Feminine of H5707
have I taken as an heritage
A primitive root; to inherit
(as a (figurative) mode of descent), or (generally) to occupy
; causatively to bequeath
, or (generally) distribute
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Perfect (See H8816
Count - 12562
; properly concealed
, that is, the vanishing
point; generally time out of mind
(past or future), that is, (practically) eternity
; frequentative adverbially (especially with prepositional prefix) always
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal
relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
Masculine plural from H1931
(only used when emphatic).
] the rejoicing
; specifically welcome
of my heart.
A form of H3824
; the heart
; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre
_ _ These he joyfully takes as his perpetual heritage, to perform the duties and receive the comforts they teach, evermore.
_ _ The psalmist here in a most affectionate manner, like an Israelite indeed, resolves to stick to the word of God and to live and die by it.
_ _ I. He resolves to portion himself in it, and there to seek his happiness, nay, there to enjoy it; “Thy testimonies (the truths, the promises, of thy word) have I taken as a heritage for ever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart.” The present delight he took in them was an evidence that the good things contained in them were in his account the best things, and the treasure which he set his heart upon. 1. He expected an eternal happiness in God's testimonies. The covenant God had made with him was an everlasting covenant, and therefore he took it as a heritage for ever. If he could not yet say, “They are my heritage,” yet he could say, “I have made choice of them for my heritage; and will never take up with a portion in this life,” Psalms 17:14, Psalms 17:15. God's testimonies are a heritage to all that have received the Spirit of adoption; for, if children, then heirs. They are a heritage for ever, and that no earthly heritage is (1 Peter 1:4); all the saints accept them as such, take up with them, live upon them, and can therefore be content with but little of this world. 2. He enjoyed a present satisfaction in them: They are the rejoicing of my heart, because they will be my heritage for ever. It requires the heart of a good man to see his portion in the promise of God and not in the possessions of this world.
_ _ II. He resolves to govern himself by it and thence to take his measures: I have inclined my heart to do thy statutes. Those that would have the blessings of God's testimonies must come under the bonds of his statutes. We must look for comfort only in the way of duty, and that duty must be done, 1. With full consent and complacency: “I have, by the grace of God, inclined my heart to it, and conquered the aversion I had to it.” A good man brings his heart to his work and then it is done well. A gracious disposition to do the will of God is the acceptable principle of all obedience. 2. With constancy and perseverance. He would perform God's statutes always, in all instances, in the duty of every day, in a constant course of holy walking, and this to the end, without weariness. This is following the Lord fully.
Thy testimonies have I taken as an (e) heritage for ever: for they [are] the rejoicing of my heart.
(e) I esteemed no worldly things, but made your word my inheritance.
- Thy testimonies:
Psalms 119:14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as [much as] in all riches.
Psalms 119:127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
Psalms 119:162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
Psalms 16:5 The LORD [is] the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
Deuteronomy 33:4 Moses commanded us a law, [even] the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue [that] shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This [is] the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness [is] of me, saith the LORD.
Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, [and] to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions [that were] under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
1 Peter 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
- for they:
Psalms 119:74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.
Psalms 119:92 Unless thy law [had been] my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
Psalms 119:174 I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law [is] my delight.
Psalms 19:8 The statutes of the LORD [are] right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD [is] pure, enlightening the eyes.
Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
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