Psalm 119:99
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New International Version
I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.

New Living Translation
Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your laws.

English Standard Version
I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.

New American Standard Bible
I have more insight than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation.

King James Bible
I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have more insight than all my teachers because Your decrees are my meditation.

International Standard Version
I am more insightful than my teachers, because your decrees are my meditations.

NET Bible
I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your rules.

New Heart English Bible
I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Educate me more than all my teachers because your testimonies have been my meditation.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have more insight than all my teachers, because your written instructions are in my thoughts.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have more understanding than all my teachers; For Thy testimonies are my meditation.

New American Standard 1977
I have more insight than all my teachers,
            For Thy testimonies are my meditation.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have more understanding than all my teachers, for thy testimonies have been my meditation.

King James 2000 Bible
I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies are my meditation.

American King James Version
I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies are my meditation.

American Standard Version
I have more understanding than all my teachers; For thy testimonies are my meditation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have understood more than all my teachers: because thy testimonies are my meditation.

Darby Bible Translation
I have more understanding than all my teachers; for thy testimonies are my meditation.

English Revised Version
I have more understanding than all my teachers; for thy testimonies are my meditation.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

World English Bible
I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.

Young's Literal Translation
Above all my teachers I have acted wisely. For Thy testimonies are my meditation.
Study Bible
Thy Word
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. 100I understand more than the aged, Because I have observed Your precepts.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 1:16
"Do not consider your maidservant as a worthless woman, for I have spoken until now out of my great concern and provocation."

Psalm 119:15
I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways.
Treasury of Scripture

I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies are my meditation.

than all

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

2 Samuel 15:24-26 And see Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, bearing the …

1 Chronicles 15:11-13 And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the …

2 Chronicles 30:22 And Hezekiah spoke comfortably to all the Levites that taught the …

Jeremiah 2:8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the …

Jeremiah 8:8,9 How do you say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? …

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

Matthew 13:11 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know …

Matthew 15:6-9,14 And honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have …

Matthew 23:24 You blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time you ought to be teachers…

for thy

Psalm 119:24 Your testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures…

(99) More understanding . . .--The Rabbinical writers disliked the idea of a scholar professing wisdom above his teachers, and rendered, "from all my teachers I got wisdom," which was certainly far more in keeping with the process by which the Talmud grew into existence.

Verse 99. - I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. Teachers of secular knowledge are intended, wise in their special branches of learning, but not "wise unto salvation." Such "teachers" have often no spiritual knowledge or discernment. I have more understanding than all my teachers,.... Such as had been or would have been his teachers, who were bad ones in religious matters; especially such might be the religious teachers in Saul's time, when David was a young man: as the priests, whose lips should keep knowledge, and deliver it to the people, were in the times of Malachi; and as the Scribes and Pharisees, who, sat in Moses's chair, were in Christ's time; and as those legal teachers were in the apostles' times, who would be teachers of the law, not knowing what they said, nor whereof they affirmed; such as these David exceeded in spiritual understanding. Or his good teachers are meant; and though in common it is true that "a disciple is not above his master", Matthew 10:24; yet there are sometimes instances in which scholars exceed their teachers in knowledge and learning; and this is no reproach to a master to have such scholars: no doubt Apollos so improved in knowledge as to excel Aquila and Priscilla, of whom he learned much; as the Apostle Paul excelled Ananias; and so David excelled his teachers: and which is said by him, not in an ostentatious way of himself, nor in contempt of his teachers; but to commend the word of God, the source of his knowledge; and to magnify the grace of God, to whom he attributes all his wisdom, as in Psalm 119:98. Kimchi interprets it,

"of them all I have learned and received instruction; and from them I have understood the good way, and they have taught me;''

for thy testimonies are my meditation; what he learned of his teachers he compared with the word, the Scriptures, which testify of the mind and will of God; he searched into them, he meditated upon them, and considered whether what his instructors taught him were agreeable to them or and by this means he got more understanding than they had. 99. understanding—is practical skill (Ps 2:10; 32:8).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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