Psalms 119:20

20 My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.

Psalms 119:20 in Other Translations

KJV
20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.
ESV
20 My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.
NLT
20 I am always overwhelmed with a desire for your regulations.
MSG
20 My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous! - insatiable for your nourishing commands.
CSB
20 I am continually overcome by longing for Your judgments.

Psalms 119:20 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 119:20

My soul breaketh for the longing
His heart was just ready to break, and his soul fainted; he was ready to die, through a vehement desire of enjoying the object longed for, after mentioned; "hope deferred makes the heart sick", ( Proverbs 13:1 Proverbs 13:2 ) ; the phrase is expressive of the greatness, vehemence, and eagerness of his mind after the thing he desired, which follows:

[that it hath] unto thy judgments at all times;
not the judgments of God on wicked men, though these are desirable for the glorifying of his justice; nor his dark dispensations of providence, though good men cannot but desire and long for the time when these judgments shall be made manifest: but rather the righteous laws and precepts of God are designed, which he desired to have a more perfect knowledge of, and yield a more constant obedience unto; or, best of all, the doctrines of grace and righteousness, that should be more clearly revealed in the times of the Messiah; who was to set judgment in the earth, his Gospel; and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and glorify the justice of God; than which nothing was more earnestly and importunately wished and longed for by Old Testament saints; see ( Psalms 119:81 ) ( Psalms 14:7 ) .

Psalms 119:20 In-Context

18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
19 I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.
20 My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.
21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed, those who stray from your commands.
22 Remove from me their scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 42:2; Psalms 84:2
  • 2. ver 131; S Psalms 63:1; Isaiah 26:9