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Psalms 119:98 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Thy commandments make me wiser than mine enemies; For they are ever with me.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they [are] ever with me.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than my enemies: for they [are] ever with me.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Thy commandments make me wiser than mine enemies; for they are ever with me.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Beyond mine enemies, will thy commandment make me wise, for, age-abidingly, shall it be mine.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Than mine enemies Thy command maketh me wiser, For it [is] before me to the age.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Through thy commandment, thou hast made me wiser than my enemies: for it is ever with me.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Thou through thy Commandements hast made me wiser then mine enemies: for they are euer with mee.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Thou hast made me wiser than mine enemies [in] thy commandment; for it is mine for ever.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they [are] ever with me.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Thou through thy commandments 4687
{4687} Prime
From H6680; a command, whether human or divine (collectively the Law).
hast made me wiser 2449
{2449} Prime
A primitive root, to be wise (in mind, word or act).
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
than mine enemies: 341
{0341} Prime
Active participle of H0340; hating; an adversary.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
for x3588
(3588) Complement
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.
they x1931
(1931) Complement
The second form is the feminine beyond the Pentateuch; a primitive word, the third person pronoun singular, he (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are.
[are] ever 5769
{5769} Prime
From H5956; 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.
with me.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 119:98-100

_ _ of knowledge, both of the matter of all useful, moral truth, and an experience of its application.

_ _ wiser than mine enemies — with all their carnal cunning (Deuteronomy 4:6, Deuteronomy 4:8).

_ _ they are ever with me — The Hebrew is, rather singular, “it is ever with me”; the commandments forming ONE complete whole, Thy law.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 119:98-100

_ _ We have here an account of David's learning, not that of the Egyptians, but of the Israelites indeed.

_ _ I. The good method by which he got it. In his youth he minded business in the country as a shepherd; from his youth he minded business in the court and camp. Which way then could he get any great stock of learning? He tells us here how he came by it; he had it from God as the author: Thou hast made me wise. All true wisdom is from God. He had it by the word of God as the means, by his commandments and his testimonies. These are able to make us wise to salvation and to furnish the man of God for every good work. 1. These David took for his constant companions: “They are ever with me, ever in my mind, ever in my eye.” A good man, wherever he goes, carries his Bible along with him, if not in his hands, yet in his head and in his heart. 2. These he took for the delightful subject of his thoughts; they were his meditation, not only as matters of speculation for his entertainment, as scholars meditate on their notions, but as matters of concern, for his right management, as men of business think of their business, that they may do it in the best manner. 3. These he took for the commanding rules of all his actions: I keep thy precepts, that is, I make conscience of doing my duty in every thing. The best way to improve in knowledge is to abide and abound in all the instances of serious godliness; for, if any man do his will, he shall know of the doctrine of Christ, shall know more and more of it, John 7:17. The love of the truth prepares for the light of it; the pure in heart shall see God here.

_ _ II. The great eminency he attained to in it. By studying and practising God's commandments, and making them his rule, he learnt to behave himself wisely in all his ways, 1 Samuel 18:14. 2. He outwitted his enemies; God, by these means, made him wiser to baffle and defeat their designs against him than they were to lay them. Heavenly wisdom will carry the point, at last, against carnal policy. By keeping the commandments we secure God on our side and make him our friend, and therein are certainly wiser than those that make him their enemy. By keeping the commandments we preserve in ourselves that peace and quiet of mind which our enemies would rob us of, and so are wise for ourselves, wiser than they are for themselves, for this world as well as for the other. 2. He outstripped his teachers, and had more understanding than all of them. He means either those who would have been his teachers, who blamed his conduct and undertook to prescribe to him (by keeping God's commandments he managed his matters so that it appeared, in the event, he had taken the right measures and they had taken the wrong), or those who should have been his teachers, the priests and Levites, who sat in Moses's chair, and whose lips ought to have kept knowledge, but who neglected the study of the law, and minded their honours and revenues, and the formalities only of their religion; and so David, who conversed much with the scriptures, by that means became more intelligent than they. Or he may mean those who had been his teachers when he was young; he built so well upon the foundation which they had laid that, with the help of his Bible, he became able to teach them, to teach them all. He was not now a babe that needed milk, but had spiritual senses exercised, Hebrews 5:14. It is no reflection upon our teachers, but rather an honour to them, to improve so as really to excel them, and not to need them. By meditation we preach to ourselves, and so we come to understand more than our teachers, for we come to understand our own hearts, which they cannot. 3. He outdid the ancients, either those of his day (he was young, like Elihu, and they were very old, but his keeping God's precepts taught more wisdom than the multitude of their years, Job 32:7, Job 32:8) or those of former days; he himself quotes the proverb of the ancients (1 Samuel 24:13), but the word of God gave him to understand things better than he could do by tradition and all the learning that was handed down from preceding ages. In short, the written word is a surer guide to heaven than all the doctors and fathers, the teachers and ancients, of the church; and the sacred writings kept, and kept to, will teach us more wisdom than all their writings.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Psalms 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
Deuteronomy 4:6 Keep therefore and do [them]; for this [is] your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation [is] a wise and understanding people.
Deuteronomy 4:8 And what nation [is there so] great, that hath statutes and judgments [so] righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
1 Samuel 18:5 And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, [and] behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants.
1 Samuel 18:14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD [was] with him.
1 Samuel 18:30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, [that] David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.
Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

they are ever:
Heb. it is ever,
Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalms 119:30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid [before me].
Psalms 119:105 NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
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Dt 4:6, 8. 1S 18:5, 14, 30. Ps 119:11, 30, 104, 105. Pv 2:6. Col 3:16. Jm 1:25.

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