. . For the meaning of dabar (word), see verse 9 above. In the remaining case, the Hebrew word Elohiym is used, which means Creator God. Our way can be good or bad. 80. Psalm 119 is the 119th psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord." Salem Media Group. Referred by HENGSTENBERG to the chastening effect produced on the Jews' minds by the captivity ( Jeremiah 31:18 Jeremiah 31:19 ). Verse 122 is recited prior to the shofar blowing on Rosh Hashanah. have robbed me--better, surrounded me, either as forcible constraints like fetters, or as the cords of their nets. Though the wicked are near to injure, because far from God's law, He is near to help, and faithful to His word, which abides for ever. Psalm 119 is an alphabetic acrostic. Since the reform of the Roman Rite liturgy in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, the Liturgy of the Hours has a section of Psalm 119, corresponding to a single letter of the Hebrew alphabet, in the midday canonical hour on each day of the four-week cycle except on Monday of the first week (when the second half of Psalm 19 (18), which is similar in theme, is used instead) and on Friday of the third week (when the Passion Psalm 22 (21) is used). Wednesday and Friday of week 7, Tuesday of week 10, Thursday of week 32, Monday of week 33. Look . He uses it to draw us closer to Himself through affliction. As mentioned in the first study of this series, there is symbology and meaning associated with every letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Psalm 119 has 176 verses that are divided into 22 sections of 8 verses each. 148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word. Revive me from the death of spiritual helplessness ( Psalms 119:17 Psalms 119:25 Psalms 119:40 Psalms 119:50 , Psalms 116:3 ). 162. The earth, O Lord, is full of Your lovingkindness and goodness; Teach me Your statutes. 92-94. How we need the Word of God, for it is our daily food and it is refreshment for our souls. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. But for that divine deliverance he was eager to the last degree, - up to the full measure of his strength, yea, and beyond it till he fainted. It is an acrostic poem, in which each set of eight verses begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The shortness of my life requires that the relief afforded to me from mine enemies should be speedy. The next eight lines begin with beth, the second letter. 61, 62. 175. Be surety--Stand for me against my oppressors ( Genesis 43:9 , Isaiah 38:14 ). To the natural man the doors of God's Word are shut. 1. [3], Because of this structure, the Psalm was one of the main occurrences of the Hebrew alphabet in the texts of the medieval and modern West.[4]. ◄Psalm 119:1 ► Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. (Compare Psalms 119:121-126 Psalms 119:153-155 ). Order my steps--Make firm, so that there be no halting ( Psalms 40:2 ). Horror--rather, "vehement wrath" [HENGSTENBERG]. The Masoretes (a group of Jewish scholars between the 6 th and 10 th centuries AD) said that the word of God is mentioned in every verse except Psalm 119:122. 127,128. law is the truth--It therefore cannot deceive as to its promises. 93. Man never outgrows the Word. It is read at Matins on Saturdays and is also chanted on many Sundays throughout the year. But, unlike most other psalms it was written in a unique style. They mean: what we do in our lives. So what is their meaning? How we should read, mark, learn and inwardly digest the Word of God, … It is referred to in Hebrew by its opening words, "Ashrei temimei derech" ("happy are those whose way is perfect"). Employed in almost (but not quite) every verse of the psalm is a synonym for the Torah, such as dabar ("word, promise"), mishpatim ("rulings"), etc.[5]. It is divided into twenty-two parts or stanzas, denoted by the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. have respect unto--or regard carefully as to their whole purport. . Such have a right to the manifestations of God's grace, resting on the nature of God as faithful to His promise to such, not on their own merits. A man would be ashamed of his hope if it turned out that it was not based upon a sure foundation; but this will never happen in our case. The prayer for understanding of the truth precedes that for deliverance. Rather, "This is peculiarly mine (literally, to me), that I keep Thy precepts" [HENGSTENBERG and MAURER]. 158. 73. Psalm 119, like the majority of the psalms, was written to be sung as a song of praise to God. But see Jeremiah 33:25 . verses 81–88), joyous praise (e.g. Hence he fears not wicked men, nor dreads disappointment, sustained by God in making His law the rule of life. . The "judgments" are those on the wicked ( Psalms 119:119 ). Psalm 119:33 Or follow it for its reward 91. verses 132–34). (Compare Psalms 119:86 Psalms 119:87 Psalms 119:95 ). 