Sacred Texts  Bible  Bible Commentary  Index 
Psalms Index
  Previous  Next 

Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Psalms Chapter 119

Psalms 119:6

psa 119:6

Respect - A due respect, which implies hearty affection, diligent study, and constant practice. To all - So as not to allow myself in any known sin, or in the neglect of any known duty.

Psalms 119:7

psa 119:7

When - When by thy good spirit I shall he more fitly instructed in the meaning of thy word.

Psalms 119:8

psa 119:8

Forsake me not - For then I shall fall into the foulest sins.

Psalms 119:9

psa 119:9

A young man - Or, any man. But he names the young man, because such are commonly void of wisdom and experience, and exposed to many and great temptations. Cleanse - Purge himself from all filthiness of flesh and spirit.

Psalms 119:11

psa 119:11

Hid - I have laid it up in my mind like a choice treasure, to be ready upon all occasions to counsel, quicken or caution me.

Psalms 119:17

psa 119:17

Live - Safely and comfortably.

Psalms 119:18

psa 119:18

Open - Enlighten my mind by the light of thy Holy Spirit, and dispel all ignorance and error. Behold - Those great and marvellous depths of Divine wisdom and goodness, and those profound mysteries of Christ, and God's grace to mankind, and of that everlasting state, which are not to be known but by Divine illumination.

Psalms 119:19

psa 119:19

A stranger - I am not here as in my home, but as a pilgrim travelling homeward in a strange land. Commandments - Which are my chief support and guide in my pilgrimage.

Psalms 119:20

psa 119:20

Breaketh - Faints, as it frequently does, when a thing vehemently desired is delayed. Judgments - To a more sound knowledge and serious practice of them.

Psalms 119:21

psa 119:21

The proud - Obstinate and presumptuous sinners, who sin with an high hand. Err - Or, wander, knowingly or wilfully.

Psalms 119:25

psa 119:25

The dust - I am in danger of present death: I am like one laid in the grave. Quicken - Preserve my life, or raise me out of the dust. Word - According to thy promise.

Psalms 119:26

psa 119:26

My ways - My sins; and all my cares, and fears, and troubles.

Psalms 119:27

psa 119:27

Understand - More throughly.

Psalms 119:28

psa 119:28

Melteth - Like wax before the fire.

Psalms 119:29

psa 119:29

Grant me - Vouchsafe me an accurate knowledge of thy word, and let me govern myself by it in all things.

Psalms 119:30

psa 119:30

Laid - Or, set before me as a mark to aim at; as a rule to direct me.

Psalms 119:32

psa 119:32

Run - I will obey thy precepts with all readiness, fervency, and diligence. Enlarge - When thou shalt replenish my heart with wisdom, and love to thee and thy law.

Psalms 119:36

psa 119:36

Covetousness - He mentions this in particular, because it is most opposite to God's testimonies, and does most commonly hinder men from receiving his word, and from profiting by it: and because it is most pernicious, as being the root of all evil.

Psalms 119:37

psa 119:37

Vanity - The vain things of this present world, such as riches, honours, pleasures: from beholding them, with desire or affection. Quicken - Make me lively, vigorous and fervent in thy service.

Psalms 119:38

psa 119:38

Stablish - Confirm and perform thy promises.

Psalms 119:39

psa 119:39

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

Psalms 119:40

psa 119:40

Longed - After a more solid knowledge and constant performance of them. In - According to thy faithfulness.

Psalms 119:43

psa 119:43

Take not - Do not deal so with me, that I shall be ashamed to mention thy word. Judgments - In thy word.

Psalms 119:45

psa 119:45

At liberty - Enjoy great freedom and comfort in thy ways.

Psalms 119:48

psa 119:48

Lift up - To receive and embrace thy precepts and promises.

Psalms 119:49

psa 119:49

Thy word - Thy promises.

Psalms 119:52

psa 119:52

Judgments - Thy ancient dispensations to the children of men in punishing the ungodly.

Psalms 119:53

psa 119:53

Horror - A mixed passion, made up of abhorrence of their sins, and dread and sorrow at the consideration of the judgments of God coming upon them.

Psalms 119:54

psa 119:54

The house - In this world, wherein I am a stranger and pilgrim, as all my fathers were.

Psalms 119:55

psa 119:55

Thy name - Thy holy nature and attributes, thy blessed word, and thy wonderful works. In the night - When darkness causes fear in others, I took pleasure in remembering thee; and when others gave themselves up to sleep, my thoughts and affections were working towards thee.

Psalms 119:56

psa 119:56

This - This comfortable remembrance.

Psalms 119:57

psa 119:57

Said - I have professed and owned it.

Psalms 119:59

psa 119:59

Thought - I seriously considered both my former courses, and my duty in all my future actions.

