7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
The form of verses 7-9 is symmetrical, listing a total of 18 qualities of the Scriptures. There are 6 different nouns used for the Word, 6 adjectives describe the Word, and 6 benefits of the Word in the believers life.
|Psalm 19||The Word of the Lord||benefit|
|v.7||law||is perfect||restoring||the soul|
|testimony||is sure||making wise||the simple [mind]|
|v.8||precepts||are right||rejoicing||the heart|
|commandment||is pure||enlightening||the eyes|
|v.10||They are more||desirable||than gold|
|v.11||By them Your servant||is warned|
|In keeping them there||is great reward|
The 6 words used for the Word of God in vv. 7-9 are similar to the words used in almost every verse in Psalm 119 to describe God’s Word.
Henry Luke 7/17/2017
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