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Psalms 119:130

    Psalms 119:130 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The opening of thy words giveth light; It giveth understanding unto the simple.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The opening of your words gives light; it gives good sense to the simple.

    Webster's Revision

    The opening of thy words giveth light; It giveth understanding unto the simple.

    World English Bible

    The entrance of your words gives light. It gives understanding to the simple.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The opening of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 119:130

    The entrance of thy words giveth light - פתח pethach, the opening of it: when I open my Bible to read, light springs up in my mind. Every sermon, every prayer, every act of faith, is an opening by which light is let into the seeking soul.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 119:130

    The entrance of thy words giveth light - The Septuagint translates this, "the manifestation (or declaration) - ἡ δήλωσις hē dēlōsis - of thy words enlightens." So the Vulgate. Luther renders it, "When thy word is revealed, so it delivers us, and makes the simple wise." DeWette, "The opening (revelation) of thy word," etc. The Hebrew word - פתח pethach - means an "opening" or "entrance" - as of a gate, Joshua 20:4; Judges 9:35; and then "a door," as of a tent or the temple, Genesis 18:1; 1 Kings 6:8; or the gate of a city, Isaiah 3:26; and then it means opening, insight, instruction. The word as used here seems to denote the opening or unfolding of the word of God; the revelation of that word to the mind. A door is open so that we enter into a house; a gate, so that we enter into a city; and thus the meaning of the word of God is "opened" to us, so that we may, as it were, enter in and see its beauty. The language does not, therefore, denote the entrance of that word into the mind, but, its being made open to us so that we may perceive its beauty, or may ourselves "enter" into its meaning, its mysteries, and its beauties.

    It giveth understanding unto the simple - The word rendered "simple" literally means "those who are open to persuasion," or who are easily enticed or seduced. Then it refers to the credulous, Proverbs 14:15, and then to the "inexperienced." See Psalm 19:7, note; Psalm 116:6, note.