Psalm 19 Bible Commentary

The Geneva Study Bible

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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 are lies.
(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 reward.

(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 Holy Spirit.

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 redeemer.

(o) That I may obey you in thought, word and deed.