All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes.
You have removed all the wicked of the earth like dross; Therefore I love Your testimonies.
All the wicked of the earth are the scum you skim off; no wonder I love to obey your decrees!
You reject earth's wicked as so much rubbish; therefore I lovingly embrace everything you say.
All the sinners of the earth are like waste metal in your eyes; and for this cause I give my love to your unchanging word.
All the wicked of the earth you count as dross; therefore I love your decrees.
You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross; Therefore I love Your testimonies.
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1 sn Traditionally “dross” (so KJV, ASV, NIV). The metaphor comes from metallurgy; “slag” is the substance left over after the metallic ore has been refined.
2 sn As he explains in the next verse, the psalmist’s fear of judgment motivates him to obey God’s rules.