Psalms 119:120

120 My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.

Psalms 119:120 in Other Translations

120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.
120 My flesh trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments.
120 I tremble in fear of you; I stand in awe of your regulations.
120 I shiver in awe before you; your decisions leave me speechless with reverence.
120 I tremble in awe of You; I fear Your judgments.

Psalms 119:120 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 119:120

My flesh trembleth for fear of thee
Not for fear of the wrath of God coming down upon himself, nor for fear of eternal damnation; but for fear of what was coming upon the wicked, for their sins and transgressions. The word F14 used signifies such a dread and horror, which seizes a man to such a degree, that it makes the hair of his flesh to stand up; as Jarchi and Kimchi observe; see ( Psalms 119:53 ) ( Job 4:14 Job 4:15 ) ;

and I am afraid of thy judgments;
not of their coming down upon him, but upon the wicked; the thought of which is more awful to good men than to the wicked themselves; and especially when under any darkness, doubts, and fears; lest, being conscious to themselves of their own weakness, they should be left to join with the wicked in their sins, and so be partakers of their plagues.


F14 (rmo) (oryotricei) , Symmachus in Drusius; "horripilavit", Cajetanus apud Gejerum.

Psalms 119:120 In-Context

118 You reject all who stray from your decrees, for their delusions come to nothing.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes.
120 My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.
121 I have done what is righteous and just; do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Ensure your servant’s well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Job 4:14; S Isaiah 64:2; Habakkuk 3:16
  • 2. S Joshua 24:14
  • 3. Jeremiah 10:7; Habakkuk 3:2
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