Psalm 19:8
New International Version
The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

New Living Translation
The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living.

English Standard Version
the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

Berean Study Bible
The precepts of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart; the commandments of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

New American Standard Bible
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

King James Bible
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Christian Standard Bible
The precepts of the LORD are right, making the heart glad; the command of the LORD is radiant, making the eyes light up.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD's instruction is right; it makes our hearts glad. His commands shine brightly, and they give us light.

Good News Translation
The laws of the LORD are right, and those who obey them are happy. The commands of the LORD are just and give understanding to the mind.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The precepts of the LORD are right, making the heart glad; the command of the LORD is radiant, making the eyes light up.

International Standard Version
The precepts of the LORD are upright, making the heart rejoice. The commandment of the LORD is pure, giving light to the eyes.

NET Bible
The LORD's precepts are fair and make one joyful. The LORD's commands are pure and give insight for life.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD's precepts are right, rejoicing the heart. The LORD's commandment is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The commandments of Lord Jehovah are right and give joy to the heart; the commandment of Lord Jehovah is precious and makes the eyes shine.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The instructions of the LORD are correct. They make the heart rejoice. The command of the LORD is radiant. It makes the eyes shine.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

New American Standard 1977
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

American King James Version
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

American Standard Version
The precepts of Jehovah are right, rejoicing the heart: The commandment of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The ordinances of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is bright, enlightening the eyes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The justices of the Lord are right, rejoicing hearts: the commandment of the Lord is lightsome, enlightening the eyes.

Darby Bible Translation
The precepts of Jehovah are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes;

English Revised Version
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Webster's Bible Translation
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

World English Bible
Yahweh's precepts are right, rejoicing the heart. Yahweh's commandment is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Young's Literal Translation
The precepts of Jehovah are upright, Rejoicing the heart, The command of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes,
Study Bible
The Heavens Declare the Glory of God
7The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8The precepts of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart; the commandments of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true, being altogether righteous.…
Cross References
Psalm 12:6
The words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace, like gold purified sevenfold.

Psalm 33:4
For the word of the LORD is upright, and all His work is trustworthy.

Psalm 36:9
For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.

Psalm 119:14
I rejoice in the way of Your testimonies as much as in all riches.

Psalm 119:128
Therefore I admire all Your precepts and hate every false way.

Psalm 119:140
Your promise is completely pure; therefore Your servant loves it.

Proverbs 6:23
For this commandment is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way to life,

Isaiah 45:19
I have not spoken in secret, from a place in a land of darkness. I did not say to the descendants of Jacob: 'Seek Me in a wasteland.' I, the LORD, speak the truth; I say what is right.

Treasury of Scripture

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

statutes

Psalm 105:45
That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 119:12,16,80,171
Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes…

Genesis 26:5
Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

right

Psalm 119:128
Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.

Nehemiah 9:13
Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:

rejoicing

Psalm 40:8
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

Psalm 119:14,24,54,92,121,143
I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches…

Deuteronomy 12:11,12
Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD: …

is pure

Psalm 12:6
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Psalm 119:40
Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.

Proverbs 30:5
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

enlightening

Psalm 13:3
Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

Psalm 119:98-100,105,130
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me…

Proverbs 2:6
For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.







Lexicon
The precepts
פִּקּ֘וּדֵ֤י (piq·qū·ḏê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6490: Appointed, a mandate

of the LORD
יְהוָ֣ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

are right,
יְ֭שָׁרִים (yə·šā·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3477: Straight, right

bringing joy
מְשַׂמְּחֵי־ (mə·śam·mə·ḥê-)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 8055: To brighten up, be, blithe, gleesome

to the heart;
לֵ֑ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

the commandments
מִצְוַ֥ת (miṣ·waṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4687: Commandment

of the LORD
יְהוָ֥ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

are radiant,
בָּ֝רָ֗ה (bā·rāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1249: Beloved, pure, empty

giving light
מְאִירַ֥ת (mə·’î·raṯ)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 215: To be or become light

to the eyes.
עֵינָֽיִם׃ (‘ê·nā·yim)
Noun - cd
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain
(8) Right.--Here in its original sense of "straight," or direct. A fine moral insight suggested this touch. The road of duty, when plain and unmistakable, inspires a sense of gladness, even if it be difficult and dangerous.

"Stern Lawgiver, yet thou dost wear

The Godhead's most benignant grace;

Nor know we anything so fair

As is the smile upon thy face.

Flowers laugh before thee on their beds,

And fragrance in thy footing treads."

WORDSWORTH'S Ode to Duty.

'Enlightening the eyes.--Not here as in Psalm 13:3 (see Note) physically, but morally (comp. Psalm 119:105); the whole nature of one who lives in the light of truth is illuminated.

Verse 8. - The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; rather, the precepts of the Lord are right. Another of the many synonyms under which the Law may be spoken of (see Dr. Kay's preface to the hundred and nineteenth psalm). God's precepts "rejoice the heart" of the godly. They are not felt as stern commands, but as gracious intimations of what God desires man to do for his own good. The commandment of the Lord is pure; i.e. spotless, clean, without fault (comp. ver. 7, "The Law of the Lord is perfect"). Enlightening the eyes; i.e. giving light to the intellect. 19:7-10 The Holy Scripture is of much greater benefit to us than day or night, than the air we breathe, or the light of the sun. To recover man out of his fallen state, there is need of the word of God. The word translated law, may be rendered doctrine, and be understood as meaning all that teaches us true religion. The whole is perfect; its tendency is to convert or turn the soul from sin and the world, to God and holiness. It shows our sinfulness and misery in departing from God, and the necessity of our return to him. This testimony is sure, to be fully depended on: the ignorant and unlearned believing what God saith, become wise unto salvation. It is a sure direction in the way of duty. It is a sure fountain of living comforts, and a sure foundation of lasting hopes. The statues of the Lord are right, just as they should be; and, because they are right, they rejoice the heart. The commandments of the Lord are pure, holy, just, and good. By them we discover our need of a Saviour; and then learn how to adorn his gospel. They are the means which the Holy Spirit uses in enlightening the eyes; they bring us to a sight and sense of our sin and misery, and direct us in the way of duty. The fear of the Lord, that is, true religion and godliness, is clean, it will cleanse our way; and it endureth for ever. The ceremonial law is long since done away, but the law concerning the fear of God is ever the same. The judgments of the Lord, his precepts, are true; they are righteous, and they are so altogether; there is no unrighteousness in any of them. Gold is only for the body, and the concerns of time; but grace is for the soul, and the concerns of eternity. The word of God, received by faith, is more precious than gold; it is sweet to the soul, sweeter than honey. The pleasure of sense soon surfeit, yet never satisfy; but those of religion are substantial and satisfying; there is no danger of excess.
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