Psalm 119:144
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New International Version
Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live.

New Living Translation
Your laws are always right; help me to understand them so I may live.

English Standard Version
Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.

New American Standard Bible
Your testimonies are righteous forever; Give me understanding that I may live. Qoph.

King James Bible
The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your decrees are righteous forever. Give me understanding, and I will live.

International Standard Version
Your righteous decrees are eternal; give me understanding, and I will live.

NET Bible
Your rules remain just. Give me insight so that I can live.

New Heart English Bible
Your testimonies are righteous forever. Give me understanding, that I may live.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Your testimony is righteous to eternity; educate me and I shall live.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your written instructions are always right. Help me understand [them] so that I will live.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy testimonies are righteous for ever; Give me understanding, and I shall live.

New American Standard 1977
Thy testimonies are righteous forever;
            Give me understanding that I may live.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy testimonies are eternal righteousness; give me understanding, and I shall live.

King James 2000 Bible
The righteousness of your testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

American King James Version
The righteousness of your testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

American Standard Version
Thy testimonies are righteous for ever: Give me understanding, and I shall live.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thy testimonies are justice for ever: give me understanding, and I shall live.

Darby Bible Translation
The righteousness of thy testimonies is for ever: give me understanding, and I shall live.

English Revised Version
Thy testimonies are righteous for ever: give me understanding, and I shall live.

Webster's Bible Translation
The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

World English Bible
Your testimonies are righteous forever. Give me understanding, that I may live. KUF

Young's Literal Translation
The righteousness of Thy testimonies is to Cause me to understand, and I live!
Study Bible
Thy Word
143Trouble and anguish have come upon me, Yet Your commandments are my delight. 144Your testimonies are righteous forever; Give me understanding that I may live. Qoph. 145I cried with all my heart; answer me, O LORD! I will observe Your statutes.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:8
"Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?

Psalm 19:9
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.

Psalm 119:27
Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I will meditate on Your wonders.

Psalm 119:138
You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness And exceeding faithfulness.

Psalm 119:169
Let my cry come before You, O LORD; Give me understanding according to Your word.
Treasury of Scripture

The righteousness of your testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

righteousness

Psalm 119:138,152 Your testimonies that you have commanded are righteous and very faithful…

Matthew 5:18 For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or …

1 Peter 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, …

give me

Psalm 119:34,66,73,169 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; yes, I shall observe …

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

1 John 5:20,21 And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, …

understanding

Proverbs 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

Isaiah 6:9,10 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand …

Isaiah 27:11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the …

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are silly …

Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked …

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected …

Matthew 13:19 When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, …

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true …

Verse 144. - The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting (comp. vers. 138, 142, 152). Give me understanding, and I shall live; i.e. "give me full understanding of thy commandments, of their depth and breadth and exceeding excellence." Then shall I truly "live." My spirit will shake off its torpor, and be quickened into a "life" that will deserve the name. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting,.... Or, "for ever" (b). The righteousness which they require, or which they publish; the righteousness revealed in the Gospel, which is the righteousness of Christ; See Gill on Psalm 119:142;

give me understanding, and I shall live; an understanding of the testimonies of the Lord, of the word of God, the law of God, and Gospel of Christ; an understanding of divine and spiritual things; a clearer and larger understanding of them, which is the gift of God; both that itself at first, and an increase of it here prayed for, the end, issue, and effect of which is life. Such live spiritually, and by faith; they live cheerfully and comfortably, and "for ever", as Aben Ezra and Kimchi repeat from the former clause: for "this is life eternal know the only true God and Jesus Christ"; or to have spiritual understanding of them, and of those things which relate to spiritual peace and comfort here, and eternal happiness hereafter, John 17:3.

(b) "in seculum", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius; "in aeternum", V. L. 119:137-144 God never did, and never can do wrong to any. The promises are faithfully performed by Him that made them. Zeal against sin should constrain us to do what we can against it, at least to do more in religion ourselves. Our love to the word of God is evidence of our love to God, because it is designed to make us partake his holiness. Men's real excellency always makes them low in their own eyes. When we are small and despised, we have the more need to remember God's precepts, that we may have them to support us. The law of God is the truth, the standard of holiness, the rule of happiness; but the obedience of Christ alone justifies the believer. Sorrows are often the lot of saints in this vale of tears; they are in heaviness through manifold temptations. There are delights in the word of God, which the saints often most sweetly enjoy when in trouble and anguish. This is life eternal, to know God and Jesus Christ whom he has sent, Joh 17:3. May we live the life of faith and grace here, and be removed to the life of glory hereafter.
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