Psalm 119:163

163 I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law.

Read Psalm 119:163 Using Other Translations

I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law.
I hate and abhor all falsehood, but I love your instructions.

What does Psalm 119:163 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 119:163

I hate and abhor lying
The sin of lying in common conversation, which owes its rise to Satan, the father of lies; is common to human nature, though very dishonourable to it; exceeding unbecoming a professor of religion; and was greatly hated by David, as it ought to be by all good men, ( Psalms 101:7 ) . Or "falsehood" F11; false doctrine; everything contrary to the truth of the word of God, with all false worship, superstition, and idolatry; and this may the rather be thought to be designed, since the law or doctrine of God is opposed to it in the next clause;

[but] thy law do I love;
because holy, just, and true; he being a regenerate man, and having it written on his heart, he loved both the precepts of the law and the doctrines of the Gospel: or, "thy doctrine"; the doctrine concerning God, his mind and will, his grace and love; see ( Psalms 119:97 Psalms 119:113 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F11 (rqv) "falsitatem", Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis.
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