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Psalms 32:3

    Psalms 32:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    When I kept silence, my bones wasted away Through my groaning all the day long.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    When I kept my mouth shut, my bones were wasted, because of my crying all through the day.

    Webster's Revision

    When I kept silence, my bones wasted away Through my groaning all the day long.

    World English Bible

    When I kept silence, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 32:3

    When I kept silence - Before I humbled myself, and confessed my sin, my soul was under the deepest horror. "I roared all the day long;" and felt the hand of God heavy upon my soul.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 32:3

    When I kept silence - The psalmist now proceeds to state his condition of mind before he himself found this peace, or before he had this evidence of pardon; the state in which he felt deeply that he was a sinner, yet was unwilling to confess his sin, and attempted to conceal it in his own heart. This he refers to by the expression, "When I kept silence;" that is, before I confessed my sin, or before I made mention of it to God. The condition of mind was evidently this: he had committed sin, but he endeavored to hide it in his own mind; he was unwilling to make confession of it, and to implore pardon. He hoped, probably, that the conviction of sin would die away; or that his trouble would cease of itself; or that time would relieve him; or that employment - occupying himself in the affairs of the world - would soothe the anguish of his spirit, and render it unnecessary for him to make a humiliating confession of his guilt. He thus describes a state of mind which is very common in the case of sinners. They know that they are sinners, but they are unwilling to make confession of their guilt. They attempt to conceal it. They put off, or try to remove far away, the whole subject. They endeavor to divert their minds, and to turn their thoughts from a subject so painful as the idea of guilt - by occupation, or by amusement, or even by plunging into scenes of dissipation. Sometimes, often in fact, they are successful in this; but, sometimes, as in the case of the psalmist, the trouble at the remembrance of sins becomes deeper and deeper, destroying their rest, and wasting their strength, until they make humble confession, and "then" the mind finds rest.

    My bones waxed old - My strength failed; my strength was exhausted; it seemed as if the decrepitude of age was coming upon me. The word here used, and rendered "waxed old," would properly denote "decay," or the wearing out of the strength by slow decay. All have witnessed the prostrating effect of excessive grief.

    Through my roaring - My cries of anguish and distress. See the notes at Psalm 22:1. The meaning here is, that his sorrow was so great as to lead to loud and passionate cries; and this well describes the condition of a mind under deep trouble at the remembrance of sin and the apprehension of the wrath of God.

    All the day long - Continually; without intermission.