Psalm 119:85

Hebrew Bible

83 For I am like a wineskin dried up in smoke. I do not forget your statutes. 84 How long must your servant endure this? When will you judge those who pursue me? 85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me, which violates your law. 86 All your commands are reliable. I am pursued without reason. Help me! 87 They have almost destroyed me here on the earth, but I do not reject your precepts.

LXX Psalm 118:85


83 For I am become as a bottle in the frost: yet I have not forgotten thine ordinances. 84 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment for me on them that persecute me? 85 Transgressors told me idle tales; but not according to thy law, O Lord. 86 All thy commandments are truth; they persecuted me unjustly; help thou me. 87 They nearly made an end of me in the earth; but I forsook not thy commandments.

 Notes and References

"... Psalm 118:85 LXX also refers to verbosity in negative terms, describing how the lawless (παράνομοι) annoy the Psalmist with idle words (ἀδολεσχίας). Such Jewish examples of criticism of verbose prayers have led some commentators to read Matthew 6:7 as a problem internal to Judaism ... See also 2 Kings 9:11 LXX; Psalm 118:85 LXX; Sirach 7:14, with specific reference to prayer, and 32:9 ..."

Pevarello, Daniele "Criticism of Verbosity in Ancient Philosophical and Early Christian Writings: Jesus’ Critique of the ‘Polylogia’ of Pagan Prayers (Matthew 6:7) in its Graeco-Roman Context" in Petersen, Anders Kloste (p. 247) Brill, 2017

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