Psalm 119:42
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English Standard Version
then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word.

King James Bible
So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.

American Standard Version
So shall I have an answer for him that reproacheth me; For I trust in thy word.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So shall I answer them that reproach me in any thing; that I have trusted in thy words.

English Revised Version
So shall I have an answer for him that reproacheth me; for I trust in thy word.

Webster's Bible Translation
So shall I have with which to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The eightfold He. He further prays for instruction and guidance that he may escape the by-paths of selfishness and of disavowal. The noun עקב, used also elsewhere as an accus. adverb., in the signification ad extremum (Psalm 119:33 and Psalm 119:112) is peculiar to our poet. אצּרנּה (with a Shebג which takes a colouring in accordance with the principal form) refers back to דּרך. In the petition "give me understanding" (which occurs six times in this Psalm) חבין is causative, as in Job 32:8, and frequently in the post-exilic writings. בּצע (from בּצע, abscindere, as κέρδος accords in sound with κείρειν) signifies gain and acquisition by means of the damage which one does to his neighbour by depreciating his property, by robbery, deceit, and extortion (1 Samuel 8:3), and as a name of a vice, covetousness, and in general selfishness. שׁוא is that which is without real, i.e., without divine, contents or intrinsic worth, - God-opposed teaching and life. בּדרכך

(Note: Heidenheim and Baer erroneously have בּדרכיך with Jod. plural., contrary to the Masora.)

is a defective plural; cf. חסדך, Psalm 119:41, וּמשׁפּטך, Psalm 119:43, and frequently. Establishing, in Psalm 119:38, is equivalent to a realizing of the divine word or promise. The relative clause אשׁר ליראתך is not to be referred to לעבדּך according to Psalm 119:85 (where the expression is different), but to אמרתך: fulfil to Thy servant Thy word or promise, as that which (quippe quae) aims at men attaining the fear of Thee and increasing therein (cf. Psalm 130:4; Psalm 40:4). The reproach which the poet fears in Psalm 119:39 is not the reproach of confessing, but of denying God. Accordingly משׁפּטיך are not God's judgments i.e., acts of judgment, but revealed decisions or judgments: these are good, inasmuch as it is well with him who keeps them. He can appeal before God to the fact that he is set upon the knowledge and experience of these with longing of heart; and he bases his request upon the fact that God by virtue of His righteousness, i.e., the stringency with which He maintains His order of grace, both as to its promises and its duties, would quicken him, who is at present as it were dead with sorrow and weariness.

Psalm 119:42 Parallel Commentaries

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so shall

Psalm 3:2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

Psalm 42:10 As with a sword in my bones, my enemies reproach me; while they say daily to me, Where is your God?

Psalm 71:10,11 For my enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together...

Psalm 109:25 I became also a reproach to them: when they looked on me they shook their heads.

Matthew 27:40-43,63 And saying, You that destroy the temple, and build it in three days, save yourself. If you be the Son of God, come down from the cross...

have wherewith, etc. or, answer him that reproacheth me in a thing

2 Samuel 16:7,8 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, you bloody man, and you man of Belial...

2 Samuel 19:18-20 And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the king's household, and to do what he thought good...

for I trust

Psalm 119:49,74,81 Remember the word to your servant, on which you have caused me to hope...

Psalm 56:4,10,11 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 89:19 Then you spoke in vision to your holy one, and said, I have laid help on one that is mighty...

2 Samuel 7:12-16 And when your days be fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you...

1 Chronicles 28:3-6 But God said to me, You shall not build an house for my name, because you have been a man of war, and have shed blood...

Acts 27:25 Why, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

Cross References
Psalm 102:8
All the day my enemies taunt me; those who deride me use my name for a curse.

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

Proverbs 27:11
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.

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