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.
May your regulations help me! 3
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).