“Is his mercy clean gone for ever?”

This passage was laid in my path at an important hour. And it happened that I read it in the King James Version, found it lovely and reassuring. Perhaps it will be good for you wherever you are and whatever you are going through.

Psalm 77:1-14

1I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.

2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.

3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.

4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

5 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.

6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?

8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?

9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

10 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.

11 I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.

12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

14 Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.

5 Comments

  1. I know that certain translators (e.g. Eugene Peterson) think the Psalter in the AV is too polished and elevated — not reflecting the “earthy” and “rough” Hebrew. I know no Hebrew, but I consistently find that the Psalter startles me much more when I read the AV and, especially, when I read Coverdale. The modern versions give you little, if anything, so gripping as “is his mercy clean gone for ever?”

  2. I agree. I feel like I am only beginning to understand Hebrew poetry, though, like you, I have no Hebrew. But I love the King James as English poetry and prose, sometimes it is spectacular.

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