136. Psalm 119 is an expansion of Psalm 19:7–9: “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. He is Good, and Does Good. lift up unto . In the forgiveness of sins through him; a discovery and application of which yields comfort under afflictions. PSALM 119:105-112. 99. understanding--is practical skill ( Psalms 2:10 , 32:8 ). Verse 160 is recited prior to the shofar blowing on Rosh Hashanah. Delight in their company is an evidence of belonging to them ( Psalms 16:3 , Amos 3:3 , Malachi 3:16 ). quicken . shield--( Psalms 3:3 , 7:10 ). The whole body of revelation is truth. The psalm is also chanted with special solemnity at Orthodox funeral services and on the various All-Souls Days occurring throughout the year, with "Alleluia" chanted between each verse. In the midst of deadly perils (the phrase is drawn from the fact that what we carry in our hands may easily slip from them, Judges 12:3 , 1 Samuel 28:21 , Job 13:14 ; compare 1 Samuel 19:5 ), and exposed to crafty enemies, his safety and guidance is in the truth and promises of God. Way and path both mean the same thing in the psalm. There is no human thing so perfect but that something is wanting to it; its limits are narrow, whereas God's law is of infinite breadth, reaching to all cases, perfectly meeting what each requires, and to all times ( Psalms 19:3 Psalms 19:6 Psalms 19:7-11 , Ecclesiastes 3:11 ). 120. But it is also written in a unique poetic form known as an acrostic. Psalm 119:5 "O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!" 132. Each stanza contains eight verses, and the first letter of each verse is that which gives name to the stanza. 119:1 Happy are those whose way is blameless. I love . The psalm (118 in the Septuagint) figures prominently in the worship of the Orthodox Church. So when He has led us to rely on His truth, He will "make us to the praise of His grace" by others. 37. upon me--opposed to hiding or averting the face (compare Psalms 25:15 , 86:6 , 102:17 ). [15], The 1568 Roman Breviary of Pope Pius V has Psalm 119 recited in its entirety every day: the sections corresponding to the first four letters of the Hebrew alphabet at Prime, and the others in sets of six sections each at Terce, Sext and None respectively. When the eyes fail, yet faith must not. It ends with an appeal to God to seek his servant who strayed. Depart from me--Ye can do nothing with me; for, &c. ( Psalms 6:8 ). 142-144. . brit milah (bris milôh,or bris) meaning “covenant of circumcision”, a Jewish religious circumcision ceremony performed on 8-day-old male infants … I hope in thy Word; in Christ the Word, for acceptance and justification, for peace, pardon, and eternal salvation; all which are in him: in the word of promise, for all supplies of grace, strength, light, life, and comfort here, and for glory hereafter, contained therein; see Psalm 119:74. quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness--( Psalms 119:88 ). 159. Rather, as HENGSTENBERG explains it, "The opening up," or, "explanation of thy word." 71, 72. But it rather refers to the Psalmist's own praises and prayers in the night time. 97. But the disobedient and rebellious will be visited by God's wrath, which impresses the pious with wholesome fear and awe. 147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word. My hands . Such was the national covenant at Sinai and in the fields of Moab. The Psalm does not appear to have any relation to any special occasion or interest of the Jewish Church or nation, but was evidently "intended as a manual of pious thoughts, especially for instructing the young, and its peculiar artificial structure was probably adopted to aid the memory in retaining the language.". The writer desires God's favor, that he may praise Him for His truth, confesses that he has erred, but, in the midst of all his wanderings and adversities, professes an abiding attachment to the revealed Word of God, the theme of such repeated eulogies, and the recognized source of such great and … 68. The Jews inscribe in the first page of the great Bible, "How dreadful is this place! Parts of verses 153–54 comprise the blessing. AMP. The entrance--literally, "opening"; God's words, as an open door, let in light, or knowledge. The bounds of created perfection may be defined, but those of God's law in its nature, application, and influence, are infinite. Like many other psalms, this prayer includes dramatic lament (e.g. (Compare Matthew 13:44 Matthew 13:45 ). Writing the Letter: Aleph 101-104. 166-168. 115-117. It is a chapter full of praise and worship. which--rather, "who," that is, "the proud"; "pits" is not the antecedent. On the terms "cry" and "supplication" (compare Psalms 6:9 , 17:1 ). Luke 24:27 Luke 24:31 , Acts 17:3 , Ephesians 1:18 , confirm this view, "opening (that is, explaining) and alleging," &c. unto the simple--those needing or desiring it (compare Psalms 19:7 ). These terms are of various derivations, but here used, for the most part, synonymously, though the use of a variety of terms seems designed, in order to express better the several aspects in which our relations to the revealed word of God are presented. [b] A portion is also used on the feast of a Doctor of the Church.