Psalm 19:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 19:10, NIV: "They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb."

Psalm 19:10, ESV: "More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."

Psalm 19:10, KJV: "More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb."

Psalm 19:10, NASB: "They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb."

Psalm 19:10, NLT: "They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb."

Psalm 19:10, CSB: "They are more desirable than gold--than an abundance of pure gold; and sweeter than honey dripping from a honeycomb."

What does Psalm 19:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David did not place an arbitrary value on God's Word because its value is beyond measure. He simply placed its value "above" that of much fine gold. In Psalm 119:127 David stated the value he placed on God's commandments. He wrote: "I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold." By "fine gold" David likely means large pieces of solid gold or quantities of purified precious metal. All the gold in the world is worth less than God's Word. Gold cannot buy salvation or purchase a joyful life, but God's Word teaches us how to be saved and lead a joyful life (Romans 10:13–17; Psalm 16:11).

Further, David compares God's Word to honey and drippings from the honeycomb. This was the kind of honey people in Bible times valued most highly. Unbelievers may find God's Word to be bitter, but believers find it to be sweeter than honey and something that grows even sweeter as they feast on it.