Psalm 119:100
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English Standard Version
I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts.

King James Bible
I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

American Standard Version
I understand more than the aged, Because I have kept thy precepts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have had understanding above ancients: because I have sought thy commandments.

English Revised Version
I understand more than the aged, because I have kept thy precepts.

Webster's Bible Translation
I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The eightfold Lamed. Eternal and imperishable in the constant verifying of itself is the vigorous and consolatory word of God, to which the poet will ever cling. It has heaven as its standing-place, and therefore it also has the qualities of heaven, and before all others, heaven-like stability. Psalm 89 (Psalm 89:3) uses similar language in reference to God's faithfulness, of which here Psalm 119:90 says that it endureth into all generations. The earth hath He creatively set up, and it standeth, viz., as a practical proof and as a scene of His infinite, unchangeable faithfulness. Heaven and earth are not the subjects of Psalm 119:91 (Hupfeld), for only the earth is previously mentioned; the reference to the heavens in Psalm 119:89 is of a very different character. Hitzig and others see the subject in למשׁפּטיך: with respect to Thy judgments, they stand fast unto this day; but the עבדיך which follows requires another meaning to be assigned to עמדוּ: either of taking up one's place ready for service, or, since עמד למשׁפט is a current phrase in Numbers 35:12; Joshua 20:6; Ezekiel 44:24, of placing one's self ready to obey (Bttcher). The subject of עמדוּ, as the following הכּל shows, is meant to be thought of in the most general sense (cf. Job 38:14): all beings are God's servants (subjects), and have accordingly to be obedient and humble before His judicial decisions - היּום, "even to this day," the poet adds, for these judicial decisions are those which are formulated beforehand in the Tra. Joy in this ever sure, all-conditioning word has upheld the poet in his affliction, Psalm 119:92. He who has been persecuted and cast down as it were to death, owes his reviving to it, Psalm 119:93. From Him whose possession or property he is in faith and love he also further looks for his salvation, Psalm 119:94. Let evil-doers lie in wait for him (קוּוּ in a hostile sense, as in Psalm 56:7, קוּה, cf. חכּה, going back to קוה, Arab. qawiya, with the broad primary signification, to be tight, firm, strong) to destroy him, he meditates on God's testimonies. He knows from experience that all (earthly) perfection (תּכלה) has an end (inasmuch as, having reached its height, it changes into its opposite); God's commandment (singular as in Deuteronomy 11:22), on the contrary, is exceeding broad (cf. Job 11:9), unlimited in its duration and verification.

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understand

1 Kings 12:6-15 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said...

Job 12:12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

Job 15:9,10 What know you, that we know not? what understand you, which is not in us...

Job 32:4,10 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he...

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Psalm 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought you: O let me not wander from your commandments.

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Jeremiah 8:8,9 How do you say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? See, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain...

Matthew 7:24 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house on a rock:

James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

Cross References
Job 32:7
I said, 'Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.'

Psalm 119:22
Take away from me scorn and contempt, for I have kept your testimonies.

Psalm 119:56
This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts.

Proverbs 28:5
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.

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