Psalm 119:49
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New International Version
Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.

New Living Translation
Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope.

English Standard Version
Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.

New American Standard Bible
Remember the word to Your servant, In which You have made me hope.

King James Bible
ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Remember Your word to Your servant; You have given me hope through it.

International Standard Version
Remember what you said to your servant, by which you caused me to hope.

NET Bible
Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
ZAYIN- Remember your word to your Servant, in which I have trusted.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Remember the word [you gave] me. Through it you gave me hope.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Remember the word unto Thy servant, Because Thou hast made me to hope.

New American Standard 1977
Remember the word to Thy servant,
            In which Thou hast made me hope.

Jubilee Bible 2000
ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy slave, in which thou hast caused me to wait.

King James 2000 Bible
Remember the word unto your servant, upon which you have caused me to hope.

American King James Version
Remember the word to your servant, on which you have caused me to hope.

American Standard Version
ZAYIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, Because thou hast made me to hope.

Douay-Rheims Bible
[ZAIN] Be thou mindful of thy word to thy servant, in which thou hast given me hope.

Darby Bible Translation
ZAIN. Remember the word for thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

English Revised Version
ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, because thou hast made me to hope.

Webster's Bible Translation
ZAIN. Remember the word to thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

World English Bible
Remember your word to your servant, because you gave me hope.

Young's Literal Translation
Zain. Remember the word to Thy servant, On which Thou hast caused me to hope.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

119:49-56 Those that make God's promises their portion, may with humble boldness make them their plea. He that by his Spirit works faith in us, will work for us. The word of God speaks comfort in affliction. If, through grace, it makes us holy, there is enough in it to make us easy, in all conditions. Let us be certain we have the Divine law for what we believe, and then let not scoffers prevail upon us to decline from it. God's judgments of old comfort and encourage us, for he is still the same. Sin is horrible in the eyes of all that are sanctified. Ere long the believer will be absent from the body, and present with the Lord. In the mean time, the statutes of the Lord supply subjects for grateful praise. In the season of affliction, and in the silent hours of the night, he remembers the name of the Lord, and is stirred up to keep the law. All who have made religion the first thing, will own that they have been unspeakable gainers by it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 49. - Remember the word unto thy servant; i.e. "the word spoken to thy servant." Some special Divine communication made to the writer is perhaps meant. Upon which (rather, because) thou hast caused me to hope (comp. vers. 74, 81, 147).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

ZAIN.--The Seventh Part.

ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant,.... The word of promise made unto him, concerning establishing his house and kingdom for ever; which he desires God would show himself mindful of in fulfilling it, and renew and confirm his faith in it, and give him some fresh assurance of the performance of it, 2 Samuel 7:16. Not that God ever forgets his promise, or is unmindful of his word; but so it seems when he delays the accomplishment of it; and when unbelief prevails and doubts arise, and faith is not in lively exercise; and he has not so clear a view of the promise, and comfortable assurance of its being performed;

upon which thou hast caused me to hope; which, when first made, he received in faith, and hoped and waited for the accomplishment of. A word of promise is a good ground of hope, let it be on what account it will; whether it relates to interest in God, as a covenant God and Father; or to pardon of sin; or to salvation by Christ; or to fresh supplies of grace and strength from him; or to eternal life through him: and the hope which is exercised on the promise is not of a man's self; it is the gift of God, a good hope through grace; which the Lord, by his Spirit and power, produces, and causes to abound in, or to exercise in a comfortable manner.

The Treasury of David

49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.

52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord, and have comforted myself.

53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.

54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

55 I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.

56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.

This octrain deals with the comfort of the word. It begins by seeking the main consolation, namely, the Lord's fulfilment of his promise, and then it shows how the word sustains us under affliction, and makes us so impervious to ridicule that we are moved by the harsh conduct of the wicked rather to horror of their sin than to any submission to their temptations. We are then shown how the Scripture furnishes songs for pilgrims, and memories for night-watchers; and the Psalm concludes by the general statement that the whole of this happiness and comfort arises out of keeping the statutes of the Lord.

Psalm 119:49

"Remember the word unto thy servant." He asks for no new promise, but to have the old word fulfilled. He is grateful that he has received so good a word, he embraces it with all his heart, and now entreats the Lord to deal with him according to it. He does not say, "remember my service to thee," but "thy word to me." The words of masters to servants are not always such that servants wish their lords to remember them; for they usually observe the faults and failings of the work done, inasmuch as it does not tally with the word of command. But we who serve the best of masters are not anxious to have one of his words fall to the ground, since the Lord will so kindly remember his word of command as to give us grace wherewith we may obey, and he will couple with it a remembrance of his word of promise, so that our hearts shall be comforted. If God's word to us as his servants is so precious, what shall we say of his word to us as his sons?

The Psalmist does not fear a failure in the Lord's memory, but he makes use of the promise as a plea, and this is the form in which he speaks, after the manner of men when they plead with one another. When the Lord remembers the sins of his servant, and brings them before his conscience, the penitent cries, Lord, remember thy word of pardon, and therefore remember my sins and iniquities no more. There is a world of meaning in that word "remember," as it is addressed to God; it is used in Scripture in the tenderest sense, and suits the sorrowing and the depressed. Tim Psalmist cried, "Lord, remember David, and all his afflictions": Job also prayed that the Lord would appoint him a set time, and remember him. In the present instance the prayer is as personal as the "Remember me" of the thief, for its essence lies in the words - "unto thy servant" It would be all in vain for us if the promise were remembered to all others if it did not come true to ourselves; but there is no fear, for the Lord has never forgotten a single promise to a single believer.

"Upon which thou hast caused me to hope." The argument is that God, having given grace to hope in the promise, would surely never disappoint that hope. He cannot have caused us to hope without cause. If we hope upon his word we have a sure basis: our gracious Lord would never mock us by exciting false hopes. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick, hence the petition for immediate remembrance of the cheering word. Moreover, it is the hope of a servant, and it is not possible that a great and good master would disappoint his dependent; if such a master's word were not kept it could only be through an oversight, hence the anxious cry, "Remember." Our great Master will not forget his won servants, nor disappoint the expectation which he himself has raised. because we are the Lord's, and endeavour to remember his word by obeying it, we may be sure that he will think upon his own servants, and remember his own promise by making it good.

This verse is the prayer of love fearing to be forgotten, of humility conscious of insignificance and anxious not to be overlooked, of penitence trembling lest the evil of its sin should overshadow the promise, of eager desire longing for the blessing, and of holy confidence which feels that all that is wanted is comprehended in the word. Let but the Lord remember his promise, and the promised act is as good as done.


Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

ZAIN. (Ps 119:49-56).

49-51. Resting on the promises consoles under affliction and the tauntings of the insolent.

upon which—rather, "Remember Thy word unto Thy servant, because," etc. So the Hebrew requires [Hengstenberg].

Psalm 119:49 Additional Commentaries
Thy Word
48And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments, Which I love; And I will meditate on Your statutes. Zayin. 49Remember the word to Your servant, In which You have made me hope. 50This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me.…
Cross References
Psalm 119:43
Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws.

Psalm 119:48
I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.

Psalm 119:50
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
Treasury of Scripture

Remember the word to your servant, on which you have caused me to hope.


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Genesis 32:9 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father …

Job 7:7 O remember that my life is wind: my eye shall no more see good.

Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never …

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Psalm 119:43,74,81,147 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have …

Psalm 71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise you more and more.

2 Samuel 5:2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were he that led …

2 Samuel 7:25 And now, O LORD God, the word that you have spoken concerning your …

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, …

1 Peter 1:13,21 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober…

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