New American Standard Bible
The arrogant have forged a lie against me; With all my heart I will observe Your precepts.
King James Bible
The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
Darby Bible Translation
The proud have forged falsehood against me: I will observe thy precepts with my whole heart.
World English Bible
The proud have smeared a lie upon me. With my whole heart, I will keep your precepts.
Young's Literal Translation
Forged against me falsehood have the proud, I with the whole heart keep Thy precepts.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The proud - The psalmist had before referred to the "proud" as those from whom he had suffered injury, or as having been exposed to their derision. See the notes at Psalm 119:51. He here reverts to another form in which he had suffered from them.
Have forged a lie against me - Compare Job 13:4. The word rendered "forged," means to patch together; and then it is applied to charges or accusations against anyone, perhaps from their being made up (as they often are) of shreds and patches - hints, small matters, things having no necessary connection in themselves, but brought together as if they pertained to the same transaction - words dropped here and there in conversation, which, being artfully woven together, seem to make out a plausible case against a man. Most slanders are formed and sustained in this way, for it is rare that an absolutely forged slander is uttered against a man, or that a charge is brought which cannot be made to have plausibility from such circumstances as those referred to above. Even the most pure and circumspect cannot always avoid this, for there is something in every man's life of which a malignant and cunning enemy may take advantage, and which he may weave into a story which some will believe, and which it may not be easy to confute. A malicious man may thus start a slander which may require years to correct, and which may even operate injuriously against a man all his life.
But I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart - Notwithstanding their accusations, and their attempts to turn me away from thee, or to represent me as false and hypocritical. Whatever they may do; whatever reports they may start to my disadvantage, it is my fixed purpose to obey entirely and always thy law. See the notes at Psalm 119:51.
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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"But you smear with lies; You are all worthless physicians.
For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law And keep it with all my heart.
This has become mine, That I observe Your precepts. Heth.
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