Psalm 119:83
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English Standard Version
For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes.

King James Bible
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.

American Standard Version
For I am become like a wine-skin in the smoke; Yet do I not forget thy statutes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I am become like a bottle in the frost: I have not forgotten thy justifications.

English Revised Version
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet I do not forget thy statutes.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The eightfold Jod. God humbles, but He also exalts again according to His word; for this the poet prays in order that he may be a consolatory example to the God-fearing, to the confusion of his enemies. It is impossible that God should forsake man, who is His creature, and deny to him that which makes him truly happy, viz., the understanding and knowledge of His word. For this spiritual gift the poet prays in Psalm 119:73 (cf. on 73a, Deuteronomy 32:6; Job 10:8; Job 31:15); and he wishes in Psalm 119:74 that all who fear God may see in him with joy an example of the way in which trust in the word of God is rewarded (cf. Psalm 34:3; Psalm 35:27; Psalm 69:33; Psalm 107:42, and other passages). He knows that God's acts of judgment are pure righteousness, i.e., regulated by God's holiness, out of which they spring, and by the salvation of men, at which they aim; and he knows that God has humbled him אמוּנה (accus. adverb. for בּאמוּנה), being faithful in His intentions towards him; for it is just in the school of affliction that one first learns rightly to estimate the worth of His word, and comes to feel its power. But trouble, though sweetened by an insight into God's salutary design, is nevertheless always bitter; hence the well-justified prayer of Psalm 119:76, that God's mercy may notwithstanding be bestowed upon him for his consolation, in accordance with the promise which is become his (ל as in Psalm 119:49), His servant's. עוּת, Psalm 119:78, instead of being construed with the accusative of the right, or of the cause, that is perverted, is construed with the accusative of the person upon whom such perversion of right, such oppression by means of misrepresentation, is inflicted, as in Job 19:6; Lamentations 3:36. Chajug' reads עוּדוּני as in Psalm 119:61. The wish expressed in Psalm 119:79 is to be understood according to Psalm 73:10; Jeremiah 15:19, cf. Proverbs 9:4, Proverbs 9:16. If instead of וידעי (which is favoured by Psalm 119:63), we read according to the Chethb וידעוּ (cf. Psalm 119:125), then what is meant by ישׁוּבוּ לּי is a turning towards him for the purpose of learning: may their knowledge be enriched from his experience. For himself, however, in Psalm 119:80 he desires unreserved, faultless, unwavering adherence to God's word, for only thus is he secure against being ignominiously undeceived.

Psalm 119:83 Parallel Commentaries

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like a bottle in the smoke. As the bottles in the East are made of skin, it is evident that one of these hung up in the smoke must soon be parched, shrivelled up, lose all its strength, and become unsightly and useless. Thus the Psalmist appeared to himself to have become useless and despicable, through and exhausted state of his body and mind, by long bodily afflictions and mental distress.

Psalm 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue sticks to my jaws; and you have brought me into the dust of death.

Psalm 102:3,4 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth...

Job 30:30 My skin is black on me, and my bones are burned with heat.

yet do I

Psalm 119:16,61,176 I will delight myself in your statutes: I will not forget your word...

Cross References
Job 30:30
My skin turns black and falls from me, and my bones burn with heat.

Psalm 18:22
For all his rules were before me, and his statutes I did not put away from me.

Psalm 44:17
All this has come upon us, though we have not forgotten you, and we have not been false to your covenant.

Psalm 119:61
Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget your law.

Psalm 119:93
I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life.

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