New American Standard Bible
Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine.
King James Bible
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
Darby Bible Translation
Thy commandments make me wiser than mine enemies; for they are ever with me.
World English Bible
Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for your commandments are always with me.
Young's Literal Translation
Than mine enemies Thy command maketh me wiser, For it is before me to the age.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Thou, through thy commandments - By the teaching and power of thy law.
Hast made me wiser than mine enemies - I have a better understanding of thee, of thy law, of the duties of this life, and in regard to the life to come, than my enemies have - not because I am naturally better, or because I have higher endowments by nature, but because thou hast made me wiser than they are. The rendering of this first clause of the verse now most approved by interpreters is, "Thy commandments make me more wise than my enemies are," though this requires a singular verb to be construed with a plural noun (Professor Alexander). So DeWette renders it.
For they are ever with me - Margin, as in Hebrew, "it is ever with me." The reference is to the law or commandments of God. The meaning is, that that law was never out of his mind; that he was constantly thinking about it; and that it unfolded such wisdom to him as to make him superior to all his foes; to give him a better understanding of life, its design, its duties, and its obligations, than his enemies had. The best instructor in true wisdom is the revealed word of God - the Bible.
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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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2 Timothy 3:15
and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
"So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'
The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.
The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
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