Psalms 119:136

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

Psalms 119:136 in Other Translations

136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.
136 My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law.
136 Rivers of tears gush from my eyes because people disobey your instructions.
136 I cry rivers of tears because nobody's living by your book!
136 My eyes pour out streams of tears because people do not follow Your instruction.

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