Psalms 119:61

psa 119:61

Robbed - Done me many injuries, for my respect to thy law.

Psalms 119:66

psa 119:66

Judgment - Whereby I may rightly discern between truth and falsehood. Knowledge - A spiritual experimental knowledge.

Psalms 119:70

psa 119:70

Fat - They are stupid and insensible.

Psalms 119:74

psa 119:74

Glad - For the encouragement they have by my example to trust in God. See me - Alive and in safety. Word - In thy promise, and have not been disappointed of my hope.

Psalms 119:75

psa 119:75

Judgments - Thy corrections. Of faithfulness - In pursuance of thy promises, and in order to my good.

Psalms 119:79

psa 119:79

Known - Loved and practised them.

Psalms 119:80

psa 119:80

Sound - That I may love and obey them sincerely, constantly, and universally.

Psalms 119:81

psa 119:81

Fainteth - With long desire and earnest expectation.

Psalms 119:83

psa 119:83

Bottle - A leathern bottle. My natural moisture is dryed and burnt up.

Psalms 119:84

psa 119:84

The days - The days of my life. I have but a little while to live; give me some respite before I die.

Psalms 119:85

psa 119:85

Who - Who have no respect to thy law.

Psalms 119:86

psa 119:86

Faithful - Just and true.

Psalms 119:89

psa 119:89

In heaven - With thee in thy heavenly habitation.

Psalms 119:91

psa 119:91

They - The heaven and the earth. Ordinances - As thou hast appointed. For - All things are subject to thy power and pleasure.

Psalms 119:96

psa 119:96

Perfection - Of the greatest and most perfect enjoyments in this world. Commandment - Thy word; one part of it being put for the whole. Broad - Or, large, both for extent, and for continuance: it is useful to all persons: it is of everlasting truth and efficacy; it will never deceive those who trust to it, as all worldly things will, but will make men happy both here and for ever.

Psalms 119:100

psa 119:100

Because - The practice of religion is the best way to understand it.

Psalms 119:102

psa 119:102

Taught me - By thy blessed spirit, illuminating my mind, and working upon my heart.

Psalms 119:108

psa 119:108

Offerings - The sacrifices of prayer and praise.

Psalms 119:109

psa 119:109

Is - Exposed to perpetual danger.

Psalms 119:118

psa 119:118

Deceit - Their deceitful devices, shall bring that destruction upon themselves which they design for others.

Psalms 119:121

psa 119:121

Judgment, &c. - Just judgment.

Psalms 119:122

psa 119:122

Surety - Do thou undertake and plead my cause.

Psalms 119:123

psa 119:123

The word - For the performance of thy faithful or merciful promise.

Psalms 119:126

psa 119:126

To work - To put forth thy power for the restraint of evil - doers. They - The wicked. Made void - Or, abrogated thy law, have openly cast off its authority.

Psalms 119:127

psa 119:127

Therefore - Because the general apostacy of others makes this duty more necessary.

Psalms 119:129

psa 119:129

Wonderful - In regard of the deep mysteries, the most excellent directions, and the exceeding great and precious promises of God contained in them.

Psalms 119:131

psa 119:131

Panted - I thirst after thy precepts, and pursue them eagerly.

Psalms 119:133

psa 119:133

Steps - My motions and actions.

Psalms 119:136

psa 119:136

Rivers - Plentiful tears, witness of my deep sorrow for God's dishonour, and for the miseries which sinners bring upon themselves.

Psalms 119:140

psa 119:140

Pure - Without the least mixture of falsehood.

Psalms 119:142

psa 119:142

Everlasting - The same in all ages and places.

Psalms 119:143

psa 119:143

Trouble - Outward troubles and anguish of spirit.

Psalms 119:148

psa 119:148

Watches - The middle watch, which was set in the middle of the night; and the morning watch, which was set some hours before the dawning of the day.

Psalms 119:149

psa 119:149

Judgment - According to thy word.

Psalms 119:150

psa 119:150

Nigh - To me, they are at hand and ready to seize upon me. Are far - They cast away from them all thoughts of thy law.

Psalms 119:152

psa 119:152

Of old - By long experience. Founded - Thou hast established them upon everlasting foundations.

Psalms 119:160

psa 119:160

The beginning - From the beginning of the world.

Psalms 119:161

psa 119:161

But - But I feared thine offence and displeasure more than their wrath.

Psalms 119:164

psa 119:164

Seven times - Many times; a certain number being put for an uncertain.

Psalms 119:165

psa 119:165

Offend - Heb. they shall have no stumbling - block, at which they shall stumble and fall into mischief.

Psalms 119:175

psa 119:175

Judgments - Thy word or testimonies, which are the only ground of my hope in thy help.

Next: Psalms Chapter 120