A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal
relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
I am become
A primitive root (compare H1933
); to exist
, that is, be
, come to pass
(always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
like a bottle
From an unused root of uncertain signification; a (skin or leather) bag
in the smoke;
; a fume
, that is, cloud
] do I not
; a primitive particle; not
(the simple or abstract negation); by implication no
; often used with other particles.
A primitive root; to mislay
, that is, to be oblivious
of, from want of memory or attention.
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Perfect (See H8816
Count - 12562
; an enactment
; hence an appointment
(of time, space, quantity, labor or usage).
_ _ bottle in the smoke as a skin bottle dried and shriveled up in smoke, so is he withered by sorrow. Wine bottles of skin used to be hung up in smoke to dry them, before the wine was put in them [Maurer].
_ _ David begs God would make haste to comfort him, 1. Because his affliction was great, and therefore he was an object of God's pity: Lord, make haste to help me, for I have become like a bottle in the smoke, a leathern bottle, which, if it hung any while in the smoke, was not only blackened with soot, but dried, and parched, and shrivelled up. David was thus wasted by age, and sickness, and sorrow. See how affliction will mortify the strongest and stoutest of men! David had been of a ruddy countenance, as fresh as a rose; but now he is withered, his colour is gone, his cheeks are furrowed. Thus does man's beauty consume under God's rebukes, as a moth fretting a garment. A bottle, when it is thus wrinkled with smoke, is thrown by, and there is no more use of it. Who will put wine into such old bottles? Thus was David, in his low estate, looked upon as a despised broken vessel, and as a vessel in which there was no pleasure. Good men, when they are drooping and melancholy, sometimes think themselves more slighted than really they are. 2. Because, though his affliction was great, yet it had not driven him from his duty, and therefore he was within the reach of God's promise: Yet do I not forget thy statutes. Whatever our outward condition is we must not cool in our affection to the word of God, nor let that slip out of our minds; no care, no grief, must crowd that out. As some drink and forget the law (Proverbs 31:5), so others weep and forget the law; but we must in every condition, both prosperous and adverse, have the things of God in remembrance; and, if we be mindful of God's statutes, we may pray and hope that he will be mindful of our sorrows, though for a time he seems to forget us.
Bottle A leathern bottle. My natural moisture is dryed and burnt up.
For I am become like a (b) bottle in the smoke; [yet] do I not forget thy statutes.
(b) Like a skin bottle or bladder that is parched in the smoke.
- like a bottle in the smoke:
- As the bottles in the East are made of skin, it is evident that one of these hung up in the smoke must soon be parched, shrivelled up, lose all its strength, and become unsightly and useless. Thus the Psalmist appeared to himself to have become useless and despicable, through the exhausted state of his body and mind, by long bodily afflictions and mental distress.
Psalms 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
Psalms 102:3-4 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. ... My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.
Job 30:30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
- yet do I:
Psalms 119:16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
Psalms 119:61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: [but] I have not forgotten thy law.
Psalms 119:176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.
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