Psalms 119:5

5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!

Psalms 119:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
ESV
5 Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!
NLT
5 Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!
MSG
5 Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set;
CSB
5 If only my ways were committed to keeping Your statutes!

Psalms 119:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 119:5

O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
] The psalmist, sensible of his own inability, as every good man is, to keep the commands of God, prays for grace, direction, and assistance in it; that the ways of his mind, his thoughts, affections, and inclinations, might be directed to an observance of the divine precepts; knowing he could not command his thoughts, raise his affections, dispose his mind, and incline his heart thereunto; and finding a backwardness to religious exercises and spiritual duties, and that the ways and actions of his life might be guided to the same; being sensible he could not take one step aright without God and Christ; that the way of man is not in himself, and that it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps; that a good man's steps are ordered by the Lord, and he directs his paths: besides the direction of the word, there is need of the Spirit and grace of God, to cause a person to walk in his statutes, and to keep his judgments, and do them; see ( Jeremiah 10:23 ) ( Psalms 37:23 ) ( Proverbs 3:6 ) ( Ezekiel 36:27 ) .

Psalms 119:5 In-Context

3 they do no wrong but follow his ways.
4 You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed.
5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!
6 Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands.
7 I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Leviticus 19:37