Psalm 119:171
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New International Version
May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees.

New Living Translation
Let praise flow from my lips, for you have taught me your decrees.

English Standard Version
My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes.

New American Standard Bible
Let my lips utter praise, For You teach me Your statutes.

King James Bible
My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My lips pour out praise, for You teach me Your statutes.

International Standard Version
May my lips utter praise, for you teach me your statutes.

NET Bible
May praise flow freely from my lips, for you teach me your statutes.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My tongue will request your word because all your commandments are in righteousness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let my lips pour out praise because you teach me your laws.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My lips shall overflow with praise when thou hast taught me thy statutes.

King James 2000 Bible
My lips shall utter praise, when you have taught me your statutes.

American King James Version
My lips shall utter praise, when you have taught me your statutes.

American Standard Version
Let my lips utter praise; For thou teachest me thy statutes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My lips shall utter a hymn, when thou shalt teach me thy justifications.

Darby Bible Translation
My lips shall pour forth praise when thou hast taught me thy statutes.

English Revised Version
Let my lips utter praise; for thou teachest me thy statutes.

Webster's Bible Translation
My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.

World English Bible
Let my lips utter praise, for you teach me your statutes.

Young's Literal Translation
My lips do utter praise, For Thou dost teach me Thy statutes.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

119:169-176 The psalmist desired grace and strength to lift up his prayers, and that the Lord would receive and notice them. He desired to know more of God in Christ; to know more of the doctrines of the word, and the duties of religion. He had a deep sense of unworthiness, and holy fear that his prayer should not come before God; Lord, what I pray for is, what thou hast promised. We have learned nothing to purpose, if we have not learned to praise God. We should always make the word of God the rule of our discourse, so as never to transgress it by sinful speaking, or sinful silence. His own hands are not sufficient, nor can any creature lend him help; therefore he looks up to God, that the hand that had made him may help him. He had made religion his deliberate choice. There is an eternal salvation all the saints long for, and therefore they pray that God would help their way to it. Let thy judgments help me; let all ordinances and all providences, (both are God's judgments,) further me in glorifying God; let them help me for that work. He often looks back with shame and gratitude to his lost estate. He still prays for the tender care of Him who purchased his flock with his own blood, that he may receive from him the gift of eternal life. Seek me, that is, Find me; for God never seeks in vain. Turn me, and I shall be turned. Let this psalm be a touchstone by which to try our hearts, and our lives. Do our hearts, cleansed in Christ's blood, make these prayers, resolutions and confessions our own? Is God's word the standard of our faith, and the law of our practice? Do we use it as pleas with Christ for what we need? Happy those who live in such delightful exercises.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 171. - My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes; rather, let my lips pour forth praise, for thou teachest me thy statutes. The psalmist feels that his prayer for enlightenment (ver. 169b) is answered, or just about to be answered, and that therefore it behooves him to gush forth with praise like a fountain (comp. ver. 7).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My lips shall utter praise,.... Like water flowing from a fountain, as the word (m) signifies. The heart of a good man is like a fountain of water, abounding: with good things, and his mouth is a well of life; out of the abundance of grace and good things in his heart his mouth speaks, John 4:14; and particularly his heart is filled with praise and thankfulness for the many blessings of providence and grace enjoyed; his lips show it forth; it comes flowing from him freely and readily, without force and compulsion, largely and plentifully, constantly and continually, and with great vehemence and strength, as streams from a fountain;

when thou hast taught me thy statutes: which is what the psalmist often prays for in this psalm; and signifies he should be very thankful to God for, and should sincerely praise him, could he obtain this favour; see Psalm 119:7.

(m) "profundent", Vatablus, Musculus; "ebullient", Piscator, Gejerus; "scaturiunt", Cocceius; "scaturient", Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

171, 172. shall utter—or, "pour out praise" (compare Ps 19:2); shall cause Thy praises to stream forth as from a bubbling, overflowing fountain.

Psalm 119:171 Additional Commentaries
Context
Thy Word
170Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word. 171Let my lips utter praise, For You teach me Your statutes. 172Let my tongue sing of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness.…
Cross References
Psalm 51:15
Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.

Psalm 63:3
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

Psalm 94:12
Blessed is the one you discipline, LORD, the one you teach from your law;

Psalm 119:12
Praise be to you, LORD; teach me your decrees.

Isaiah 2:3
Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Micah 4:2
Many nations will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

My lips shall utter praise, when you have taught me your statutes.

my lips, etc. Or, more literally, and accordant with the context. My lips shall pour forth praise; for thou hast taught me thy statues.

Psalm 119:7 I will praise you with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned …

Psalm 50:23 Whoever offers praise glorifies me: and to him that orders his conversation …

Psalm 71:17,23,24 O God, you have taught me from my youth: and till now have I declared …

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