0000000016 00000 n These first eight verses are taken up with a contemplation of the blessedness which comes through keeping the statutes of the Lord. 8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. %PDF-1.4 %���� It is further observable that the word of God is here diversely called by the names of law, statutes, precepts or commandments, judgments, ordinances, righteousness, testimonies, way, and word; by which variety he designed to express the nature and the great perfection and manifold parts and uses of God’s word: which is called his word, as proceeding from his mouth, and revealed by him to us; his way, as prescribed by him for us to walk in; his law, as binding us to obedience, his statutes, as declaring his authority and power of giving us laws, his precepts, as declaring and directing our duty; his ordinances, as ordained and appointed by him; his righteousness, as exactly agreeable to God’s righteous nature and will; his judgments, as proceeding from the great Judge of the world, and being his judicial sentence to which all men must submit; and his testimonies, as it contains the witnesses of God’s mind and will, and of man’s duty. In the joy of the church at the Temple of the body of Christ which arose after the three days of burial, the joy which is here typically expressed in the words: "From with Jahve, i.e., by the might which dwells with Him, is this come to pass, wonderful is it become (has it been carried out) in our eyes," therefore received its fulfilment. And there are very few of these 176 verses contained in this Psalm, in which one or other of these titles is not found. The lxx renders συστήσασθε ἑορτὴν ἐν τοῖς πυκάζουσιν, which is reproduced by the Psalterium Romanum: constituite diem solemnem in confrequentationibus, as Eusebius, Theodoret, and Chrysostom (although the last waveringly) also interpret it; on the other hand, it is rendered by the psalterium Gallicum: in condensis, as Apollinaris and Jerome (in frondosis) also understand it. After this watchword of prayer of the thanksgiving feast, in Psalm 118:26 those who receive them bless those who are coming (הבּא with Dech) in the name of Jahve, i.e., bid them welcome in His name. Nevertheless, ALEPH. He has gazed on the beauties of the perfect law, and, as if this verse were the sum and outcome of all his emotions, he exclaims, "Blessed is the man whose life is the practical transcript of the will of God." "Blessed." Hengstenberg and von Lengerke at least disconnect the words "unto the horns of the altar" from any relation to this precautionary measure, by interpreting: until it (the animal for the festal sacrifice) is raised upon the horns of the altar and sacrificed. This celebrated Psalm has several peculiarities. This mountain God has made into a plain, and qualified Zerubbabel to bring forth the top and key-stone (האבן הראשׁה) out of its past concealment, and thus to complete the building, which is now consecrated amidst a loud outburst of incessant shouts of joy (Zechariah 4:7). Pleased with what you read? [Psalms 119:7] I WILL PRAISE THEE WITH Brit-Am depends on contributions alongside purchases of our publications. That rejected (disdained) corner-stone is nevertheless become ראשׁ פּנּהּ, i.e., the head-stone of the corner (Job 38:6), which being laid upon the corner, supports and protects the stately edifice - an emblem of the power and dignity to which Israel has attained in the midst of the peoples out of deep humiliation. 0000003034 00000 n (1) Undefiled.—Better, blameless or perfect. 0000007316 00000 n Click Here to view our publications. No indeed, חג denotes the animals for the feast-offering, and there was so vast a number of these (according to Ezra loc. endstream endobj 155 0 obj <>/Outlines 15 0 R/Metadata 23 0 R/PieceInfo<>>>/Pages 22 0 R/PageLayout/OneColumn/OCProperties<>/OCGs[156 0 R]>>/StructTreeRoot 25 0 R/Type/Catalog/LastModified(D:20091231120228)/PageLabels 20 0 R>> endobj 156 0 obj <. Thus then in this instance A. Lobwasser renders it comparatively more correctly, although devoid of taste: "The Lord is great and mighty of strength who lighteneth us all; fasten your bullocks to the horns beside the altar." 