Psalm 119:9
New International Version
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.

New Living Translation
How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word.

English Standard Version
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.

Berean Study Bible
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word.

New American Standard Bible
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.

King James Bible
BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Christian Standard Bible
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping your word.

Contemporary English Version
Young people can live a clean life by obeying your word.

Good News Translation
How can young people keep their lives pure? By obeying your commands.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word.

International Standard Version
How can a young man keep his behavior pure? By guarding it in accordance with your word.

NET Bible
How can a young person maintain a pure life? By guarding it according to your instructions!

New Heart English Bible
BET. How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
BETH- With what does a boy purify his way to keep your commandments?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How can a young person keep his life pure? [He can do it] by holding on to your word.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherewithal shall a young man keep his way pure? By taking heed thereto according to Thy word.

New American Standard 1977
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy word.

Jubilee Bible 2000
BETH. With what shall a young man cleanse his way? when he shall keep thy word.

King James 2000 Bible
How shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to your word.

American King James Version
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to your word.

American Standard Version
BETH. Wherewith shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Wherewith shall a young man direct his way? by keeping thy words.

Douay-Rheims Bible
[BETH] By what doth a young man correct his way? by observing thy words.

Darby Bible Translation
BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his path? by taking heed according to thy word.

English Revised Version
BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Webster's Bible Translation
BETH. Wherewith shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed to it, according to thy word.

World English Bible
How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.

Young's Literal Translation
Beth. With what doth a young man purify his path? To observe -- according to Thy word.
Study Bible
Your Word is a Lamp to My Feet
8I will keep Your statutes; do not utterly forsake me. 9How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word. 10With all my heart I have sought You; do not let me stray from Your commandments.…
Cross References
1 Kings 2:4
and so that the LORD may fulfill His promise to me: 'If your descendants take heed to walk in truth before Me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.'

1 Kings 8:25
Therefore now, O LORD, God of Israel, keep for Your servant, my father David, what You promised when You said: 'You will never fail to have a man to sit before Me on the throne of Israel, if only your descendants guard their way to walk before Me as you have done.'

2 Chronicles 6:16
Therefore now, O LORD, God of Israel, keep for Your servant, my father David, what You promised when You said: 'You will never fail to have a man to sit before Me on the throne of Israel, if only your descendants guard their way to walk in My Law as you have walked before Me.'

Psalm 17:4
As for the deeds of men--by the word of Your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.

Psalm 39:1
I said, "I will watch my ways so that I will not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle as long as the wicked are present."

Treasury of Scripture

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to your word.

shall

Psalm 25:7
Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD.

Psalm 34:11
Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Job 1:5
And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

by taking

Psalm 119:11,97-105
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee…

Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful…

Psalm 19:7-11
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple…







Lexicon
How
בַּמֶּ֣ה (bam·meh)
Preposition-b | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

can a young man
נַּ֭עַר (na·‘ar)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5288: A boy, lad, youth, retainer

keep his way
אָרְח֑וֹ (’ā·rə·ḥōw)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 734: A well-trodden road, a caravan

pure?
יְזַכֶּה־ (yə·zak·keh-)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2135: To be translucent, to be innocent

By guarding it
לִ֝שְׁמֹ֗ר (liš·mōr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

according to Your word.
כִּדְבָרֶֽךָ׃ (kiḏ·ḇā·re·ḵā)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause
BETH.

(9) Wherewithal.--There can be little question that the right rendering of this verse is By what means can a young man purify his way, so as to keep it according to Thy word? but from Joshua 6:18 we might render keep himself. The English rendering, which follows the LXX. and Vulg. is, of course, possible, but the other is more natural and more in accordance with the general drift of the psalm. The answer is supposed, or rather left to be inferred, from the whole tenor of the psalm, which is that men, and especially-young men, whose passions and temptations are strong in proportion to their inexperience, can do nothing of themselves, but are dependent on the grace of God. The omission of a direct answer rather strengthens than impairs the impression on the reader.

We must not, from the mention of youth, conclude that this psalm was written in that period of life. Perhaps, on the contrary, it is one who, like Browning's Rabbi ben Ezra, while seeking how best to spend old age, looks back on youth, not with remonstrance at its follies, but with the satisfaction that even then he aimed at the best he knew.

Verse 9. - Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? It does not follow from this inquiry that the writer is a "young man" - rather the reverse. He is anxious to give advice to young men, which is naturally the part of one somewhat advanced in life. By taking heed thereto, according to thy Word. This is the answer to the question raised in clause 1. By looking to God's Word, and guiding himself thereby, the young man may "cleanse his way" - not otherwise. 119:9-16 To original corruption all have added actual sin. The ruin of the young is either living by no rule at all, or choosing false rules: let them walk by Scripture rules. To doubt of our own wisdom and strength, and to depend upon God, proves the purpose of holiness is sincere. God's word is treasure worth laying up, and there is no laying it up safe but in our hearts, that we may oppose God's precepts to the dominion of sin, his promises to its allurements, and his threatenings to its violence. Let this be our plea with Him to teach us his statutes, that, being partakers of his holiness, we may also partake of his blessedness. And those whose hearts are fed with the bread of life, should with their lips feed many. In the way of God's commandments there is the unsearchable riches of Christ. But we do not meditate on God's precepts to good purpose, unless our good thoughts produce good works. I will not only think of thy statutes, but do them with delight. And it will be well to try the sincerity of our obedience by tracing the spring of it; the reality of our love by cheerfulness in appointed duties.
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