Psalm 119

I’m probably biased because I love this Psalm but it seems like this beginning portion is one of the heights of the Psalms. Certainly in poetry regarding the words of God, in addition to a portion of Psalm 19. I seem to like a lot of the translations that are off the beaten path for this one, like REB, ISV, GNB and NJB. I have God’s Word (that’s the name of the translation) displayed below. I’m not sure where “written instructions” comes from in verse 2, but that’s not for me to know much about. None of the other translations I looked at have written and I’m sure much of it was passed on orally at that time. They must have their reason.

I may keep spending time mulling over this part before I move on. It was fun looking at all the translations with their similarities and differences.

See below for book related info.

Psalm 119:1-17 GW
Blessed are those whose lives have integrity,
those who follow the teachings of the LORD.
2 Blessed are those who obey his written instructions.
They wholeheartedly search for him.
3 They do nothing wrong.
They follow his directions.
4 You have commanded
that your guiding principles be carefully followed.
5 I pray that my ways may become firmly established
so that I can obey your laws.
6 Then I will never feel ashamed
when I study all your commandments.
7 I will give thanks to you
as I learn your regulations, which are based on your righteousness.
8 I will obey your laws.
Never abandon me.
9 How can a young person keep his life pure?
He can do it by holding on to your word.
10 I wholeheartedly searched for you.
Do not let me wander away from your commandments.
11 I have treasured your promise in my heart
so that I may not sin against you.
12 Thanks be to you, O LORD.
Teach me your laws.
13 With my lips I have repeated
every regulation that comes from your mouth.
14 I find joy in the way shown by your written instructions
more than I find joy in all kinds of riches.
15 I want to reflect on your guiding principles
and study your ways.
16 Your laws make me happy.
I never forget your word.
17 Be kind to me so that I may live
and hold on to your word.

I have the book Psalm 119 for Life by Hywel R. Jones that I will be reading soon.

I will refer to Psalm 119 – An Exposition by Charles Bridges. His exposition of Proverbs is excellent. Since it’s from earlier 1800’s it can be found for free or at low cost in electronic form:

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