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Psalms 119:141

    Psalms 119:141 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I am small and despised: yet do not I forget your precepts.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I am small and despised; Yet do I not forget thy precepts.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I am small and of no account; but I keep your orders in mind.

    Webster's Revision

    I am small and despised; Yet do I not forget thy precepts.

    World English Bible

    I am small and despised. I don't forget your precepts.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 119:141

    I am small and despised - And on these accounts have every thing to fear. Being small, I cannot resist; being despised, I am in danger; but even all this does not induce me to start aside, or through the fear of man to be unfaithful to thee.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 119:141

    I am small and despised - The word here rendered "small" may mean "small" in respect to number - that is, "few," Micah 5:2; Isaiah 60:22; or in respect to age - "young," Genesis 19:31; or in respect to dignity - "low;" least in rank or esteem. The language here may be applied to the church as comparatively few; to one who is young; or to one in humble life. Either of these may be a reason why one is regarded as of little consequence, or may be subject to reproach and ridicule. It is not possible to determine in which of these senses the word is used here, or in which sense it was applicable to the psalmist. The word "despised" means treated as unworthy of notice; passed by; looked upon with contempt. This might be on account of age, or poverty, or ignorance, or humble rank: or it might be simply on account of his religion, for the friends of God have been, and often are, despised simply because they are religious. The Saviour was despised by people; the apostles were; the most excellent of the earth in all ages have been. Compare Hebrews 11:36-38; 1 Corinthians 4:13.

    Yet do not I forget thy precepts - I am not ashamed of them. I am not deterred from keeping them, and from avowing my purpose to obey them, because I am despised for it. This is often one of the severest tests of religion, and to be faithful in such circumstances is one of the clearest proofs of true attachment to God. There are few things which we are less able to bear than contempt, and one of the best evidences of attachment to principle is when we adhere to what we regard as right and true, though we are despised for it by the frivolous, the worldly, the rich - by those who claim to be "wise." He who can bear contempt on account of his opinions, can usually bear anything.