Get me on my feet again. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. I cried unto ; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies. Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
The sin here prayed against is covetousness. The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law. His statutes; they are always binding. Righteous art thou, O , and upright are thy judgments. My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
It has the sense of adhering firmly to anything, so that it cannot easily be separated from it. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes. Clarke's Notes on the Bible My soul cleaveth unto the dust - It would be best to translate נפשי naphshi, my life; and then cleaving to the dust may imply an apprehension of approaching death; and this agrees best with the petition. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
They that fear will be glad when they see me; because I have in thy word. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts. If a man expects by obedience in one thing to purchase indulgence for disobedience in others, his hypocrisy will be detected; if he is not ashamed in this world, everlasting shame will be his portion. I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before. Revised Standard Version My soul cleaves to the dust; revive me according to thy word! My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
The Wycliffe Bible 1395 Mi soule cleuede to the pawment; quykine thou me bi thi word. Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. And we should be more earnest in prayer, that our hearts may be filled with his mercy, grace, and peace. How many are the of thy servant? Zeal against sin should constrain us to do what we can against it, at least to do more in religion ourselves. It is unspeakable comfort to a gracious soul, to think with what tenderness all its complaints are received by a gracious God. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments. Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
New American Standard Version My soul cleaves to the dust; Revive me according to Your word. This I had, because I kept thy precepts. I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies. Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me. I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I in thy word. They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts. How many are the days of thy servant? Quicken thou me - Cause me to live; give me vigor and strength to break away from this which binds me fast, and to rise above these low propensities. Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously. God puts his Spirit within us, causing us to walk in his statutes. He often looks back with shame and gratitude to his lost estate. The more delight we take in the service of God, the nearer we come to perfection. I will not only think of thy statutes, but do them with delight.
It will take us from all confidence in man, or in our own wisdom, strength, and righteousness. Something of this mind of Christ is in every true disciple. My flesh trembleth for fear of ; and I am afraid of thy judgments. I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O , put me not to shame. Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. His word, or saying; it is the declaration of his mind. I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.