Psalms 119:164


King James Version (KJV)

Seven times a day do I praise you because of your righteous judgments.

American King James Version (AKJV)

Seven times a day do I praise you because of your righteous judgments.

American Standard Version (ASV)

Seven times a day do I praise thee, Because of thy righteous ordinances.

Basic English Translation (BBE)

Seven times a day do I give you praise, because of your upright decisions.

Webster's Revision

Seven times a day do I praise thee, because of thy righteous judgments.

World English Bible

Seven times a day, I praise you, because of your righteous ordinances.

English Revised Version (ERV)

Seven times a day do I praise thee, because of thy righteous judgments.

Clarke's Psalms 119:164 Bible Commentary

Seven times a day do I praise thee - We have often seen that seven was a number expressing perfection, completion, etc., among the Hebrews; and that it is often used to signify many, or an indefinite number, see Proverbs 24:16; Leviticus 26:28. And here it may mean no more than that his soul was filled with the spirit of gratitude and praise, and that he very frequently expressed his joyous and grateful feelings in this way. But Rabbi Solomon says this is to be understood literally, for they praised God twice in the morning before reading the decalogue, and once after; twice in the evening before the same reading, and twice after; making in the whole seven times. The Roman Church has prescribed a similar service.

In a manuscript Saxon Homily, Domin. 3, in Quadrag, a.d. 971, I find the following singular directions: -

Every Christian man is commanded that he always his body seven times bless with the sign of Christ's cross.

1. First, at day-break.

2. Second time at undern tide, (nine o'clock in the morning).

3. The third time at midday.

4. The fourth time at noon-tide. (3 o'clock P.M.)

5. The fifth time in the evening.

6. The sixth time at night ere he go to rest.

7. The seventh time at midnight. A good man would do so if he awoke.

It seems that the sign of the cross was thought sufficient, even without prayer.

Barnes's Psalms 119:164 Bible Commentary

Seven times a day - The word seven may be used here, as it is often in the Scriptures, indefinitely to denote many, or often. There is, however, nothing which makes it necessary to understand it in this sense. The number of times in which it is proper and profitable to engage in secret or public devotion is nowhere specified in the Scriptures, but it is left, under a general direction, to be determined by each one as he shall find it desirable and convenient; as his feelings or his circumstances shall suggest. On another occasion Psalm 55:17 David mentions that he prayed "evening, and morning, and at noon;" at other times, perhaps, he might have found it in accordance with his feelings, or with his circumstances, to engage in devotion seven times in a day. There are circumstances in the lives of all good men when they are prompted to do this: times of trouble, of sickness, of bereavement, of danger, or of religious interest. There are states of mind which prompt to this, and when secret devotion becomes frequent, and almost constant; when nothing will satisfy the mind but prayer. No one would be injured by making it a rule, unless unavoidably prevented, to engage seven times each day in secret prayer, though, at the same time, no one could maintain that this is required as a rule by the Scriptures. The times, the circumstances, the manner, the place of secret devotion are wisely and properly left to each individual to be determined by himself. Religion is essentially voluntary, and the times of secret devotion must be voluntary, and therefore a man can easily determine, by his own secret devotions, whether he has any special interest at any particular time in religion, or whether he has any religion at all.

Do I praise thee - Do I engage in devotion.

Because of thy righteous judgments - Thy law, considered as righteous. I love that law, as such, and I praise thee for it.

Wesley's Psalms 119:164 Bible Commentary

119:164 Seven times - Many times; a certain number being put for an uncertain.

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