Psalms 119:65-96

Tet

65 Lord, You have treated Your servant well, just as You promised.
66 Teach me good judgment and discernment, for I rely on Your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.
68 You are good, and You do what is good; teach me Your statutes.
69 The arrogant have smeared me with lies, but I obey Your precepts with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are hard and insensitive, but I delight in Your instruction.
71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I could learn Your statutes.
72 Instruction from Your lips is better for me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Yod

73 Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding so that I can learn Your commands.
74 Those who fear You will see me and rejoice, for I put my hope in Your word.
75 I know, Lord, that Your judgments are just and that You have afflicted me fairly.
76 May Your faithful love comfort me, as You promised Your servant.
77 May Your compassion come to me so that I may live, for Your instruction is my delight.
78 Let the arrogant be put to shame for slandering me with lies; I will meditate on Your precepts.
79 Let those who fear You, those who know Your decrees, turn to me.
80 May my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes so that I will not be put to shame.

Kaf

81 I long for Your salvation; I put my hope in Your word.
82 My eyes grow weary [looking] for what You have promised; I ask, "When will You comfort me?"
83 Though I have become like a wineskin [dried] by smoke, I do not forget Your statutes.
84 How many days [must] Your servant [wait]? When will You execute judgment on my persecutors?
85 The arrogant have dug pits for me; they violate Your instruction.
86 All Your commands are true; people persecute me with lies-help me!
87 They almost ended my life on earth, but I did not abandon Your precepts.
88 Give me life in accordance with Your faithful love, and I will obey the decree You have spoken.

Lamed

89 Lord, Your word is forever; it is firmly fixed in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness is for all generations; You established the earth, and it stands firm.
91 They stand today in accordance with Your judgments, for all things are Your servants.
92 If Your instruction had not been my delight, I would have died in my affliction.
93 I will never forget Your precepts, for You have given me life through them.
94 I am Yours; save me, for I have sought Your precepts.
95 The wicked hope to destroy me, but I contemplate Your decrees.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection, but Your command is without limit.

Psalms 119:65-96 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 119

This psalm is generally thought to be written by David, but when is uncertain; very probably towards the decline of life; and, as some think, for the sake or his son Solomon. It seems to be a collection of observations on the word of God and its precepts, the usefulness and excellency of it, he had made in the course of his life; interspersed with various petitions for the grace of God, to enable him to observe it. The psalm is a very extraordinary one; partly on account of the unusual length of it, it being more than double the length of the longest psalm in the whole book; and partly on account of its curious composition. It consists of twenty two parts, according to the number of the letters in the Hebrew alphabet; the names of which letters stand between each part; and every part consists of eight verses, all of which begin with the same letter: thus, for instance, the first eight verses begin with the letter a, "aleph", and the second eight verses begin with the letter b, "beth", and so on throughout; hence the Masorah calls this psalm the Great Alphabet. This the psalmist did, perhaps to excite attention to what he said, and also to help the memory. And it is observable that there are very few verses in the whole, not more than one or two, but what has something in it concerning the word of God, and its precepts and ordinances; there are nine or ten different words used relative to it, which signify much one and the same thing; as laws, statutes, judgments, testimonies Luther {m} observes, that neither Cicero, nor Virgil, nor Demosthenes, are to be compared with David for eloquence, as we see in the hundred nineteenth Psalm, where he divideth one sense and meaning into twenty two sorts. And it may also be remarked, that there is nothing in it concerning the tabernacle worship, or the rites and ceremonies of the legal dispensation; so that it seems to be calculated for, and is suited to, the word of God, and the ordinances of it, as we now have them in their full perfection: and the design of the whole is to show the fervent affection the psalmist had for the word of God, and to stir up the same in others.

{m} Mensal. Colloqu. c. 32. p. 365.

a, \\ALEPH.--The First Part\\.

Psalms 119:65-96 In-Context

63 I am a friend to all who fear You, to those who keep Your precepts.
64 Lord, the earth is filled with Your faithful love; teach me Your statutes.
65 Lord, You have treated Your servant well, just as You promised.
66 Teach me good judgment and discernment, for I rely on Your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.
68 You are good, and You do what is good; teach me Your statutes.
69 The arrogant have smeared me with lies, but I obey Your precepts with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are hard and insensitive, but I delight in Your instruction.
71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I could learn Your statutes.
72 Instruction from Your lips is better for me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
73 Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding so that I can learn Your commands.
74 Those who fear You will see me and rejoice, for I put my hope in Your word.
75 I know, Lord, that Your judgments are just and that You have afflicted me fairly.
76 May Your faithful love comfort me, as You promised Your servant.
77 May Your compassion come to me so that I may live, for Your instruction is my delight.
78 Let the arrogant be put to shame for slandering me with lies; I will meditate on Your precepts.
79 Let those who fear You, those who know Your decrees, turn to me.
80 May my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes so that I will not be put to shame.
81 I long for Your salvation; I put my hope in Your word.
82 My eyes grow weary [looking] for what You have promised; I ask, "When will You comfort me?"
83 Though I have become like a wineskin [dried] by smoke, I do not forget Your statutes.
84 How many days [must] Your servant [wait]? When will You execute judgment on my persecutors?
85 The arrogant have dug pits for me; they violate Your instruction.
86 All Your commands are true; people persecute me with lies-help me!
87 They almost ended my life on earth, but I did not abandon Your precepts.
88 Give me life in accordance with Your faithful love, and I will obey the decree You have spoken.
89 Lord, Your word is forever; it is firmly fixed in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness is for all generations; You established the earth, and it stands firm.
91 They stand today in accordance with Your judgments, for all things are Your servants.
92 If Your instruction had not been my delight, I would have died in my affliction.
93 I will never forget Your precepts, for You have given me life through them.
94 I am Yours; save me, for I have sought Your precepts.
95 The wicked hope to destroy me, but I contemplate Your decrees.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection, but Your command is without limit.
97 How I love Your teaching! It is my meditation all day long.
98 Your command makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me.