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Psalms 119:104


119:104 Your precepts give me discernment.

Therefore I hate all deceitful actions. 1 

Psalms 119:113


ס (Samek)

119:113 I hate people with divided loyalties, 2 

but I love your law.

Psalms 119:128


119:128 For this reason I carefully follow all your precepts. 3 

I hate all deceitful actions. 4 

Psalms 119:163


119:163 I hate and despise deceit;

I love your law.

1 tn Heb “every false path.”

2 tn Heb “divided ones.” The word occurs only here; it appears to be derived from a verbal root, attested in Arabic, meaning “to split” (see HALOT 762 s.v. *סֵעֵף). Since the psalmist is emphasizing his unswerving allegiance to God and his law, the term probably refers to those who lack such loyalty. The translation is similar to that suggested by L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 (WBC), 131.

3 tn Heb “for this reason all the precepts of everything I regard as right.” The phrase “precepts of everything” is odd. It is preferable to take the kaf (כ) on כֹּל (kol, “everything) with the preceding form as a pronominal suffix, “your precepts,” and the lamed (ל) with the following verb as an emphatic particle. See L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 (WBC), 138.

4 tn Heb “every false path.”

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