Psalm 119:72
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English Standard Version
The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

King James Bible
The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

American Standard Version
The law of thy mouth is better unto me Than thousands of gold and silver.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The law of thy mouth is good to me, above thousands of gold and silver.

English Revised Version
The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

Webster's Bible Translation
The law of thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The eightfold Teth. The good word of the gracious God is the fountain of all good; and it is learned in the way of lowliness. He reviews his life, and sees in everything that has befallen him the good and well-meaning appointment of the God of salvation in accordance with the plan and order of salvation of His word. The form עבדּך, which is the form out of pause, is retained in Psalm 119:65 beside Athnach, although not preceded by Olewejored (cf. Psalm 35:19; Psalm 48:11; Proverbs 30:21). Clinging believingly to the commandments of God, he is able confidently to pray that He would teach him "good discernment" and "knowledge." טעם is ethically the capacity of distinguishing between good and evil, and of discovering the latter as it were by touch; טוּב טעם, good discernment, is a coupling of words like טוּב לב, a happy disposition, cheerfulness. God has brought him into this relationship to His word by humbling him, and thus setting him right out of his having gone astray. אמרה in Psalm 119:67, as in Psalm 119:11, is not God's utterance conveying a promise, but imposing a duty. God is called טּוב as He who is graciously disposed towards man, and מתיב as He who acts out this disposition; this loving and gracious God he implores to become his Teacher. In his fidelity to God's word he does not allow himself to be led astray by any of the lies which the proud try to impose upon him (Bttcher), or better absolutely (cf. Job 13:4): to patch together over him, making the true nature unrecognisable as it were by means of false plaster or whitewash (טפל, to smear over, bedaub, as the Targumic, Talmudic, and Syriac show). If the heart of these men, who by slander make him into a caricature of himself, is covered as it were with thick fat (a figure of insensibility and obduracy, Psalm 17:10; Psalm 73:7; Isaiah 6:10, lxx ἐτυρώθη, Aquila ἐλιπάνθη, Symmachus ἐμυαλώθη) against all the impressions of the word of God, he, on the other hand, has his delight in the law of God (שׁעשׁע with an accusative of the object, not of that which is delighted, Psalm 94:19, but of that which delights). How beneficial has the school of affliction through which he has attained to this, been to him! The word proceeding from the mouth of God is now more precious to him than the greatest earthly riches.

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Psalm 119:14,111,127,162 I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies, as much as in all riches...

Psalm 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Proverbs 3:14,15 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold...

Proverbs 8:10,11,19 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold...

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

Matthew 13:44-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to treasure hid in a field; the which when a man has found, he hides...

Cross References
Psalm 19:10
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

Psalm 119:13
With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.

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

Proverbs 8:10
Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,

Proverbs 8:11
for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

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