New American Standard Bible
I opened my mouth wide and panted, For I longed for Your commandments.
King James Bible
I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
Darby Bible Translation
I opened my mouth wide and panted; for I longed for thy commandments.
World English Bible
I opened my mouth wide and panted, for I longed for your commandments.
Young's Literal Translation
My mouth I have opened, yea, I pant, For, for Thy commands I have longed.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I opened my mouth and panted - All this is the language of deep emotion. We breathe hard under the influence of such emotion; we open the mouth wide, and pant, as the ordinary passage for the air through the nostrils is not sufficient to meet the needs of the lungs in their increased action. The idea is, that his heart was full; that he had such an intense desire as to produce deep and rapid breathing; that he was like one who was exhausted, and who "panted" for breath. Compare the notes at Psalm 42:1.
For I longed for thy commandments - The word here rendered "longed" occurs nowhere else. It means to desire earnestly. See the notes at Psalm 119:20.
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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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Excursus on the Choir Offices of the Early Church.
"They waited for me as for the rain, And opened their mouth as for the spring rain.
For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah. As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.
"I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
My soul is crushed with longing After Your ordinances at all times.
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