The awful threatenings and the sweet encouragements both more him in the right direction. Instead of question and answer both in this one verse, the Hebrew demands the construction with question only, leaving the answer to be inferred from the drift of the entire Psalm -- thus: Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way to keep it according to thy word? Should a man carefully measure out what he believes to be a dose of useful medicine, he will die if it should turn out that he has taken up the wrong vial, and has poured out a deadly poison: the fact that he did it ignorantly will not alter the result. There is a sharpness in these wholesome (or healing) words, that maketh us sound in the faith, and sincere in practice; as it did Mr Paul Bains, whose conversation, when he came first to Cambridge, was so irregular, that his father, being grieved at it before his death, left with a friend forty pounds by the year, desiring that his son might have it if he amended his manners; else not. Every verse in the section begins with b, a house. Your face is towards the future. He wishes to choose a clean way, to be himself clean in it, to cleanse it of any foulness which may arise in the future, and to end by showing a clear course from the first step to the last; but, alas, his way is already unclean by actual sin which he has already committed, and he himself has within his nature a tendency towards that which defileth. by taking heed thereto according to thy word. By taking heed thereto according to thy word. xxix., p. 315; G. Brooks, Outlines of Sermons, p. 196; F. Tholuck, Hours of Devotion, p. 519. And I cannot but beg the Reader, that as he passed through the whole, of this beautiful Psalm, whenever he comes to the expression, WORD, he will pause over it, and examine whether it is not spoken of the person of Him, who is the eternal WORD, that in the beginning was with God, and is God. Here it intimates. "Look well to thy goings"; it is a new path. In this way the prophet stimulates men to an early and seasonable regulation of their manners, and not to delay doing so any longer, agreeably to the words of Solomon, âRemember thy Creator in thy youth, ere the days of trouble come, and the years which shall be grief unto thee,â Ecclesiastes 12:1 (402) They who defer from time to time become hardened in their vicious practices, and arrive at mature years, when it is too late to attempt a reformation. Through, The circumspection he should use to cleanse his way. In this passage there is. The way, or life, of the man has to be cleansed from the sins of his youth behind him, and kept clear of the sins which temptation will place before him: this is the work, this is the difficulty. way = path. The pardoning mercy of God in Christ, is the only source of a sinner's happiness. Put interrogation at end of the second line instead of the first. The answer furnished to this anxious inquiry is sufficiently plain and practical. By thy grace I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. John 1:1. Wherewithal shall a young man] Semipuer, a lad, a stripling, who hath his name in Hebrew of tossing to and fro; confer Ephesians 4:14, and the same word signifieth youth and tow, Isaiah 1:31, or rather the shreds that fall from tow and flax, when whiffied; to note the vanity of youth, and its aptness to be enkindled, when once affections begin to boil within them. His way of thinking, feeling, speaking, acting. The Bible makes a great deal in its teaching about the ways of men. Theodore Kuebler. A captain may watch from his deck all night; but if he knows nothing of the coast, and has no pilot on board, he may be carefully hastening on to shipwreck. John Stephen, in "The Utterances of the 119 Psalm," 1861. By living according to your word.” (NIV) It’s God’s Word that makes our minds clean and pure. II. Wherewith shall a young man — Or, any man. By taking heed thereto according to thy word. Seek The Lord And Find Him. (This opinion is confirmed by the quotation which follows from Cowles.) We may reason from the greater to the less; for if the law of God possesses the power of restraining the impetuosity of youth, so as to preserve pure and upright all who take it for their guide, then, assuredly, when they come to maturity, and their irregular desires are considerably abated, it will prove the best antidote for correcting their vices. William Gumall. Let the youngest, who are as new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word; and they shall grow thereby [Note: 1 Peter 2:2. The very inquiry shows that his heart is not in a corrupt state. Cleanse his way — Reform his life, or purge himself from all filthiness of flesh and spirit. By guarding it according to your word. 5 When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually. To the question asked, “How shall he cleanse his way?” the answer is given, even “by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” The Holy Scriptures afford, to every human being, [There may doubtless be particular cases, even to our dying hour, in which it may be difficult to discover the precise line of duty. — — — But let the word of Christ dwell in you richly “in all wisdom;” and you shall find it the power of God to the salvation of your souls. Young man, the Bible must be your chart, and you must exercise great watchfulness that your way may be according to its directions. 12): "Blessed art thou," etc. Words To Live By With Craig Groeschel. Verse 9. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? ]:” and let the “young men have the word of God abiding in them; and they shall overcome the wicked one [Note: 1 John 2:14. A young man. Psalms 119:9-11.