Psalm 119:96
New International Version
To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless.

New Living Translation
Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit.

English Standard Version
I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

Berean Study Bible
I have seen an end to all perfection, but Your commandment is without limit.

New American Standard Bible
I have seen a limit to all perfection; Your commandment is exceedingly broad. Mem.

King James Bible
I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Christian Standard Bible
I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your command is without limit.

Contemporary English Version
Nothing is completely perfect, except your teachings.

Good News Translation
I have learned that everything has limits; but your commandment is perfect.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have seen a limit to all perfection, but Your command is without limit.

International Standard Version
I have observed that all things have their limit, but your commandment is very broad.

NET Bible
I realize that everything has its limits, but your commands are beyond full comprehension.

New Heart English Bible
I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commands are boundless.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have seen the end of all things, the very end, and your commandment is greatly enlarged!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have seen a limit to everything else, [but] your commandments have no limit.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have seen an end to every purpose; But Thy commandment is exceeding broad.

New American Standard 1977
I have seen a limit to all perfection; Thy commandment is exceedingly broad.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have seen an end of all perfection, but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

King James 2000 Bible
I have seen a limit to all perfection: but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

American King James Version
I have seen an end of all perfection: but your commandment is exceeding broad.

American Standard Version
MEM. I have seen an end of all perfection; But thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
have seen an end of all perfection; but thy commandment is very broad.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have seen an end to all persecution: thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Darby Bible Translation
I have seen an end of all perfection: thy commandment is exceeding broad.

English Revised Version
I have seen an end of all perfection; but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

World English Bible
I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commands are boundless. MEM

Young's Literal Translation
Of all perfection I have seen an end, Broad is Thy command -- exceedingly!
Study Bible
Your Word is a Lamp to My Feet
95The wicked wait to destroy me, but I will ponder Your testimonies. 96I have seen an end to all perfection, but Your commandment is without limit. 97Oh, how I love Your law! All day long it is my meditation.…
Cross References
Psalm 119:95
The wicked wait to destroy me, but I will ponder Your testimonies.

Psalm 119:97
Oh, how I love Your law! All day long it is my meditation.

Treasury of Scripture

I have seen an end of all perfection: but your commandment is exceeding broad.

I have seen.

Psalm 39:5,6
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah…

1 Samuel 9:2
And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.

1 Samuel 17:8,49-51
And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me…

but thy

Psalm 19:7,8
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple…

Matthew 5:28
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind…







Lexicon
I have seen
רָאִ֣יתִי (rā·’î·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

an end
קֵ֑ץ (qêṣ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7093: An extremity, after

to all
לְֽכָל (lə·ḵāl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

perfection,
תִּ֭כְלָה (tiḵ·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8502: Completeness, perfection

but Your commandment
מִצְוָתְךָ֣ (miṣ·wā·ṯə·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4687: Commandment

is without limit.
מְאֹֽד׃ (mə·’ōḏ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3966: Vehemence, vehemently, wholly, speedily
(96) I have seen.--The exact thought of the psalmist here is doubtful, and it offers such a wide application, embracing so many truths of experience, that possibly he had more than one meaning in his mind. Keeping as close to the context as possible, the meaning will be: "To all perfection (or apparent perfection) a limit is visible, but the Divine Law is boundless alike in its scope and its requirements." This, translated into the language of modern ideas, merely says that the actual can never correspond with the ideal:

"Who keeps a spirit wholly true

To that ideal which he bears?"

But in the word end in Hebrew, as in English, there is a limitation in time, as in space (see Job 26:10; Job 28:3; comp. Symmachus, "I have seen the end of all settled things"), and the Prayer Book version may really give the psalmist's thought as indicating the difference between mere change and progress.

"The old order changeth, yielding place to new,

And God fulfils Himself in many ways,

Lest one good custom should corrupt the world."

TENNYSON: Morte d'Arthur.

Verse 96. - I have seen an end of all perfection; i.e. to all other perfection I have seen, and see, a limit; but there is no limit to the perfection of thy Law. Thy commandment is exceeding broad. Unlimited - measureless in its range. It inculcates on man an absolute perfection. 119:89-96 The settling of God's word in heaven, is opposed to the changes and revolutions of the earth. And the engagements of God's covenant are established more firmly than the earth itself. All the creatures answer the ends of their creation: shall man, who alone is endued with reason, be the only unprofitable burden of the earth? We may make the Bible a pleasant companion at any time. But the word, without the grace of God, would not quicken us. See the best help for bad memories, namely, good affections; and though the exact words be lost, if the meaning remain, that is well. I am thine, not my own, not the world's; save me from sin, save me from ruin. The Lord will keep the man in peace, whose mind is stayed on him. It is poor perfection which one sees and end of. Such are all things in this world, which pass for perfections. The glory of man is but as the flower of the grass. The psalmist had seen the fulness of the word of God, and its sufficiency. The word of the Lord reaches to all cases, to all times. It will take us from all confidence in man, or in our own wisdom, strength, and righteousness. Thus shall we seek comfort and happiness from Christ alone.
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