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'Weeping May Endure For a Night': How Long Is Your Night?

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Many people read, quote and attempt to understand Psalm 30:5. However, they remember only the second part of the scripture while neglecting the first part which is just as important.

To get the full meaning out of that verse, one must read it in its entirety. The part about weeping is the second half of the verse. The entire scripture reads:

"For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

This is just one of many scriptures that people tend to remember only the part that sounds good to their ears. There is a danger in reading only part of a scripture.

First Part of Psalm 30:5

When the first part of Psalm 30:5 is read in its intended context, it shows that God will get angry with us. You will see that God's anger lasts only for a moment. That is such a brief time, but His favor is a lifetime. Even so, the first part should be read and understood before going to the second part.

Psalm 30:5a Psalm 30:5b

God's Anger


God's Favor










Second Part of Psalm 30:5

The second part of Psalm 30:5 is in contrast to what is said in the first part. Each keyword has an opposite keyword as seen in the table above:

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."

There are several keywords that give hope to anyone who reads that part of the scripture.

The psalmist says, "Weeping may endure for a night." At first glance, one might think that is bad news because people don't usually weep over good news. Also, the scripture says, "Weeping MAY endure for a night. It did not say that it will definitely endure for a night. There is a chance that it might not happen at all. Your weeping doesn't HAVE TO last a night. It MAY or it MAY NOT. It depends on our response to God's anger and His favor.

Then the relevant question is: "How long is a night?" A logical person would say that a night is 12 hours because both day and night make up a 24-hour period. The Bible doesn't always speak in literal terms. That's because God isn't governed by time.

According to 2 Peter 3:8, "With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day." So, how long is a night that you might have to endure weeping? A night in the biblical sense is not defined by a 12-hour period as we know it to be when it is dark outside.

Your night depends on you. How you handle your night governs how long it will be. It may be less than 12 hours, and it may for much longer than 12 hours. Unless your attitude about it is right, it could last for weeks, months, or even years. In other words, the night could be 3 minutes, 3 days, 3 months, or even 3 years or longer. The duration of our night depends on how long we allow darkness to remain in our lives and how long we allow God's face to be turned away from us because of sin and wickedness in our lives.


Life Applications

When people read part of a scripture without considering all of it, they miss a lot. In fact, they fail to understand exactly what God is saying to them.

Whenever you read Psalm 30:5 from now on, please read all of it. Learn the intended meanings.

  • God's anger is brief, but His favor is a lifetime.
  • Weeping may or may not last all night.
  • Your night depends on how you handle your weeping.
  • Joy comes in the morning.
  • Morning is not a 12-hour period when it is dark outside.
  • Your morning is when you let the light of God into your life.

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