— H. Allon, Christian World Pulpit, vol. The more effectually to excite them to this, he produces, in an especial manner, the example of children or youths. This records facts, presents incitations, enjoins precepts, utters promises, and sets up examples, all which are adapted to make a young man holy. But the young man must be in hearty and practical sympathy with the work. xxvii., p. 40. He. Let him hear what follows; the description is from God. Verse 9. "Not any way, not somebody else's way, not the old man's way, not the way of the man in mid-life, but his own way: the young man's way. Every step, therefore, is solemn, is of everlasting importance, may be a step into blessedness or a step into woe. In the question, there is the person spoken of, "a young man," and his work, "Wherewithal shall he cleanse his way?" All rights reserved. Psalm 119:9-10 NIV - ב Beth How can a young person stay on - Bible Gateway. The answer is supposed, or rather left to be inferred, from the whole tenor of the psalm, which is that men, and especially-young men, whose passions and temptations are strong in proportion to their inexperience, can do nothing of themselves, but are dependent on the grace of God. Secondly, naar may be rendered "shaking off"; that is to say, the yoke, for a young man begins to cast off the maternal, and frequently the paternal, yoke. Psalm 119:9 tells us, “How can a young man keep his way pure? No nobler ambition can lie before a youth, none to which he is called by so sure a calling; but none in which greater difficulties can be found. According to thy word. is, of course, possible, but the other is more natural and more in accordance with the general drift of the psalm. Psalm 9 – God Remembers, Man Forgets. (2) Another great step is taken when you see that there is a contrast between the light of God's word and the life on which it falls. It is ours to ask the question, it is God's to give the answer and enable us to carry it out. Free Reading Plans and Devotionals related to Psalms 119:9-11. The word of God can master our lusts when they are in their greatest pride: if ever lust rageth at one time more than another, it is when youthful blood boils in our veins. James Harrington Evans, 1785-1849. Does God’s Word motivate me to worship? Bible Gateway Recommends. That he must take an active part in the work. KJV, Reference Bible, Center-Column Giant Print, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print: Holy Bible, King James Version. The narrow way was never hit upon by chance, neither did any heedless man ever lead a holy life. The Lord our God is holy, and He will deal justly in every segment of our life, where sin is hiding, for He is a fair judge and a righteous God, Who will not abide iniquity. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever. There is required the cleansing that his way be according to the Divine Word. The Increase Opening Day Devotional. The answer to this question is, "By taking heed thereto according to God's word:" by taking God's word as the light, the guide, and the director of the way; by considering your steps in the light of that word; by taking that word as the chart, the pilot, and the propeller of your way. Psalm 119:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 119:9, NIV: "How can a young person stay on the path of purity?By living according to your word." The Hebrew word signifieth the cleansing of glass, which though it be very clean, yet will it gather filth even in the sunbeams, and of itself; which noteth the great corruption of this slippery age, and what care must be taken that it may shine as picked glass, or clearest crystal. Verse 9. 26 I disclosed my ways … But, on the whole, I consider our version as more elegant than the other given above, because it contains a fine and satisfactory answer to the question in the former clause. I do not say that there are no other guides, no other fences. That the young man's way needs to be cleansed. "Look well to thy goings"; it is an eventful path. The tenth in order of the ten words of this Psalm. Ð°Ð½Ð¾. A Psalm about the Word A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. The English rendering, which follows the LXX. by taking heed thereto according to thy word." God's word is the glass which discovereth all spiritual deformity, and also the water and soap which washes and scours it away. It is not direct "his way," but "cleanse his way.". But real piety is uncongenial with our fallen nature; and to attain it is no easy task to any, of either sex, or of whatever age or quality or condition. Youth is giddy, and his lust is hot and impetuous: his sun is climbing higher still, and he thinks it is a great while to night; so that it must be a strong arm that brings a young man off his lusts, who hath his palate at best advantage to taste sensual pleasure. The format of Psalm 119 is an alphabetic acrostic, meaning that the first letters of each line in Hebrew follow through the alphabet, 8 lines per letter, thus 8 lines x 22 letters in Hebrew = 176 lines. Paul Bayne. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, BETH. But for all such anxiety there seems to be an answer in the text. John Gibbon (about 1660) in "The Morning Exercises.". a young man. But he names the young man, because such are commonly void of wisdom and experience, and exposed to many and great temptations. Let him become a practical disciple of the holy God, who alone can teach him how to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil, that trinity of defilers by whom many a hopeful life has been spoiled. F. G. Marchant. Key word, xkz (zacah), to be pure, to make pure, to cleanse. 