English Standard Version
Hold me up, that I may be safe and have regard for your statutes continually!
King James Bible
Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
American Standard Version
Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe, And shall have respect unto thy statutes continually.
Help me, and I shall be saved: and I will meditate always on thy justifications.
English Revised Version
Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe, and shall have respect unto thy statutes continually.
Webster's Bible Translation
Support me, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect to thy statutes continually.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The eightfold Nun. The word of God is his constant guide, to which he has entrusted himself for ever. The way here below is a way through darkness, and leads close past abysses: in this danger of falling and of going astray the word of God is a lamp to his feet, i.e., to his course, and a light to his path (Proverbs 6:23); his lamp or torch and his sun. That which he has sworn, viz., to keep God's righteous requirements, he has also set up, i.e., brought to fulfilment, but not without being bowed down under heavy afflictions in confessing God; wherefore he prays (as in Psalm 119:25) that God would revive him in accordance with His word, which promises life to those who keep it. The confessions of prayer coming from the inmost impulse of his whole heart, in which he owns his indebtedness and gives himself up entirely to God's mercy, he calls the free-will offerings of his mouth in Psalm 119:108 (cf. Psalm 50:14; Psalm 19:15). He bases the prayer for a gracious acceptance of these upon the fact of his being reduced to extremity. "To have one's soul in one's hand" is the same as to be in conscious peril of one's life, just as "to take one's soul into one's hand" (Judges 12:3; 1 Samuel 19:5; 1 Samuel 28:21; Job 13:14) is the same as to be ready to give one's life for it, to risk one's life.
(Note: Cf. B. Taanth 8a: "The prayer of a man is not answered אלא אם כן משׂים נפשׁו בכפו, i.e., if he is not ready to sacrifice his life.")
Although his life is threatened (Psalm 119:87), yet he does not waver and depart from God's word; he has taken and obtained possession of God's testimonies for ever (cf. Psalm 119:98); they are his "heritage," for which he willingly gives up everything else, for they (המּה inexactly for הנּה) it is which bless and entrance him in his inmost soul. In Psalm 119:112 it is not to be interpreted after Psalm 19:12 : eternal is the reward (of the carrying out of Thy precepts), but in Psalm 119:33 עקב is equivalent to לעד, and Psalm 119:44 proves that Psalm 119:112 need not be a thought that is complete in itself.
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and I will
"Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise," says the LORD; "I will place him in the safety for which he longs."
You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.
Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.
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