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72

The law of your mouth is better to me

than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

 

73

Your hands have made and fashioned me;

give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

74

Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,

because I have hoped in your word.

75

I know, O Lord, that your judgments are right,

and that in faithfulness you have humbled me.

76

Let your steadfast love become my comfort

according to your promise to your servant.

77

Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;

for your law is my delight.

78

Let the arrogant be put to shame,

because they have subverted me with guile;

as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.

79

Let those who fear you turn to me,

so that they may know your decrees.

80

May my heart be blameless in your statutes,

so that I may not be put to shame.

 


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71, 72. So also affliction of any kind acts as a wholesome discipline in leading the pious more highly to value the truth and promises of God.

JOD. (Ps 119:73-80).

73. As God made, so He can best control, us. So as to Israel, he owed to God his whole internal and external existence (De 32:6).

74. So when He has led us to rely on His truth, He will "make us to the praise of His grace" by others. "Those who fear Thee will be glad at my prosperity, as they consider my cause their cause" (Ps 34:2; 142:7).

75-78. in faithfulness—that is, without in the least violating Thy faithfulness; because my sins deserved and needed fatherly chastisement. Enduring chastisement with a filial temper (Heb 12:6-11), God's promises of mercy (Ro 8:28) will be fulfilled, and He will give comfort in sorrow (La 3:22; 2Co 1:3, 4).

77. Let thy tender mercies come unto me—As I am not able to come unto them. But the wicked will be confounded.

78. but I … meditate in thy precepts—and so shall not be "ashamed," that is, put to shame (Ps 119:80).

79, 80. Those who may have thought his afflictions an evidence of God's rejection will then be led to return to Him; as the friends of Job did on his restoration, having been previously led through his afflictions to doubt the reality of his religion.

80. Let my … be sound—that is, perfect, sincere.

ashamed—disappointed in my hope of salvation.




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