Psalm 19:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 19:7, NIV: "The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple."

Psalm 19:7, ESV: "The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;"

Psalm 19:7, KJV: "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple."

Psalm 19:7, NASB: "The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple."

Psalm 19:7, NLT: "The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple."

Psalm 19:7, CSB: "The instruction of the LORD is perfect, renewing one's life; the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise."

What does Psalm 19:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Although creation points to the Creator (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:18–20), it does not provide a complete picture of His attributes and will. Creation was placed under a curse when Adam and Eve sinned, so at times it may present a distorted picture of God. For example, the recurring seasons show that He is faithful and benevolent, but natural disasters may lead humans to picture the Creator as cruel. However, as David states in this verse, "the law of the LORD is perfect."

David did not have the whole Bible to consult, but he had the full record of the statutes and precepts God had given to Israel. The law that God had given to Israel in written form was flawless. As such, it can revive the soul. It gives life to those who heed it and revival when the human spirit is downcast. David also affirms that "the testimony of the LORD is sure." This is a reference, in part, to the Ten Commandments. They impart wisdom to the humble, those who exercise a childlike submission to them. The Ten Commandments imparted to Israel the wisdom to know right from wrong. However, Israel did not always choose to obey them.