Psalm 119:98
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.

101I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
         That I may keep Your word.

102I have not turned aside from Your ordinances,
         For You Yourself have taught me.

103How sweet are Your words to my taste!
         Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104From Your precepts I get understanding;
         Therefore I hate every false way.


105Your word is a lamp to my feet
         And a light to my path.

106I have sworn and I will confirm it,
         That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.

107I am exceedingly afflicted;
         Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.

108O accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD,
         And teach me Your ordinances.

109My life is continually in my hand,
         Yet I do not forget Your law.

110The wicked have laid a snare for me,
         Yet I have not gone astray from Your precepts.

111I have inherited Your testimonies forever,
         For they are the joy of my heart.

112I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
         Forever, even to the end.


113I hate those who are double-minded,
         But I love Your law.

114You are my hiding place and my shield;
         I wait for Your word.

115Depart from me, evildoers,
         That I may observe the commandments of my God.

116Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live;
         And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.

117Uphold me that I may be safe,
         That I may have regard for Your statutes continually.

118You have rejected all those who wander from Your statutes,
         For their deceitfulness is useless.

119You have removed all the wicked of the earth like dross;
         Therefore I love Your testimonies.

120My flesh trembles for fear of You,
         And I am afraid of Your judgments.


121I have done justice and righteousness;
         Do not leave me to my oppressors.

122Be surety for Your servant for good;
         Do not let the arrogant oppress me.

123My eyes fail with longing for Your salvation
         And for Your righteous word.

124Deal with Your servant according to Your lovingkindness
         And teach me Your statutes.

125I am Your servant; give me understanding,
         That I may know Your testimonies.

126It is time for the LORD to act,
         For they have broken Your law.

127Therefore I love Your commandments
         Above gold, yes, above fine gold.

128Therefore I esteem right all Your precepts concerning everything,
         I hate every false way.


129Your testimonies are wonderful;
         Therefore my soul observes them.

130The unfolding of Your words gives light;
         It gives understanding to the simple.

131I opened my mouth wide and panted,
         For I longed for Your commandments.

132Turn to me and be gracious to me,
         After Your manner with those who love Your name.

133Establish my footsteps in Your word,
         And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.

134Redeem me from the oppression of man,
         That I may keep Your precepts.

135Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
         And teach me Your statutes.

136My eyes shed streams of water,
         Because they do not keep Your law.


137Righteous are You, O LORD,
         And upright are Your judgments.

138You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness
         And exceeding faithfulness.

139My zeal has consumed me,
         Because my adversaries have forgotten Your words.

140Your word is very pure,
         Therefore Your servant loves it.

141I am small and despised,
         Yet I do not forget Your precepts.

142Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
         And Your law is truth.

143Trouble and anguish have come upon me,
         Yet Your commandments are my delight.

144Your testimonies are righteous forever;
         Give me understanding that I may live.


145I cried with all my heart; answer me, O LORD!
         I will observe Your statutes.

146I cried to You; save me
         And I shall keep Your testimonies.

147I rise before dawn and cry for help;
         I wait for Your words.

148My eyes anticipate the night watches,
         That I may meditate on Your word.

149Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness;
         Revive me, O LORD, according to Your ordinances.

150Those who follow after wickedness draw near;
         They are far from Your law.

151You are near, O LORD,
         And all Your commandments are truth.

152Of old I have known from Your testimonies
         That You have founded them forever.


153Look upon my affliction and rescue me,
         For I do not forget Your law.

154Plead my cause and redeem me;
         Revive me according to Your word.

155Salvation is far from the wicked,
         For they do not seek Your statutes.

156Great are Your mercies, O LORD;
         Revive me according to Your ordinances.

157Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
         Yet I do not turn aside from Your testimonies.

158I behold the treacherous and loathe them,
         Because they do not keep Your word.

159Consider how I love Your precepts;
         Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness.

160The sum of Your word is truth,
         And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.


161Princes persecute me without cause,
         But my heart stands in awe of Your words.

162I rejoice at Your word,
         As one who finds great spoil.

163I hate and despise falsehood,
         But I love Your law.

164Seven times a day I praise You,
         Because of Your righteous ordinances.

165Those who love Your law have great peace,
         And nothing causes them to stumble.

166I hope for Your salvation, O LORD,
         And do Your commandments.

167My soul keeps Your testimonies,
         And I love them exceedingly.

168I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,
         For all my ways are before You.


169Let my cry come before You, O LORD;
         Give me understanding according to Your word.

170Let my supplication come before You;
         Deliver me according to Your word.

171Let my lips utter praise,
         For You teach me Your statutes.

172Let my tongue sing of Your word,
         For all Your commandments are righteousness.

173Let Your hand be ready to help me,
         For I have chosen Your precepts.

174I long for Your salvation, O LORD,
         And Your law is my delight.

175Let my soul live that it may praise You,
         And let Your ordinances help me.

176I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant,
         For I do not forget Your commandments.

