Lamed: Psalm 119:89-96

  “The stability of nature witnesses to the steadfastness of the Word which sustains it.” So begins Alexander Maclaren’s commentary on the Lamed section of Psalm 119. Stability; steadfastness. The word is settled; the earth is established. In times of … Continue reading

Yod: Psalm 119:73-80

The opening of this passage is identical to a line from the book of Job: “Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity; yet you would destroy me.” (Job 10:8) This is not necessarily a direct quote; … Continue reading

Teth: Psalm 119:65-72

There are two familiar themes in the Teth section: affliction, and the goodness of God. Every verse in the section addresses one or the other, or both. Five verses in the section begin with the Hebrew word for “good.” (In … Continue reading

Heth: Psalm 119:57-64

As noted earlier, there is a tight connection between the Zayin and Heth sections. Verses 56 and 57 each address the themes of both inheritance and obedience. “God is mine!” exults the psalmist; and the man who has God as … Continue reading

Waw: Psalm 119:41-48

You may notice a tighter connection between verses here than what you’ve come to expect from Psalm 119–there’s more of a natural flow from one verse to the next. That’s because in the original Hebrew, each of these verses begins … Continue reading

He: Psalm 119:33-40

The He passage has at least two noteworthy characteristics. The first is that here we have a list of virtually every term that the psalmist uses for God’s word: Your statutes Your law Your commandments Your testimonies Your way Your … Continue reading