Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The rubric on verse 122 is as follows :  "Throughout the whole 31. Psalm 119 Delight in God’s Word - א Alef How happy are those whose way is blameless, who live according to the LORD’s instruction! Our SS teacher says Jeremiah wrote part of Psalm 119. Later it included other books like Isaiah and Jeremiah. “Beware of slighting, despising, or neglecting the Bible. For each repeated word, 3 types of verses will be displayed: i) Verses with the repeated word found within Psalm 119 ii) Those found in Psalm iii) Those found in other chapters. Meditations on the Excellencies of the Word of God. The actual author of Psalm 119 is unknown. It is translated as “law” or “teaching” or even “revelation”. Each set of 8 verses begins with the same letter. when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me? This word is sometimes translated as “guidelines” or “instructions” in Psalm 119. 119. The Hebrew letters stands for each Stanzas of 8 verses make it interesting! 30. There have been many lengthy works written on this Psalm, including one by Thomas Manton, a Puritan preacher and writer, who wrote a three-volume work on Psalm 119. I was very impressed with the hymns that were based on Ps. As we read the Psalm, it will help to understand the 8 terms that are frequently mentioned. The psalm opens with beatitudes. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. Thiughts? In Orthodox monasteries Psalm 119 is read daily at the Midnight Office: “At midnight I arose to give thanks unto Thee for the judgments of Thy righteousness” (v. 62). It is referred to in almost every verse. Thank you for the profound reflections. Psalm 119 is used in Jewish tradition to celebrate Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year). Thank you very much for writing on Psalm 119. Psalm 119 serves as one of the most passionate scriptures that is written. We need the divine enabling and power of Jesus. It absolutely changed my life. 6 Then I would not be ashamed, 4 You have commanded us. 38. Obviously, we could dive into, in Psalm 119, this longest chapter in the Bible, with so many awesome verses about the goodness of God’s word, that leads us to worship, that guides us and directs us and protects us and does all kinds of things in our lives. Psalm 119 is approximately the same length as the books of Ruth, James or Philippians. Even when we make resolutions, we can’t keep it. 14. Verses 9-16 all begin with beth. 4:13). The Ortodox have a tradition that King David used this psalm to teach his young son Solomon the alphabet—–but not just the alphabet for writing letters: the alphabet of the spiritual life. 3 They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways. 19. There are 8 verses per letter describing the meaning of the letter. Another prominent theme in Psalm 119 is the profound truth that the Word of God is all-sufficient. Lewis. Psalm 119 is a prayer that includes many different elements, including prayers of praise (45-48), lament (81-88), vindication (132-134), obedience (57-64), and petitions for wisdom (33-40). Young’s concordance provides additional definitions. Other people reckon differently (with disagreement about verses 84, 90, 121, and 132). “Word” (daµb_aµr) occurs 20 times in the psalm. There are ten words by which Divine revelation is called in this psalm, and each expresses what God expects from us, and what we may expect from him. If ever there has been a clear path for your wilderness journey, Psalm 119 is the map. If we obey Jesus, our way will be good. … Pray for me. of Revelation so Psalm 119 vs 1 to 8 parallels with Revelation chapter 1…psalm 119 vs 9 to 16 parallels with Revelation chapter 2…and so on ,so Psalm 119vs169 to 176 parallels with Revelation 22…Verbatim and in order…also using the same keys(keys of the kingdom that Jesus Himself talked about)…Genesis to Song of Solomon(Old Testament)…Israel at her Zenith/best at the time of King Solomon…And Matthew to 2 Peter(New Testament)…with each book ? 11. It would be beneficial to look in this context, when studying the specific verses listed below. 1. 42. In Psalm 119:21 the lxx has probably caught the meaning of the poet better than the pointing has done, inasmuch as it draws ἐπικατάρατοι to Psalm 119:21, so that Psalm 119:21 consists of two words, just like Psalm 119:59, Psalm 119:89; and Kamphausen also follows this in his rendering. 