Vs. 104 — Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.

Thomas Manton:

In this sentence the prophet seems to invert the order set down in verse 101. He had said, “I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word,” where the avoiding of evil is made the means of profiting by the word; here his profiting by the word is made the cause of avoiding evil. In the one verse you have an account of his beginning with God; in the other, of his progress. (Manton, Thomas. The Complete Works of Thomas Manton. Vol. 7. London: James Nisbet & Co., 1872.)


Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word enlightens me to the reality of sin, its dark evil, its destructive nature, and its end. Its hatred for truth, righteousness, and good. I also learn of its deceptive ways that work to infiltrate and stir up ungodliness within me around me. I have learned how it enslaves while it promises freedom; how it oppresses while promising no consequences; and that it grieves You and why it grieves You.  Therefore, I hate sin. Strengthen me against temptations and every false way that confronts me so that I may live in the liberty for which my Savior obtained for me. To Jesus be the glory, Amen!

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