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Psalms 80:5

    Psalms 80:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    You feed them with the bread of tears; and give them tears to drink in great measure.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears, And given them tears to drink in large measure.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    You have given them the bread of weeping for food; for their drink you have given them sorrow in great measure.

    Webster's Revision

    Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears, And given them tears to drink in large measure.

    World English Bible

    You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 80:5

    Thou feedest them with the bread of tears - They have no peace, no comfort, nothing but continual sorrow.

    In great measure - שליש shalish, threefold. Some think it was a certain measure used by the Chaldeans, the real capacity of which is not known. others think it signifies abundance or abundantly.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 80:5

    Thou feedest them with the bread of tears - literally, "Thou causest them to eat the bread of tears," or of weeping. That is, their food was accompanied with tears; even when they ate, they wept. Their tears seemed to moisten their bread, they flowed so copiously. See the notes at Psalm 42:3.

    And givest them tears to drink - So abundant were their tears that they might constitute their very drink.

    In great measure - Or rather by measure; that is, abundantly. The word here rendered "great measure" - שׁלישׁ shâlı̂ysh - means properly a third, and is usually applied to a measure for grain - a third part of another measure - as, the third part of an ephah. See the notes at Isaiah 40:12. Then the word is used for any measure, perhaps because this was the most common measure in use. The idea seems to be, not so much that God gave tears to them in great measure, but that he measured them out to them, as one measures drink to others; that is, the cup, or cask, or bottle in which their drink was served to them was as if filled with tears only.