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Psalm 119:37

37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.a

Read Psalm 119:37 Using Other Translations

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.

What does Psalm 119:37 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 119:37

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity
As the things of this world, the riches, honours, and pleasures of it, which are all vanity and vexation of spirit; and yet these catch the eye, and allure the heart: and all false doctrines, glided over with the specious pretence of truth; and all false worship and superstition, set off with pomp and pageantry, with which the eyes of the body or the eyes of the mind are taken, and by which the heart is ensnared; and therefore it is desirable to have the eyes turned away from such objects unto better;

[and] quicken thou me in thy way;
so as to walk and even run in the path of truth, in the way of true religion and godliness; and, instead of looking upon vanity, press towards the mark for the prize; keep Christ in view, while running the race; and look to things unseen, and not things that are seen; and set the affections on things above, and serve the Lord fervently; all which is done when God quickens the hearts of his people, and the graces of his Spirit in them.

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