, in a strait, cheated Ahimelech (1 Samuel 21:2), and Achish, 1 Samuel 21:13 and 1 Samuel 27:10. Great difficulties are great temptations to palliate a lie with the colour of a pious fraud and a necessary self-defence; therefore David prays that God would prevent him from falling into this sin any more, lest he should settle in the way of it. A course of lying, of deceit and dissimulation, is that which every good man dreads and which we are all concerned to beg of God by his grace to keep us from. (3.) That he might always be under the guidance and protection of God's government: Grant me thy law graciously; grant me that to keep me from the way of lying. David had the law written with his own hand, for the king was obliged to transcribe a copy of it for his own use (Deuteronomy 17:18); but he prays that he might have it written in his heart; for then, and then only, we have it indeed, and to good purpose. “Grant it me more and more.” Those that know and love the law of God cannot but desire to know it more and love it better. “Grant it me graciously;” he begs it as a special token of God's favour. Note, We ought to reckon God's law a grant, a gift, an unspeakable gift, to value it, and pray for it, and to give thanks for it accordingly. The divine code of institutes and precepts is indeed a charter of privileges; and God is truly gracious to those whom he makes gracious by giving them his law.
Melteth Like wax before the fire.
My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy (c) word.
(c) If God did not maintain us by his word, our life would drop away like water.
Psalms 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
Psalms 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
Joshua 2:11 And as soon as we had heard [these things], our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he [is] God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
Joshua 2:24 And they said unto Joshua, Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us.
Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Psalms 29:11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.
Deuteronomy 33:25 Thy shoes [shall be] iron and brass; and as thy days, [so shall] thy strength [be].
Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.
Zechariah 10:12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the LORD.
Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
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