119 has been variously given and enumerated by expositors and commentators. The Masorites said that the Word of God is mentioned in every verse except Psalm 119:122. We can’t. I thank God that my church has a Bible memory program! The Lord showed me the Law in Psalm 119…187(Genesis to Deuteronomy/187 chapters)-176=11 so take away Genesis 1 to 11/pre-history and psalm 119 starts with Genesis 12(the Abrahamic Covenant)…so psalm 119vs1 parallels with Genesis 12…psalm 119 vs2 parallels with Genesis 13 and so on all the way up to Psalm 119vs176 parallels with Deuteronomy chapter 34…Verbatim and in order…Amen!!! Psalm 119 Facts: Ten Things to Know About Psalm 119. is none of these :  viz. 10. A more complete understanding of “law” is to see it as God’s instruction or teaching. “Kaph is a curved letter, similar to a half circle, and it was often thought of as a hand held out to receive some gift or blessing . Psalm 119 Facts: Ten Things to Know About Psalm 119. I LOVE Ps 119! Wishart was condemned to death and would have been executed. Pingback: Navigator- 22 October 2017- Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time- Vol. 48. ThanQ for the nice informations about Psalm 119. The first word is promise or word, dabar in Hebrew, used 24 times: it means God’s spoken, revealed word. I was specifically trying to find all the GIVEs mentioned. There’s a book, which I read last November, a series of ongoing podcasts, I believe, and a CD. “I am severely afflicted, give me life, O Lord, according to your word!” Psalm … In Psalm 119 it occurs twenty-three times (always in plural, except four times), namely: verses 7, 13, 20, 30, 39, 43, 52, 62, 75, 84, 91 (ordinances), 102, 106, 108, 120, 121, 132 (as thou usest to do, see note), 137, 149, 156, 160, 164, 175. Psalm 119:89 is a popular Nigerian praise song. Parsifal Rides the Time Wave by Nell Chenault. 27. Psalm 119 is the longest poem in the Book of Psalms. I am going to take this Psalm at a more simple level. Ver. amar, to say). “Blessed” are those whose ways are blameless, who live according to God’s law, who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart. Psalm 119 is the 119th psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. 5. Psalm 119 is the longest of the 150 psalms in the Psalter, with 176 verses, which make it equal in length to Ruth or James or Philippians. Psalm 119 shows us that the Word of God should have top priority in our lives. If we obey Psalm 119, our way will be good. They believe that Psalm 119 is a psalm written by David. to the Lord Jesus Christ/See Revelation 19 vs10/the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy)…Amen!!! Each verse in Psalm 119 occurs within the context of an 8-verse stanza. “In the Middle Ages, under the monastic order of the Benedictines, when a novice’s period of preparation was ended and he was ready to become attached to the monastery for life, there was an induction ceremony in which, with outstretched arms, the novice recited Psalms 119:116 three times . Psalm 119 is the longest poem in the Book of Psalms. א. ALEPH . We studied Psalm 119 in our homeschool last fall and attempted to memorize parts of it. Many English versions will put the name of the Hebrew letter above each stanza (e.g., Aleph, Beth, Gimel). John Calvin preached 22 sermons (one for each stanza) from Psalm 119. 9. Beth is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet. of the Old and New Testament they parallel with these 22 lots of 8 verses =176 verses of Psalm 119…(Verbatim and in order)(Emphasis added)…. David Guzik Commentary on Psalm 119. The number of the words which are frequently repeated in Ps. Before two-thirds of the psalm was sung, his pardon arrived and his life was spared. 4. 32. . Jesus said, “I am the way” (John 14:6). Persecution and suffering in the life of a follower of God’s law is a major theme of Psalm 119. The following list includes all the "Ten Words" given above, with every 1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Levend Water All rights reserved. There are many psalms that are called acrostic psalms because the first letter of each line is a succeeding letter of the Hebrew alphabet. 