Psalm 119:138
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English Standard Version
You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness and in all faithfulness.

King James Bible
Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

American Standard Version
Thou hast commanded thy testimonies in righteousness And very faithfulness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast commanded justice thy testimonies: and thy truth exceedingly.

English Revised Version
Thou hast commanded thy testimonies in righteousness and very faithfulness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The eightfold Phe. The deeper his depression of spirit concerning those who despise the word of God, the more ardently does he yearn after the light and food of that word. The testimonies of God are פּלאות, wonderful and strange (paradoxical) things, exalted above every-day life and the common understanding. In this connection of the thoughts נצרתם is not intended of careful observance, but of attentive contemplation that is prolonged until a clear penetrating understanding of the matter is attained. The opening, disclosure (פּתח, apertio, with Tsere in distinction from פּתח, porta) of God's word giveth light, inasmuch as it makes the simple (פּתיים as in Proverbs 22:3) wise or sagacious; in connection with which it is assumed that it is God Himself who unfolds the mysteries of His word to those who are anxious to learn. Such an one, anxious to learn, is the poet: he pants with open mouth, viz., for the heavenly fare of such disclosures (פּער like פּער פּה in Job 29:23, cf. Psalm 81:11). יאב is a hapaxlegomenon, just as תּאב is also exclusively peculiar to the Psalm before us; both are secondary forms of אבה. Love to God cannot indeed remain unresponded to. The experience of helping grace is a right belonging to those who love the God of revelation; love in return for love, salvation in return for the longing for salvation, is their prerogative. On the ground of this reciprocal relation the petitions in Psalm 119:133-135 are then put up, coming back at last to the one chief prayer "teach me." אמרה, Psalm 119:133, is not merely a "promise" in this instance, but the declared will of God in general. כּל־און refers pre-eminently to all sin of disavowal (denying God), into which he might fall under outward and inward pressure (עשׁק). For he has round about him those who do not keep God's law. On account of these apostates (על לא as in Isaiah 53:9, equivalent to על־אשׁר לא) his eyes run down rivers of water (ירד as in Lamentations 3:48, with an accusative of the object). His mood is not that of unfeeling self-glorying, but of sorrow like that of Jeremiah, because of the contempt of Jahve, and the self-destruction of those who contemn Him.

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testimonies

Psalm 119:86,144 All your commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help you me...

Psalm 19:7-9 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple...

Deuteronomy 4:8,45 And what nation is there so great, that has statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day...

righteous. Heb. righteousness
faithful. Heb. faithfulness

Psalm 119:75 I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, and that you in faithfulness have afflicted me.

Cross References
Psalm 19:7
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

Psalm 19:9
the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

Psalm 119:75
I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

Psalm 119:86
All your commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me!

Psalm 119:90
Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.

Psalm 119:144
Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.

Psalm 119:172
My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.

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