Psalm 119:4
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New International Version
You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed.

New Living Translation
You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully.

English Standard Version
You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.

New American Standard Bible
You have ordained Your precepts, That we should keep them diligently.

King James Bible
Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have commanded that Your precepts be diligently kept.

International Standard Version
You have commanded concerning your precepts, that they be guarded with diligence.

NET Bible
You demand that your precepts be carefully kept.

New Heart English Bible
You have commanded your precepts, that we should fully obey them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You have commanded us to keep your commandments excellently!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You have commanded that your guiding principles be carefully followed.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou hast ordained Thy precepts, That we should observe them diligently.

New American Standard 1977
Thou hast ordained Thy precepts,
            That we should keep them diligently.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

King James 2000 Bible
You have commanded us to keep your precepts diligently.

American King James Version
You have commanded us to keep your precepts diligently.

American Standard Version
Thou hast commanded us thy precepts, That we should observe them diligently.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast commanded thy commandments to be kept most diligently.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast enjoined thy precepts, to be kept diligently.

English Revised Version
Thou hast commanded us thy precepts, that we should observe them diligently.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

World English Bible
You have commanded your precepts, that we should fully obey them.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast commanded us Thy precepts to keep diligently,
Study Bible
Thy Word
3They also do no unrighteousness; They walk in His ways. 4You have ordained Your precepts, That we should keep them diligently. 5Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes!…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:13
"So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.

Deuteronomy 6:17
"You should diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and His testimonies and His statutes which He has commanded you.

Nehemiah 9:13
"Then You came down on Mount Sinai, And spoke with them from heaven; You gave them just ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments.
Treasury of Scripture

You have commanded us to keep your precepts diligently.

Deuteronomy 4:1,9 Now therefore listen, O Israel, to the statutes and to the judgments, …

Deuteronomy 5:29-33 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, …

Deuteronomy 6:17 You shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, …

Deuteronomy 11:13,22 And it shall come to pass, if you shall listen diligently to my commandments …

Deuteronomy 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: you shall not …

Deuteronomy 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if you shall listen diligently to the …

Deuteronomy 30:16 In that I command you this day to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways…

Joshua 1:7 Only be you strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do …

Jeremiah 7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will …

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: …

John 14:15,21 If you love me, keep my commandments…

Philippians 4:8,9 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are …

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his …

Verse 4. - Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently; rather, thou hast ordained thy precepts for diligent observance, or for men to observe them diligently. Men sometimes give precepts which they do not care to have obeyed; but God's precepts are intended for careful, diligent, and continual observance. The "thou" at the beginning (attah) is emphatic. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. Here, and in the following verses, the psalmist expresses his great regard to the precepts, commandments, statutes, and judgments of God; and that as such, because they were commanded by him; were not the precepts of men, but the commands of God; who had a right to command, as Creator, Preserver, Redeemer, and King; and whose commands are not to be reckoned as indifferent things, that are at the option and choice of a creature, to be done or let alone at his pleasure; but are what God has enjoined, and are binding upon men; and which love should and does constrain the saints to have a regard unto, and to keep them diligently or vehemently; with all a man's might and strength, as the word is used in Deuteronomy 6:5. These are not at any time to be dispensed with, but, to be kept always constantly and steadily. 4-6. precepts—are those directions which relate to special conduct, from a word meaning "to inspect."

statutes—or ordinances, positive laws of permanent nature. Both words originally denote rather positive than moral laws, such as derive force from the divine appointment, whether their nature or the reasons for them are apprehended by us or not.

commandments—or institutions. The term is comprehensive, but rather denotes fundamental directions for conduct, both enjoining and forbidding.

have respect unto—or regard carefully as to their whole purport.119:1-8 This psalm may be considered as the statement of a believer's experience. As far as our views, desires, and affections agree with what is here expressed, they come from the influences of the Holy Spirit, and no further. The pardoning mercy of God in Christ, is the only source of a sinner's happiness. And those are most happy, who are preserved most free from the defilement of sin, who simply believe God's testimonies, and depend on his promises. If the heart be divided between him and the world, it is evil. But the saints carefully avoid all sin; they are conscious of much evil that clogs them in the ways of God, but not of that wickedness which draws them out of those ways. The tempter would make men think they are at them out of those ways. The tempter would make men think they are at liberty to follow the word of God or not, as they please. But the desire and prayer of a good man agree with the will and command of God. If a man expects by obedience in one thing to purchase indulgence for disobedience in others, his hypocrisy will be detected; if he is not ashamed in this world, everlasting shame will be his portion. The psalmist coveted to learn the laws of God, to give God the glory. And believers see that if God forsakes them, the temper will be too hard for them.
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