Psalm 119:92
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New International Version
If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.

New Living Translation
If your instructions hadn't sustained me with joy, I would have died in my misery.

English Standard Version
If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.

New American Standard Bible
If Your law had not been my delight, Then I would have perished in my affliction.

King James Bible
Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If Your instruction had not been my delight, I would have died in my affliction.

International Standard Version
Had your instruction not been my pleasure, I would have died in my affliction.

NET Bible
If I had not found encouragement in your law, I would have died in my sorrow.

New Heart English Bible
Unless your Law had been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If your law had not been my meditation I would have perished in my affliction.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If your teachings had not made me happy, then I would have died in my misery.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Unless Thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

New American Standard 1977
If Thy law had not been my delight,
            Then I would have perished in my affliction.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Unless thy law had been my delight, I should have perished in my affliction.

King James 2000 Bible
Unless your law had been my delights, I should then have perished in my affliction.

American King James Version
Unless your law had been my delights, I should then have perished in my affliction.

American Standard Version
Unless thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unless thy law had been my meditation, I had then perhaps perished in my abjection.

Darby Bible Translation
Unless thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

English Revised Version
Unless thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

Webster's Bible Translation
Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in my affliction.

World English Bible
Unless your law had been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.

Young's Literal Translation
Unless Thy law were my delights, Then had I perished in mine affliction.
Study Bible
Thy Word
91They stand this day according to Your ordinances, For all things are Your servants. 92If Your law had not been my delight, Then I would have perished in my affliction. 93I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have revived me.…
Cross References
Psalm 119:16
I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word. Gimel.

Psalm 119:50
This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me.
Treasury of Scripture

Unless your law had been my delights, I should then have perished in my affliction.

thy law

Psalm 119:24,77,143 Your testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors…

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning…

I should

Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD …

Psalm 94:18,19 When I said, My foot slips; your mercy, O LORD, held me up…

Proverbs 6:22,23 When you go, it shall lead you; when you sleep, it shall keep you; …

Verse 92. - Unless thy Law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction (comp. vers. 16, 24, 35, 47, 70, 77). Only a real love of God's commandments can sustain men under severe affliction. Unless thy law had been my delights,.... Not the law of works, the voice of words, which they that heard entreated they might hear no more; which is terrible, and works wrath in the conscience; is a cursing and damning law to the transgressors of it; and so not delightful, unless as considered in the hands of Christ, the fulfilling end of it: but the law of faith, the doctrine of faith, or of justification by the righteousness of Christ, received by faith, which yields peace, joy, and comfort, even in tribulation: or the whole doctrine of the Gospel, the law of the Messiah, the isles waited for; the doctrine of peace, pardon, righteousness, and eternal life by Christ, which is exceeding delightful to sensible sinners;

I should then have perished in mine affliction; referring to some particular time of affliction he was pressed with, either through the persecution of Saul, or the conspiracy of Absalom which was very great and heavy upon him, so that he almost despaired of deliverance from it; and must have perished, not eternally, but as to his comforts: his heart would have fainted in him, and he would have sunk under the weight of the affliction, had it not been for the relief he had from the word of God, the doctrines and promises of it; he was like one in a storm, tossed with tempests, one wave after another beat upon him, and rolled over him, when he thought himself just perishing; and must have given all over for lost, had it not been for the delight and pleasure he found in reading and meditating on the sacred writings. 92-94. Hence the pious are encouraged and inclined to seek a knowledge of it, and persevere amidst the efforts of those planning and waiting to destroy them.

my delights—plural, not merely delight, but equal to all other delights.119:89-96 The settling of God's word in heaven, is opposed to the changes and revolutions of the earth. And the engagements of God's covenant are established more firmly than the earth itself. All the creatures answer the ends of their creation: shall man, who alone is endued with reason, be the only unprofitable burden of the earth? We may make the Bible a pleasant companion at any time. But the word, without the grace of God, would not quicken us. See the best help for bad memories, namely, good affections; and though the exact words be lost, if the meaning remain, that is well. I am thine, not my own, not the world's; save me from sin, save me from ruin. The Lord will keep the man in peace, whose mind is stayed on him. It is poor perfection which one sees and end of. Such are all things in this world, which pass for perfections. The glory of man is but as the flower of the grass. The psalmist had seen the fulness of the word of God, and its sufficiency. The word of the Lord reaches to all cases, to all times. It will take us from all confidence in man, or in our own wisdom, strength, and righteousness. Thus shall we seek comfort and happiness from Christ alone.
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