New International Version
Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded.
King James Bible
Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
Darby Bible Translation
Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept from the paths of the violent [man].
World English Bible
As for the works of men, by the word of your lips, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.
Young's Literal Translation
As to doings of man, Through a word of Thy lips I have observed The paths of a destroyer;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The paths of the destroyer - Some render, hard or difficult paths, the sense of which is given above. But the passage is exceedingly obscure. My old Psalter translates and paraphrases as follows: -
Trans. That my mouthe speke noght the werkes of men, for the wordes of thi lippes I haf keped hard wayse.
Par - That es, that nothing passe of my mouthe bot at falles to the louyng of the; noght til werkes of men, that dos o gaynes thy wil; als to say, I spak noght bot gude; and for the wordes of thi lippes, that es, to ful fil the wordes that thi prophetes saide; I kepe hard waies of verteus and of tribulacioun, the qwilk men thynk hard; and for thi thai leve the hard way til heven, and takes the soft way til hel; but it es ful hard at the end.
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'I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness.' --PSALM xvii. 15. 'As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when Thou awakest, Thou shalt despise their image.'--PSALM lxxiii. 20. Both of these Psalms are occupied with that standing puzzle to Old Testament worthies--the good fortune of bad men, and the bad fortune of good ones. The former recounts the personal calamities of David, its author. The latter gives us the picture of the perplexity of Asaph its writer, when he 'saw the prosperity …
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Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies.
By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.
I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word.
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