Elsewhere the psalmist says, “for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4). pp. The psalmist acknowledges that Yahweh created him, so Yahweh has a special place in his heart. Light and darkness are used in both Old and New Testaments as metaphors for good and evil––order and chaos––security and danger––joy and sorrow––truth and untruth––life and death––salvation and condemnation (Isaiah 5:20; 9:2; John 3:19-21; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 4:17-18). Is hagar superior to zarah? Let the workers of iniquity then tremble at the thought; God's eye is upon them, nor is there any darkness, or shadow of death, where they can hide themselves. This ולו, referred to גלמי, gives the acceptable meaning: and for it (viz., its birth) one among them (these days), without our needing to make any change in the proposed exposition down to יצרו. He must encounter his Maker in judgment, and be cut off, and consigned to woe. “If I take the wings of the dawn, and settle in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there your hand will lead me, and your right hand will hold me” (vv. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. It appears from hence, farther, that God is perfectly qualified for being the Judge of the whole world; that no disguises can shelter from his eye; that all artifices and colourings of hypocrisy are vain; that circumspection of spirit, and regularity of conduct, are every where equally necessary; and that, as far as we are conscious of our integrity, we may derive inward comfort from the contemplation of God's omniscience, however we may be suspected, slandered, vilified, and persecuted by the world; and that no good disposition, no generous purpose formed, though it was not in our power to execute it, none of our concealed and most secret virtues, shall miss of their due reward through the blood of the Covenant. 1905-1909. Way everlasting.—Rather, here as in Jeremiah 6:16; Jeremiah 18:15, of the old, i.e., the true, religion, in the ancient way. The Jewish commentators, Aben Ezra and Kimchi, interpret it the way of the world; and take it to be the same with the way of all flesh, death, or the grave; which is called man's world, or home, Joshua 23:14; and make the sense to be this: If thou seest any evil in me, take me out of the world; kill me at once, let me die But this seems to be foreign from the text; for the word "lead" designs a blessing or benefit, as Calvin well observes. Popularity relative to other verses in Psalm chapter 139 using average monthly Google searches. God takes strict notice of every step we take, every right step and every by step. It is a remark of Mons. "O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me." Thou hast possessed my reins; art acquainted with all that passeth in my inmost soul; for thou hast covered me in the womb; when there an embrio, thine eye beheld the unformed mass, and by thy plastic hand curiously wrought, each limb received its nice proportion, and every vessel discharged its several office. The prayer. We find ourselves doing hateful things––and failing to live according to treasured values (Romans 7:15-20). Possibly it may be rendered, in thy way (the ellipsis of the pronoun being very frequent, as hath been noted and proved before; or, in the way, to wit, the way of God, which is oft called emphatically the way, as Psalms 25:8 119:1 Proverbs 23:19 29:27, and which is sufficiently understood from its opposition to the wicked way in the former clause) for ever, or as long as I live, as this Hebrew word olam without any prefix to it is used, Job 41:4 Psalms 21:4 45:7, and elsewhere. Your enemies take your name in vain. The diction of this psalm is so delicate, and the thoughts throughout are so sublime, that they bespeak its royal author. This remarkable confession and prayer should suggest two Things--ignorance and impotence. Because of its object--the whole man, his intellect, emotions, tongue, actions. He would not follow any wicked way. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way” (Hebrew: derek ) (vv. 3. If there be any wicked way - עצב דרך derech otseb : a way of idolatry or of error. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Effect), App-6, for the happiness which is the effect and end of everlasting life. The psalmist acknowledges that Yahweh has searched (haqar) him and known (yada) him. hypothet. READER! If that means that God doesn’t give the individual the option of choosing good or evil––life or death––I have a serious problem with it. Yahweh knows, not only what the psalmist expresses in words, but also the thoughts of his mind. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 139:24". Psalm 139:24 (ESV) Sin has natural, negative consequences. It is usually rendered: "the days which had first to be formed." Psalm 139:24 (GW) Hofmann's interpretation is altogether different: I will count them, the more numerous than the sand, when I awake and am continually with Thee, viz., in the other world, after the awaking from the sleep of death. "Commentary on Psalms 139:24". "Commentary on Psalms 139:24". The issue of Davidic authorship of the psalms is sufficiently complex that I can’t do it justice. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Surely there are times when we would be embarrassed to think of God watching our every move. In the presence of Yahweh, “night shines as the day.” Darkness is like light to Yahweh, because he brings the light of his presence into dark places––so we need not fear darkness when Yahweh is near. You know my highs and my lows. Yet while we shun them we should pray for them; with God their conversion and salvation are possible. The word nepes means soul, but not in the sense that we often use that word. “You hem me in (Hebrew: sur) behind and before. The psalmist has no escape. The word rendered “everlasting” merely expresses indefinite time, whether past or future. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. In the way everlasting; in the right and good way, which is lasting, and leads to everlasting life; whereas the way of wickedness, to which this is opposed, will perish, as is said, Psalms 1:6, and bring men into utter destruction. To others; as I am accused of causing much trouble and designing mischief to the king and kingdom. He appeals to God for his own simplicity, and a great rejoicing it is to have the testimony of a good conscience. And I will execute great vengeance upon them, love the Lord your God with all your heart, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative), Used very widely as demonstrative, lo! ), The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, 6 vol. Psalm 143:10. Contact me: openbibleinfo (at) gmail.com. And see if [there is any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. PSALM 139:24. We decide in favour of this, because this ולו אחד בהם does not, as ולא אחד בהם, make one feel to miss any היה, and because the ולי which begins Psalm 139:17 connects itself to it by way of continuation. It is more profitable to meditate on Divine truths, applying them to our own cases, and with hearts lifted to God in prayer, than with a curious or disputing frame of mind. (d) "via doloris", Montanus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth.
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