The Bible is a Lamp to Our Feet.


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A brief thought on the Bible.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:105 ESV


Willard Johnson on the Bible

Generations follow generations—yet it lives.

Nations rise and fall—yet it lives.

Kings, dictators, presidents come and go—yet it lives.

Torn, condemned, burned—yet it lives.

Doubted, suspected, criticized—yet it lives.

Damned by atheists—yet it lives.

Exaggerated by fanatics—yet it lives.

Misconstrued and misstated—yet it lives.

Its inspiration denied—yet it lives.

Yet it lives—a lamp to our feet,

a light to our paths,

a standard for childhood,

a guide for youth,

a comfort for the aged,

food for the hungry,

water for the thirsty,

rest for the weary,

light for the heathen,

salvation for the sinner,

grace for the Christian.

To know it is to love it;

To love it is to accept it;

To accept it means life eternal.


Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:105 ESV

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet – This begins a new portion of the psalm, indicated by the Hebrew letter Nun (נ n), equivalent to our “n.” The margin here is “candle.” The Hebrew word means a light, lamp, candle. The idea is, that the word of God is like a torch or lamp ton man in a dark night. It shows him the way; it prevents his stumbling over obstacles, or failing down precipices, or wandering off into paths which would lead into danger, or would turn him away altogether from the path to life. Compare the notes at 2 Peter 1:19.

And a light unto my path – The same idea substantially is presented here. It is a light which shines on the road that a man treads, so that he may see the path, and that he may see any danger which may be in his path. The expression is very beautiful, and is full of instruction. He who makes the word of God his guide, and marks its teachings, is in the right way. He will clearly see the path. He will be able to mark the road in which he ought to go, and to avoid all those by-paths which would lead him astray. He will see where those by-roads turn off from the main path – often at a very small angle, and so that there seems to be no divergence. He will see any obstruction which may lie in his path; any declivity or precipice which may be near, and down which, in a dark night, one might fall. Man needs such a guide, and the Bible is such a guide. Compare the notes at Psalm 119:9.

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

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