Psalm 119:148
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English Standard Version
My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.

King James Bible
Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

American Standard Version
Mine eyes anticipated the night-watches, That I might meditate on thy word.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My eyes to thee have prevented the morning: that I might meditate on thy words.

English Revised Version
Mine eyes prevented the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

Webster's Bible Translation
My eyes anticipated the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

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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.

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Psalm 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you because of your righteous judgments.

Psalm 63:1,6 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for you, my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land...

Psalm 139:17,18 How precious also are your thoughts to me, O God! how great is the sum of them!...

Lamentations 2:19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out your heart like water before the face of the LORD...

Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

the night watches. The ancient Jews divided the night into three watches of four hours each, beginning at six o'clock in the evening; before the last of which, the day break, or morning watch, as the LXX and Vulgate read, the Psalmist was awake.

Cross References
Psalm 63:6
when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;

Psalm 119:15
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.

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