Psalm 119:92
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English Standard Version
If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.

King James Bible
Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

American Standard Version
Unless thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unless thy law had been my meditation, I had then perhaps perished in my abjection.

English Revised Version
Unless thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

Webster's Bible Translation
Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in my affliction.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The eightfold Kaph. This strengthening according to God's promise is his earnest desire (כּלה) now, when within a very little his enemies have compassed his ruin (כּלּה). His soul and eyes languish (כּלה as in Psalm 69:4; Psalm 84:3, cf. Job 19:27) for God's salvation, that it may be unto him according to God's word or promise, that this word may be fulfilled. In Psalm 119:83 כּי is hypothetical, as in Psalm 21:12 and frequently; here, as perhaps also in Psalm 27:10, in the sense of "although" (Ew. ֗362, b). He does not suffer anything to drive God's word out of his mind, although he is already become like a leathern bottle blackened and shrivelled up in the smoke. The custom of the ancients of placing jars with wine over the smoke in order to make the wine prematurely old, i.e., to mellow it (vid., Rosenm׬ller), does not yield anything towards the understanding of this passage: the skin-bottle that is not intended for present use is hung up on high; and the fact that it had to withstand the upward ascending smoke is intelligible, notwithstanding the absence of any mention of the chimney. The point of comparison, in which we agree for the most part with Hitzig, is the removal of him who in his dungeon is continually exposed to the drudgery of his persecutors. כּמּה in Psalm 119:84 is equivalent to "how few." Our life here below is short, so also is the period within which the divine righteousness can reveal itself. שׁיחות (instead of which the lxx erroneously reads שׂיחות), pits, is an old word, Psalm 57:7. The relative clause, Psalm 119:85, describes the "proud" as being a contradiction to the revealed law; for there was no necessity for saying that to dig a pit for others is not in accordance with this law. All God's commandments are an emanation of His faithfulness, and therefore too demand faithfulness; but it is just this faithfulness that makes the poet an object of deadly hatred. They have already almost destroyed him"in the land." It is generally rendered "on earth;" but "in heaven" at the beginning of the following octonary is too far removed to be an antithesis to it, nor does it sound like one (cf. on the other hand ἐν τοῖς ouranoi's, Matthew 5:12). It is therefore: in the land (cf. Psalm 58:3; Psalm 73:9), where they think they are the only ones who have any right there, they have almost destroyed him, without shaking the constancy of his faith. But he stands in need of fresh grace in order that he may not, however, at last succumb.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

thy law

Psalm 119:24,77,143 Your testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors...

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning...

I should

Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Psalm 94:18,19 When I said, My foot slips; your mercy, O LORD, held me up...

Proverbs 6:22,23 When you go, it shall lead you; when you sleep, it shall keep you; and when you wake, it shall talk with you...

Cross References
Psalm 119:16
I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

Psalm 119:50
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.

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