New American Standard Bible
Take away reproach and contempt from me, For I observe Your testimonies.
King James Bible
Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.
Darby Bible Translation
Roll off from me reproach and contempt; for I observe thy testimonies.
World English Bible
Take reproach and contempt away from me, for I have kept your statutes.
Young's Literal Translation
Remove from me reproach and contempt, For Thy testimonies I have kept.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Remove from me reproach and contempt - Show me thy favor, and let me not suffer in the estimation of mankind on account of my religion. Let me not be exposed to malicious charges; to accusations of hypocrisy, insincerity, and unfaithfulness on account of my religion. This "reproach and contempt" might arise from two sources;
(1) on account of religion itself, or because he was a true friend of God; or
(2) he may have been charged with hypocrisy and insincerity; with doing things inconsistent with the profession of religion. These accusations he prays may be removed from him:
(a) in order that the true religion might not be in itself a matter of reproach, but that God might honor his own religion, and make it esteemed among people;
(b) because he was conscious that so far as he was concerned, the charges were unfounded. He did not deserve the "reproach and contempt" that properly belong to a life of hypocrisy and insincerity.
For I have kept thy testimonies - My conscience assures me of this. I can appeal to thee, my God, in proof that I do not deserve the charge of insincerity and hypocrisy. Every professedly pious man ought to be able thus to appeal to conscience and to God, and to say, in the most solemn manner, that he does not deserve the reproach of hypocrisy and insincerity.
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 …
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"Deliver me from all my transgressions; Make me not the reproach of the foolish.
How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart.
Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your ordinances are good.
This has become mine, That I observe Your precepts. Heth.
I understand more than the aged, Because I have observed Your precepts.
Depart from me, evildoers, That I may observe the commandments of my God.
Your testimonies are wonderful; Therefore my soul observes them.
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