19:1 «To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.» The a heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
(a) He reproaches man for his ingratitude, seeing
the heavens, which are dumb creatures, set forth God's glory.
19:2 b Day
unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
(b) The continual success of the day and night is
sufficient to declare God's power and goodness.
19:3 [There is] no speech nor c
language, [where] their voice is not heard.
(c) The heavens are a schoolmaster to all
nations, no matter how barbarous.
19:4 Their d
line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
(d) The heavens are as a line of great capital
letters to show God's glory to us.
19:5 Which [is] as a bridegroom coming out of his e
chamber, [and] rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
(e) Or vail. The custom was that the bride and
bridegroom would stand under a vail together, and after come forward with
great solemnity and rejoicing of the assembly.
19:7 The f
law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD
[is] sure, making wise the simple.
(f) Though the creatures cannot serve, yet this
should be sufficient to lead us to him.
19:9 The fear of the LORD [is]
clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD [are] g
true [and] righteous h altogether.
(g) So that all man's inventions and intentions
(h) Everyone without exception.
19:10 More to be i
desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey
and the honeycomb.
(i) Unless God's word is esteemed above all
worldly things, it is contemned.
19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: [and]
in keeping of them [there is] great k
(k) For God accepts our endeavour though it is
far from perfect.
19:12 Who can understand [his] l
errors? cleanse thou me from secret [faults].
(l) Then there is no reward of duty, but of
grace: for where sin is, there death is the reward.
19:13 Keep back thy servant also from m
presumptuous [sins]; let them not have dominion over me: n
then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
(m) Which are done purposely and from malice.
(n) If you suppress my wicked affections by your
19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the o
meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my
(o) That I may obey you in thought, word and