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Psalms 119:119-120


119:119 You remove all the wicked of the earth like slag. 1 

Therefore I love your rules. 2 

119:120 My body 3  trembles 4  because I fear you; 5 

I am afraid of your judgments.

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.

3 tn Heb “my flesh.”

4 tn The Hebrew verb סָמַר (samar, “to tremble”) occurs only here and in Job 4:15.

5 tn Heb “from fear of you.” The pronominal suffix on the noun is an objective genitive.

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