12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. The Masoretes (a group of Jewish scholars between the 6 th and 10 th centuries AD) said that the word of God is mentioned in every verse except Psalm 119:122. John Flavel, 1627-1691. By what means shall a young man cleanse his way? That which is enquired after is, What remedy there is against it? Not the same word as in Psalms 119:1. How to Start Reading the Bible "HEARing" From God. App-73. I do not say that conscience is worth nothing, and conscience in youth is especially sensitive and tender; I do not say that prayer is not a most valuable fence, but prayer without taking heed is only another name for presumption: prayer and carelessness can never walk hand in hand together; and I therefore say that there is no fence nor guard that can so effectually keep out every enemy as prayerful reading of the word of God, bringing every solicitation from the world or from companions, every suggestion from our own hearts and passions, to the test of God's word: -- What says the Bible? alongside Affliction and Psalms 119:9-10 - 'King James Version' translation Yet the "word" is absolutely necessary; for, otherwise, care will darken into morbid anxiety, and conscientiousness may become superstition. Words To Live By With Craig Groeschel. A sufficiency of pleasure to encourage them to choose to cleanse their way. The answer of the Bible, with the teaching and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, will in all the intricacies of our road be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. The efficient cause in the operation is God. Daleth. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Psalms 119:9-12.— H. W. Beecher, Ibid., vol. Henry Cowles, 1872. Thus Mercerus and Savailerius. There every thing is described in its proper colours: piety is exalted as the perfection of our nature; and sin is declared to be “an abomination in the sight of God.” The example of our blessed Lord also is there portrayed with the utmost exactness; so that, whatever doubt might obscure a precept, the true light is reflected on it, and a perfect standard is exhibited before us. Methinks, it speaks powerfully: and I pray God that this day the greenest ears amongst you may be consecrated to the Lord, and receive from him some blessed tokens of his favourable acceptance. Well, let the word of God meet this young gallant in all his bravery, with his feast of sensual delights before him, and but whisper a few syllables in his car, give his conscience but a prick with the point of its sword, and it shall make him fly in as great haste from them all, as Absalom's brethren did from the feast when they saw Amnon their brother murdered at the table. xii., p. 198; H. W. Beecher, Ibid., vol. Wilful ignorance is in itself wilful sin, and the evil which comes of it is without excuse. Verse 9. The inquiry to me would seem to extend over the whole verse. It is by no means an easy task which the prudent young man sets before him. Is it any wonder if young men, so circumstanced, fall into sin? Outlines Upon Keywords of The Psalm, by Pastor C. A. Davis. Psalm 119:9-Job 1:5. The people of the world, if exhorted to give themselves up to God, do not hesitate to affirm that, in the existing state of things, it is impossible: and many who have begun to do this in their own strength, and found its insufficiency for so great a work, have given up in despair, and returned to their former state of carelessness and indifference. But yet more satisfactory is the declaration of St. Peter, when he affirms, that by “the exceeding great and precious promises of Scripture we may be made partakers of the divine nature, and be enabled to escape the corruption that is in the world through lust [Note: 2 Peter 1:4. The strength, the aspirations, the unmarred expectations of youth, are in requisition for the world; O that they may be consecrated to God. The inquiry is -- How shall a young man make a clean way -- a pure line of conduct -- through this defiling world? By living according to your word. His way. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By reading, studying, and imitating the Scriptures in a lowly and prayerful spirit the young shall escape pollution and ornament society. Barton Bouchier. 9. Whole verse. Let the Scriptures of Truth be studied by you—, [Do not form your standard by the opinions of men, or labour to cleanse your way by superstitious observances that have been devised by man; but look to the word of God as the proper rule of your conduct, and seek for holiness in the way that is there prescribed. It is not enough to desire to he right; for ignorance may make us think that we are doing God service when we are provoking him, and the fact of our ignorance will not reverse the character of our action, however much it may mitigate its criminality. By far more than in all riches I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies. See Psalms 73:13. Our "way" is a subject which concerns us deeply, and it is far better to enquire about it than to speculate upon mysterious themes which rather puzzle than enlighten the mind. Verse 9. To the tune of “Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David. The answer is given: "By taking heed thereto according to thy word." and the second section runs parallel to it, with the question, "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?" ignorance, therefore, that any shall err, if only they will make use of the light afforded them in God’s blessed word. Keyword Strong’s # Hebrew Word Meaning Cleanse zaH2135 kah to be translucent; figuratively to be innocent: - be (make) 1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.. 2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.. 3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.. 4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.. 5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!. 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