Psalms 119:97-112

97 Oh, how I love all you've revealed; I reverently ponder it all the day long.
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.
103 Your words are so choice, so tasty; I prefer them to the best home cooking.
104 With your instruction, I understand life; that's why I hate false propaganda.
105 By your words I can see where I'm going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.
106 I've committed myself and I'll never turn back from living by your righteous order.
107 Everything's falling apart on me, God; put me together again with your Word.
108 Festoon me with your finest sayings, God; teach me your holy rules.
109 My life is as close as my own hands, but I don't forget what you have revealed.
110 The wicked do their best to throw me off track, but I don't swerve an inch from your course.
111 I inherited your book on living; it's mine forever - what a gift! And how happy it makes me!
112 I concentrate on doing exactly what you say - I always have and always will.

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Psalms 119:97-112 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 119:97-112 In-Context

95 The wicked lie in ambush to destroy me, but I'm only concerned with your plans for me.
96 I see the limits to everything human, but the horizons can't contain your commands!
97 Oh, how I love all you've revealed; I reverently ponder it all the day long.
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.
103 Your words are so choice, so tasty; I prefer them to the best home cooking.
104 With your instruction, I understand life; that's why I hate false propaganda.
105 By your words I can see where I'm going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.
106 I've committed myself and I'll never turn back from living by your righteous order.
107 Everything's falling apart on me, God; put me together again with your Word.
108 Festoon me with your finest sayings, God; teach me your holy rules.
109 My life is as close as my own hands, but I don't forget what you have revealed.
110 The wicked do their best to throw me off track, but I don't swerve an inch from your course.
111 I inherited your book on living; it's mine forever - what a gift! And how happy it makes me!
112 I concentrate on doing exactly what you say - I always have and always will.
113 I hate the two-faced, but I love your clear-cut revelation.
114 You're my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me.