[19]. . God's mercies and salvation, as revealed in His Word, provide hope of forgiveness for the past and security in a righteous course for the future. 33-38. 64. Wine bottles of skin used to be hung up in smoke to dry them, before the wine was put in them [MAURER]. These he joyfully takes as his perpetual heritage, to perform the duties and receive the comforts they teach, evermore. enlarge--or, "expand" my heart--with gracious affections. The Bible is the key of all knowledge, the history of the world, past, present, and to come ( Psalms 111:10 ). Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. The usage of this Psalm favors this view. The acrostic form and the use of the Torah words constitute the framework for an elaborate prayer. How we should treasure the Word of God, for it is our guide and teacher – our strength and our defence. The whole verse may be read as a question; for, by taking heed--is better, "for" taking heed, that is, so as to do it. We journey through a fallen world with many dangerous pitfalls, slippery places and dark foes seeking to destroy our close fellowship with our Lord, but in Psalm 119 we are given a beautiful promise and an eternal truth.. that God's Word is a gleaming lamp to our feet, that will guide us through the darkness of this fallen world and it is a shining light to brighten the pathway we take. This psalm is one of about a dozen alphabetic acrostic poems in the Bible. As God made, so He can best control, us. HENGSTENBERG refers the "lie" to such slanders against the Jews during the captivity, as that in Ezra 4:1-6 , of sedition. (Read Psalm 119:1-8) This psalm may be considered as the statement of a believer's experience. The Psalmist at times seems to appeal to God's sovereignty, "inclining his heart to the law" in contrast to the Psalmist saying "I incline my heart. upon which--rather, "Remember Thy word unto Thy servant, because," &c. So the Hebrew requires [HENGSTENBERG]. hath quickened--What the Word has already done is to faith a pledge of what it shall yet do. The psalm was written to instruct those who returned from exile in the values of God's Word. Proud member No wonder the psalm … God's justice and faithfulness in His government aggravate the neglect of the wicked, and more excite the lively zeal of His people. The psalm comprises an entire Kathisma (division of the Psalter) in Orthodox liturgical practice. . But the parallel first clause in this ( Psalms 119:33 ) favors English Version ( Psalms 19:13 ). David wrote this chapter in an acrostic pattern and every letter of the alphabet is followed by 8 verses. ashamed--disappointed in my hope of salvation. Psalm 119:81 "My soul fainteth for thy salvation." 109, 110. And so on for 176 verses until we reach the end of the matter at the last tav. Shown in the provision and promise of a Savior. Psalms 119:3 How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart. But English Version is simpler; either, "They have consumed me so as to leave almost nothing of me on earth"; or, "They have almost destroyed and prostrated me on the earth" [MAURER]. . We learn discernment and knowledge through Him. thy judgments--as in Psalms 119:149 Psalms 119:156 . It is also used on five days of Year I of the two-year cycle of Ordinary Time weekday readings[a] and fifteen days of Year II. Psalm 119:65-72 . Resting on the promises consoles under affliction and the tauntings of the insolent. HENGSTENBERG translates, "They stand for thy judgment," that is, ready, as obedient servants, to execute them. The answer is implied, and inferable from Psalms 119:5 Psalms 119:10 Psalms 119:18 , &c., that is, by God's grace. This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!" 129. wonderful--literally, "wonders," that is, of moral excellence. Psalm 119:76 "Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant." is settled in--that is, stands as firmly as the heaven in which it dwells, and whence it emanated. . [21][22] The Psalm is put to music in The Book of Psalms for Worship, published by Crown and Covenant Publications. In all changes God's Word remains firm ( 1 Peter 1:25 ). 173, 174. The reliance on promises ( Psalms 119:49 ) is strengthened by experience of past dealings according with promises, and a prayer for guidance, encouraged by sanctified affliction. Therefore--that is, In view of these benefits, or, Because of the glory of Thy law, so much praised in the previous parts of the Psalm. 