Psalms 119:38

“Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Stablish thy word vnto thy seruant: who is deuoted to thy feare.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Establish Your word to Your servant, As that which produces reverence for You.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Confirm unto thy servant thy word, Which `is in order' unto the fear of thee.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Give effect to your word to your servant, in whose heart is the fear of you.
- Basic English Bible

Establish thy ??word unto thy servant, who is [devoted] to thy fear.
- Darby Bible

Establish thy word to thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.
- Webster's Bible

Fulfill your promise to your servant, that you may be feared.
- World English Bible

Establish to Thy servant Thy saying, That [is] concerning Thy fear.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Confirm Thy word unto Thy servant, which pertaineth unto the fear of Thee.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 119:38


119:38 Stablish - Confirm and perform thy promises.


Discussion for Psalms 119:38

  • This a unique request. In verse 89 of this chapter David makes the statement, For ever, O LORD, your word is settled in heaven. The word stablish has a number of meanings for us to consider. Accomplish, be clearer, make good or sure, are just a few. I believe David was seeking for a deeper trust in God, not that God 's word itself was incomplete. Knowing God more intimately has been his cry all through the Psalms and the second part for this verse brings clarity to this point, "who is devoted to thy fear ". David had a deep reverence of God, that is what he lived for. This should be a pattern in our lives. Those who know God will not remain where they are at in relationship to God but will want to draw closer and closer into that inter circle of the Lord 's dearest. In the New Testament it was Peter, James and John. May we out of and unrestrained devotion find our names there also.

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