New International Version
Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law.
King James Bible
My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.
Darby Bible Translation
My life is continually in my hand; but I do not forget thy law.
World English Bible
My soul is continually in my hand, yet I won't forget your law.
Young's Literal Translation
My soul is in my hand continually, And Thy law I have not forgotten.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
My soul is continually in my hand - נפשי naphshi, my life; that is, it is in constant danger, every hour I am on the confines of death.
The expression signifies to be in continual danger. So Xenarchus in Athenaeus, lib. xiii., c. 4: Εν τῃ χειρι την ψυχην εχοντα, "having the life in the hand;" which signifies continual danger and jeopardy. There is some thing like this in the speech of Achilles to Ulysses, Hom. Il. ix., ver. 322: -
Αιει εμην ψυχην παραβαλλομενος πολεμιζειν·
"Always presenting my life to the dangers of the fight."
My soul is in thy hand, is the reading of the Syriac, Septuagint, Ethiopic, and Arabic; but this is a conjectural and useless emendation.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
my soul. Rather, My life is continually in my hand; it is in constant danger; every hour I am on the confines of death. The LXX, Syriac, and Ethiopic read, in thy hand; but this is a conjectural and useless alteration.
yet do I not
LibraryNotes on the First Century:
Page 1. Line 1. An empty book is like an infant's soul.' Here Traherne may possibly have had in his mind a passage in Bishop Earle's "Microcosmography." In delineating the character of a child, Earle says: "His soul is yet a white paper unscribbled with observations of the world, wherewith at length it becomes a blurred note-book," Page 14. Line 25. The entrance of his words. This sentence is from Psalm cxix. 130. Page 15. Last line of Med. 21. "Insatiableness." This word in Traherne's time was often …
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When I saw that you wouldn't help, I took my life in my hands and crossed over to fight the Ammonites, and the LORD gave me the victory over them. Now why have you come up today to fight me?"
1 Samuel 19:5
He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The LORD won a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent man like David by killing him for no reason?"
Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands?
I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God's hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them.
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