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Psalms 119:17 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live; So will I observe thy word.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, [that] I may live, and keep thy word.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Gimel. Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, [that] I may live, and keep thy word.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant [and] I shall live; and I will keep thy word.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— [GIMEL.] Bestow thy bounties upon thy servant—let me live, That I may observe thy word.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— [Gimel.] Confer benefits on Thy servant, I live, and I keep Thy word.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Give bountifully to thy servant, enliven me: and I shall keep thy words.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— [[GIMEL.]] Deale bountifully with thy seruant; [that] I may liue, and keepe thy word.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Render a recompense to thy servant: [so] shall I live, and keep thy words.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, [that] I may live, and keep thy word.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
GIMEL. Deal bountifully 1580
{1580} Prime
A primitive root; to treat a person (well or ill), that is, benefit or requite; by implication (of toil) to ripen, that is, (specifically) to wean.
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
with x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
thy servant, 5650
{5650} Prime
From H5647; a servant.
[that] I may live, 2421
{2421} Prime
A prim root (compare H2331, H2424); to live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively to revive.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
and keep 8104
{8104} Prime
A primitive root; properly to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
thy word. 1697
{1697} Prime
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 119:17-20

Gimel. (Psalm 119:17-24).

_ _ Life is desirable in order to serve God; that we may do so aright, we should seek to have our eyes opened to behold His truth, and earnestly desire fully to understand it.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 119:17

_ _ We are here taught, 1. That we owe our lives to God's mercy. David prays, Deal bountifully with me, that I may live. It was God's bounty that gave us life, that gave us this life; and the same bounty that gave it continues it, and gives all the supports and comforts of it; if these be withheld, we die, or, which is equivalent, our lives are embittered and we become weary of them. If God deals in strict justice with us, we die, we perish, we all perish; if these forfeited lives be preserved and prolonged, it is because God deals bountifully with us, according to his mercy, not according to our deserts. The continuance of the most useful life is owing to God's bounty, and on that we must have a continual dependence. 2. That therefore we ought to spend our lives in God's service. Life is therefore a choice mercy, because it is an opportunity of obeying God in this world, where there are so few that do glorify him; and this David had in his eye: “Not that I may live and grow rich, live and be merry, but that I may live and keep thy word, may observe it myself and transmit it to those that shall come after, which the longer I live the better I shall do.”

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 119:17

Live — Safely and comfortably.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 119:17

GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, [that] I may (a) live, and keep thy word.

(a) He shows that we should not desire to live but to serve God, and that we can not serve him correctly unless he opens our eyes and minds.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
Gemol, "reward" thy servant. Let him have the return of his faith and prayers. From this word is derived the name of ג, gimmel, the third letter of the alphabet, which is prefixed to every verse in this part. This is a stroke of the Psalmist's art and ingenuity.
Psalms 119:65 TETH. Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.
Psalms 119:124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.
Psalms 119:132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
Psalms 13:6 I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
Psalms 116:7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
John 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
2 Corinthians 9:7-11 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. ... Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

I may live:

Romans 8:2-4 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. ... That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, ... Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, ... Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
1 John 2:29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
1 John 5:3-4 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. ... For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith.
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Ps 13:6; 116:7; 119:65, 124, 132. Jn 1:16. Ro 8:2. 2Co 9:7. Ep 2:4, 10. Php 4:19. Tit 2:11. 1Jn 2:29; 5:3.

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