New American Standard Bible
Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes!
King James Bible
O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
Darby Bible Translation
Oh that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
World English Bible
Oh that my ways were steadfast to obey your statutes!
Young's Literal Translation
O that my ways were prepared to keep Thy statutes,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
O that my ways were directed ... - Indicating the desire of the pious heart. That desire - a prevailing, constant, uniform desire - is to keep the law of God. It is the aim of the life; it is the supreme purpose of the soul; it is the ruling wish of the man, thus to keep the law of God. He in whose bosom this is not the constant wish cannot be a pious man. The Hebrew particle used here, and rendered "O that," is a particle denoting a wish, or an earnest desire. The word "ways" denotes the course of life. The whole is expressive of an earnest desire to live in accordance with the law of God. It implies also a sense of dependence on God.
LibraryA Cleansed Way
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 …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
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Excursus on the Choir Offices of the Early Church.
"These are the statutes and the judgments which you shall carefully observe in the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess as long as you live on the earth.
2 Chronicles 7:17
"As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, even to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep My statutes and My ordinances,
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, And I shall observe it to the end.
Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established.
A wicked man displays a bold face, But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.
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