Psalms 119:136

136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.

Psalms 119:136 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.
English Standard Version (ESV)
136 My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law.
New Living Translation (NLT)
136 Rivers of tears gush from my eyes because people disobey your instructions.
The Message Bible (MSG)
136 I cry rivers of tears because nobody's living by your book!
American Standard Version (ASV)
136 Streams of water run down mine eyes, Because they observe not thy law.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes because others do not follow your teachings.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
136 My eyes pour out streams of tears because people do not follow Your instruction.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes, because people don't obey your law.

Psalms 119:136 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 119:136

Rivers of waters run down mine eyes
That is, "out of" them; as the Syriac version: or, "mine eyes let down rivers of waters" {t}; see ( Lamentations 3:48 ) ; that is, an abundance of tears, which flowed like a river; an hyperbolical expression, setting forth the excessiveness of grief. The reason follows,

because they keep not thy law;
the persons are not mentioned, but must be understood of wicked men; whose open and impudent transgression of the law in innumerable instances, and in the most flagrant manner, gave the psalmist great distress, as it does all good men; because the law of God is despised, his authority is trampled on, his name is dishonoured, and he has not the glory which is due unto him. The gloss of Arama is,

``because Adam and Eve kept not thy law;''

which transgression brought ruin on all mankind. The Septuagint and Arabic versions very wrongly read, "because I have not kept thy law": as if his grief was on account of his own sins: and so Kimchi indeed interprets it; and both he and Ben Melech by "they" understand his eyes, from whence his tears flowed in such abundance; because they were the caterers for sin, and the cause and occasion of the transgressions of the law of God by him: and this sense is made mention of by Aben Ezra.


F20 (ynye wdry) "oculi mei deduxerunt", V. L. "rivos aquarum demittunt oculi mei", Gejerus.

Psalms 119:136 In-Context

134 Redeem me from human oppression, that I may obey your precepts.
135 Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.
137 You are righteous, LORD, and your laws are right.
138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 6:6; Isaiah 22:4; Jeremiah 9:1,18; Jeremiah 13:17; Jeremiah 14:17; Lamentations 1:16; Lamentations 3:48
  • 2. ver 158; Psalms 106:25; Isaiah 42:24; Ezekiel 9:4
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