Psalm 119:37
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New International Version
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.

New Living Translation
Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.

English Standard Version
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.

New American Standard Bible
Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me in Your ways.

King James Bible
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless; give me life in Your ways.

International Standard Version
Turn my eyes away from gazing at worthless things, and revive me by your ways.

NET Bible
Turn my eyes away from what is worthless! Revive me with your word!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Turn away my eyes that they will not see falsehood and give me life in your way.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Turn my eyes away from worthless things. Give me a new life in your ways.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity, and cause me to live in thy way.

King James 2000 Bible
Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and revive me in your way.

American King James Version
Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken you me in your way.

American Standard Version
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity, And quicken me in thy ways.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Turn away my eyes that they may not behold vanity: quicken me in thy way.

Darby Bible Translation
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; quicken me in thy way.

English Revised Version
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity, and quicken me in thy ways.

Webster's Bible Translation
Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and revive thou me in thy way.

World English Bible
Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things. Revive me in your ways.

Young's Literal Translation
Remove mine eyes from seeing vanity, In Thy way quicken Thou me.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

119:33-40 Teach me thy statutes, not the mere words, but the way of applying them to myself. God, by his Spirit, gives a right understanding. But the Spirit of revelation in the word will not suffice, unless we have the Spirit of wisdom in the heart. God puts his Spirit within us, causing us to walk in his statutes. The sin here prayed against is covetousness. Those that would have the love of God rooted in them, must get the love of the world rooted out; for the friendship of the world is enmity with God. Quicken me in thy way; to redeem time, and to do every duty with liveliness of spirit. Beholding vanity deadens us, and slackens our pace; a traveller must not stand gazing upon every object that presents itself to his view. The promises of God's word greatly relate to the preservation of the true believer. When Satan has drawn a child of God into worldly compliances, he will reproach him with the falls into which he led him. Victory must come from the cross of Christ. When we enjoy the sweetness of God's precepts, it will make us long for more acquaintance with them. And where God has wrought to will, he will work to do.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 37. - Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity. Let me not be distracted from thy service by the "vanities" of the world - wealth, honor, power, glory, and the like; rather, quicken thou me in thy way. Give me increased life, strength, and vigor, to walk continually in the way of thy commandments.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity,.... As the things of this world, the riches, honours, and pleasures of it, which are all vanity and vexation of spirit; and yet these catch the eye, and allure the heart: and all false doctrines, glided over with the specious pretence of truth; and all false worship and superstition, set off with pomp and pageantry, with which the eyes of the body or the eyes of the mind are taken, and by which the heart is ensnared; and therefore it is desirable to have the eyes turned away from such objects unto better;

and quicken thou me in thy way; so as to walk and even run in the path of truth, in the way of true religion and godliness; and, instead of looking upon vanity, press towards the mark for the prize; keep Christ in view, while running the race; and look to things unseen, and not things that are seen; and set the affections on things above, and serve the Lord fervently; all which is done when God quickens the hearts of his people, and the graces of his Spirit in them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

37. Turn away mine eyes—literally, "Make my eyes to pass, not noticing evil."

vanity—literally, "falsehood;" all other objects of trust than God; idols, human power, &c. (Ps 31:6; 40:4; 60:11; 62:9).

quicken … in thy way—make me with living energy to pursue the way marked out by Thee. Revive me from the death of spiritual helplessness (Ps 119:17, 25, 40, 50; 116:3).

Psalm 119:37 Additional Commentaries
Context
Thy Word
36Incline my heart to Your testimonies And not to dishonest gain. 37Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me in Your ways. 38Establish Your word to Your servant, As that which produces reverence for You.…
Cross References
Psalm 71:20
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.

Psalm 119:25
I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word.

Isaiah 33:15
Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil--
Treasury of Scripture

Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken you me in your way.

turn. Heb. make to pass

Numbers 15:39 And it shall be to you for a fringe, that you may look on it, and …

Joshua 7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two …

2 Samuel 11:2 And it came to pass in an evening, that David arose from off his …

Job 31:1 I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think on a maid?

Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you.

Proverbs 23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly …

Isaiah 33:15 He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises …

Matthew 5:28 But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her …

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust …

quicken

Psalm 119:25,40 My soul sticks to the dust: quicken you me according to your word…

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