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

King James Bible
For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.

American Standard Version
For all his ordinances were before me, And I put not away his statutes from me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For till his judgments are in my sight: and his justices I have not put away from me.

English Revised Version
For all his judgments were before me, and I put not away his statutes from me.

Webster's Bible Translation
For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.

Psalm 18:22 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Heb.: 18:17-20) Then Jahve stretches out His hand from above into the deep chasm and draws up the sinking one. The verb שׁלח occurs also in prose (2 Samuel 6:6) without יד (Psalm 57:4, cf. on the other hand the borrowed passage, Psalm 144:7) in the signification to reach (after anything). The verb משׁה, however, is only found in one other instance, viz., Exodus 2:10, as the root (transferred from the Egyptian into the Hebrew) of the name of Moses, and even Luther saw in it an historical allusion, "He hath made a Moses of me," He hath drawn me out of great (many) waters, which had well nigh swallowed me up, as He did Moses out of the waters of the Nile, in which he would have perished. This figurative language is followed, in Psalm 18:18, by its interpretation, just as in Psalm 144:7 the "great waters" are explained by מיּד בּני נכר, which, however, is not suitable here, or at least is too limited.

With Psalm 18:17 the hymn has reached the climax of epic description, from which it now descends in a tone that becomes more and more lyrical. In the combination איבי עז, עז is not an adverbial accusative, but an adjective, like רוּחך טובה Psalm 143:10, and ὁ ἀνὴρ ἀγαθός (Hebrerbrief S. 353). כּי introduces the reason for the interposition of the divine omnipotence, viz., the superior strength of the foe and the weakness of the oppressed one. On the day of his איד, i.e., (vid., on Psalm 31:12) his load or calamity, when he was altogether a homeless and almost defenceless fugitive, they came upon him (קדּם Psalm 17:13), cutting off all possible means of delivering himself, but Jahve became the fugitive's staff (Psalm 23:4) upon which he leaned and kept himself erect. By the hand of God, out of straits and difficulties he reached a broad place, out of the dungeon of oppression to freedom, for Jahve had delighted in him, he was His chosen and beloved one. חפץ has the accent on the penult here, and Metheg as a sign of the lengthening (העמדה) beside the ē, that it may not be read ĕ.

(Note: In like manner Metheg is placed beside the ee of the final closed syllable that has lost the tone in חפץ Psalm 22:9, ותּחולל Psalm 90:2, vid., Isaiah S. 594 note.)

The following strophe tells the reason of his pleasing God and of His not allowing him to perish. This כּי חפץ בּי (for He delighted in me) now becomes the primary thought of the song.

Psalm 18:22 Parallel Commentaries

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For I

Psalm 17:4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of your lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

Psalm 26:1 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in my integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.

Psalm 119:10,11 With my whole heart have I sought you: O let me not wander from your commandments...

Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offense toward God, and toward men.

1 Thessalonians 2:10 You are witnesses, and God also, how piously and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

have not

Psalm 119:102 I have not departed from your judgments: for you have taught me.

1 Samuel 15:11 It repents me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and has not performed my commandments...

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us...

Cross References
Psalm 119:30
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.

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

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