New American Standard Bible
The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
King James Bible
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Darby Bible Translation
The entrance of thy words giveth light, giving understanding unto the simple.
World English Bible
The entrance of your words gives light. It gives understanding to the simple.
Young's Literal Translation
The opening of Thy words enlighteneth, Instructing the simple.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The entrance of thy words giveth light - The Septuagint translates this, "the manifestation (or declaration) - ἡ δήλωσις hē dēlōsis - of thy words enlightens." So the Vulgate. Luther renders it, "When thy word is revealed, so it delivers us, and makes the simple wise." DeWette, "The opening (revelation) of thy word," etc. The Hebrew word - פתח pethach - means an "opening" or "entrance" - as of a gate, Joshua 20:4; Judges 9:35; and then "a door," as of a tent or the temple, Genesis 18:1; 1 Kings 6:8; or the gate of a city, Isaiah 3:26; and then it means opening, insight, instruction. The word as used here seems to denote the opening or unfolding of the word of God; the revelation of that word to the mind. A door is open so that we enter into a house; a gate, so that we enter into a city; and thus the meaning of the word of God is "opened" to us, so that we may, as it were, enter in and see its beauty. The language does not, therefore, denote the entrance of that word into the mind, but, its being made open to us so that we may perceive its beauty, or may ourselves "enter" into its meaning, its mysteries, and its beauties.
It giveth understanding unto the simple - The word rendered "simple" literally means "those who are open to persuasion," or who are easily enticed or seduced. Then it refers to the credulous, Proverbs 14:15, and then to the "inexperienced." See Psalm 19:7, note; Psalm 116:6, note.
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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 …
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The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
My mouth will speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will be understanding.
Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine.
From Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way. Nun.
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life
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