New American Standard Bible
Trouble and anguish have come upon me, Yet Your commandments are my delight.
King James Bible
Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
Darby Bible Translation
Trouble and anguish have taken hold upon me: thy commandments are my delights.
World English Bible
Trouble and anguish have taken hold of me. Your commandments are my delight.
Young's Literal Translation
Adversity and distress have found me, Thy commands are my delights.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Trouble and anguish - The word rendered "trouble" means affliction of any kind; the word rendered "anguish" would probably express that which results from being pressed, compressed, straitened. It properly refers to a situation where there is no room to move, and where we are pent up in a narrow place. The two words denote deep affliction.
Have taken hold on me - Margin, as in Hebrew, "found me." That is, they were in pursuit of me, and have at last apprehended me. Trouble, anguish, death, are in pursuit of us all our lives, and are never very far in the rear of us. Often, when we least expect them, they come suddenly up to us, and make us their victims.
Yet thy commandments are my delights - Notwithstanding this trouble, and in this trouble - no matter what comes - I have the same unfailing source of comfort, the truth of God; and notwithstanding what may occur, I still make God and his law the source of my happiness. See the notes at Psalm 119:24.
LibraryA Cleansed Way
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy word.'--PSALM cxix. 9. There are many questions about the future with which it is natural for you young people to occupy yourselves; but I am afraid that the most of you ask more anxiously 'How shall I make my way?' than 'How shall I cleanse it?' It is needful carefully to ponder the questions: 'How shall I get on in the world--be happy, fortunate?' and the like, and I suppose that that is the consideration …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
May the Fourth a Healthy Palate
The Christian Described
Excursus on the Choir Offices of the Early Church.
Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors. Daleth.
Your testimonies are righteous forever; Give me understanding that I may live. Qoph.
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