Psalm 119 Picture

Charles Bridges


Psalm 119: An Exposition

English Preacher and Theologian

Why Read This Commentary




Bridges' exposition of the 119th Psalm can, with much profit, be used as a daily devotional. He himself suggested this method. By meditating on one verse each day, one will have gone through the entire psalm (176 verses) twice in one year. We have selected only a handful of his excellent expositions to be posted here.

Bridges' Psalm 119: An Exposition went through at least twenty-four printings during his lifetime. It is still readily available.

You can also read Bridges' comments on well-known and particularly helpful proverbs on our A Commentary on Proverbs page.

Charles Bridges, preacher and theologian, was a leader of the Evangelical Party in the Church of England. Today he is remembered primarily for two commentaries. Charles Spurgeon reportedly said that Psalm 119: An Exposition was "worth its weight in gold." He had equally high regards for Bridges' A Commnetary on Proverbs, calling it "the best work on the Proverbs."

Bridges wrote in an older style of English, so we have posted two versions of his comments on the selected verses. The first is his original text reproduced verbatim. The second is paraphrased by Carol. In the rephrased version the punctuation has been brought up to date, and some rewording has been done to make the meaning more understandable for our modern day. The rephrased version also omits numerous Bible references within the sentences since they tend to interrupt the flow of thought.

Click the link to read Bridges' comments on the specified verse of Psalm 119.

Psalm 119:5 (Original)
Psalm 119:5 (Rephrased)

"Oh, that my ways were directed to keep your statutes!"

Psalm 119:8 (Original)
Psalm 119:8 (Rephrased)

"I will keep your statutes; oh, do not forsake me utterly."

Psalm 119:10 (Original)
Psalm 119:10 (Rephrased)

"With my whole heart I have sought you; oh, let me not wander from your commandments!"

Psalm 119:15 (Original)
Psalm 119:15 (Rephrased)

"I will meditate on your precepts, and contemplate your ways."

Psalm 119:21 (Original)
Psalm 119:21 (Rephrased)

"You rebuke the proud--the cursed, who stray from your commandments."

Psalm 119:25 (Original)
Psalm 119:25 (Rephrased)

"My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word."

Psalm 119:28 (Original)
Psalm 119:28 (Rephrased)

"My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to your word."

Psalm 119:31 (Original)
Psalm 119:31 (Rephrased)

"I cling to your testimonies; O Yahweh, do not put me to shame!"

Psalm 119:35 (Original)
Psalm 119:35 (Rephrased)

"Make me walk in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it."

Psalm 119:36 (Original)
Psalm 119:36 (Rephrased)

"Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to covetousness."

Psalm 119:37 (Original)
Psalm 119:37 (Rephrased)

"Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken me in your way."

Psalm 119:52 (Original)
Psalm 119:52 (Rephrased)

"I remembered your judgments of old, O Yahweh, and have comforted myself."

Psalm 119:53 (Original)
Psalm 119:53 (Rephrased)

"Horror has taken hold of me, because of the wicked who forsake your law."

Psalm 119:54 (Original)
Psalm 119:54 (Rephrased)

"Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage."

Psalm 119:59 (Original)
Psalm 119:59 (Rephrased)

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

Psalm 119:60 (Original)
Psalm 119:60 (Rephrased)

"I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments."

Psalm 119:71 (Original)
Psalm 119:71 (Rephrased)

"It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes."

Psalm 119:75 (Original)
Psalm 119:75 (Rephrased)

"I know, O Yahweh, that Your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me."

Psalm 119:79 (Original)
Psalm 119:79 (Rephrased)

"Let those who fear You turn to me, those who know Your testimonies."

Psalm 119:94 (Original)
Psalm 119:94 (Rephrased)

"I am Yours, save me; for I have sought Your precepts."

Psalm 119:113 (Original)
Psalm 119:113 (Rephrased)

"I hate vain thoughts, but I love your law."

Psalm 119:120 (Original)
Psalm 119:120 (Rephrased)

"My flesh trembles for fear of you; and I am afraid of your judgments."

Psalm 119:127 (Original)
Psalm 119:127 (Rephrased)

"Therefore I love your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold."

Psalm 119:134 (Original)
Psalm 119:134 (Rephrased)

"Deliver me from the oppression of man, that I may keep your precepts."

Psalm 119:136 (Original)
Psalm 119:136 (Rephrased)

"Rivers of water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep your law."

Psalm 119:137,138 (Original)
Psalm 119:137,138 (Rephrased)

"Righteous are you, O Yahweh, and upright are your judgments. Your testimonies, which you have commanded, are righteous and very faithful."

Psalm 119:140 (Original)
Psalm 119:140 (Rephrased)

"Your word is very pure; therefore your servant loves it."

Psalm 119:141 (Original)
Psalm 119:141 (Rephrased)

"I am small and despised; yet I do not forget your precepts."

Psalm 119:157 (Original)
Psalm 119:157 (Rephrased)

"Many are my persecutors and my enemies, yet I do not turn from your testimonies."

Psalm 119:160 (Original)
Psalm 119:160 (Rephrased)

"The entirety of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous judgments endures forever."

Psalm 119:162 (Original)
Psalm 119:162 (Rephrased)

"I rejoice at your word as one who finds great treasure."

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