Psalm 119:131
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English Standard Version
I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.

King James Bible
I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.

American Standard Version
I opened wide my mouth, and panted; For I longed for thy commandments.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I opened my mouth and panted: because I longed for thy commandments.

English Revised Version
I opened wide my mouth, and panted; for I longed for thy commandments.

Webster's Bible Translation
I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.

Psalm 119:131 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The eightfold Ajin. In the present time of apostasy and persecution he keeps all the more strictly to the direction of the divine word, and commends himself to the protection and teaching of God. In the consciousness of his godly behaviour (elsewhere always צדק וּמשׁפּט, here in one instance משׁפט וצדק) the poet hopes that God will surely not (בּל) leave him to the arbitrary disposal of his oppressors. This hope does not, however, raise him above the necessity and duty of constant prayer that Jahve would place Himself between him and his enemies. ערב seq. acc. signifies to stand in any one's place as furnishing a guarantee, and in general as a mediator, Job 17:3; Isaiah 38:14; לטוב similar to לטובה, Psalm 86:17, Nehemiah 5:19 : in my behalf, for my real advantage. The expression of longing after redemption in Psalm 119:123 sounds like Psalm 119:81. "The word of Thy righteousness" is the promise which proceeds from God's "righteousness," and as surely as He is "righteous" cannot remain unfulfilled. The one chief petition of the poet, however, to which he comes back in Psalm 119:124., has reference to the ever deeper knowledge of the word of God; for this knowledge is in itself at once life and blessedness, and the present calls most urgently for it. For the great multitude (which is the subject to הפרוּ) practically and fundamentally break God's law; it is therefore time to act for Jahve (עשׂה ל as in Genesis 30:30, Isaiah 64:4, Ezekiel 29:20), and just in order to this there is need of well-grounded, reliable knowledge. Therefore the poet attaches himself with all his love to God's commandments; to him they are above gold and fine gold (Psalm 19:11), which he might perhaps gain by a disavowal of them. Therefore he is as strict as he possibly can be with God's word, inasmuch as he acknowledges and observes all precepts of all things (כּל־פּקּוּדי כל), i.e., all divine precepts, let them have reference to whatsoever they will, as ישׁרים, right (ישּׁר, to declare both in avowal and deed to be right); and every false (lying) tendency, all pseudo-Judaism, he hates. It is true Psalm 119:126 may be also explained: it is time that Jahve should act, i.e., interpose judicially; but this thought is foreign to the context, and affords no equally close union for על־כן; moreover it ought then to have been accented עת לעשׂות ליהוה. On כּל־פּקּוּדי כל, "all commands of every purport," cf. Isaiah 29:11, and more as to form, Numbers 8:16; Ezekiel 44:30.

The expression is purposely thus heightened; and the correction כל־פקודיך (Ewald, Olshausen, and Hupfeld) is also superfluous, because the reference of what is said to the God of revelation is self-evident in this connection.

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Psalm 119:20 My soul breaks for the longing that it has to your judgments at all times.

Psalm 42:1 As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God.

Isaiah 26:8,9 Yes, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, have we waited for you; the desire of our soul is to your name...

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby:

I longed

Psalm 119:40,162,174 Behold, I have longed after your precepts: quicken me in your righteousness...

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Cross References
Job 29:23
They waited for me as for the rain, and they opened their mouths as for the spring rain.

Psalm 42:1
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.

Psalm 81:10
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Psalm 119:20
My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.

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