Psalm 19:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 19:11, NIV: By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Psalm 19:11, ESV: Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Psalm 19:11, KJV: Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Psalm 19:11, NASB: Moreover, Your servant is warned by them; In keeping them there is great reward.

Psalm 19:11, NLT: They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.

Psalm 19:11, CSB: In addition, your servant is warned by them, and in keeping them there is an abundant reward.

What does Psalm 19:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David wrote from personal experience as God's servant. He credited the law of God, God's Word, with warning him against danger. God did not give us His Word to deprive us of enjoyment but to keep us from what would harm us. Sin sets a snare for believers but the Scriptures teach us how to avoid its snare.

God warned Israel not to enter into an agreement with the Canaanites and their gods. He knew doing so would snare them into sinning against Him. They would be trapped into serving the Canaanites' false gods (Exodus 23:23–33). However, God's Word offers great reward for obedience. Peace and security are two of those rewards. David wrote in Psalm 119:165: "Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble."

Another reward is the crown Paul said awaited him at the end of his life. He wrote that he had fought a good fight, kept the faith, and finished his course, therefore the Lord would grant him "the crown of righteousness" (2 Timothy 4:7–8).