24. The second word is saying, imrah in Hebrew, used 19 times: this is another way to say word, anything God has spoken, commanded or promised. The average Bible reader spends less time in the word of God each day than he spends watching the commercials in a thirty minute television program. The Gospel in Psalm 119 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. For the Word of God is life-changing and life-sustaining and life-giving. If only my ways were committed to keeping Your statutes! Related to the word “witness”, keeping His testimonies means being loyal to the covenant or promise that God has made with us. 17. But when he was on the scaffold he made use of a custom that allowed the condemned person to choose one psalm to be sung, and he chose Psalms 119:1-176. Very interesting, thanks, Sherry. I was studying it today and found this blog post. Psalm 119:1-16, 97-112, 129-144, 169-176. The Masoretes (a group of Jewish scholars between the 6 th and 10 th centuries AD) said that the word of God is mentioned in every verse except Psalm 119:122. The Word gives me life. He is our righteousness; He is the only one who has fulfilled God’s law.”. It will be better to give them here on the authority of the Massorah . As one would carry an antidote with him when he comes near an infected place—so David carried the Word in his heart as a sacred antidote to preserve him from the infection of sin.” ~Thomas Watson, 49. It is referred to in almost every verse. Psalm 119 is the 119th psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Home | About LW | Site Map | LW Publications | Search . 7. 33. Grace Gems: The Scriptures. December 14 2013 • 0 responses • Vote Up • Share • Report We had a guest preacher today at church. ZADDIK ( = Righteousness), HOK, and HUKKAH ( = Statutes), DABAR ( = Word), His delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night! Psalm 119:70 Their hearts are hard and callous, but I delight in Your law. א Aleph. In 2020, I memorized Psalm 119:1-88. It is divided into twenty-two parts or stanzas, denoted by the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. 39. Assalamu alaikum! Commentary for Psalms 119 The general scope and design of this psalm is to magnify the Divine law, and make it honourable. 15. 15. We are held up and supported by the word of God. Psalm 119 is recited or read with special solemnity at Orthodox funeral services and on the various All-Souls Days occurring throughout the year, with “Alleluia” chanted between each verse. They do nothing wrong; they follow His ways. So if you were reading in Hebrew, each line of Psalm 119:1-8, for example would begin with the letter "Aleph". 26. The persecution and affliction of the man (and woman) of God is a major theme of Psalm 119. But it is also written in a unique poetic form known as an acrostic. Psalm 119 is not the psalmist telling me how much I should love God’s word. Psalm 119 is remarkable for how often it refers to God’s written revelation, His word. Now that I know it does not take a long time to read aloud, I hope to read it more. Verses 1-8 all begin with aleph. Psalm 119:105 was set to music by Christian songwriters Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. How many verses in Psalm 119 do not make any reference to the law etc ? (1) Law – Most people think of the Ten Commandments when the word “law” arises. Commentary for Psalms 119 The general scope and design of this psalm is to magnify the Divine law, and make it honourable. 1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Required fields are marked *. Charles Spurgeon liked this Psalm so much, he said, “we might do well to commit it to memory.”, 28. “The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance.” ~C.S. Your email address will not be published. Beth also means “house” in Hebrew. 13. Psalm 119:1-176. Below are some repeated words found in Psalm 119 (Psa 119). However, unlike the other acrostics, which contain only one verse for each of the 22 Hebrew letters, Psalm 119 includes eight verses for each letter, making a total of 176 verses! Natasha. Young’s concordance provides additional definitions. In the King James versionThe word - word - appears 38 times in Psalm 119Psa 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? The fifth word is law, torah, used 25 times: this means the first 5 books of the Bible. Mine evil days, Proverbs 15:15. I’m trying to read it seven times a day. It is a general term for God’s revelation, but the “Ten Commandments” are called “Ten Words” (literal Heb., Deut. verse 122." 