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Psalms 119:59

    Psalms 119:59 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I thought on my ways, and turned my feet to your testimonies.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I thought on my ways, And turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I gave thought to my steps, and my feet were turned into the way of your unchanging word.

    Webster's Revision

    I thought on my ways, And turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

    World English Bible

    I considered my ways, and turned my steps to your statutes.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 119:59

    First. I thought on my ways - חשבתי chashabti, I deeply pondered them; I turned them upside down; I viewed my conduct on all sides. The word, as used here, is a metaphor taken from embroidering, where the figure must appear the same on the one side as it does on the other; therefore, the cloth must be turned on each side every time the needle is set in, to see that the stitch be fairly set. Thus narrowly and scrupulously did the psalmist examine his conduct; and the result was, a deep conviction that he had departed from the way of God and truth.

    Secondly. And turned my feet unto thy testimonies - Having made the above discovery, and finding himself under the displeasure of God, he abandoned every evil way, took God's word for his directory, and set out fairly in the way of life and salvation.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 119:59

    I thought on my ways - This language most naturally refers to the time of conversion, and may be employed without impropriety to describe the process of a sinner's turning to God. It would seem to be descriptive of the experience of the author of the psalm when he became personally interested in the subject of religion. The first step in such a work is reflection on the course of life which has been led; on the guilt of such a course; and on the consequences. It is a pause in the career of sin and folly - a pause for reflection and thought. Compare Luke 15:17-18. No one is converted without such reflection; and as soon as a sinner can be made to pause and reflect on his course, there is hope that he will be converted. Assuredly it is proper for all, whatever may be their circumstances in life, to pause from time to time; to reflect; to ask what will be the consequences of the course of life which is pursued.

    And turned my feet - Changed my course of life. He himself did this in fact; and he does not hesitate to say that it was he who thus turned. His own agency was employed. He does not say that he "waited" for God to turn him; or that he found he could not turn of himself, but that he turned; he paused; he reflected; he changed his course of life. This is true in conversion always. There is an actual turning from sin; an actual turning to God. The sinner turns. He leaves an old path, and treads a new one. He does this as the conscious result of reflection on the course which he was pursuing; and there is nothing in his actual turning, or in his whole future course, which is not the proper result of reflection, or which a proper reflection on the course of life would not lead to and justify. Man himself is always active in conversion. That is, he does something; he changes; he repents; he believes; he turns to God; it is not God that changes, that repents, that believes, that turns; it is the man himself. It is, indeed, by the grace and help of God; but the effect of that grace is not to make him idly wait; it is to rouse him to effort; to lead him to act.

    Unto thy testimonies - Thy law, considered as the divine testimony in regard to what is right.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 119:59

    119:59 Thought - I seriously considered both my former courses, and my duty in all my future actions.

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