Psalm 119:98
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New International Version
Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.

New Living Translation
Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide.

English Standard Version
Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.

New American Standard Bible
Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine.

King James Bible
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are always with me.

International Standard Version
Your commands make me wiser than my adversaries, since they are always with me.

NET Bible
Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for I am always aware of them.

New Heart English Bible
Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for your commandments are always with me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Make me wiser than my enemies because I have kept your commandments.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, because your commandments are always with me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy commandments make me wiser than mine enemies: For they are ever with me.

New American Standard 1977
Thy commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
            For they are ever mine.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies, for they are eternal unto me.

King James 2000 Bible
You through your commandments have made me wiser than my enemies: for they are ever with me.

American King James Version
You through your commandments have made me wiser than my enemies: for they are ever with me.

American Standard Version
Thy commandments make me wiser than mine enemies; For they are ever with me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Through thy commandment, thou hast made me wiser than my enemies: for it is ever with me.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy commandments make me wiser than mine enemies; for they are ever with me.

English Revised Version
Thy commandments make me wiser than mine enemies; for they are ever with me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than my enemies: for they are ever with me.

World English Bible
Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for your commandments are always with me.

Young's Literal Translation
Than mine enemies Thy command maketh me wiser, For it is before me to the age.
Study Bible
Thy Word
97O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. 98Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine. 99I have more insight than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation.…
Cross References
2 Timothy 3:15
From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Deuteronomy 4:6
"So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'

Psalm 19:7
The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.

Psalm 119:130
The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
Treasury of Scripture

You through your commandments have made me wiser than my enemies: for they are ever with me.

through

Psalm 119:104 Through your precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

Deuteronomy 4:6,8 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding …

1 Samuel 18:5,14,30 And David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: …

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom: out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

they are ever. Heb. it is ever

Psalm 119:11,30,105 Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you…

James 1:25 But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues …

MEM.

(98) Better, Thy commandments make me wiser than my enemies. The same correspondence of wisdom with loyal obedience to the Law is found in the Book of Proverbs.

Verse 98. - Thou through thy command-meets but made me wiser than mine enemies (comp. Deuteronomy 4:6, 8). The knowledge of God's Law gives a wisdom and an understanding infinitely above the cunning and craft of worldly men. If to the knowledge is added a faithful and habitual obedience, a wisdom is attained which can be reached in no other way (see ver. 100). For they are ever with me. Always present to my thoughts, as my rule of life. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies,.... David had his enemies, as every good man has: and these are often cunning and crafty ones, at least in wickedness; many of them are wise and prudent as to natural things, wiser in worldly things and political matters than the children of light, and often lay deep schemes and take crafty counsel against the saints; and yet they, by attending to the word and commands of God, and being under his direction and counsel, counterwork the designs of their enemies, and overturn their schemes and measures, which are brought to confusion; honesty being in the issue the best policy. However, the people of God are wiser than they in the best things; in the affair of salvation; in things relating to a future state, and their happiness there; which wisdom they attain unto through the Word of God, which is written for their learning; through the Scriptures, which are able to make men wise to salvation: these are the means, and no more; for it is God that is the efficient cause, or makes the means effectual, to make them wise, and wiser than others; it is owing to his divine teachings, to his Spirit and grace. The words may be rendered, "it hath made me wiser in thy commandments than mine enemies" (d); that is, the law; and so is another reason why it was so greatly loved by him: or, "thy commandments", that is, everyone of thy commandments, "have made me wiser", &c. (e). Joseph Kimchi give, this as the sense,

"by mine enemies thou hast made me wise (f); thou hast learned me thy commandments, so that I see they cannot remove thy law from my mouth;''

for they are ever with me; that is, the commandments of God, or his law, and the precepts of it; they were his privy counsellors, with whom on all occasions he consulted, and so became wiser than his enemies, and outwitted them: these were always near him, in his heart and in his mouth; he was ever thinking and speaking of them, and so did not forget the instructions they gave him; they were ever before his eyes, as the rule of his conduct.

(d) So Junius & Tremellius. (e) So Cocceius, Muis, Gejerus and the Targum. (f) "Fas est et ab hoste doceri", Ovid. 98-100. of knowledge, both of the matter of all useful, moral truth, and an experience of its application.

wiser than mine enemies—with all their carnal cunning (De 4:6, 8).

they are ever with me—The Hebrew is, rather singular, "it is ever with me"; the commandments forming ONE complete whole, Thy law.119:97-104 What we love, we love to think of. All true wisdom is from God. A good man carries his Bible with him, if not in his hands, yet in his head and in his heart. By meditation on God's testimonies we understand more than our teachers, when we understand our own hearts. The written word is a more sure guide to heaven, than all the fathers, the teachers, and ancients of the church. We cannot, with any comfort or boldness, attend God in holy duties, while under guilt, or in any by-way. It was Divine grace in his heart, that enabled the psalmist to receive these instructions. The soul has its tastes as well as the body. Our relish for the word of God will be greatest, when that for the world and the flesh is least. The way of sin is a wrong way; and the more understanding we get by the precepts of God, the more rooted will be our hatred of sin; and the more ready we are in the Scriptures, the better furnished we are with answers to temptation.
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