Psalm 119:161
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New International Version
Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word.

King James Bible
SCHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.

Darby Bible Translation
SHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause; but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.

World English Bible
Princes have persecuted me without a cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.

Young's Literal Translation
Shin. Princes have pursued me without cause, And because of Thy words was my heart afraid.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Princes have persecuted me - This may refer to what was done by prime ministers, and the rulers of provinces, to sour the king against the unfortunate Jews, in order still to detain them in bondage. In reference to David, the plotting against him in Saul's court, and the dangers he ran in consequence of the jealousies of the Philistine lords while he sojourned among them, are well known.

My heart standeth in awe - They had probably offers made them of enlargement or melioration of condition, providing they submitted to some idolatrous conditions; but they knew they had to do with a jealous God; their hearts stood in awe, and they were thereby kept from sin.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

princes

Psalm 119:23,157 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but your servant did meditate in your statutes...

1 Samuel 24:9-14 And David said to Saul, Why hear you men's words, saying, Behold, David seeks your hurt...

1 Samuel 26:18 And he said, Why does my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in my hand?

John 15:25 But this comes to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

my heart

Psalm 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart on your bed, and be still. Selah.

Genesis 39:9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither has he kept back any thing from me but you, because you are his wife...

Genesis 42:18 And Joseph said to them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

2 Kings 22:19 Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled yourself before the LORD, when you heard what I spoke against this place...

Nehemiah 5:15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable to the people, and had taken of them bread and wine...

Job 31:23 For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have been, said the LORD: but to this man will I look...

Jeremiah 36:23-25 And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife...

Library
Notes 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
Thomas Traherne—Centuries of Meditations

'Time for Thee to Work'
'It is time for Thee, Lord, to work; for they have made void Thy Law. 127. Therefore I love Thy commandments above gold, yea, above fine gold. 128. Therefore I esteem all Thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.' --PSALM cxix. 126-128. If much that we hear be true, a society to circulate Bibles is a most irrational and wasteful expenditure of energy and money. We cannot ignore the extent and severity of the opposition to the very idea of revelation, even if we would;
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

And in Jeremiah He Thus Declares his Death and Descent into Hell...
And in Jeremiah He thus declares His death and descent into hell, saying: And the Lord the Holy One of Israel, remembered his dead, which aforetime fell asleep in the dust of the earth; and he went down unto them, to bring the tidings of his salvation, to deliver them. [255] In this place He also renders the cause of His death: for His descent into hell was the salvation of them that had passed away. And, again, concerning His cross Isaiah says thus: I have stretched out my hands all the day long
Irenæus—The Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching

Progress of Reform in Germany
Luther's mysterious disappearance excited consternation throughout all Germany. Inquiries concerning him were heard everywhere. The wildest rumors were circulated, and many believed that he had been murdered. There was great lamentation, not only by his avowed friends, but by thousands who had not openly taken their stand with the Reformation. Many bound themselves by a solemn oath to avenge his death. The Romish leaders saw with terror to what a pitch had risen the feeling against them. Though at
Ellen Gould White—The Great Controversy

Cross References
1 Samuel 24:11
See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life.

1 Samuel 26:18
And he added, "Why is my lord pursuing his servant? What have I done, and what wrong am I guilty of?

Psalm 119:23
Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees.

Psalm 119:86
All your commands are trustworthy; help me, for I am being persecuted without cause.

Psalm 119:120
My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.

Psalm 119:157
Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statutes.

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