Psalm 19:8
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New International Version
The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

New Living Translation
The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living.

English Standard Version
the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

New American Standard Bible
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

King James Bible
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The precepts of the LORD are right, making the heart glad; the command of the LORD is radiant, making the eyes light up.

International Standard Version
The precepts of the LORD are upright, making the heart rejoice. The commandment of the LORD is pure, giving light to the eyes.

NET Bible
The LORD's precepts are fair and make one joyful. The LORD's commands are pure and give insight for life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The commandments of Lord Jehovah are right and give joy to the heart; the commandment of Lord Jehovah is precious and makes the eyes shine.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The instructions of the LORD are correct. They make the heart rejoice. The command of the LORD is radiant. It makes the eyes shine.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

American King James Version
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

American Standard Version
The precepts of Jehovah are right, rejoicing the heart: The commandment of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The justices of the Lord are right, rejoicing hearts: the commandment of the Lord is lightsome, enlightening the eyes.

Darby Bible Translation
The precepts of Jehovah are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes;

English Revised Version
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Webster's Bible Translation
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

World English Bible
Yahweh's precepts are right, rejoicing the heart. Yahweh's commandment is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Young's Literal Translation
The precepts of Jehovah are upright, Rejoicing the heart, The command of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes,
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 8. - The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; rather, the precepts of the Lord are right. Another of the many synonyms under which the Law may be spoken of (see Dr. Kay's preface to the hundred and nineteenth psalm). God's precepts "rejoice the heart" of the godly. They are not felt as stern commands, but as gracious intimations of what God desires man to do for his own good. The commandment of the Lord is pure; i.e. spotless, clean, without fault (comp. ver. 7, "The Law of the Lord is perfect"). Enlightening the eyes; i.e. giving light to the intellect.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The statutes of the Lord are right,.... The word of God may be called "statutes", or "visitations" (d) because that God will visit, in a way of resentment, such persons as despise its authority, do not act according to it, or add unto it, or detract from it; or the word may be rendered "commissions" (e), things committed to trust, as the Scriptures were to the Jews, Romans 3:1; and as the Gospel is committed to the trust of the ministers of it, who faithfully dispense it, 2 Corinthians 5:19. Now these may be said to be right, as the word of the Lord is, Psalm 33:4; since they set men right in their principles, and direct them to right practices; they are the means of making them upright in heart, and in conversation: the doctrines of the word of God have nothing crooked, froward, and perverse in them; are without sophism, and the hidden things of dishonesty; they are all in righteousness, and plain and easy in everything respecting salvation, to those who have a spiritual knowledge and understanding of them, Proverbs 8:8; they lead into right and straight paths of truth and holiness, in which wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err; and particularly the Gospel directs to the right way of salvation and eternal life by Jesus Christ; the effect of which is

rejoicing the heart. This cannot be understood of the law, which is a voice of terror, pronounces guilty, curses and condemns, is the killing letter, and works wrath; but of the Gospel part of the word, which is a joyful sound; publishes good tidings of good things; and, when applied by the Spirit of God, is found to have this effect, see Jeremiah 15:16;

the commandment of the Lord is pure; not only the Scriptures in general may bear this name, because they deliver out the commands of God to men, as those of a moral and ceremonial kind to the Jews under the former dispensation; so the ordinances of Christ, which are his commands under the Gospel dispensation; yea, the Gospel itself may be so called, though, strictly speaking, it has no command in it; because, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, it is made known to all nations for the obedience of faith, Romans 16:25; besides, the commandment is no other than the word or doctrine, see 1 John 2:7; and as every commandment of the Lord, of what kind soever it is, is pure and holy, so is every word of God, Proverbs 30:5; being without any mixture of men's inventions, or the dross of corrupt doctrine, sincere, unadulterated, clear of all chaff and impurity, consistent, uniform, and all of a piece, and which tends to promote purity of heart, life, and conversation;

enlightening the eyes: that is, of the understanding, so as for a man to see his lost state and condition by nature; to see the glory, fulness, and grace of Christ; to behold wondrous things in the doctrine of the Gospel, and to observe the way of duty in which he should walk: this is the eyesalve in Revelation 3:18; and so the Jewish doctors (f) explaining this text call the law, using the same word as there.

(d) "visitationes", Ainsworth. (e) "Commissiones", Munster; "deposita", so some in Rivetus; "depositum", Gejerus, Michaelis. (f) Vajikra Rabba, s. 12. fol. 155. 3. & Debarim Rabba, s. 8. fol. 243. 3.



Psalm 19:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Heavens Declare the Glory of God
7The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.…
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 33:4
For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

Psalm 36:9
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

Psalm 119:14
I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.

Psalm 119:128
and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path.

Psalm 119:140
Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.

Proverbs 6:23
For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life,

Isaiah 45:19
I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob's descendants, 'Seek me in vain.' I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.
Treasury of Scripture

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

statutes

Psalm 105:45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise you the LORD.

Psalm 119:12,16,80,171 Blessed are you, O LORD: teach me your statutes…

Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, …

Exodus 18:16 When they have a matter, they come to me; and I judge between one …

Deuteronomy 4:5,6 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD …

Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my …

right

Psalm 119:128 Therefore I esteem all your precepts concerning all things to be …

Nehemiah 9:13 You came down also on mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, …

rejoicing

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

Psalm 119:14,24,54,92,121,143 I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies, as much as in all riches…

Deuteronomy 12:11,12 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose …

Deuteronomy 16:11,14 And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you, and your son, …

Nehemiah 8:12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send …

Isaiah 64:5 You meet him that rejoices and works righteousness, those that remember …

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was to me …

Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

is pure

Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace …

Psalm 119:40 Behold, I have longed after your precepts: quicken me in your righteousness.

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield to them that put their trust in him.

Romans 7:12-14 Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good…

enlightening

Psalm 13:3 Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten my eyes, lest I sleep …

Psalm 119:98-100,105,130 You through your commandments have made me wiser than my enemies: …

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

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs …

Romans 2:17-20 Behold, you are called a Jew, and rest in the law, and make your boast of God…

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified …

Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not …

Galatians 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live to God.

Galatians 3:10-13,21 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for …

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