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Psalms 143:6

    Psalms 143:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I stretch forth my hands to you: my soul thirsts after you, as a thirsty land. Selah.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I spread forth my hands unto thee: My soul thirsteth after thee, as a weary land. Selah

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    My hands are stretched out to you: my soul is turned to you, like a land in need of water. (Selah.)

    Webster's Revision

    I spread forth my hands unto thee: My soul thirsteth after thee, as a weary land. Selah

    World English Bible

    I spread forth my hands to you. My soul thirsts for you, like a parched land. Selah.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I spread forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a weary land. Selah

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 143:6

    I stretch forth my hands - This is a natural action. All in distress, or under the influence of eager desire, naturally extend their hands and arms, as if to catch at help and obtain succor.

    As a thirsty land - Parched and burned by the sun, longs for rain, so does my thirsty soul for the living God.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 143:6

    I stretch forth my hands unto thee - In prayer. I have nowhere else to go. See Psalm 88:9.

    My soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land - As land in a time of drought "seems" to thirst for rain. See the notes at Psalm 63:1. Compare Psalm 42:1. The word rendered "thirsty" here means properly "weary." The idea is that of a land which seems to be weary; which has no vigor of growth; and where everything seems to be exhausted. The same word occurs in Isaiah 32:2 : "As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land."