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Psalms 119:23

    Psalms 119:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Princes also did sit and speak against me: but your servant did meditate in your statutes.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Princes also sat and talked against me; But thy servant did meditate on thy statutes.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Rulers make evil designs against me; but your servant gives thought to your rules.

    Webster's Revision

    Princes also sat and talked against me; But thy servant did meditate on thy statutes.

    World English Bible

    Though princes sit and slander me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Princes also sat and talked against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 119:23

    Princes also did sit - It is very likely that the nobles of Babylon did often, by wicked misrepresentations, render the minds of the kings of the empire evil affected towards the Jews.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 119:23

    Princes also did sit and speak against me - This would have been applicable to David many times in his life, but it was also applicable to many others, and there is nothing in the language which would limit it to David. It is evident that the author of the psalm had been subject to reproach from those who were of exalted rank; it is clear also that he felt this keenly. It is natural, whether proper or not, that we should feel the reproach and contempt of those in elevated life - the rich, the honored, the learned - more than of those in humbler life. Their good opinion can be of value only as they may be better qualified than others to judge of what constitutes true excellence, or as they may have it in their power to do us more harm, or to do more to aid us in doing good, than others have; but truth and principle are never to be sacrificed that we may secure their favor; and if, in the faithful discharge of our duty, and the zealous adherence to the principles of our religion, we incur their frowns, we are to bear it - as the great Lord and Saviour of his people did. Hebrews 13:13.

    But thy servant did meditate in thy statutes - I was engaged in this; I continued to do it; I was not deterred from it by their opposition; I found comfort in it, when they sat and talked against me. This would seem to have reference to some occasion when they were together - in public business, or in the social circle. They, the princes and nobles engaged in the ordinary topics of conversation, or in conversation connected with revelry, frivolity, or sin. Unwilling to participate in this - having different tastes - feeling that it was improper to be one of their companions in such a mode of spending time, or in such subjects of conversation, "he" withdrew, he turned his thoughts on the law of God, he sought comfort in meditation on that law and on God. He became, therefore, the subject of remark - perhaps of their jests - "because" he thus refused to mingle with them, or because he put on what seemed to be hypocritical seriousness, and was (what they deemed) stern, sour, unsocial, as if he thus publicly, though tacitly, meant to rebuke them. Nothing will be more "likely" to subject one to taunting remarks, to rebuke, to contempt, than to manifest a religious spirit, and to introduce religion in any way in the circles of the worldly and the frivolous.