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

New Living Translation
I am only a foreigner in the land. Don't hide your commands from me!

English Standard Version
I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me!

New American Standard Bible
I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me.

King James Bible
I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am a stranger on earth; do not hide Your commands from me.

International Standard Version
Since I am a stranger on the earth, do not hide your commands from me.

NET Bible
I am like a foreigner in this land. Do not hide your commands from me!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I am an inhabitant with you; do not hide your commandments from me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I am a foreigner in this world. Do not hide your commandments from me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I am a stranger in the earth; hide not thy commandments from me.

King James 2000 Bible
I am a stranger in the earth: hide not your commandments from me.

American King James Version
I am a stranger in the earth: hide not your commandments from me.

American Standard Version
I am a sojourner in the earth: Hide not thy commandments from me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I am a sojourner on the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

Darby Bible Translation
I am a stranger in the land; hide not thy commandments from me.

English Revised Version
I am a sojourner in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

Webster's Bible Translation
I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

World English Bible
I am a stranger on the earth. Don't hide your commandments from me.

Young's Literal Translation
A sojourner I am on earth, Hide not from me Thy commands.
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 19. - I am a stranger in the earth; or, "a sojourner" (Cheyne, Kay, Revised Version); comp. Psalm 39:12; Hebrews 11:13-16. Earth is not our true home. We all "seek a country." Hide not thy commandments from me. God "hides" things from the wise and prudent which he reveals to "babes." The psalmist prays that the true meaning of God's Word may not be kept back from him.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I am a stranger in the earth,.... As all his fathers were, and all the saints are; not to divine and spiritual things; to God, and communion with him; to Christ, and the knowledge of him; to the Spirit, and his operations in their hearts; to their own hearts, and the plague of them; to the Gospel, and its truths; nor to the people of God, and fellowship with them: but to the world, among whom they are, not being known, valued, and respected by them; and they also behaving as strangers to the world, having no fellowship with them in their sinful works; as also not being natives here, but belonging to another city and country, an heavenly one; see 1 Chronicles 29:15;

hide not thy commandments from me; the doctrines of the Gospel, the word which God has commanded to a thousand generations; which is pure, and enlightens the eyes, and so needful to strangers in their pilgrimage, Psalm 19:8; which God sometimes hides from the wise and prudent, and which the psalmist here deprecates with respect to himself, Matthew 11:25. Or the precepts of the world may be meant, which are a light to the feet, and a lamp to the paths, a good direction to travellers and strangers in the way: David, being such an one, prayed that these might not be hid from him, but be showed unto him; that he might know his way, and not go out of it; but walk as a child of light, wisely and circumspectly.



Psalm 119:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Thy 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. 20My soul is crushed with longing After Your ordinances at all times.…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:13
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.

Genesis 23:4
"I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead."

Genesis 47:9
And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers."

Leviticus 25:23
"'The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.

1 Chronicles 29:15
We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.

Psalm 39:12
"Hear my prayer, LORD, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. I dwell with you as a foreigner, a stranger, as all my ancestors were.

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

Psalm 119:54
Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge.
Treasury of Scripture

I am a stranger in the earth: hide not your commandments from me.

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Psalm 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace …

Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage …

1 Chronicles 29:15 For we are strangers before you, and sojourners, as were all our …

2 Corinthians 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at …

Hebrews 11:13-16 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having …

1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain …

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Psalm 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought you: O let me not wander from your …

Job 39:17 Because God has deprived her of wisdom, neither has he imparted to …

Isaiah 63:17 O LORD, why have you made us to err from your ways, and hardened …

Luke 9:45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that …

Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

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