Psalms 119:109

109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law.

Psalms 119:109 in Other Translations

KJV
109 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.
ESV
109 I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.
NLT
109 My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying your instructions.
MSG
109 My life is as close as my own hands, but I don't forget what you have revealed.
CSB
109 My life is constantly in danger, yet I do not forget Your instruction.

Psalms 119:109 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 119:109

My soul [is] continually in my hand
In the utmost jeopardy, always exposed to danger, ever delivered unto death; killed all the day long, or liable to be so: this is the sense of the phrase; see ( Judges 12:3 ) ( 1 Samuel 19:5 ) ; for what is in a man's hands may easily fall, or be taken out of them: so the Targum,

``my soul is in danger upon the back of my hands continually;''

the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions, read, "in thy hands"; but wrongly;

yet do I not forget thy law;
it was written on his heart, and fixed in his mind; he had a true affection for it, and a hearty desire to keep it; and no danger could divert him from his duty; as Daniel, though he carried his life in his hand, yet continued to pray to his God as usual; nor could anything move the Apostle Paul from the doctrine of the Gospel, and preaching it.

Psalms 119:109 In-Context

107 I have suffered much; preserve my life, LORD, according to your word.
108 Accept, LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law.
110 The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Judges 12:3; Job 13:14
  • 2. S ver 61