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Psalms 116:10

    Psalms 116:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I believe, for I will speak: I was greatly afflicted:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I still had faith, though I said, I am in great trouble;

    Webster's Revision

    I believe, for I will speak: I was greatly afflicted:

    World English Bible

    I believed, therefore I said, "I was greatly afflicted."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I believe, for I will speak: I was greatly afflicted:

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 116:10

    I believed, therefere have I spoken - Distressed and afflicted as I was, I ever believed thy promises to be true; but I had great struggles to maintain my confidence; for my afflictions were great, oppressive, and of long standing.

    It is scarcely worth observing that the letters called heemantic by the Hebrew grammarians, and which are used in forming the derivatives from the roots, are taken from the first word in this verse, האמנתי heemanti, "I have believed;" as the prefixes in that language are found in the technical words משה וכלב Mosheh vecaleb, "Moses and Caleb;" and the formatives of the future are found in the word איתן eythan, "strength."

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 116:10

    I believed, therefore have I spoken - This, in the Septuagint and Latin Vulgate, begins a new psalm, but without any good reason. This language is borrowed by the Apostle Paul to express his confidence in the truth of the gospel, and the effect which that confidence had on him in causing him to declare the truth. 2 Corinthians 4:13. The meaning here is, that in the time of his affliction the psalmist had true faith in God; and, as a result of that, he was able now to speak as he did. At that time he trusted in God; he called on him; he sought his mercy, and God heard his prayer; and now, as the consequence of that, he was enabled to give utterance to these thoughts. Faith was at the foundation of his recovery, and he was now reaping the fruits of faith.

    I was greatly afflicted - In danger of death. The psalmist reviewed this now, and he saw that all that he had felt and dreaded was real. He was in imminent; danger. There was occasion for the tears which he shed. There was reason for the earnestness of his cry to God.