Psalm 19:10
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New International Version
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.

King James Bible
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Darby Bible Translation
They are more precious than gold, yea, than much fine gold; and sweeter than honey and the dropping of the honeycomb.

World English Bible
More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the extract of the honeycomb.

Young's Literal Translation
They are more desirable than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; and sweeter than honey, Even liquid honey of the comb.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

More to be desired are they than gold - This is strictly true; but who believes it? By most men gold is preferred both to God and his judgments; and they will barter every heavenly portion for gold and silver!

Sweeter also than honey - To those whose mental taste is rectified, who have a spiritual discernment.

Honey-comb - Honey is sweet; but honey just out of the comb has a sweetness, richness and flavour, far beyond what it has after it becomes exposed to the air. Only those who have eaten of honey from the comb can feel the force of the psalmist's comparison: it is better than gold, yea, than fine gold in the greatest quantity; it is sweeter than honey, yea, than honey from the comb.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

than gold

Psalm 119:72,127 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver...

Job 28:15-17 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof...

Proverbs 3:13-15 Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding...

Proverbs 8:10,11,19 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold...

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

sweeter

Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips:

Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste! yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Proverbs 24:13 My son, eat you honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to your taste:

honeycomb [heb.] the dropping of honey-combs

1 Samuel 14:26-29 And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey dropped; but no man put his hand to his mouth...

Library
Secret Faults
'Who can understand his errors? cleanse Thou me from secret faults.' PSALM xix. 12. The contemplation of the 'perfect law, enlightening the eyes,' sends the Psalmist to his knees. He is appalled by his own shortcomings, and feels that, beside all those of which he is aware, there is a region, as yet unilluminated by that law, where evil things nestle and breed. The Jewish ritual drew a broad distinction between inadvertent--whether involuntary or ignorant--and deliberate sins; providing atonement
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Secret Sins
Now, David, having seen God's law, and having praised it in this Psalm, which I have read in your hearing, he is brought, by reflecting on its excellency, to utter this thought, "Who can understand his errors?" and then to offer this prayer, "Cleanse thou me from secret faults." In the Lateran Council of the Church of Rome, a decree was passed that every true believer must confess his sins, all of them, once a year to the priest, and they affixed to it this declaration, that there is no hope of pardon
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857

Letter xxii. St. Ambrose in a Letter to his Sister Gives an Account of the Finding Of...
St. Ambrose in a letter to his sister gives an account of the finding of the bodies of SS. Gervasius and Protasius, and of his addresses to the people on that occasion. Preaching from Psalm xix., he allegorically expounded the "heavens" to represent the martyrs and apostles, and the "day" he takes to be their confession. They were humbled by God, and then raised again. He then gives an account of the state in which their bodies were found, and of their translation to the basilica. In another address
St. Ambrose—Works and Letters of St. Ambrose

The Progress of the Gospel
Their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the end of the world. T he heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1) . The grandeur of the arch over our heads, the number and lustre of the stars, the beauty of the light, the splendour of the sun, the regular succession of day and night, and of the seasons of the year, are such proofs of infinite wisdom and power, that the Scripture attributes to them a voice, a universal language, intelligible to all mankind, accommodated to every capacity.
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 2

Cross References
Psalm 12:6
And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.

Psalm 119:72
The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

Psalm 119:103
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Psalm 119:127
Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold,

Proverbs 8:11
for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Proverbs 16:24
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Proverbs 24:13
Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.

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