Psalms 119:100

100 I've become wiser than the wise old sages simply by doing what you tell me.

Psalms 119:100 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 119:100

I understand more than the ancients
Than those that had lived in ages before him; having clearer light given him, and larger discoveries made unto him, concerning the Messiah, his person and offices particularly, as it was usual for the Lord to do; or than aged men in his own time: for though wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, may be reasonably supposed to be with ancient men; who have had a long experience of things, and have had time and opportunity of making their observations, and of laying up a stock of knowledge; and this may be expected from them, and they may be applied to for it; yet this is not always the case; a younger man, as David was, may be endued with more knowledge and understanding than such; so Elihu; see ( Job 8:8-10 ) ( 12:12 ) ( Job 32:6 Job 32:7 Job 32:9 ) . Or, "I have got understanding by the ancients"; so Kimchi; though the other sense seems preferable;

because I keep thy precepts;
keep close to the word; attend to the reading of it, and meditation on it; keep it in mind and memory, and observe to do the commands of it; and by that means obtained a good understanding, even a better one than the ancients; especially than they that were without it, or did not carefully attend unto it; see ( Psalms 111:10 ) .

Psalms 119:100 In-Context

98 Your commands give me an edge on my enemies; they never become obsolete.
99 I've even become smarter than my teachers since I've pondered and absorbed your counsel.
100 I've become wiser than the wise old sages simply by doing what you tell me.
101 I watch my step, avoiding the ditches and ruts of evil so I can spend all my time keeping your Word.
102 I never make detours from the route you laid out; you gave me such good directions.
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