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Psalms 119:173-176

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119:173 May your hand help me,

for I choose to obey 1  your precepts.

119:174 I long for your deliverance, O Lord;

I find delight in your law.

119:175 May I 2  live and praise you!

May your regulations help me! 3 

119:176 I have wandered off like a lost sheep. 4 

Come looking for your servant,

for I do not forget your commands.

1 tn The words “to obey” are not in the Hebrew text, but have been supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons and for clarity.

2 tn Heb “my life.”

3 tn God’s regulations will “help” the psalmist by giving him moral and ethical guidance.

4 tn Heb “I stray like a lost sheep.” It is possible that the point of the metaphor is vulnerability: The psalmist, who is threatened by his enemies, feels as vulnerable as a straying, lost sheep. This would not suggest, however, that he has wandered from God’s path (see the second half of the verse, as well as v. 110).



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