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Psalms 119:126 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— It is time for Jehovah to work; [For] they have made void thy law.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [It is] time for [thee], LORD, to work: [for] they have made void thy law.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— It is time for the LORD to act, [For] they have broken Your law.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [It is] time for [thee], LORD, to work: [for] they have made void thy law.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— It is time for Jehovah to work: they have made void thy law.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— It is time that Yahweh should work, They have frustrated thy law!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Time for Jehovah to work! they have made void Thy law.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— It is time, O Lord, to do: they have dissipated thy law.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— It [is] time for thee, LORD, to worke: [for] they haue made voyde thy Law.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [It is] time for the Lord to work: they have utterly broken thy law.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [It is] time for [thee], Yahweh, to work: [for] they have made void thy law.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[It is] time 6256
{6256} Prime
From H5703; time, especially (adverbially with preposition) now, when, etc.
for [thee], Yhw יָהוֶה, 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
to work: 6213
{6213} Prime
A primitive root; to do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application.
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
[for] they have made void 6565
{6565} Prime
A primitive root; to break up (usually figuratively, that is, to violate, frustrate).
<8689> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2675
thy law. 8451
{8451} Prime
From H3384; a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 119:121-126.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 119:126

_ _ Here is, 1. A complaint of the daring impiety of the wicked. David, having in himself a holy indignation at it, humbly represents it to God: “Lord, there are those that have made void thy law, have set thee and thy government at defiance, and have done what in them lay to cancel and vacate the obligation of thy commands.” Those that sin through infirmity transgress the law, but presumptuous sinners do in effect make void the law, saying, Who is the Lord? What is the Almighty, that we should fear him? It is possible a godly man may sin against the commandment, but a wicked man would sin away the commandment, would repeal God's laws and enact his own lusts. This is the sinfulness of sin and the malignity of the carnal mind. 2. A desire that God would appear, for the vindication of his own honour: “It is time for thee, Lord, to work, to do something for the effectual confutation of atheists and infidels, and the silencing of those that set their mouth against the heavens.” God's time to work is when vice has become most daring and the measure of iniquity is full. Now will I arise, saith the Lord. Some read it, and the original will bear it, It is time to work for thee, O Lord! it is time for every one in his place to appear on the Lord's side — against the threatening growth of profaneness and immorality. We must do what we can for the support of the sinking interests of religion, and, after all, we must beg of God to take the work into his own hands.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 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.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 119:126

[It is] (c) time for [thee], LORD, to work: [for] they have made void thy law.

(c) The prophet shows that when the wicked have brought all things to confusion, and God's word to utter contempt, then it is God's time to help and send remedy.

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Psalms 9:19 Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.
Psalms 102:13 Thou shalt arise, [and] have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
Genesis 22:10-11 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. ... And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here [am] I.
Genesis 22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said [to] this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
Deuteronomy 32:36 For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that [their] power is gone, and [there is] none shut up, or left.
Isaiah 42:14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, [and] refrained myself: [now] will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.

to work:
That is, "to take vengeance," as asah signifies,
Jeremiah 18:23 Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to slay [me]: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from thy sight, but let them be overthrown before thee; deal [thus] with them in the time of thine anger.
Malachi 3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
, by an ellipsis of the noun. When infidels, profligates, and Pharisees, "make void the law of God," generally, then it is time for God to arise to vindicate His own honour and maintain His cause among men.


Jeremiah 8:8 How do ye say, We [are] wise, and the law of the LORD [is] with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he [it]; the pen of the scribes [is] in vain.
Habakkuk 1:4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
Malachi 2:8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
Matthew 15:6 And honour not his father or his mother, [he shall be free]. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Romans 4:14 For if they which are of the law [be] heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
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Gn 22:10, 14. Dt 32:36. Ps 9:19; 102:13. Is 42:14. Jr 8:8; 18:23. Hab 1:4. Mal 2:8; 3:17. Mt 15:6. Ro 3:31; 4:14.

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