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Psalms 73:21

    Psalms 73:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For my soul was grieved, And I was pricked in my heart:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    My heart was made bitter, and I was pained by the bite of grief:

    Webster's Revision

    For my soul was grieved, And I was pricked in my heart:

    World English Bible

    For my soul was grieved. I was embittered in my heart.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins:

    Definitions for Psalms 73:21

    Reins - Innermost parts of man.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 73:21

    Thus may heart was grieved - The different views which I got of this subject quite confounded me; I was equally astonished at their sudden overthrow and my own ignorance. I felt as if I were a beast in stupidity. I permitted my mind to be wholly occupied with sensible things, like the beasts that perish and did not look into a future state; nor did I consider, nor submit to, the wise designs of an unerring Providence.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 73:21

    Thus my heart was grieved - literally, and more expressively, "was soured." The meaning is, that his heart was grieved, pained, dissatisfied. His mind was embittered, and he was rendered unhappy, by the views which he cherished about God, as doubting the wisdom and justice of his dealings with people - and about people, as being envious at their prosperity.

    And I was pricked in my reins - The reins are often in the Scriptures represented as the seat of the thoughts or affections. See the notes at Psalm 7:9. The word rendered "pricked" means to sharpen, as a sword; and then, to pierce and penetrate as a sword does. The idea is, that these thoughts, so distressing and painful, seemed to be like a sharp sword penetrating to the seat of life.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 73:21

    73:21 Pricked - I was deeply wounded with disquieting thoughts.