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Parallel Verses
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.
Notes on the First Century:
Page 1. Line 1. An empty book is like an infant's soul.' Here Traherne may possibly have had in his mind a passage in Bishop Earle's "Microcosmography." In delineating the character of a child, Earle says: "His soul is yet a white paper unscribbled with observations of the world, wherewith at length it becomes a blurred note-book," Page 14. Line 25. The entrance of his words. This sentence is from Psalm cxix. 130. Page 15. Last line of Med. 21. "Insatiableness." This word in Traherne's time was often
Thomas Traherne—Centuries of Meditations

Life Hid and not Hid
'Thy word have I hid in my heart.'--PSALM cxix. 11. 'I have not hid Thy righteousness in my heart.'--PSALM xl. 10. Then there are two kinds of hiding--one right and one wrong: one essential to the life of the Christian, one inconsistent with it. He is a shallow Christian who has no secret depths in his religion. He is a cowardly or a lazy one, at all events an unworthy one, who does not exhibit, to the utmost of his power, his religion. It is bad to have all the goods in the shop window; it is just
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

A Cleansed Way
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy word.'--PSALM cxix. 9. There are many questions about the future with which it is natural for you young people to occupy yourselves; but I am afraid that the most of you ask more anxiously 'How shall I make my way?' than 'How shall I cleanse it?' It is needful carefully to ponder the questions: 'How shall I get on in the world--be happy, fortunate?' and the like, and I suppose that that is the consideration
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

'Time for Thee to Work'
'It is time for Thee, Lord, to work; for they have made void Thy Law. 127. Therefore I love Thy commandments above gold, yea, above fine gold. 128. Therefore I esteem all Thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.' --PSALM cxix. 126-128. If much that we hear be true, a society to circulate Bibles is a most irrational and wasteful expenditure of energy and money. We cannot ignore the extent and severity of the opposition to the very idea of revelation, even if we would;
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

A Stranger in the Earth
'I am a stranger in the earth: hide not Thy commandments from me.... 64. The earth, O Lord, is full of Thy mercy: teach me Thy statutes.' --PSALM cxix. 19, 64. There is something very remarkable in the variety-in-monotony of this, the longest of the psalms. Though it be the longest it is in one sense the simplest, inasmuch as there is but one thought in it, beaten out into all manner of forms and based upon all various considerations. It reminds one of the great violinist who out of one string managed
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

May the Fourth a Healthy Palate
"How sweet are Thy words unto my taste." --PSALM cxix. 97-104. Some people like one thing, and some another. Some people appreciate the bitter olive; others feel it to be nauseous. Some delight in the sweetest grapes; others feel the sweetness to be sickly. It is all a matter of palate. Some people love the Word of the Lord; to others the reading of it is a dreary task. To some the Bible is like a vineyard; to others it is like a dry and tasteless meal. One takes the word of the Master, and it
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

Inward Witness to the Truth of the Gospel.
"I have more understanding than my teachers, for Thy testimonies are my study; I am wiser than the aged, because I keep Thy commandments."--Psalm cxix. 99, 100. In these words the Psalmist declares, that in consequence of having obeyed God's commandments he had obtained more wisdom and understanding than those who had first enlightened his ignorance, and were once more enlightened than he. As if he said, "When I was a child, I was instructed in religious knowledge by kind and pious friends, who
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VIII

A Bottle in the Smoke
First, God's people have their trials--they get put in the smoke; secondly, God's people feel their trials--they "become like a bottle in the smoke;" thirdly, God's people do not forget God's statutes in their trials--"I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes." I. GOD'S PEOPLE HAVE THEIR TRIALS. This is an old truth, as old as the everlasting hills, because trials were in the covenant, and certainly the covenant is as old as the eternal mountains. It was never designed
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 2: 1856

The Dryness of Preachers, and the Various Evils which Arise from their Failing to Teach Heart-Prayer --Exhortation to Pastors to Lead People Towards this Form Of
If all those who are working for the conquest of souls sought to win them by the heart, leading them first of all to prayer and to the inner life, they would see many and lasting conversions. But so long as they only address themselves to the outside, and instead of drawing people to Christ by occupying their hearts with Him, they only give them a thousand precepts for outward observances, they will see but little fruit, and that will not be lasting. When once the heart is won, other defects are
Jeanne Marie Bouvières—A Short Method Of Prayer And Spiritual Torrents

Of Deeper Matters, and God's Hidden Judgments which are not to be Inquired Into
"My Son, beware thou dispute not of high matters and of the hidden judgments of God; why this man is thus left, and that man is taken into so great favour; why also this man is so greatly afflicted, and that so highly exalted. These things pass all man's power of judging, neither may any reasoning or disputation have power to search out the divine judgments. When therefore the enemy suggesteth these things to thee, or when any curious people ask such questions, answer with that word of the Prophet,
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Seven-Fold Joy
"Seven times a day do I praise Thee because of Thy righteous judgments."--Ps. cxix. 164. Mechthild of Hellfde, 1277. tr., Emma Frances Bevan, 1899 I bring unto Thy grace a seven-fold praise, Thy wondrous love I bless-- I praise, remembering my sinful days, My worthlessness. I praise that I am waiting, Lord, for Thee, When, all my wanderings past, Thyself wilt bear me, and wilt welcome me To home at last. I praise Thee that for Thee I long and pine, For Thee I ever yearn; I praise Thee that such
Frances Bevan—Hymns of Ter Steegen and Others (Second Series)

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