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Psalms 119:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— My soul breaketh for the longing That it hath unto thine ordinances at all times.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— My soul breaketh for the longing [that it hath] unto thy judgments at all times.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— My soul is crushed with longing After Your ordinances at all times.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— My soul breaketh for the longing [that it hath] to thy judgments at all times.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— My soul breaketh for longing after thy judgments at all times.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— My soul is crushed with longing for thy just decisions at all times.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Broken hath my soul for desire Unto Thy judgments at all times.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— My soul hath coveted to long for thy justifications, at all times.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— My soule breaketh for the longing: [that it hath] vnto thy iudgements at all times.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— My soul has longed exceedingly for thy judgments at all times.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— My soul breaketh for the longing [that it hath] unto thy judgments at all times.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
My soul 5315
{5315} Prime
From H5314; properly a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental).
breaketh 1638
{1638} Prime
A primitive root; to crush; also (intransitively and figuratively) to dissolve.
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
for the longing 8375
{8375} Prime
From H8374 (compare H0015); desire.
[that it hath] unto x413
(0413) Complement
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
thy judgments 4941
{4941} Prime
From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style.
at all x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
times. 6256
{6256} Prime
From H5703; time, especially (adverbially with preposition) now, when, etc.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 119:17-20.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 119:20

_ _ David had prayed that God would open his eyes (Psalms 119:18) and open the law (Psalms 119:19); now here he pleads the earnestness of his desire for knowledge and grace, for it is the fervent prayer that avails much. 1. His desire was importunate: My soul breaketh for the longing it hath to thy judgments, or (as some read it) “It is taken up, and wholly employed, in longing for thy judgments; the whole stream of its desires runs in this channel. I shall think myself quite broken and undone if I want the word of God, the direction, converse, and comfort of it.” 2. It was constant — at all times. It was not now and then, in a good humour, that he was so fond of the word of God; but it is the habitual temper of every sanctified soul to hunger after the word of God as its necessary food, which there is no living without.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 119:20

Breaketh — Faints, as it frequently does, when a thing vehemently desired is delayed. Judgments — To a more sound knowledge and serious practice of them.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Psalms 119:40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
Psalms 119:131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
Psalms 119:174 I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law [is] my delight.
Psalms 42:1 [[To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah.]] As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
Psalms 63:1 [[A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.]] O God, thou [art] my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Psalms 84:2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life.
Song of Songs 5:8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I [am] sick of love.
Revelation 3:15-16 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. ... So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

at all times:

Psalms 106:3 Blessed [are] they that keep judgment, [and] he that doeth righteousness at all times.
Job 23:11-12 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. ... Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].
Job 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
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Jb 23:11; 27:10. Ps 42:1; 63:1; 84:2; 106:3; 119:40, 131, 174. Pv 13:12; 17:17. So 5:8. Rv 3:15.

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