Psalms Chapter 119 Discussion

  • BSP on Psalms 119
    Verse 165-When we love God's Word and live by it we can have abundant God-given peace in our lives.
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 119
    Thanks Susan for confirming that it was Psalm 119 you're looking at. As for the "references", I'm unsure whether you're wanting to know what each group within this Psalm refers to, or, what these verses are speaking of.

    Since this Psalm doesn't indicate an author, it would be difficult to place verses with a particular event in the Bible. The Psalmist only knows his situation & he is sharing his testimonies & observations about it.

    However, and sharing very generally here, each group of verses in the Psalm are written under each successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. So verses 49 to 56 (Zain), 57 to 64 (Cheth), & 65 to 72 (Teth) are seen. The whole Psalm has a central thought that it is only God's Word that contains everything a person needs to know. And to complement this belief, the Psalmist uses various words for the Word or Law of God; namely: Law, Testimonies, Precepts, Statutes, Commandments, Judgements, Word and Path. And at least one of these words can be seen in each stanza (grouping). Each of these terms has a specific meaning, especially to Hebrew readers, & together in the Psalm, they give an understanding of what the Psalmist is trying to emphasize about the world (both personal & corporate).

    I'm sorry if what I've shared doesn't really answer your question. Anything more than this, would require much detail about the verses themselves, and I'm unsure whether that's what you seek.
  • Susan on Psalms 119
    Psalms119from chapter 49 to 72 can I get the references
  • Adam - in Reply on Psalms 119
    Hello, it seems you assumed words were added instead of assuming they weren't.

  • Giannis - in Reply on Psalms 119
    Those are the letters of the ancient Hebrew alphabet. They were used instead of numbers. Koph is the 10th letter, so the verses under Koph are in the 10th section of Psalm 119.
  • Ronnette on Psalms 119
    After reading all comments, Now I understand the first word in the verse and for every eight verses are the 22 Hebrews alphabets. Why it would be necessary to add them in the verse I really do not know.
  • Ronnette on Psalms 119
    What is KOPH? Or any acronyms before the verse? Such is a very disturbing additions to the true word of God.

    Revelation 22:18
  • Jim - in Reply on Psalms 119
    Hello Jane,

    I would like to suggest a King James Version called the Companion Bible.

    It is research student bible and you can download it from Heavens Dwellers in PDF.

    The Appendices are super good too !

    Go to the Psalm and you will see the notes and pointers and explanations I do not need to write here.
  • T Levis - in Reply on Psalms 119:18
    Since you've directed your question to "the Body" in belief I'm a part of that.

    I understand it simply as when I have been near-death I have cried out "let me live" followed with any repentance words, asking for forgiveness, understanding GOD's "Judgement " GOD's correction can help us.

    Note also this Psalms might have been written by King David, 2Samuel 12:13 , 2Samuel 11, & 12, may be relevant to understanding, what you're looking for
  • Marke - in Reply on Psalms 119
    There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Psalm 119 is divided into 22 segments of 8 verses each, with a different letter of the alphabet titling each segment. Aleph is the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet.
  • GiGi - in Reply on Psalms 119
    Jane, I believe the headings are the names of the letters in the Hebrew Alphabet, beginning with Aleph. there are 22 letters (no vowels)
  • Giannis - in Reply on Psalms 119
    Dear Jane

    Those are the letters of the ancient Jewish alphabet. Aleph is the respective of the Greek letter Alpha (English A), Beth of Betta (English B) and so on. They were used instead of numbers. So Aleph is 1, Beth 2 and so on

  • Jane Fabula on Psalms 119
    I noticed in the book of Psalms that there are headers of unfamiliar words. What are the meanings??? Example: psalms 119 starts with the header ALEPH
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 119:18
    Hi Veronica. Psalm 119 is an interesting wisdom Psalm that concerns the Law of the Lord & the Psalmist's application of it. If you've read right through the Psalm, you will have noticed that not only that this Psalm is divided into a series of eight stanzas each one beginning with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet, but also that each verse in the Psalm contains one or more of the following words: Law, Commandments, Way, Testimonies, Precepts, Judgements, Statutes, Ordinances, & Word.

    Each of those words have a special meaning & application to what the Psalmist deals with. But to the verse in question ( Psalm 119:175), the Psalmist mentions the word, 'judgements'. Some loosely understand this to be 'ordinances', but since this word appears elsewhere, then 'judgements' must have a specific meaning, different to 'ordinances'. Looking at the Hebrew, 'mishpat', it shows it as 'a binding law - a judicial decision' (e.g. as in Psalm 119:7).

    So in this verse, the Psalmist is asking God for long life, during which time his praises will ever be lifted up to Him. However, in the second part of the verse ("and let thy judgements help me"), the Psalmist doesn't give us anymore information. So we might be free to assume that the Psalmist was under some pressure (?) from his enemies, & in his physical & mental turmoil, he sought God's 'judgements' (the Laws which God created & by which He metes out justice), to be applied against them. The Psalmist knew that unless God moved on his behalf, all hope would be lost. It's almost as if the Psalmist was seeking God's Help to survive this ordeal, so that his remaining days on Earth will be filled with praise to Him.
  • Free - in Reply on Psalms 119:18
    To me, it sounds like we are in that time now! Please explain, we must see the difference where we are otherwise it is hopeless and read. In peace "Richard H Priday" u wrote:

    David himself apparently will co-reign on earth with Christ someday and us as kings and priests ( Jeremiah 30:9

    ; Rev. 1:6

    and others). Then; our real enemy; Satan will be confined; and eventually death itself will be abolished according to 1 Corinthians 15:55

    and also mentioned in Hosea.

