New American Standard Bible
Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your ordinances are good.
King James Bible
Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.
Darby Bible Translation
Turn away my reproach which I fear; for thy judgments are good.
World English Bible
Take away my disgrace that I dread, for your ordinances are good.
Young's Literal Translation
Remove my reproach that I have feared, For Thy judgments are good.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Turn away my reproach - The reproach which is likely to come upon me from being a professed worshipper of God. In all ages good men have been exposed to this reproach.
Which I fear - Which I have reason to apprehend will come upon me. This may not mean that he was personally afraid of it, but merely that he had reason to apprehend that he was exposed to it. The prayer is proper, for there is nothing which our nature makes us shrink back from more than reproach. Compare Psalm 119:22; Psalm 69:9, Psalm 69:20; Romans 15:3; 2 Corinthians 12:10. The word repreach in the original is the same which denotes shame or dishonor.
For thy judgments are good - Thy statutes; thy laws. I know they are good. I feel that I desire to obey them. I pray, therefore, that obedience on my part to that which is good may not subject me to shame; that people may see that thy laws are good, and that it is not a matter of reproach to obey them.
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.
Take away reproach and contempt from me, For I observe Your testimonies.
So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word.
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