6 Then I would not be ashamed, The Eight Terms of Psalm 119. 8. It has 22 stanzas because there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Other people think that the priest/prophet Ezra wrote all of Psalm 119. 3 They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways. Middle Grade Speculative Fiction: What’s In, What’s Out, http://jbbsmusings.blogspot.com/2015/01/correction-one-word-2015.html, Navigator- 22 October 2017- Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time- Vol. We’re not able to serve the Lord. Edition, Vol. Psalm 119, like most of the psalms, was originally composed as a song to be sung in praising God. - Just as Psalm 119 is the longest chapter of the Bible, two Psalms just before, Psalm 117, is the shortest chapter of all. Thy Word was sung at our wedding. All the rest of Psalm 119 has a similar focus, but most of the verses just don't use the word "meditate." verse one of the following ten expressions "  DEREK ( = Way), 'EDUTH The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is aleph. Most occurrences are here in Psalm 119. The third word is statutes, chuqqim, used 21 times: these are the rules that God gave to His people early in their history. For all the details you shared re Psalm 119, thanks oh so very much. Psalm 119:47 I delight in Your commandments because I love them. We don’t keep it. Happy are those who keep His decrees and seek Him with all their heart. The first word is promise or word, dabar in Hebrew, used 24 times: it means God’s spoken, revealed word. 43. It is often a poetical synonym for daµb_aµr. 41. 44. It takes about 15 minutes to read aloud or recite the entire 176 verses of Psalm 119. In Psalm 119 there are 19 occurrences of the Hebrew, “imrah” (cf. (A few other psalms are written in this manner as well, but Psalm 119 is the best example.) 84. The psalm is an acrostic. NASB consistently translates as word, or words (vv. 3 c They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways. 11, 38, 41, 50, 58, 67, 76, 82, 103, 116, 123, 133, 140, 148, 154, 158, 162, 170, 172). 119 Blessed are the [] undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the () whole heart! 2. The Masoretes (a group of Jewish scholars between the 6 th and 10 th centuries AD) said that the word of God is mentioned in every verse except Psalm 119:122. Haven’t gotten there yet, but I will. The Word of God in Psalm 119 is given many titles such as: Righteous Judgments, vs. 7, 62, 106, 160, 164 Word of Truth, vs. 43 The Truth, vs. 142 Word of Thy Righteousness, vs. 123 P. 2 The Benefits of the Word … Psalm 119:92 At a time when the heaviness of life could have slain me, Psalm 119 saved me. The rubric on verse 122 is as follows : "Throughout the whole of the Great Alphabet [i.e. Thank you for this post! 4, Issue 48 | The CatholicNavigator, Bismillah Now as we get to Psalm 119:1-176, it is an extremely difficult psalm for exposition, because each section seems to be more or less independent of in itself, and each verse, many times, almost independent within itself.. In this Psalm there are 8 basic words used to describe the Scriptures, God's written revelation to us: Law (torah, used 25 times in Psalm 119): "Its parent verb means ‘teach' or ‘direct'; therefore coming from God it means both ‘law' and ‘revelation.' There are a number of synonyms for God’s Word in this chapter. I believe that Psalm 119 is a complete prayer. Psalm 119 is remarkable for how often it refers to God’s written revelation, His word. So the prayers in this section (five) are stated, “Cause me to learn” and “Cause me to understand” and “Cause me to walk” and so forth. Many English versions will put the name of the Hebrew letter above each stanza (e.g., Aleph, Beth, Gimel). Hymns based on verses from Psalm 119 are Open My Eyes That I May See (Clara Scott), For the Beauty of the Earth (Folliott Sandford Pierpoint), Break Thou The Bread of Life (Mary Lathbury), Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Thy Word (Martin Luther/Catherine Winkworth), and Wonderful Words of Life (Philip Bliss). 2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the b whole heart! II.). of the Great Alphabet [i.e. The sixth word is commands, miswah/miswot, used 22 times: what someone with authority (God) tells you to do, orders. 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