Psalm 119:120
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English Standard Version
My flesh trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments.

King James Bible
My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.

American Standard Version
My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; And I am afraid of thy judgments.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Pierce thou my flesh with thy fear: for I am afraid of thy judgments.

English Revised Version
My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.

Webster's Bible Translation
My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The eightfold Samech. His hope rests on God's word, without allowing itself to be led astray by doubters and apostates. סעפים (the form of nouns which indicate defects or failings) are those inwardly divided, halting between two opinions (סעפּים), 1 Kings 18:21, who do homage partly to the worship of Jahve, partly to heathenism, and therefore are trying to combine faith and naturalism. In contrast to such, the poet's love, faith, and hope are devoted entirely to the God of revelation; and to all those who are desirous of drawing him away he addresses in Psalm 119:115 (cf. Psalm 6:9) an indignant "depart." He, however, stands in need of grace in order to persevere and to conquer. For this he prays in Psalm 119:116-117. The מן in משּׁברי is the same as in בּושׁ מן. The ah of ואשׁעה is the intentional ah (Ew. 228, c), as in Isaiah 41:23. The statement of the ground of the סלית, vilipendis, does not mean: unsuccessful is their deceit (Hengstenberg, Olshausen), but falsehood without the consistency of truth is their self-deceptive and seductive tendency. The lxx and Syriac read תּרעיתם, "their sentiment;" but this is an Aramaic word that is unintelligible in Hebrew, which the old translators have conjured into the text only on account of an apparent tautology. The reading השּׁבתּ or חשׁבתּ (Aquila, Symmachus, and Jerome; lxx ἐλογισάμην, therefore חשׁבתי) instead of חשׁבתּ might more readily be justified in Psalm 119:119; but the former gives too narrow a meaning, and the reading rests on a mistaking of the construction of השׁבית with an accusative of the object and of the effect: all the wicked, as many of them as are on the earth, dost Thou put away as dross (סגים( ssor). Accordingly משׁפטיך in Psalm 119:120 are God's punitive judgments, or rather (cf. Psalm 119:91) God's laws (judgments) according to which He judges. What is meant are sentences of punishment, as in Leviticus 26, Deuteronomy 28. Of these the poet is afraid, for omnipotence can change words into deeds forthwith. In fear of the God who has attested Himself in Exodus 34:7 and elsewhere, his skin shudders and his hair stands on end.

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Psalm 119:53 Horror has taken hold on me because of the wicked that forsake your law.

Leviticus 10:1-3 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon...

1 Samuel 6:20 And the men of Bethshemesh said, Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? and to whom shall he go up from us?

2 Samuel 6:8,9 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach on Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day...

1 Chronicles 24:16,17,30 The nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezekel...

2 Chronicles 34:21,27 Go, inquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found...

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have been, said the LORD: but to this man will I look...

Daniel 10:8-11 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me...

Habakkuk 3:16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself...

Philippians 2:12 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence...

Hebrews 12:21,28,29 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)...

Revelation 1:17,18 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand on me, saying to me, Fear not; I am the first and the last...

Cross References
2 Samuel 6:9
And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and he said, "How can the ark of the LORD come to me?"

Job 4:14
dread came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.

Psalm 2:11
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Psalm 55:5
Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me.

Psalm 119:161
Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.

Isaiah 66:2
All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

Jeremiah 5:22
Do you not fear me? declares the LORD. Do you not tremble before me? I placed the sand as the boundary for the sea, a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass; though the waves toss, they cannot prevail; though they roar, they cannot pass over it.

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