Psalms 119:105

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

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Psalms 119:105 in Other Translations

KJV
105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
ESV
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
NLT
105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
MSG
105 By your words I can see where I'm going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.
CSB
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.

Psalms 119:105 Meaning and Commentary

(n) , NUN.--The Fourteenth Part.

Psalms 119:105

NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet
The same Solomon says of the law and commandment, the preceptive part of the word, ( Proverbs 6:23 ) ; and the Septuagint and Arabic versions render it "law" here. This shows a man what is his duty, both towards God and man; by it is the knowledge of sin: this informs what righteousness that is God requires of men; by the light of it a man sees his own deformity and infirmities, the imperfection of his obedience, and that he needs a better righteousness than his own to justify him in the sight of God; it is a rule of walk and conversation; it directs what to do, and how to walk. The Gospel part of the word is a great and glorious light; by which men come to have some knowledge of God in Christ, as a God gracious and merciful; of Christ, his person, offices, and grace; of righteousness, salvation, and eternal life by him; and it teaches men to live soberly, righteously, and godly. The whole Scripture is a light shining in a dark place; a lamp or torch to be carried in the hand of a believer, while he passes through this dark world; and is in the present state of imperfection, in which he sees things but darkly. This is the standard of faith and practice; by the light of this lamp the difference between true and false doctrine may be discerned; error and immorality may be reproved, and made manifest; the way of truth and godliness, in which a man should walk, is pointed out; and by means of it he may see and shun the stumbling blocks in his way, and escape falling into pits and ditches; it is a good light to walk and work by. The Targum is,

``thy word is as a light that shines to my feet.''

It follows,

and a light unto my path;
the same thing in other words. Now it should be observed, that the word of God is only so to a man whose eyes are opened and enlightened by the Spirit of God, which is usually done by means of the word; for a lamp, torch, candle, or any other light are of no use to a blind man.

Psalms 119:105 In-Context

103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.
107 I have suffered much; preserve my life, LORD, according to your word.

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Cross References 2

  • 1. Proverbs 20:27; 2 Peter 1:19
  • 2. ver 130; Proverbs 6:23