Psalms 119:39

“Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Turne away my reproch which I feare: for thy iudgements are good.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your ordinances are good.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Turn away my reproach whereof I am afraid; For thine ordinances are good.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Take away the shame which is my fear; for your decisions are good.
- Basic English Bible

Turn away my reproach which I fear; for thy judgments are good.
- Darby Bible

Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.
- Webster's Bible

Take away my disgrace that I dread, for your ordinances are good.
- World English Bible

Remove my reproach that I have feared, For Thy judgments [are] good.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Turn away my reproach which I dread; for Thine ordinances are good.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 119:39


119:39 I fear - For my instability in thy ways; which in respect to my own weakness, I have great cause to fear.


Discussion for Psalms 119:39

  • What is the price of your testimony? David is asking God to turn away my reproach. I know from my own walk, the last thing I want, is to be a stumbling block to others. Imagine King David and the influence he had over untold numbers. His concern was in giving occasion to God 's enemies. David knew God 's judgments we good however he also knew man 's weren 't. At one point David was about to be disciplined of God and he had 3 choices, of which he chose to be disciplined by God rather than by men, for he trusted God to be more gracious in the process.2 Samuel 24: 12-14. We are thankful for God 's forgiveness however our sinful choices will often be devastating to the lives of others and will, even forgiven, carry eternal consequences. Nothing to me is worse to hearing someone saying, " if that 's what Christianity is, I don 't want anything to do with it "!

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