0000050120 00000 n Psalm 119 is telling us that to know the Creator God you must know His Law, Ordinances, Word, Commandments, Statutes, Precepts, Decrees, Testimonies, Ways, and … 4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. The word "law", or "doctrine", as it signifies, may design every revelation of the divine will; and even the doctrine of Christ, which believers should abide in, and not transgress; and should walk uprightly according to the truth of it, and as becomes it, and as they are enabled to do. It is structured alphabetically with a stanza for each of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet (“Aleph” is like our “A,” “Beth is like “B”, etc. 0000003544 00000 n In the way; either, 1. The meaning of the call is therefore: Bring your hecatombs and make them ready for sacrifice. In v. 28 (cf. [Psalms 119:1] BLESSED ARE THE To Hear a Talk based on the Text below: 1. undefiled—literally, "complete," perfect, or sincere (compare Ps 37:37). Psalm 118 is the customary Psalm for the Isru-chag of all מועדים.). Because Psalm 119 is divided into 22 eight-verse sections, each section then represents a Hebrew letter. endstream endobj 175 0 obj <>/Size 154/Type/XRef>>stream The Psalmist is so enraptured with the word of God that he regards it as his highest ideal of blessedness to be conformed to it. DIRECTED TO KEEP THY STATUTES! Exodus 15:2) the festal procession replies in accordance with the character of the feast, and then the Psalm closes, in correspondence with its beginning, with a Hodu in which all voices join. Psalm 118:22 points back to that disheartened disdain of the small troubles beginning which was at work among the builders (Ezra 3:10) at the laying of the foundation-stone, and then further at the interruption of the buidling. walk—act in the law—according to it (compare Lu 1:6). 0000001137 00000 n In order that they might not run away?! 3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. 176 0 obj <>stream Did you benefit from it? http://britam.org/Broadcasts/newBAMBI/psalm119-1.mp3 And what would be the object of binding them to the horns of the altar? It has a glorious history.). ; הצליחה on the other hand is Milra according to the Masora and other ancient testimonies, and נא is not dageshed, without Norzi being able to state any reason for this different accentuation. Click Here to make an offering. x�bbb`b``Ń3Υ�� �4 (Ps 119:1-8). ALEPH. 0000000770 00000 n In the light of this Messianic prophecy of Isaiah Psa 118:22 of our Psalm also comes to have a Messianic meaning, which is warranted by the fact, that the history of Israel is recapitulated and culminates in the history of Christ; or, according to John 2:19-21 (cf. 0000002891 00000 n In connection with this only indirect reference of the assertion to Israel we avoid the question - perplexing in connection with the direct reference to the people despised by the heathen - how can the heathen be called "the builders?" 0000001835 00000 n law—from a … The expression "from the house of Jahve," like "from the fountain of Israel" in Psalm 68:27, is equivalent to, ye who belong to His house and to the church congregated around it. (Note: The verse, "This is the day which the Lord hath made," etc., was, according to Chrysostom, an ancient hypophon of the church. Blessed are the undefiled in the way,.... Who are in the right way to heaven and happiness, which is Jesus Christ; the strait gate, and narrow way to eternal life; the only true way of life and salvation, in which way believers walk by faith. (a) Here they are not called blessed who think themselves wise in their own judgment, nor who imagine to themselves a certain holiness, but they whose conversation is without hypocrisy. 0000001315 00000 n Psalm 119 is a poem expressed in a creative literary form known as an acrostic poem that is fun and easy to remember for the Jews. [Psalms 119:4] THOU HAST COMMANDED US TO Verse 119:8 begins with the Hebrew word "Aet" whose first letter is "Aleph" and which is not translated but is hidden in the expression I WILL KEEP THY STATUTES. 0000002420 00000 n 0000066903 00000 n O that every reader may feel the glow. Its contents are mainly praises of God's Word, exhortations to its perusal, and reverence for it, prayers for its proper influence, and complaints of the wicked for despising it. (Note: In the language of the Jewish ritual Isru-chag is become the name of the after-feast day which follows the last day of the feast.