Psalm 119:18
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New International Version
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

New Living Translation
Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.

English Standard Version
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

New American Standard Bible
Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.

King James Bible
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wonderful things from Your instruction.

International Standard Version
Open my eyes so that I will observe amazing things from your instruction.

NET Bible
Open my eyes so I can truly see the marvelous things in your law!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Open my eyes that I may see the wonders that are in your Law.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Uncover my eyes so that I may see the miraculous things in your teachings.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Open my eyes, and I shall behold the wonders of thy law.

King James 2000 Bible
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

American King James Version
Open you my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

American Standard Version
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold Wondrous things out of thy law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Open thou my eyes: and I will consider the wondrous things of thy law.

Darby Bible Translation
Open mine eyes, and I shall behold wondrous things out of thy law.

English Revised Version
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

Webster's Bible Translation
Open thou my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

World English Bible
Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things out of your law.

Young's Literal Translation
Uncover mine eyes, and I behold wonders out of Thy law.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

119:17-24 If God deals in strict justice with us, we all perish. We ought to spend our lives in his service; we shall find true life in keeping his word. Those that would see the wondrous things of God's law and gospel, must beg him to give them understanding, by the light of his Spirit. Believers feel themselves strangers on earth; they fear missing their way, and losing comfort by erring from God's commandments. Every sanctified soul hungers after the word of God, as food which there is no living without. There is something of pride at the bottom of every wilful sin. God can silence lying lips; reproach and contempt may humble and do us good, and then they shall be removed. Do we find the weight of the cross is above that we are able to bear? He that bore it for us will enable us to bear it; upheld by him we cannot sink. It is sad when those who should protect the innocent, are their betrayers. The psalmist went on in duty, and he found comfort in the word of God. The comforts of the word of God are most pleasant to a gracious soul, when other comforts are made bitter; and those that would have God's testimonies to be their delight, must be advised by them. May the Lord direct us in exercising repentance of sin, and faith in Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - Open thou mine eyes. Since the Fall, men's eyes are naturally blinded, or, at any rate, have a veil over them, which God must remove before they can see clearly (compare the comment on ver. 15). That I may behold wondrous things out of thy Law. Wonderful spiritual truths that lie hidden, even under the very simplest precepts of God's Law (comp. Matthew 5:21-37).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Open thou mine eyes,.... The eyes of my heart or understanding, as Kimchi; or, "reveal mine eyes" (t); take off the veil from them: there is a veil of darkness and ignorance on the hearts of all men, with respect to divine and spiritual things; their understandings are darkened, yea, darkness itself. This veil must be removed; the scales must drop from their eyes; their eyes must be opened and enlightened, before they can discern spiritual things contained in the word of God; and even good men need to have the eyes of their understandings more and more enlightened into these things, as the psalmist here petitions, and the apostle prays for his Ephesians, Ephesians 1:17;

that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law; the law strictly taken, which had great and excellent things in it; and was wonderful for the compendiousness of it; for the justice, holiness, and equity of its precepts; especially for its spirituality, and above all for Christ, being the end of it; the two last more particularly could only be discerned by a spiritual man: or rather the five books of Moses, the almost only Scriptures extant in David's time, in which there were many wonderful things concerning Christ; some delivered by way of promise and prophecy of him, under the characters of the seed of the woman, the seed of Abraham, the Shiloh, and the great Prophet; and many others in dark figures, types, and shadows, which required a spiritual sight to look into; of which the rock and manna, the brasen serpent, passover, &c. are instances: but rather, as the word "law" signifies "doctrine", the doctrine of the Gospel may be meant; which contains mysteries in it, respecting the trinity of Persons in the Godhead, the person of Christ, his incarnation, sufferings and death; the blessings of grace through him; the doctrines of peace, pardon, righteousness, eternal life, and the resurrection of the dead; with many others.

(t) "revela oculos meos", Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis; "velamen detrahe oculis meis", Tigurine version.

Psalm 119:18 Additional Commentaries
Thy Word
17Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word. 18Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. 19I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me.…
Cross References
Psalm 119:17
Be good to your servant while I live, that I may obey your word.

Psalm 119:19
I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.

Psalm 119:129
Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them.

Isaiah 29:18
In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.
Treasury of Scripture

Open you my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

open. Heb. reveal

Isaiah 29:10-12,18 For the LORD has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep, and …

Isaiah 32:3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them …

Isaiah 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf …

Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; …

Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: …

John 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

2 Corinthians 3:14-18 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same …

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

Ephesians 1:17,18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory…

Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be …


Psalm 119:96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but your commandment is exceeding broad.

Hosea 8:12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted …

2 Corinthians 3:13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face…

Hebrews 8:5 Who serve to the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses …

Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very …

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