    I can imagine today that we have this authority in Jesus' Holy Name.

    God bless u and yours in Jesus name. Luke chapter 9 and 10
  • Richard H Priday - in Reply on Psalms 119:18
    When Christ described the Holy Spirit it was said to do remind us of 3 things; sin; righteousness and JUDGMENT. ( John 16:8-11). When we look to the meek such as Moses and the humble such as David; we observe a man who spoke with God "face to face" ( Exodus 33:11). David was a man "after God's own heart"( 1 Sam. 13:14; etal). Moses made the mistake of trying to enact justice himself when he killed the man who was beating a fellow Israelite; and had to wait another 40 years to be used by God for the purposes intended in His plan from the beginning to deliver His people from bondage. David mourned Saul's death of "God's anointed" ( 1 Chron. 16:22). Despite this; he had many "impreccatory" prayers in Psalms indicating his hatred for evil; and asking for judgment to take place on the wicked.

    In these passages; we see the principles also in the New Testament; that the "meek shall inherit the earth." ( Matthew 5:5). We must remember that God also promises that according to Malachi 4:3 His people will "tread down the ashes of the wicked." His saints also will rule with a rod of iron according to Rev. 2:26-27; and other verses in Psalms (which I can't find at present).

    There is a risk of going to either extreme as will all other scriptures; where we become either too "lovey dovey" in approaching God and only quoting verses that sound nice; or of course always preaching about judgment. The truth is; God is both a God of vengeance and a God of mercy and grace. Yes; He will tread the winepress alone ( Isaiah 63:3); but there are special places of authority for His children in the Kingdom of God "ruling over cities" for instance in Luke 19. David himself apparently will co-reign on earth with Christ someday and us as kings and priests ( Jeremiah 30:9; Rev. 1:6 and others). Then; our real enemy; Satan will be confined; and eventually death itself will be abolished according to 1 Corinthians 15:55 and also mentioned in Hosea.

    Search the scriptures. Agape.. Rich P.
  • Marke - in Reply on Psalms 119:18
    Psalm 119:175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.

    Believers have hearts to thank God for life and praise Him for all His goodness, and we pray for His help and guidance daily.
  • Veronica on Psalms 119:18
    To the Body of Christ, I would love it if you would expound upon Psalm 119:175 and what it means.
  • David - in Reply on Psalms 119
    Hello Jane Psalm 119 is remarkable because every verse mentions Gods precepts is a charge to do Gods word,

    then you have commandments ,statutes, laws, judgements,testimony, and so forth.
  • JANE BRICE on Psalms 119
    definition of precepts.
  • Mario Carrillo on Psalms 119
    Very powerful words that touched my heart and I needed to read it at all times to remind Me how GREAT IS MY GOD. IN JESUS CHRIST AMEN
  • Robins on Psalms 119
    Psalm 119 v 89,90

    For ever , O Lord , thy word is settled in heaven .

    Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth , and it abideth.

    Rest assured God is in full control and there is Zero need to save the earth . God has given his word on it . The problem is many do not know the truth of the word of God and are confused about many things .

    God gives understanding to the humble and poor , and hides it from the proud . Humble thy self before God and he shall lift you up in many ways ! Amen
  • Obi on Psalms 119
    Thank you for creating this website I am able to pray everyday on this and every day God is blessing me. I pray that He will also bless you in abundance. Peace be unto you and all those you relate to.

    Yours sincerely, Obi, 12 years old

  • John Poyfair on Psalms 119
    There are exactly 8 verses between each stanza. 22 x 8 = 176
  • BSP on Psalms 119
    Verse 32-We must keep obeying God's commandments and we can do so because God gives us the confidence or courage if we rely on him.
  • BSP on Psalms 119
    Verse 176-the psalmist strayed like a lost sheep. This may have been written by young prince Hezekiah. He poured out his heart and Jehovah God responded.
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 119
    Thanks Mishael for the invite! Dianne has got this one & shared exactly what I understand as well. It's interesting that this wisdom Psalm concerning the Law of the Lord is an alphabetic acrostic with each stanza containing eight verses only - and of course, devoted to the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet, as Dianne has pointed out.

    I don't see any other criteria that divides this Psalm into its stanzas, as their content is varied, but all focussing back on God's Word (in its different forms & applications), and of course, using that Word to live wisely before God & man.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Psalms 119
    I'm sure Chris will respond to your question; so hang in there.
  • Dianne - in Reply on Psalms 119
    Carl Just two points of interest but there are many every section of psalm 119 starts with a letter of the hebrew alphabet also every verse has a word about Gods word. Examples Law of the lord, commandment, precepts, statutes, judgements, testimonies and so on. Both of these would be remarkable studies in themselves, I have yet to go there. Always something to learn in Gods Word. God Bless
  • Carl Daubenspeck on Psalms 119
    There are 176 verses in Psalm 119 and you could only ask one question and about what separates the sections of Psalm 119??

    Come on! it is the longest chapter in the Bible!!

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