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Psalms 119:5

    Psalms 119:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    O that my ways were directed to keep your statutes!

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Oh that my ways were established To observe thy statutes!

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If only my ways were ordered so that I might keep your rules!

    Webster's Revision

    Oh that my ways were established To observe thy statutes!

    World English Bible

    Oh that my ways were steadfast to obey your statutes!

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Oh that my ways were established to observe thy statutes!

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 119:5

    O that my ways were directed - "I wish that my way may be confirmed to keep thy statutes." Without thee I can do nothing; my soul is unstable and fickle; and it will continue weak and uncertain till thou strengthen and establish it.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 119:5

    O that my ways were directed ... - Indicating the desire of the pious heart. That desire - a prevailing, constant, uniform desire - is to keep the law of God. It is the aim of the life; it is the supreme purpose of the soul; it is the ruling wish of the man, thus to keep the law of God. He in whose bosom this is not the constant wish cannot be a pious man. The Hebrew particle used here, and rendered "O that," is a particle denoting a wish, or an earnest desire. The word "ways" denotes the course of life. The whole is expressive of an earnest desire to live in accordance with the law of God. It implies also a sense of dependence on God.