Psalm 119:1 and 176

Psalm 119:1 and 176

to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice

August 14, 2019 – Wednesday

Psalm 119:1 and 176    NIV

א Aleph through ת Tav/Taw

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.

176 I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek Your servant, for I have not forgotten Your commands.


It was a little over a month ago, on July 12, when I decided to comment on each of the twenty-two stanzas of Psalm 119, one stanza for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. That effort was completed yesterday, but in making sure I got some basics of each letter covered and each stanza commented upon I did little to comment on Psalm 119 and the Hebrew alphabet as a whole. Today as a sort of summary I would like to do just that, thus the verses for today include the first verse for א Aleph and the last verse for ת Tav.

Going through the alphabet, normally four to ten youtube videos were looked at for background on each letter purposely looking for the most information in the shortest period of time hoping being short they could hold the reader’s/watcher’s attention for a few minutes. It was the same with referenced background information or commentary. Today those sources will be provided so that you might explore them in the future for your own purposes or simply to satisfy your own curiosity.

So, first of all the verses themselves, it was important to see them as written in Hebrew and two primary sources were used. The first was the which would let me look at any individual verse in Hebrew along with commentary on each as well as links to Strong’s Concordance on each word. The next was an OnlineInterlinear OT in pdf where each verse could be seen sequentially and just as importantly each word could be seen in detail. I often used to the zoom function to look at the first letter of the first word in each verse to confirm all eight verses began with the same Hebrew letter although they might vary as in shin and sin (see verses 161-168).

For basic information there was always Wikipedia where you could look at the Hebrew alphabet as a whole and click on any letter for more information. However the preferred choice was the Hebrew4Christians website with it links for each letter as well. The Advanced Information on most letters on the latter website was always interesting, but necessary to always be aware that much was tied up in tradition or legends instead of known facts.

For commentary there was always which always had Matthew Henry’s commentary on all eight verses for each letter plus there were others that looked at most verses individually. Then there is David Guzik’s that always had great information and often a summary for each stanza. However the most in-depth was from Charles Spurgeon’s Treasury of David on Psalm 119. It is there we find comments on the whole Psalm such as

In our German version it has the appropriate inscription, “The Christian’s golden A B C of the praise, love, power, and use of the Word of God.” Franz Delitzsch, 1871.

In Matthew Henry’s “Account of the Life and Death of his father, Philip Henry, “he says: “Once, pressing the study of the Scriptures, he advised us to take a verse of this Psalm every morning to meditate upon, and so go over the Psalm twice in the year; and that, saith he, will bring you to be in love with all the rest of the Scriptures.” He often said, “All grace grows as love to the word of God grows.”

It is strange that of all the pieces of the Bible which my mother taught me, that which cost me most to learn, and which was to my child’s mind most repulsive— the 119th Psalm— has now become of all the most precious to me in its overflowing and glorious passion of love for the law of God. John Ruskin, in “Fors Clavigera”.

On you can find an entire series on links between each letter of the Hebrew alphabet and Biblical Connections to John’s writings. Here is an example on the letter bet and another on the letter shin/sin.  For each letter you can find multiple posting where someone or some organization will spend an hour or more looking at each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Do a search on any letter and take a look for yourself.

My most interesting find on youtube was about the aleph-tav links related to Jesus saying I am the Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 1:8, 21:6, 22:13). Of course He was speaking in Greek, but if it had been in Hebrew it would have been I am the Aleph and the Tav.  Thus we have the following youtube links pointing to Jesus as the AlephTav noted within the Old Testament.

The Pre-Babylonian Hebrew letter Tav predates the crucifix by 4 centuries (2:10 mark)

We know Y’hua is the Aleph Tav of the Old Testament (14:20 mark)

Song Aleph Tav used by Yah to point to the Messiah

Starts with animal sacrifices and ends at the cross (1:15 mark)

 Jesus was literally saying He was Psalm 119 (2:02 mark)

With that we will conclude our look at the Hebrew alphabet through Psalm 119.

RileyD, nwJ     (to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)