Psalms 119:138

138 You have commanded Your testimonies in 1righteousness And exceeding 2faithfulness.

Psalms 119:138 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 119:138

Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded [are] righteous,
&c.] The Scriptures are holy, just, and good; and what is contained in them are according to godliness; are for instruction in righteousness, and teach men to live soberly, righteously, and godly;

and very faithful;
or "true" F21: all the sayings in them are true and faithful sayings; for they are the sayings of God that cannot lie; the promises in them are faithfully performed by him that made them; they are all yea and amen in Christ. The words may be rendered, "thou hast commanded righteousness [in] thy testimonies, and truth" or faith "exceedingly": so the Arabic version. God in the law requires of men a perfect righteousness, every way agreeable to its demands; and in his Gospel he reveals the complete righteousness of his Son, which he has commanded to be published in it, to be laid hold on and received by faith as a justifying righteousness, as it is to all that believe: this, with every other truth of the Gospel, is made manifest by the Scriptures according to the commandment of the everlasting God, ( Romans 16:25 Romans 16:26 ) .


F21 (dam hnwmaw) "et verissimae", Vatablus, "veritas valde, i.e. prorsus verissima", Gejerus.

Psalms 119:138 In-Context

136 My eyes shed streams of water, Because they do not keep Your law. Tsadhe.
137 Righteous are You, O LORD , And upright are Your judgments.
138 You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness And exceeding faithfulness.
139 My zeal has consumed me, Because my adversaries have forgotten Your words.
140 Your word is very pure, Therefore Your servant loves it.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 19:7-9; Psalms 119:144, 172
  • 2. Psalms 119:86, 90
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