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Psalm 119

Psa. 119:5 KJV (With Strong’s)

O that
'achalay (Hebrew #305)
prob from 253 and a variation of 3863; would that!
KJV usage: O that, would God.
Pronounce: akh-al-ah'ee
Origin: or achaley {akh-al-ay'}
my ways
derek (Hebrew #1870)
a road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb
KJV usage: along, away, because of, + by, conversation, custom, (east-)ward, journey, manner, passenger, through, toward, (high-) (path-)way(-side), whither(-soever).
Pronounce: deh'-rek
Origin: from 1869
were directed
kuwn (Hebrew #3559)
properly, to be erect (i.e. stand perpendicular); hence (causatively) to set up, in a great variety of applications, whether literal (establish, fix, prepare, apply), or figurative (appoint, render sure, proper or prosperous)
KJV usage: certain(-ty), confirm, direct, faithfulness, fashion, fasten, firm, be fitted, be fixed, frame, be meet, ordain, order, perfect, (make) preparation, prepare (self), provide, make provision, (be, make) ready, right, set (aright, fast, forth), be stable, (e-)stablish, stand, tarry, X very deed.
Pronounce: koon
Origin: a primitive root
to keep
shamar (Hebrew #8104)
properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e. guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc.
KJV usage: beward, be circumspect, take heed (to self), keep(-er, self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure, (that lay) wait (for), watch(-man).
Pronounce: shaw-mar'
Origin: a primitive root
thy statutes
choq (Hebrew #2706)
an enactment; hence, an appointment (of time, space, quantity, labor or usage)
KJV usage: appointed, bound, commandment, convenient, custom, decree(-d), due, law, measure, X necessary, ordinance(- nary), portion, set time, statute, task.
Pronounce: khoke
Origin: from 2710

Cross References


Ministry on This Verse

Psa. 119:32,36,44‑45,131,159,173• 32I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
36Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
44So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
45And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
131I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
159Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.
173Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
(Psa. 119:32,36,44‑45,131,159,173)
Psa. 51:10• 10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psa. 51:10)
Jer. 31:33• 33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jer. 31:33)
Rom. 7:22‑24• 22For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
(Rom. 7:22‑24)
2 Thess. 3:5• 5And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. (2 Thess. 3:5)
Heb. 13:21• 21Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Heb. 13:21)
 Moreover, there is the longing desire that the responsibility should be met; and, conscious of human weakness, the godly man looks to God to so direct his ways that God’s statutes may be kept (vs. 5). (Psalm 119:1-8: Division 1 (Aleph) by H. Smith)
 It is not only the perception of God's ways—what is intrinsically approved in the heart; but the desire that the actual course of life were ordered so as to keep God's statutes; not satisfying our will, or our will being towards God's. And here dependence is felt as to the course of a man's life, and there is the desire it may be directed. (Practical Reflections on the Psalms: Psalm 119:1-24 by J.N. Darby)

J. N. Darby Translation

Oh that my ways were directed to keep thy statutesf!

JND Translation Notes

As Ex. 12.24. 22 times in this Psalm.