Psalm 119:23
New International Version
Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees.

New Living Translation
Even princes sit and speak against me, but I will meditate on your decrees.

English Standard Version
Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.

Berean Study Bible
Though rulers sit and slander me, Your servant meditates on Your statutes;

New American Standard Bible
Even though princes sit and talk against me, Your servant meditates on Your statutes.

New King James Version
Princes also sit and speak against me, But Your servant meditates on Your statutes.

King James Bible
Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

Christian Standard Bible
Though princes sit together speaking against me, your servant will think about your statutes;

Contemporary English Version
I keep thinking about your teachings, LORD, even if rulers plot against me.

Good News Translation
The rulers meet and plot against me, but I will study your teachings.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though princes sit together speaking against me, Your servant will think about Your statutes;

International Standard Version
Though nobles take their seat and gossip about me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.

NET Bible
Though rulers plot and slander me, your servant meditates on your statutes.

New Heart English Bible
Though princes sit and slander me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil have been sitting and plotting against me, but I have been meditating upon your commandments.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even though influential people plot against me, I reflect on your laws.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Even though princes sit and talk against me, Thy servant doth meditate in Thy statutes.

New American Standard 1977
Even though princes sit and talk against me, Thy servant meditates on Thy statutes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Princes also sat and spoke against me as thy slave spoke according to thy statutes.

King James 2000 Bible
Princes also did sit and speak against me: but your servant did meditate in your statutes.

American King James Version
Princes also did sit and speak against me: but your servant did meditate in your statutes.

American Standard Version
Princes also sat and talked against me; But thy servant did meditate on thy statutes.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For princes sat and spoke against me: but thy servant was meditating on thine ordinances.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For princes sat, and spoke against me: but thy servant was employed in thy justifications.

Darby Bible Translation
Princes also did sit [and] talk together against me: thy servant doth meditate in thy statutes.

English Revised Version
Princes also sat and talked against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

Webster's Bible Translation
Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

World English Bible
Though princes sit and slander me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.

Young's Literal Translation
Princes also sat -- against me they spoke, Thy servant doth meditate in Thy statutes,
Study Bible
Your Word is a Lamp to My Feet
22Remove my scorn and contempt, for I have kept Your testimonies. 23Though rulers sit and slander me, Your servant meditates on Your statutes; 24Your testimonies are indeed my delight; they are my counselors.…
Cross References
Psalm 119:15
I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways.

Psalm 119:161
Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart fears only Your word.

Treasury of Scripture

Princes also did sit and speak against me: but your servant did meditate in your statutes.

princes

Psalm 2:1,2
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? …

1 Samuel 20:31
For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die.

1 Samuel 22:7-13
Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds; …

thy servant

Psalm 119:15
I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.







Lexicon
Though
גַּ֤ם (gam)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

rulers
שָׂ֭רִים (rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8269: Chieftain, chief, ruler, official, captain, prince

sit
יָֽשְׁב֣וּ (yā·šə·ḇū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

and slander me,
נִדְבָּ֑רוּ (niḏ·bā·rū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

Your servant
עַ֝בְדְּךָ֗ (‘aḇ·də·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

meditates
יָשִׂ֥יחַ (yā·śî·aḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7878: To muse, complain, talk (of)

on Your statutes;
בְּחֻקֶּֽיךָ׃ (bə·ḥuq·qe·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2706: Something prescribed or owed, a statute
(23) Speak.--Comp. Psalm 50:20 for the same implied sense in this verb. This verse reads as if Israel, and not a mere individual, were the subject of the psalms.

Verse 23. - Princes also did sit and speak against me. The great of the earth too often take part against the righteous, and join in persecuting them and calumniating them (comp. ver. 161). But thy servant did meditate in thy statutes; i.e. I took no heed of their calumnies - they did not trouble me. I gave myself to meditation on thy commandments. 119:17-24 If God deals in strict justice with us, we all perish. We ought to spend our lives in his service; we shall find true life in keeping his word. Those that would see the wondrous things of God's law and gospel, must beg him to give them understanding, by the light of his Spirit. Believers feel themselves strangers on earth; they fear missing their way, and losing comfort by erring from God's commandments. Every sanctified soul hungers after the word of God, as food which there is no living without. There is something of pride at the bottom of every wilful sin. God can silence lying lips; reproach and contempt may humble and do us good, and then they shall be removed. Do we find the weight of the cross is above that we are able to bear? He that bore it for us will enable us to bear it; upheld by him we cannot sink. It is sad when those who should protect the innocent, are their betrayers. The psalmist went on in duty, and he found comfort in the word of God. The comforts of the word of God are most pleasant to a gracious soul, when other comforts are made bitter; and those that would have God's testimonies to be their delight, must be advised by them. May the Lord direct us in exercising repentance of sin, and faith in Christ.
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