Psalm 119:96
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English Standard Version
I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

King James Bible
I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

American Standard Version
MEM. I have seen an end of all perfection; But thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have seen an end to all persecution: thy commandment is exceeding broad.

English Revised Version
I have seen an end of all perfection; but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Psalm 119:96 Parallel
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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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I have seen. That is, I have seen that all human wisdom or knowledge, however extensive, noble, and excellent, has it sounds, and limits, and end; but Thy law, a transcript of Thine own mind, is infinite, and extends to eternity.

Psalm 39:5,6 Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you...

1 Samuel 9:2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly...

1 Samuel 17:8,49-51 And he stood and cried to the armies of Israel, and said to them, Why are you come out to set your battle in array...

1 Samuel 31:4,5 Then said Saul to his armor bearer, Draw your sword, and thrust me through therewith...

2 Samuel 14:25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty...

2 Samuel 16:23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counceled in those days, was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God...

2 Samuel 17:23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey, and arose, and got him home to his house, to his city...

2 Samuel 18:14,17 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with you. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom...

Ecclesiastes 1:2,3 Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity...

Ecclesiastes 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold...

Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man on earth, that does good, and sins not.

Ecclesiastes 12:8 Vanity of vanities, said the preacher; all is vanity.

Matthew 5:18 For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or one pronunciation mark shall in no wise pass from the law...

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

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Psalm 19:7,8 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple...

Matthew 5:28 But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind...

Mark 12:29-34 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord...

Romans 7:7-12,14 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust...

Hebrews 4:12,13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword...

Cross References
Psalm 119:95
The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies.

Psalm 119:97
Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.

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