Psalm 119:150
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English Standard Version
They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from your law.

King James Bible
They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.

American Standard Version
They draw nigh that follow after wickedness; They are far from thy law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They that persecute me have drawn nigh to iniquity; but they are gone far off from the law.

English Revised Version
They draw nigh that follow after wickedness; they are far from thy law.

Webster's Bible Translation
They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The eightfold Tsade. God rules righteously and faithfully according to His word, for which the poet is accordingly zealous, although young and despised. The predicate ישׂר in Psalm 119:137 precedes its subject משׁפּטיך (God's decisions in word and in deed) in the primary form (after the model of the verbal clause Psalm 124:5), just as in German [and English] the predicative adjective remains undeclined. The accusatives צדק and אמוּנה in Psalm 119:138 are not predicative (Hitzig), to which the former ("as righteousness") - not the latter however - is not suited, but adverbial accusatives (in righteousness, in faithfulness), and מאד according to its position is subordinate to ואמונה as a virtual adjective (cf. Isaiah 47:9): the requirements of the revealed law proceed from a disposition towards and mode of dealing with men which is strictly determined by His holiness (צדק), and beyond measure faithfully and honestly designs the well-being of men (אמונה מאד). To see this good law of God despised by his persecutors stirs the poet up with a zeal, which brings him, from their side, to the brink of extreme destruction (Psalm 69:10, cf. צמתּת, Psalm 88:17). God's own utterance is indeed without spot, and therefore not to be carped at; it is pure, fire-proved, noblest metal (Psalm 18:31; Psalm 12:7), therefore he loves it, and does not, though young (lxx νεώτερος, Vulgate adolescentulus) and lightly esteemed, care for the remonstrances of his proud opponents who are old and more learned than himself (the organization of Psalm 119:141 is like Psalm 119:95, and frequently). The righteousness (צדקה) of the God of revelation becomes eternal righteousness (צדק), and His law remains eternal truth (אמת). צדקה is here the name of the attribute and of the action that is conditioned in accordance with it; צדק the name of the state that thoroughly accords with the idea of that which is right. So too in Psalm 119:144 : צדק are Jahve's testimonies for ever, so that all creatures must give glory to their harmony with that which is absolutely right. To look ever deeper and deeper into this their perfection is the growing life of the spirit. The poet prays for this vivifying insight.

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draw nigh

Psalm 22:11-13,16 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help...

Psalm 27:2 When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came on me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

1 Samuel 23:16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.

2 Samuel 17:16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over...

Matthew 26:46,47 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that does betray me...

for from

Psalm 50:17 Seeing you hate instruction, and casts my words behind you.

Job 21:14 Therefore they say to God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of your ways.

Proverbs 1:7,22 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction...

Proverbs 28:9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

Ephesians 2:13,14 But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near by the blood of Christ...

Cross References
Psalm 119:149
Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O LORD, according to your justice give me life.

Psalm 119:151
But you are near, O LORD, and all your commandments are true.

Isaiah 46:12
"Listen to me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from righteousness:

Jeremiah 44:23
It is because you made offerings and because you sinned against the LORD and did not obey the voice of the LORD or walk in his law and in his statutes and in his testimonies that this disaster has happened to you, as at this day."

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