Psalm 119:147
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English Standard Version
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.

King James Bible
I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.

American Standard Version
I anticipated the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy words.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I prevented the dawning of the day, and cried: because in thy words I very much hoped.

English Revised Version
I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy words.

Webster's Bible Translation
I came before the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.

Psalm 119:147 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The eightfold Tsade. God rules righteously and faithfully according to His word, for which the poet is accordingly zealous, although young and despised. The predicate ישׂר in Psalm 119:137 precedes its subject משׁפּטיך (God's decisions in word and in deed) in the primary form (after the model of the verbal clause Psalm 124:5), just as in German [and English] the predicative adjective remains undeclined. The accusatives צדק and אמוּנה in Psalm 119:138 are not predicative (Hitzig), to which the former ("as righteousness") - not the latter however - is not suited, but adverbial accusatives (in righteousness, in faithfulness), and מאד according to its position is subordinate to ואמונה as a virtual adjective (cf. Isaiah 47:9): the requirements of the revealed law proceed from a disposition towards and mode of dealing with men which is strictly determined by His holiness (צדק), and beyond measure faithfully and honestly designs the well-being of men (אמונה מאד). To see this good law of God despised by his persecutors stirs the poet up with a zeal, which brings him, from their side, to the brink of extreme destruction (Psalm 69:10, cf. צמתּת, Psalm 88:17). God's own utterance is indeed without spot, and therefore not to be carped at; it is pure, fire-proved, noblest metal (Psalm 18:31; Psalm 12:7), therefore he loves it, and does not, though young (lxx νεώτερος, Vulgate adolescentulus) and lightly esteemed, care for the remonstrances of his proud opponents who are old and more learned than himself (the organization of Psalm 119:141 is like Psalm 119:95, and frequently). The righteousness (צדקה) of the God of revelation becomes eternal righteousness (צדק), and His law remains eternal truth (אמת). צדקה is here the name of the attribute and of the action that is conditioned in accordance with it; צדק the name of the state that thoroughly accords with the idea of that which is right. So too in Psalm 119:144 : צדק are Jahve's testimonies for ever, so that all creatures must give glory to their harmony with that which is absolutely right. To look ever deeper and deeper into this their perfection is the growing life of the spirit. The poet prays for this vivifying insight.

Psalm 119:147 Parallel Commentaries

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I prevented. That is, I anticipated, or rose before, the morning dawn; and was before hand with the light itself.

Psalm 5:3 My voice shall you hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer to you, and will look up.

Psalm 21:3 For you prevent him with the blessings of goodness: you set a crown of pure gold on his head.

Psalm 42:8 Yet the LORD will command his loving kindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me...

Psalm 88:13 But to you have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent you.

Psalm 130:6 My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit within me will I seek you early...

Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

hoped

Psalm 119:74,81 They that fear you will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in your word...

Psalm 56:4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do to me.

Psalm 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in his word do I hope.

Hebrews 6:17-19 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show to the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath...

Cross References
Psalm 5:3
O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

Psalm 57:8
Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!

Psalm 88:13
But I, O LORD, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you.

Psalm 108:2
Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!

Psalm 130:6
my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.

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