By guarding it according to your instructions! 3
119:10 With all my heart I seek you.
Do not allow me to stray from your commands!
so I might not sin against you.
Teach me your statutes!
119:13 With my lips I proclaim
all the regulations you have revealed. 7
I do not forget your instructions. 15
1 tn Heb “young man.” Hebrew wisdom literature often assumes and reflects the male-oriented perspective of ancient Israelite society. The principle of the psalm is certainly applicable to all people, regardless of their gender or age. To facilitate modern application, the gender specific “young man” has been translated with the more neutral “young person.”
2 tn Heb “purify his path.”
3 tn Heb “by keeping according to your word.” Many medieval Hebrew
4 tn Or “hide.”
5 tn Heb “your word.” Some medieval Hebrew
6 tn Heb “[are] blessed.”
7 tn Heb “of your mouth.”
8 tn Heb “in the way of your rules.”
11 tn The cohortative verbal forms in this verse express the psalmist’s resolve.
12 tn Heb “gaze [at].”
13 tn Heb “ways” (referring figuratively to God’s behavior here).
14 tn The imperfects in this verse emphasize the attitude the psalmist maintains toward God’s law. Another option is to translate with the future tense, “I will find delight…I will not forget.”
15 tn Heb “your word.” Many medieval Hebrew