Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
psa 119:6Respect - 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.
psa 119:7When - When by thy good spirit I shall he more fitly instructed in the meaning of thy word.
psa 119:8Forsake me not - For then I shall fall into the foulest sins.
psa 119:9A 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.
psa 119:11Hid - I have laid it up in my mind like a choice treasure, to be ready upon all occasions to counsel, quicken or caution me.
psa 119:17Live - Safely and comfortably.
psa 119:18Open - 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.
psa 119:19A 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.
psa 119:20Breaketh - Faints, as it frequently does, when a thing vehemently desired is delayed. Judgments - To a more sound knowledge and serious practice of them.
psa 119:21The proud - Obstinate and presumptuous sinners, who sin with an high hand. Err - Or, wander, knowingly or wilfully.
psa 119:25The 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.
psa 119:26My ways - My sins; and all my cares, and fears, and troubles.
psa 119:27Understand - More throughly.
psa 119:28Melteth - Like wax before the fire.
psa 119:29Grant me - Vouchsafe me an accurate knowledge of thy word, and let me govern myself by it in all things.
psa 119:30Laid - Or, set before me as a mark to aim at; as a rule to direct me.
psa 119:32Run - 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.
psa 119:36Covetousness - 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.
psa 119:37Vanity - 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.
psa 119:38Stablish - Confirm and perform thy promises.
psa 119:39I fear - For my instability in thy ways; which in respect to my own weakness, I have great cause to fear.
psa 119:40Longed - After a more solid knowledge and constant performance of them. In - According to thy faithfulness.
psa 119:43Take not - Do not deal so with me, that I shall be ashamed to mention thy word. Judgments - In thy word.
psa 119:45At liberty - Enjoy great freedom and comfort in thy ways.
psa 119:48Lift up - To receive and embrace thy precepts and promises.
psa 119:49Thy word - Thy promises.
psa 119:52Judgments - Thy ancient dispensations to the children of men in punishing the ungodly.
psa 119:53Horror - 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.
psa 119:54The house - In this world, wherein I am a stranger and pilgrim, as all my fathers were.
psa 119:55Thy 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.
psa 119:56This - This comfortable remembrance.
psa 119:57Said - I have professed and owned it.
psa 119:59Thought - I seriously considered both my former courses, and my duty in all my future actions.
psa 119:61Robbed - Done me many injuries, for my respect to thy law.
psa 119:66Judgment - Whereby I may rightly discern between truth and falsehood. Knowledge - A spiritual experimental knowledge.
psa 119:70Fat - They are stupid and insensible.
psa 119:74Glad - 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.
psa 119:75Judgments - Thy corrections. Of faithfulness - In pursuance of thy promises, and in order to my good.
psa 119:79Known - Loved and practised them.
psa 119:80Sound - That I may love and obey them sincerely, constantly, and universally.
psa 119:81Fainteth - With long desire and earnest expectation.
psa 119:83Bottle - A leathern bottle. My natural moisture is dryed and burnt up.
psa 119:84The days - The days of my life. I have but a little while to live; give me some respite before I die.
psa 119:85Who - Who have no respect to thy law.
psa 119:86Faithful - Just and true.
psa 119:89In heaven - With thee in thy heavenly habitation.
psa 119:91They - The heaven and the earth. Ordinances - As thou hast appointed. For - All things are subject to thy power and pleasure.
psa 119:96Perfection - 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.
psa 119:100Because - The practice of religion is the best way to understand it.
psa 119:102Taught me - By thy blessed spirit, illuminating my mind, and working upon my heart.
psa 119:108Offerings - The sacrifices of prayer and praise.
psa 119:109Is - Exposed to perpetual danger.
psa 119:118Deceit - Their deceitful devices, shall bring that destruction upon themselves which they design for others.
psa 119:121Judgment, &c. - Just judgment.
psa 119:122Surety - Do thou undertake and plead my cause.
psa 119:123The word - For the performance of thy faithful or merciful promise.
psa 119:126To 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.
psa 119:127Therefore - Because the general apostacy of others makes this duty more necessary.
psa 119:129Wonderful - In regard of the deep mysteries, the most excellent directions, and the exceeding great and precious promises of God contained in them.
psa 119:131Panted - I thirst after thy precepts, and pursue them eagerly.
psa 119:133Steps - My motions and actions.
psa 119:136Rivers - Plentiful tears, witness of my deep sorrow for God's dishonour, and for the miseries which sinners bring upon themselves.
psa 119:140Pure - Without the least mixture of falsehood.
psa 119:142Everlasting - The same in all ages and places.
psa 119:143Trouble - Outward troubles and anguish of spirit.
psa 119:148Watches - 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.
psa 119:149Judgment - According to thy word.
psa 119:150Nigh - To me, they are at hand and ready to seize upon me. Are far - They cast away from them all thoughts of thy law.
psa 119:152Of old - By long experience. Founded - Thou hast established them upon everlasting foundations.
psa 119:160The beginning - From the beginning of the world.
psa 119:161But - But I feared thine offence and displeasure more than their wrath.
psa 119:164Seven times - Many times; a certain number being put for an uncertain.
psa 119:165Offend - Heb. they shall have no stumbling - block, at which they shall stumble and fall into mischief.
psa 119:175Judgments - Thy word or testimonies, which are the only ground of my hope in thy help.