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Psalms 74:9

    Psalms 74:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knows how long.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    We see not our signs: There is no more any prophet; Neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    We do not see our signs: there is no longer any prophet, or anyone among us to say how long.

    Webster's Revision

    We see not our signs: There is no more any prophet; Neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

    World English Bible

    We see no miraculous signs. There is no longer any prophet, neither is there among us anyone who knows how long.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet; neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 74:9

    We see not our signs - "They have taken away all our trophies, and have left us no memorial that God has been among us. Even thou thyself hast left us destitute of all those supernatural evidences that have so often convinced us that thou wert among us of a truth." But we may say that they were not totally destitute even of these. The preservation of Daniel in the lion's den, and of the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace; the metamorphosis of Nebuchadnezzar; the handwriting that appeared to Belshazzar; were all so many prodigies and evidences that God had not left them without proofs of his being and his regard.

    There is no more any prophet - There was not one among them in that place that could tell them how long that captivity was yet to endure. But there were prophets in the captivity. Daniel was one; but his prophecies were confined to one place. Ezekiel was another, but he was among those captives who were by the river Chebar. They had not, as usual, prophets who went to and fro through the land, preaching repentance and remission of sins.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 74:9

    We see not our signs - The emblems of worship, or the national emblems or banners, which we have been accustomed to see. There are no signals or tokens of our nationality in the land. All have been removed by the invaders, and we see everywhere evidences of the presence of a foreign power. The marks of our own independency are gone. The nation is subdued and conquered.

    There is no more any prophet - No one is raised up as the special messenger of God to assure us of his favor, or to take the lead in the national troubles. In times of danger God had been accustomed to send to them some special teacher who would declare his will, direct the nation what to do, and give encouraging assurances that the national troubles would cease, and that deliverance would come. They saw no such messengers of God now. This is not inconsistent with the supposition that this psalm was written before the captivity, and in the time of the Chaldean invasion, or with the supposition that Jeremiah was then alive, for the meaning may be, not that literally there was no prophet in the land, but that there was no one who had come from God as a special messenger of comfort and deliverance. Ruin had come upon them, and there were no indications of divine interposition in their behalf.

    Neither is there among us any that knoweth how long - How long these calamities are to continue. No one can tell when they are to end. The prophetic office seemed to have ceased among them. It was renewed, however, after the captivity, in the case of Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, and Malachi.