101 Bible Secrets
Bible Secret Number 90 

Who Was the Author of Psalm 119?

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Who was the author of Psalm 119? Was he David, or someone else? Finding out who the real author is helps to make the message of the psalm much clearer.

He was not David. The author was persecuted by "princes" who were the sons of kings (verses 23, 161). He was very young at the time he wrote the psalm (verses 9 with 10, 99, 100). He spoke to kings, and was himself not a king (verse 46). He was greatly afflicted (verses 67, 71, 75, 107). He was almost killed on one or more occasions (verses 78, 85, 87, 109 with 110). He greatly respected God’s law and he said: "Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not your law" (verse 136). This is precisely referenced in most Bibles to Jeremiah 9:1 and 14:17. Everything in the psalm suggests that its author was Jeremiah. It fits him and his temperament to a tee. There can hardly be a doubt that it was Jeremiah who wrote the psalm.

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