Psalm 119:38
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English Standard Version
Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared.

King James Bible
Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.

American Standard Version
Confirm unto thy servant thy word, Which is in order unto the fear of thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Establish thy word to thy servant, in thy fear.

English Revised Version
Confirm thy word unto thy servant, which belongeth unto the fear of thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Establish thy word to thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The eightfold Daleth. He is in deep trouble, and prays for consolation and strengthening by means of God's word, to which he resigns himself. His soul is fixed to the dust (Psalm 44:26) in connection with such non-recognition and proscription, and is incapable of raising itself. In Psalm 119:25 he implores new strength and spirits (חיּה as in Psalm 71:20; Psalm 85:7) from God, in conformity with and by reason of His word. He has rehearsed his walk in every detail to God, and has not been left without an answer, which has assured him of His good pleasure: may He then be pleased to advance him ever further and further in the understanding of His word, in order that, though men are against him, he may nevertheless have God on his side, Psalm 119:26-27. The complaint and request expressed in Psalm 119:25 are renewed in Psalm 119:28. דּלף refers to the soul, which is as it were melting away in the trickling down of tears; קיּם is a Piel of Aramaic formation belonging to the later language. In Psalm 119:29-30 the way of lies or of treachery, and the way of faithfulness or of perseverance in the truth, stand in opposition to one another. חנן is construed with a double accusative, inasmuch as תּורה has not the rigid notion of a fixed teaching, but of living empirical instruction. שׁוּה (short for שׁוה לנגד, Psalm 16:8) signifies to put or set, viz., as a norma normans that stands before one's eyes. He cleaves to the testimonies of God; may Jahve not disappoint the hope which to him springs up out of them, according to the promise, Psalm 119:31. He runs, i.e., walks vigorously and cheerfully, in the way of God's commandments, for He has widened his heart, by granting and preserving to the persecuted one the joyfulness of confession and the confidence of hope.

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Psalm 119:49 Remember the word to your servant, on which you have caused me to hope.

2 Samuel 7:25-29 And now, O LORD God, the word that you have spoken concerning your servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever...

2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yes, and in him Amen, to the glory of God by us.

who is devoted

Psalm 103:11,13,17 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him...

Psalm 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

Psalm 147:11 The LORD takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Jeremiah 32:39-41 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them...

Cross References
2 Samuel 7:25
And now, O LORD God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken.

Psalm 119:39
Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good.

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