Psalm 119:48
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English Standard Version
I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.

King James Bible
My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.

American Standard Version
I will lift up my hands also unto thy commandments, which I have loved; And I will meditate on thy statutes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I lifted up my hands to thy commandments, which I loved: and I was exercised in thy justifications.

English Revised Version
I will lift up my hands also unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.

Webster's Bible Translation
My hands also will I lift to thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The eightfold Vav. He prays for the grace of true and fearlessly joyous confession. The lxx renders Psalm 119:41: καὶ ἔλθοι ἐπ ̓ ἐμε ̓ τὸ ἔλεός σου; but the Targum and Jerome rightly (cf. Psalm 119:77, Isaiah 63:7) have the plural: God's proofs of loving-kindness in accordance with His promises will put him in the position that he will not be obliged to be dumb in the presence of him who reproaches him (חרף, prop. a plucker, cf. Arab. charûf, a lamb equals a plucker of leaves or grass), but will be able to answer him on the ground of his own experience. The verb ענה, which in itself has many meanings, acquires the signification "to give an answer" through the word, דּבר, that is added (synon. השׁיב דּבר). Psalm 119:43 also refers to the duty of confessing God. The meaning of the prayer is, that God may not suffer him to come to such a pass that he will be utterly unable to witness for the truth; for language dies away in the mouth of him who is unworthy of its before God. The writer has no fear of this for himself, for his hope is set towards God's judgments (למשׁפּטך, defective plural, as also in Psalm 119:149; in proof of which, compare Psalm 119:156 and Psalm 119:175), his confidence takes its stand upon them. The futures which follow from Psalm 119:44 to Psalm 119:48 declare that what he would willingly do by the grace of God, and strives to do, is to walk בּרחבה, in a broad space (elsewhere בּמּרחב), therefore unstraitened, which in this instance is not equivalent to happily, but courageously and unconstrainedly, without allowing myself to be intimidated, and said of inward freedom which makes itself known outwardly. In Psalm 119:46 the Vulgate renders: Et loquebar de (in) testimoniis tuis in conspectu regum et non confundebar - the motto of the Augsburg Confession, to which it was adapted especially in connection with this historical interpretation of the two verbs, which does not correspond to the original text. The lifting up of the hands in Psalm 119:48 is an expression of fervent longing desire, as in connection with prayer, Psalm 28:2; Psalm 63:5; Psalm 134:2; Psalm 141:2, and frequently. The second אשׁר אהבתי is open to the suspicion of being an inadvertent repetition. שׂיח בּ (synon. בּ הגה) signifies a still or audible meditating that is absorbed in the object.

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hands

Psalm 10:12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand: forget not the humble.

Ezekiel 44:12 Because they ministered to them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity...

Micah 5:9 Your hand shall be lifted up on your adversaries, and all your enemies shall be cut off.

unto thy

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven...

John 13:17 If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.

John 15:14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.

James 1:22-25 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves...

and I will

Psalm 119:15 I will meditate in your precepts, and have respect to your ways.

Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night.

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

Psalm 119:49
Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.

Psalm 119:97
Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.

Psalm 119:127
Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold.

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