Psalm 119:109
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New International Version
Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law.

New Living Translation
My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying your instructions.

English Standard Version
I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.

New American Standard Bible
My life is continually in my hand, Yet I do not forget Your law.

King James Bible
My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My life is constantly in danger, yet I do not forget Your instruction.

International Standard Version
Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I do not forget your instruction.

NET Bible
My life is in continual danger, but I do not forget your law.

New Heart English Bible
My soul is continually in my hand, yet I won't forget your Law.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My soul is in your hands always and I have not forgotten your Law.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I always take my life into my own hands, but I never forget your teachings.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My soul is continually in my hand; Yet have I not forgotten Thy law.

New American Standard 1977
My life is continually in my hand,
            Yet I do not forget Thy law.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My soul is continually in my hand; yet I do not forget thy law.

King James 2000 Bible
My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget your law.

American King James Version
My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget your law.

American Standard Version
My soul is continually in my hand; Yet do I not forget thy law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My soul is continually in my hands: and I have not forgotten thy law.

Darby Bible Translation
My life is continually in my hand; but I do not forget thy law.

English Revised Version
My soul is continually in my hand; yet do I not forget thy law.

Webster's Bible Translation
My soul is continually in my hand: yet 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.
Study Bible
Thy Word
108O accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, And teach me Your ordinances. 109My life is continually in my hand, Yet I do not forget Your law. 110The wicked have laid a snare for me, Yet I have not gone astray from Your precepts.…
Cross References
Judges 12:3
"When I saw that you would not deliver me, I took my life in my hands and crossed over against the sons of Ammon, and the LORD gave them into my hand. Why then have you come up to me this day to fight against me?"

1 Samuel 19:5
"For he took his life in his hand and struck the Philistine, and the LORD brought about a great deliverance for all Israel; you saw it and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood by putting David to death without a cause?"

Job 13:14
"Why should I take my flesh in my teeth And put my life in my hands?

Psalm 119:16
I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word. Gimel.

Ecclesiastes 9:1
For I have taken all this to my heart and explain it that righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are in the hand of God. Man does not know whether it will be love or hatred; anything awaits him.
Treasury of Scripture

My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget your law.

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.

Judges 12:3 And when I saw that you delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, …

1 Samuel 19:5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and …

1 Samuel 20:3 And David swore moreover, and said, Your father certainly knows that …

Job 13:14 Why do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?

Romans 8:36 As it is written, For your sake we are killed all the day long; we …

1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our LORD, I die daily.

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

yet do I not

Psalm 119:83,117,152 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget your statutes…

(109) My soul.--For this figure of peril see Judges 12:3; 1Samuel 19:5, &c.

Verse 109. - My soul is continually in my hand; i.e. my life is in constant jeopardy (comp. Judges 12:3; 1 Samuel 19:5; 1 Samuel 28:21). Yet do I not forget thy Law (comp. vers. 16, 83, 93, etc.). My soul is continually in my hand,.... In the utmost jeopardy, always exposed to danger, ever delivered unto death; killed all the day long, or liable to be so: this is the sense of the phrase; see Judges 12:3; for what is in a man's hands may easily fall, or be taken out of them: so the Targum,

"my soul is in danger upon the back of my hands continually;''

the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions, read, "in thy hands"; but wrongly;

yet do I not forget thy law; it was written on his heart, and fixed in his mind; he had a true affection for it, and a hearty desire to keep it; and no danger could divert him from his duty; as Daniel, though he carried his life in his hand, yet continued to pray to his God as usual; nor could anything move the Apostle Paul from the doctrine of the Gospel, and preaching it. 109, 110. In the midst of deadly perils (the phrase is drawn from the fact that what we carry in our hands may easily slip from them, Jud 12:3; 1Sa 28:21; Job 13:14; compare 1Sa 19:5), and exposed to crafty enemies, his safety and guidance is in the truth and promises of God.119:105-112 The word of God directs us in our work and way, and a dark place indeed the world would be without it. The commandment is a lamp kept burning with the oil of the Spirit, as a light to direct us in the choice of our way, and the steps we take in that way. The keeping of God's commands here meant, was that of a sinner under a dispensation of mercy, of a believer having part in the covenant of grace. The psalmist is often afflicted; but with longing desires to become more holy, offers up daily prayers for quickening grace. We cannot offer any thing to God, that he will accept but what he is pleased to teach us to do. To have our soul or life continually in our hands, implies constant danger of life; yet he did not forget God's promises nor his precepts. Numberless are the snares laid by the wicked; and happy is that servant of God, whom they have not caused to err from his Master's precepts. Heavenly treasures are a heritage for ever; all the saints accept them as such, therefore they can be content with little of this world. We must look for comfort only in the way of duty, and that duty must be done. A good man, by the grace of God, brings his heart to his work, then it is done well.
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