Psalm 119:87
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New International Version
They almost wiped me from the earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts.

New Living Translation
They almost finished me off, but I refused to abandon your commandments.

English Standard Version
They have almost made an end of me on earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts.

New American Standard Bible
They almost destroyed me on earth, But as for me, I did not forsake Your precepts.

King James Bible
They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They almost ended my life on earth, but I did not abandon Your precepts.

International Standard Version
Though the arrogant nearly destroyed me on earth, I did not abandon your precepts.

NET Bible
They have almost destroyed me here on the earth, but I do not reject your precepts.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In a bit they would have destroyed me, and I have not forsaken your commandments.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They almost wiped me off [the face of] the earth. But I did not abandon your guiding principles.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They have almost consumed me upon earth, but I have not forsaken thy precepts.

King James 2000 Bible
They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not your precepts.

American King James Version
They had almost consumed me on earth; but I forsook not your precepts.

American Standard Version
They had almost consumed me upon earth; But I forsook not thy precepts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They had almost made an end of me upon earth: but I have not forsaken thy commandments.

Darby Bible Translation
They had almost consumed me upon the earth; but as for me, I forsook not thy precepts.

English Revised Version
They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.

Webster's Bible Translation
They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.

World English Bible
They had almost wiped me from the earth, but I didn't forsake your precepts.

Young's Literal Translation
Almost consumed me on earth have they, And I -- I have not forsaken Thy precepts.
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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 87. - They had almost consumed me upon earth; or, "made an end of me," "destroyed me." But I forsook not thy precepts (comp. vers. 69, 78, 83). Persecution made the psalmist cling the more to God's Law.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

They had almost consumed me upon earth,.... Almost destroyed his good name, wasted his substance, took away his crown and kingdom, and even his life; it was within a little of it, his soul had almost dwelt in silence; they had almost cast him down to the ground, and left him there. But all this was only on earth; they could not reach any thing that belonged to him in heaven; not his name, which was written there in the Lamb's book of life; nor his riches and inheritance there, the never fading crown of glory laid up for him there; or that eternal life, which is hid with Christ in God for him;

but I forsook not thy precepts; did not decline the service and worship of God, nor neglect his word and ordinances, though thus persecuted, and all these things came upon him for the sake of religion; see Psalm 44:17.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

87. consumed me upon earth—Hengstenberg translates, "in the land"; understanding "me" of the nation Israel, of which but a small remnant was left. But English Version is simpler; either, "They have consumed me so as to leave almost nothing of me on earth"; or, "They have almost destroyed and prostrated me on the earth" [Maurer].

I forsook not—Whatever else I am forsaken of, I forsake not Thy precepts, and so am not mistaken of Thee (Ps 39:5, 13; 2Co 4:8, 9), and the injuries and insults of the wicked increase the need for it. But, however they act regardless of God's law, the pious, adhering to its teaching, receive quickening grace, and are sustained steadfast.

Psalm 119:87 Additional Commentaries
Context
Thy Word
86All Your commandments are faithful; They have persecuted me with a lie; help me! 87They almost destroyed me on earth, But as for me, I did not forsake Your precepts. 88Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth. Lamedh.…
Cross References
Psalm 119:88
In your unfailing love preserve my life, that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.

Proverbs 4:2
I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.

Isaiah 58:2
For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them.
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They had almost consumed me on earth; but I forsook not your precepts.

almost

1 Samuel 20:3 And David swore moreover, and said, Your father certainly knows that …

1 Samuel 23:26,27 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men …

2 Samuel 17:16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this …

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul…

but I feared

Psalm 119:51,61 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined …

1 Samuel 24:6,7 And he said to his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing …

1 Samuel 26:9,24 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth …

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