Psalm 119:83

83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your decrees.

Read Psalm 119:83 Using Other Translations

For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
I am shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke, but I have not forgotten to obey your decrees.

What does Psalm 119:83 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 119:83

For I am become like a bottle in the smoke
Like a bottle made of the skins of beasts, as was usual in those times and countries: hence we read of old and new bottles, and of their rending, ( Judges 9:13 ) ( Matthew 9:17 ) . Now such a bottle being hung up in a smoky chimney, would be dried and shrivelled up, and be good for nothing; so Jarchi's note is,

``like a bottle made of skin, which is dried in smoke;''

and the Targum is,

``like a bottle that hangs in smoke.''

It denotes the uncomfortable condition the psalmist was in, or at least thought himself to be in; as to be in the midst of smoke is very uncomfortable, so was he, being in darkness, and under the hidings of God's face; black and sooty, like a bottle in smoke, with sin and afflictions; like an empty bottle, had nothing in him, as he was ready to fear; or was useless as such an one, and a vessel in which there was no pleasure; like a broken one, as he elsewhere says, despised and rejected of men. It may also have respect unto the form of his body, as well as the frame of his mind; be who before was ruddy, and of a beautiful countenance, now was worn out with cares and old age, was become pale and wrinkled, and like a skin bottle shrivelled in smoke;

[yet] do I not forget thy statutes;
he still attended to the word, worship, ways and ordinances of the Lord; hoping in due time to meet with comfort there, in which he was greatly in the right.

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