Psalm 19:10
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New International Version
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.

New Living Translation
They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.

English Standard Version
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

New American Standard Bible
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

King James Bible
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are more desirable than gold-- than an abundance of pure gold; and sweeter than honey, which comes from the honeycomb.

International Standard Version
They are more desirable than gold, even much fine gold. They are sweeter than honey, even the drippings from a honeycomb.

NET Bible
They are of greater value than gold, than even a great amount of pure gold; they bring greater delight than honey, than even the sweetest honey from a honeycomb.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They are more desirable than gold and precious stones, and are sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even the drippings from a honeycomb.

Jubilee Bible 2000
More to be desired are they than gold, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

King James 2000 Bible
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

American King James Version
More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

American Standard Version
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the droppings of the honeycomb.

Douay-Rheims Bible
More to be desired than gold and many precious stones: and sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.

Darby Bible Translation
They are more precious than gold, yea, than much fine gold; and sweeter than honey and the dropping of the honeycomb.

English Revised Version
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Webster's Bible Translation
More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honey-comb.

World English Bible
More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the extract of the honeycomb.

Young's Literal Translation
They are more desirable than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; and sweeter than honey, Even liquid honey of the comb.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:7-10 The Holy Scripture is of much greater benefit to us than day or night, than the air we breathe, or the light of the sun. To recover man out of his fallen state, there is need of the word of God. The word translated law, may be rendered doctrine, and be understood as meaning all that teaches us true religion. The whole is perfect; its tendency is to convert or turn the soul from sin and the world, to God and holiness. It shows our sinfulness and misery in departing from God, and the necessity of our return to him. This testimony is sure, to be fully depended on: the ignorant and unlearned believing what God saith, become wise unto salvation. It is a sure direction in the way of duty. It is a sure fountain of living comforts, and a sure foundation of lasting hopes. The statues of the Lord are right, just as they should be; and, because they are right, they rejoice the heart. The commandments of the Lord are pure, holy, just, and good. By them we discover our need of a Saviour; and then learn how to adorn his gospel. They are the means which the Holy Spirit uses in enlightening the eyes; they bring us to a sight and sense of our sin and misery, and direct us in the way of duty. The fear of the Lord, that is, true religion and godliness, is clean, it will cleanse our way; and it endureth for ever. The ceremonial law is long since done away, but the law concerning the fear of God is ever the same. The judgments of the Lord, his precepts, are true; they are righteous, and they are so altogether; there is no unrighteousness in any of them. Gold is only for the body, and the concerns of time; but grace is for the soul, and the concerns of eternity. The word of God, received by faith, is more precious than gold; it is sweet to the soul, sweeter than honey. The pleasure of sense soon surfeit, yet never satisfy; but those of religion are substantial and satisfying; there is no danger of excess.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold. (For the difference between "gold" (זהב) and "fine gold" (פז), see the 'Homiletic Commentary on Job,' p. 458.) God's Law is a far greater good to man, and therefore far more to be desired, than any amount of riches; much more must it be preferable to honey and the honeycomb.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

More to be desired are they than gold,.... This refers to all the truths in the word of God; to all the doctrines of the Gospel; which, by good men, are more desirable, and by them more prized and valued, than all worldly riches and treasure;

yea, than much fine gold: more than gold, and the best of gold, and a great deal of it, than thousands of gold and silver; see Psalm 119:72, Proverbs 8:10;

sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb; or "the dropping of the honeycombs" (h), which is the purest and sweetest of the honey; and what honey is to the natural taste of men, that is the Gospel, and the truths of it, to the spiritual taste of believers, Psalm 119:103; and when the presence of Christ is enjoyed, his love is shed abroad, and the blessings of his grace are partook of, the ordinances of the Gospel are very delightful, Sol 2:3; eloquence, and eloquent orators, are sometimes described by mellifluous words; or by their expressions being like honey, and sweeter than that (i).

(h) "stillatione favorum", Vatablus, Rivetus, Cocceius; so Ainsworth. (i) , Homer. Iliad. 1. v. 249.



Psalm 19:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Heavens Declare the Glory of God
9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. 10They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. 11Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward.…
Cross References
Psalm 12:6
And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.

Psalm 119:72
The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

Psalm 119:103
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Psalm 119:127
Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold,

Proverbs 8:11
for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Proverbs 16:24
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Proverbs 24:13
Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.

Song of Solomon 4:11
Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue. The fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.

Ezekiel 3:3
Then he said to me, "Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it." So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.
Treasury of Scripture

More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

than gold

Psalm 119:72,127 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver…

Job 28:15-17 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for …

Proverbs 3:13-15 Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding…

Proverbs 8:10,11,19 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold…

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding …

sweeter

Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth …

Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste! yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have …

Proverbs 24:13 My son, eat you honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which …

honeycomb [heb.] the dropping of honey-combs

1 Samuel 14:26-29 And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey dropped; …

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