[nabat] and hear [`anah] me, O LORD
[Yahovah] my God: ['elohiym] lighten ['owr] mine eyes, [`ayin] lest I sleep [yashen] the
sleep of death; [maveth] KJV-Interlinear
and answer me, O Lord, my God; Enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of
The writer pleads with God to not look away, but to provide enlightenment so that the darkness that we associate with death, will not overtake his life.
Consider and hear, is the plea. The individual from the last verse has been taking counsel in his own soul, from a position of his own wisdom.
Wisdom of this world is deficient with regard to reality, and tends to segregate ones self from reality and the proper orientation to life.
When you look to life, without doctrine, then you will miss out on nearly all of that which is necessary to live a proper life.
To enlighten ones eyes, means to provide truth, knowledge, understanding, such that the individual can see clearly and then understand exactly what is happening in his life and in the world around him.
Without truth, there is only delusion, the delusion of lies. And lies are exactly like living in total darkness.
And that is what is meant by sleeping the sleep of death. But note that only the eyes are doing the sleeping, not the entire body. Thus when you lack truth in your soul, then you are no better off than a dead thing.
If you have ever seen a dead thing, then you know that it does not think, does not move, does not do anything. Its eyes are ineffective, seeing nothing, it hears nothing, it knows nothing, it does nothing. It is in a sphere of darkness and has no access to life.
And that is exactly what you have when you pursue life without doctrine. And not knowing it, but you are going nowhere, fast, and getting nowhere, never. And you don't even know it.
If you have been following along in the 2 Timothy study, then you know that doctrine is the ticket and source of life. It is the light with which you can see life. It is the means with which you can discern between the lies of the world and the truth of reality. It is the enlightenment that only God provides, through doctrine, which is the written scripture, which is your only means of understanding and wisdom, such that you do not lose your life and your destiny.
Ignore your daily Bible study, and you throw away your life. That leaves you only the nothingness of darkness, which is really nothing at all.
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