Monday, June 29, 2015

Psalm 119:36-37

Psalm 119:36-37
(36)  Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

The Hebrew word for "covetousness" is (OT:1215) betsa` (beh'-tsah); from OT:1214; plunder; by extension, gain (usually unjust):"

Another verse with this word is Ezekiel 33:31, "And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness." Here is an example of a congregation who outwardly did the right acts, but inwardly, God saw their true nature: covetous. A heart that is inclined to God's testimonies will do what they hear. But the heart that is set on covetousness might "hear" but will never do. Where do I fall? As one whose heart is inclined to covetousness? or inclined to God's testimonies?

(37)  Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

Turn away - OT:5674 `abar (aw-bar'); a primitive root; to cross over; used very widely of any transition (literal or figurative; transitive, intransitive, intensive, causative); specifically, to cover (in copulation):

Vanity - OT:7723 shav' (shawv); or shav (shav); from the same as OT:7722 in the sense of desolating; evil (as destructive), literally (ruin) or morally (especially guile); figuratively idolatry (as false, subjective), uselessness (as deceptive, objective; also adverbially, in vain):

Quicken - OT:2421 chayah (khaw-yaw'); a primitive root [compare OT:2331, OT:2421]; to live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively, to revive:


Many of the verses in this chapter seem to be a prayer - a request for God's help. It is acknowledging that we are weak, and He is strong. For instance, this verse; if I take it to heart, then I realize that as much as I try, I will be unable to keep my eyes from seeking vanity, unable to truly be revived in God's way - I must seek God's help in this issue.

2 comments:

Bibi B said...

Great post and reminder! Haven't read Psalm 119 in a while, but will revisit it very, soon. Thanks for sharing!!

Kenzi K. said...

Thanks for sharing your study! What stood out to me was your comment about how much of this psalm is a prayer for God's help - beautiful way to sum up Psalm 1119.

~ Kenzi

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