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Psalms 119:103

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119:103 Your words are sweeter

in my mouth than honey! 1 

Psalms 19:10

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19:10 They are of greater value 2  than gold,

than even a great amount of pure gold;

they bring greater delight 3  than honey,

than even the sweetest honey from a honeycomb.

Psalms 119:130

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119:130 Your instructions are a doorway through which light shines. 4 

They give 5  insight to the untrained. 6 

Psalms 119:50

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119:50 This 7  is what comforts me in my trouble,

for your promise revives me. 8 

1 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.”

2 tn Heb “more desirable.”

3 tn Heb “are sweeter.” God’s law is “sweet’ in the sense that, when obeyed, it brings a great reward (see v. 11b).

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

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

6 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.

7 tn The demonstrative “this” refers back to the hope just mentioned or forward to the statement in the second line concerning the promise’s power to revive. See the note on the word “me” at the end of the verse for further discussion.

8 tn The hope generated by the promise (see v. 49b) brings comfort because (note “for” at the beginning of the line) the promise revives the psalmist’s spirits. Another option is to take כִּי (ki) at the beginning of the second line in the sense of “that,” in which case “this” refers to the promise’s power to revive.



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