Psalm 119:83
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New International Version
Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your decrees.

New Living Translation
I am shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke, but I have not forgotten to obey your decrees.

English Standard Version
For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes.

New American Standard Bible
Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget Your statutes.

King James Bible
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though I have become like a wineskin dried by smoke, I do not forget Your statutes.

International Standard Version
Though I have become like a water skin dried by smoke, I have not forgotten your statutes.

NET Bible
For I am like a wineskin dried up in smoke. I do not forget your statutes.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because I have been like a wine skin in a frost, and your commandments I have not forgotten.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Although I have become like a shriveled and dried out wineskin, I have not forgotten your laws.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I am become like a wine skin in the smoke; yet I have not forgotten thy statutes.

King James 2000 Bible
For I am become like a wineskin in the smoke; yet do I not forget your statutes.

American King James Version
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget your statutes.

American Standard Version
For I am become like a wine-skin in the smoke; Yet do I not forget thy statutes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I am become like a bottle in the frost: I have not forgotten thy justifications.

Darby Bible Translation
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; I do not forget thy statutes.

English Revised Version
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet I do not forget thy statutes.

World English Bible
For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke. I don't forget your statutes.

Young's Literal Translation
For I have been as a bottle in smoke, Thy statutes I have not forgotten.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

119:81-88 The psalmist sought deliverance from his sins, his foes, and his fears. Hope deferred made him faint; his eyes failed by looking out for this expected salvation. But when the eyes fail, yet faith must not. His affliction was great. He was become like a leathern bottle, which, if hung up in the smoke, is dried and shrivelled up. We must ever be mindful of God's statutes. The days of the believer's mourning shall be ended; they are but for a moment, compared with eternal happiness. His enemies used craft as well as power for his ruin, in contempt of the law of God. The commandments of God are true and faithful guides in the path of peace and safety. We may best expect help from God when, like our Master, we do well and suffer for it. Wicked men may almost consume the believer upon earth, but he would sooner forsake all than forsake the word of the Lord. We should depend upon the grace of God for strength to do every good work. The surest token of God's good-will toward us, is his good work in us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 83. - For I am become like a bottle in the smoke. Keble's paraphrase brings out the true sense -

"As wine-skin in the smoke,
My heart is sere and dried."
Wine-skins were smoked to toughen and harden them. Yet do I not forget thy statutes. The severity of the discipline does not alienate me from thee, or cause me to depart from thy Law (comp. vers. 23, 51, 161).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For I am become like a bottle in the smoke,.... Like a bottle made of the skins of beasts, as was usual in those times and countries: hence we read of old and new bottles, and of their rending, Judges 9:13, Matthew 9:17. Now such a bottle being hung up in a smoky chimney, would be dried and shrivelled up, and be good for nothing; so Jarchi's note is,

"like a bottle made of skin, which is dried in smoke;''

and the Targum is,

"like a bottle that hangs in smoke.''

It denotes the uncomfortable condition the psalmist was in, or at least thought himself to be in; as to be in the midst of smoke is very uncomfortable, so was he, being in darkness, and under the hidings of God's face; black and sooty, like a bottle in smoke, with sin and afflictions; like an empty bottle, had nothing in him, as he was ready to fear; or was useless as such an one, and a vessel in which there was no pleasure; like a broken one, as he elsewhere says, despised and rejected of men. It may also have respect unto the form of his body, as well as the frame of his mind; be who before was ruddy, and of a beautiful countenance, now was worn out with cares and old age, was become pale and wrinkled, and like a skin bottle shrivelled in smoke;

yet do I not forget thy statutes; he still attended to the word, worship, ways and ordinances of the Lord; hoping in due time to meet with comfort there, in which he was greatly in the right.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

83. bottle in the smoke—as a skin bottle dried and shriveled up in smoke, so is he withered by sorrow. Wine bottles of skin used to be hung up in smoke to dry them, before the wine was put in them [Maurer].

Psalm 119:83 Additional Commentaries
Context
Thy Word
82My eyes fail with longing for Your word, While I say, "When will You comfort me?" 83Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget Your statutes. 84How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?…
Cross References
Job 30:30
My skin grows black and peels; my body burns with fever.

Psalm 18:22
All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.

Psalm 44:17
All this came upon us, though we had not forgotten you; we had not been false to your covenant.

Psalm 119:61
Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.

Psalm 119:93
I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.
Treasury of Scripture

For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget your statutes.

like a bottle in the smoke. As the bottles in the East are made of skin, it is evident that one of these hung up in the smoke must soon be parched, shrivelled up, lose all its strength, and become unsightly and useless. Thus the Psalmist appeared to himself to have become useless and despicable, through and exhausted state of his body and mind, by long bodily afflictions and mental distress.

Psalm 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue sticks to …

Psalm 102:3,4 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth…

Job 30:30 My skin is black on me, and my bones are burned with heat.

yet do I

Psalm 119:16,61,176 I will delight myself in your statutes: I will not forget your word…

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