Psalm 119:54
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New International Version
Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge.

New Living Translation
Your decrees have been the theme of my songs wherever I have lived.

English Standard Version
Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning.

New American Standard Bible
Your statutes are my songs In the house of my pilgrimage.

King James Bible
Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your statutes are the theme of my song during my earthly life.

International Standard Version
Your statutes are my songs, no matter where I make my home.

NET Bible
Your statutes have been my songs in the house where I live.

New Heart English Bible
Your statutes have been my songs, in the house where I live.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Your commandments have been my song in the house of my pilgrimage.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your laws have become like psalms to me in this place where I am only a foreigner.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy statutes have been my songs In the house of my pilgrimage.

New American Standard 1977
Thy statutes are my songs
            In the house of my pilgrimage.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

King James 2000 Bible
Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

American King James Version
Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

American Standard Version
Thy statutes have been my songs In the house of my pilgrimage.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thy justifications were the subject of my song, in the place of my pilgrimage.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

English Revised Version
Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

World English Bible
Your statutes have been my songs, in the house where I live.

Young's Literal Translation
Songs have been to me Thy statutes, In the house of my sojournings.
Study Bible
Thy Word
53Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked, Who forsake Your law. 54Your statutes are my songs In the house of my pilgrimage. 55O LORD, I remember Your name in the night, And keep Your law.…
Cross References
Genesis 47:9
So Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The years of my sojourning are one hundred and thirty; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their sojourning."

Psalm 119:19
I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me.
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(54) Songs.--Or, Thy statutes were my music in the house of my sojournings. Possibly with reference to the exile (comp. Psalm 137:4), but with comparison with Psalm 119:9 (see Note), more probably the reference is to the transitoriness of human life. In connection with the next verse comp. Job 35:10.

Verse 54. - Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage; literally, songs have thy statutes been to me in the house of my sojournings. I have made thy statutes the theme of my songs, as they are of this present one. "The house of my sojournings" is either this present world, where all men are "strangers and pilgrims" (Hebrews 11:13), or perhaps some foreign land in which the writer had been a sojourner. Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. Meaning either his unsettled state, fleeing from place to place before Saul; or, literally, his house of cedar, his court and palace, which he considered no other than as an inn he had put into upon his travels homeward; or rather the earthly house of his tabernacle, in which, as long as he continued, he was but a pilgrim and stranger; or, best of all, the whole course of his life; which Jacob calls the days of the years of his pilgrimage, Genesis 47:9; so Hipparchus the Pythagorean (i) calls this life a sort of a pilgrimage; and Plato also. This world is not the saints house and home; this is not their rest and residence; they confess themselves pilgrims and strangers here; and that they belong to another city, and a better country, an heavenly one, which they are seeking and travelling to, Hebrews 11:13. And as travellers sing songs to themselves as they pass on, which makes the way the more easy and pleasant to them, so the psalmist had his songs which he sung in his pilgrimage state; and these were the statutes, or word of the Lord, and the things in it, which were as delightful to him as the songs of travellers to them. Or the songs he made and sung were composed out of the word of God; and which may serve to recommend the psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, made by him, the sweet psalmist of Israel, to the Gospel churches, to be sung by them, Ephesians 5:19.

(i) De Anim. Tranquill. inter Fragm. Pythagor. p. 11. Ed. Gale. 54. songs—As the exile sings songs of his home (Ps 137:3), so the child of God, "a stranger on earth," sings the songs of heaven, his true home (Ps 39:12). In ancient times, laws were put in verse, to imprint them the more on the memory of the people. So God's laws are the believer's songs.

house of my pilgrimage—present life (Ge 17:8; 47:9; Heb 11:13).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.
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