Your Word Is A Lamp: What Does Psalm 119:105 Mean?


Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.: King James Version (KJV)

TranslationPsalm 119:105
ESVYour word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
NASBYour word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
NIVYour word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
NLTYour word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

Your Word Is A Lamp: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

119:105-112 The word of God directs us in our work and way, and a dark place indeed the world would be without it. The commandment is a lamp kept burning with the oil of the Spirit, as a light to direct us in the choice of our way, and the steps we take in that way.

The keeping of God’s commands here meant, was that of a sinner under a dispensation of mercy, of a believer having part in the covenant of grace. The psalmist is often afflicted; but with longing desires to become more holy, offers up daily prayers for quickening grace.

We cannot offer any thing to God, that he will accept but what he is pleased to teach us to do. To have our soul or life continually in our hands, implies constant danger of life; yet he did not forget God’s promises nor his precepts.

Numberless are the snares laid by the wicked; and happy is that servant of God, whom they have not caused to err from his Master’s precepts. Heavenly treasures are a heritage for ever; all the saints accept them as such, therefore they can be content with little of this world.

We must look for comfort only in the way of duty, and that duty must be done. A good man, by the grace of God, brings his heart to his work, then it is done well.

Psalm 119:105 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

105. Not only does the Word of God inform us of His will, but, as a light on a path in darkness, it shows us how to follow the right and avoid the wrong way.

The lamp of the Word is not the sun. He would blind our eyes in our present fallen state; but we may bless God for the light shining as in a dark place, to guide us until the Sun of Righteousness shall come, and we shall be made capable of seeing Him (2Pe 1:19; Re 22:4).

The lamp is fed with the oil of the Spirit. The allusion is to the lamps and torches carried at night before an Eastern caravan.

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