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Psalm 119:116

116 Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.

Read Psalm 119:116 Using Other Translations

Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
LORD, sustain me as you promised, that I may live! Do not let my hope be crushed.

What does Psalm 119:116 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 119:116

Uphold me according unto thy word
In thy ways, that my footsteps slip not; in thine arms, and with the right hand of thy righteousness, from fainting and sinking under difficulties and discouragements, in trying circumstances; and from slipping and sliding out of the way of God; and from a total and final filling away, according to thy word of promise, that, as are the days of thy people, their strength shall be; and that thou wilt never leave them nor forsake them. The Targum is,

``uphold me in thy word;''

or by thy word, either essential or written;

that I may live;
meaning not corporeally, though none so live but whom the Lord upholds in life; but, spiritually, live by faith on Christ the Saviour, live comfortably on the word of promise, and live honourably, agreeably to the word of God, in all holy conversation and godliness;

and let me not be ashamed of my hope:
as men are, when they are disappointed or having and enjoying what they have been hoping and waiting for; but the grace of hope makes not ashamed, nor shall those who have it ever have any reason to be ashamed of it; since it is a good hope through grace; is an anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast; is upon a good foundation, Christ, and by which men are saved; and so may rejoice, in full hope of the glory of God they shall certainly enjoy.

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