140. very pure--literally, "refined," shown pure by trial. (Compare Psalms 119:136 ). . NUN “Your word (Hebrew: dabar) is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path” (v. 105). They include way and path; *heart and follow. Psalm 111 is in acrostic pattern as is this psalm. In the Greek Septuagint version of the Bible, and in its Latin translation Vulgate, this psalm is P… Though a wanderer from God, the truly pious ever desires to be drawn back to Him; and, though for a time negligent of duty, he never forgets the commandments by which it is taught. any iniquity-- Psalms 119:34 (favors HENGSTENBERG, "any iniquitous man," any "oppressor"). The first eight lines of the psalm all begin with the letter aleph, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In Protestant Christianity, various metrical settings of Psalm 119 have been published, including "O God, My Strength and Fortitude" by Thomas Sternhold, which appeared in the Scottish Psalter of 1535. 42. All rights reserved. Being the second letter of the alphabet, Beth represents the number 2. What makes Psalm 119 unique is the way that these requests are continually and explicitly grounded in the gift of the Torah and the psalmist's loyalty to it. We translate it "*instructions" in Psalm 119. These "strange" words are the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. As they keep God's law from motives of love for it, and are free from slavish fear, the are ready to subject their lives to His inspection. everlasting--( Psalms 111:3 ), though to outward appearance seeming dead. Compare as to the Lord Jesus ( Acts 10:38 ). in--or, "of" the way--course of life. The principles of God's government are permanent and reliable, and in the deepest distress His people find them a theme of delightful meditation and a source of reviving power ( Psalms 119:17 Psalms 119:116 ). 105. The symbols represent the Hebrew letters. With 176 verses, the psalm is the longest psalm as well as the longest chapter in the Bible. Young’s concordance provides additional definitions. Psalm 119:18, 36, and 133 as "Open Thou Mine Eyes" by, Scott N. Callaham: "An Evaluation of Psalm 119 as Constrained Writing,", This page was last edited on 8 October 2020, at 17:29. 74. In the Greek Septuagint version of the Bible, and in its Latin translation Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 118 in a slightly different numbering system. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Literally, "Mine eyes come down (dissolved) like water brooks" ( Lamentations 3:48 , Jeremiah 9:1 ). This lengthy but beautifully written Psalm has its entire focus on the Word of God, which contain the instructions of the heavenly Father. 77. 38. who is devoted to thy fear--or better, "which (that is, Thy word) is for Thy fear," for producing it. 1. undefiled--literally, "complete," perfect, or sincere (compare Psalms 37:37 ). 57-60. lost--therefore utterly helpless as to recovering itself ( Jeremiah 50:6 , Luke 15:4 ). 171, 172. shall utter--or, "pour out praise" (compare Psalms 19:2 ); shall cause Thy praises to stream forth as from a bubbling, overflowing fountain. Verse Thoughts. Beth. Verse 162 is recited prior to the shofar blowing on Rosh Hashanah. A major portion of Matins on Holy Saturday comprises chanting the entire psalm as a threnody, divided into three parts (stases) with Praises (Greek: Enkomia) interspersed between each verse. 146 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies. . 121-126. 147. prevented--literally, "came before," anticipated not only the dawn, but even the usual periods of the night; when the night watches, which might be expected to find me asleep, come, they find me awake ( Psalms 63:6 , 77:4 , Lamentations 2:19 ). The earth, O Lord, is full of Thy mercy; teach me Thy statutes. Enduring chastisement with a filial temper ( Hebrews 12:6-11 ), God's promises of mercy ( Romans 8:28 ) will be fulfilled, and He will give comfort in sorrow ( Lamentations 3:22 , 2 Corinthians 1:3 2 Corinthians 1:4 ). Life is desirable in order to serve God; that we may do so aright, we should seek to have our eyes opened to behold His truth, and earnestly desire fully to understand it. [and] Therefore (repeated)--All its precepts, on all subjects, are estimable for their purity, and lead one imbued with their spirit to hate all evil ( Psalms 19:10 ). His hope of deliverance from external oppression of man ( Psalms 119:34 ) is founded on his deliverance from the internal "dominion of iniquity," in answer to his prayer ( Psalms 119:33 ). Other people analyze this differently (with disagreement about verses 84, 90, 121, and 132). Psalm 119:166, Psalm 119:162, and Psalm 119:165 are recited in that order by the mohel at a brit milah. 3. his ways--the course He reveals as right. for thy judgments are good--The time must therefore be at hand when Thy justice will turn the "reproach" from Thy Church upon the world ( Isaiah 25:8 , 66:5 , Zephaniah 2:8-10 ). 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