<BETH> How may a young man make his way clean? by guiding it after your word.
How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word.
BETH. How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
BETH. How shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed [to it] according to thy word.
How can a young person keep his life pure? He can do it by holding on to your word.
ב (Bet) How can a young person* maintain a pure life?* By guarding it according to your instructions!*
119:9 How can a young person4041
tnHeb “young man.” Hebrew wisdom literature often assumes and reflects the male-oriented perspective of ancient Israelite society. The principle of the psalm is certainly applicable to all people, regardless of their gender or age. To facilitate modern application, the gender specific “young man” has been translated with the more neutral “young person.”
maintain a pure life?4042
tnHeb “purify his path.”
By guarding it according to your instructions!4043
tnHeb “by keeping according to your word.” Many medieval Hebrew mss> as well as the LXX read the plural, “your words.”