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Psalms 119:54 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Thy statutes have been my songs In the house of my pilgrimage.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Your statutes are my songs In the house of my pilgrimage.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Songs, have thy statutes become to me, in my house of sojourn.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Songs have been to me Thy statutes, In the house of my sojournings.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Thy justifications were the subject of my song, in the place of my pilgrimage.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Thy statutes haue bin my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Thine ordinances were my sons in the place of my sojourning.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Thy statutes 2706
{2706} Prime
From H2710; an enactment; hence an appointment (of time, space, quantity, labor or usage).
have been x1961
(1961) Complement
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
my songs 2158
{2158} Prime
(Feminine): from H2167; a song to be accompanied with instrumental music.
in the house 1004
{1004} Prime
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
of my pilgrimage. 4033
{4033} Prime
From H1481 in the sense of lodging; a temporary abode; by extension a permanent residence.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 119:52-56.

Psalms 119:54

_ _ songs — As the exile sings songs of his home (Psalms 137:3), so the child of God, “a stranger on earth,” sings the songs of heaven, his true home (Psalms 39:12). In ancient times, laws were put in verse, to imprint them the more on the memory of the people. So God’s laws are the believer’s songs.

_ _ house of my pilgrimage — present life (Genesis 17:8; Genesis 47:9; Hebrews 11:13).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 119:54

_ _ Here is, 1. David's state and condition; he was in the house of his pilgrimage, which may be understood either as his peculiar trouble (he was often tossed and hurried, and forced to fly) or as his lot in common with all. This world is the house of our pilgrimage, the house in which we are pilgrims; it is our tabernacle; it is our inn. We must confess ourselves strangers and pilgrims upon earth, who are not at home here, nor must be here long. Even David's palace is but the house of his pilgrimage. 2. His comfort in this state: “Thy statutes have been my songs, with which I here entertain myself,” as travellers are wont to divert the thoughts of their weariness, and take off something of the tediousness of their journey, by singing a pleasant song now and then. David was the sweet singer of Israel, and here we are told whence he fetched his songs; they were all borrowed from the word of God. God's statutes were as familiar to him as the songs which a man is accustomed to sing; and he conversed with them in his pilgrimage-solitudes. They were as pleasant to him as songs, and put gladness into his heart more than those have that chant to the sound of the viol, Amos 6:5. Is any afflicted then? Let him sing over God's statutes, and try if he cannot so sing away sorrow, Psalms 138:5.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 119:54

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

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 119:54

Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my (e) pilgrimage.

(e) In the course of this life and sorrowful exit.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 89:1 [[Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.]] I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
Psalms 10:1 Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? [why] hidest thou [thyself] in times of trouble?
Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage [are] an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.
Hebrews 11:13-16 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. ... But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
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Gn 47:9. Ps 10:1; 89:1. He 11:13.

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