New American Standard Bible
Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget Your statutes.
King James Bible
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
Darby Bible Translation
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; I do not forget thy statutes.
World English Bible
For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke. I don't forget your statutes.
Young's Literal Translation
For I have been as a bottle in smoke, Thy statutes I have not forgotten.
Psalm 119:83 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke - Bottles in the East were commonly made of skins. See the notes at Matthew 9:17. Such "bottles," hanging in tents where the smoke had little opportunity to escape, would, of course, become dark and dingy, and would thus be emblems of distress, discomfort, and sorrow. The meaning here is, that, by affliction and sorrow, the psalmist had been reduced to a state which would be well represented by such a bottle. A somewhat similar idea occurs in Psalm 22:15 : "My strength is dried up like a potsherd." See the notes at that place.
Yet do I not forget thy statutes - Compare the notes at Psalm 119:51. Though thus deeply afflicted, though without comfort or peace, yet I do, I will, maintain allegiance to thee and thy law. The doctrine is that distress, poverty, sorrow, penury, and rags - the most abject circumstances of life - will not turn away a true child of God from obeying and serving him. True religion will abide all these tests. Lazarus from the deepest poverty - from beggary - from undressed sores - went up to Abraham's bosom.
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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"My skin turns black on me, And my bones burn with fever.
For all His ordinances were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me.
All this has come upon us, but we have not forgotten You, And we have not dealt falsely with Your covenant.
The cords of the wicked have encircled me, But I have not forgotten Your law.
I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have revived me.
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