Psalms 119:100

100 I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.

Psalms 119:100 in Other Translations

KJV
100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
ESV
100 I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts.
NLT
100 I am even wiser than my elders, for I have kept your commandments.
MSG
100 I've become wiser than the wise old sages simply by doing what you tell me.
CSB
100 I understand more than the elders because I obey Your precepts.

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 are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.
100 I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word.
102 I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S ver 56; S Deuteronomy 6:17; Job 32:7-9