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Psalms 119:97-104

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119:97 O how I love your law!

All day long I meditate on it.

119:98 Your commandments 1  make me wiser than my enemies,

for I am always aware of them.

119:99 I have more insight than all my teachers,

for I meditate on your rules.

119:100 I am more discerning than those older than I,

for I observe your precepts.

119:101 I stay away 2  from the evil path,

so that I might keep your instructions. 3 

119:102 I do not turn aside from your regulations,

for you teach me.

119:103 Your words are sweeter

in my mouth than honey! 4 

119:104 Your precepts give me discernment.

Therefore I hate all deceitful actions. 5 

Psalms 119:130

Context

119:130 Your instructions are a doorway through which light shines. 6 

They give 7  insight to the untrained. 8 

1 tn The plural form needs to be revocalized as a singular in order to agree with the preceding singular verb and the singular pronoun in the next line. The Lord’s “command” refers here to the law (see Ps 19:8).

2 tn Heb “I hold back my feet.”

3 tn Heb “your word.” Many medieval Hebrew mss read the plural.

4 tn Heb “How smooth they are to my palate, your word, more than honey to my mouth.” A few medieval Hebrew mss, as well as several other ancient witnesses, read the plural “your words,” which can then be understood as the subject of the plural verb “they are smooth.”

5 tn Heb “every false path.”

6 tn Heb “the doorway of your words gives light.” God’s “words” refer here to the instructions in his law (see vv. 9, 57).

7 tn Heb “it [i.e., the doorway] gives.”

8 tn Or “the [morally] naive,” that is, the one who is young and still in the process of learning right from wrong and distinguishing wisdom from folly. See Pss 19:7; 116:6.



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