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Nonetheless, according to the National Literacy Trust, 1 in 6 (16.4% / 7.1 million people) adults in England have very poor literacy skills compared with 1 in 4 in Scotland, 1 in 5 in Northern Ireland and 1 in 8 in Wales and the NHS reckons that 1 in 10 people in the UK has some level of dyslexia.
The need for the clearly-written word
Writing in Hebrew the Psalmist just uses the straightforward word here for 'perfect', but 'Spot on' means the same in any language!
His choice of the word 'reliable' points up the observable truth that (in line with what we've said about good laws) God’s covenant with His people contains a clear, reliable witness to his own moral character and the demands that makes of His people in this world.
You know where you are, with Him.
The idea is that they impart a knowledge of what is just and right, andfinally ...
Oh here's a great one .... everyone wants pure when it comes to apple juice, but purity seems to be less popular when it comes to our own moral choices!
But here God's words reflect God’s character ... his commands provide a code of moral and ethical purity for staying in the right with Him.
- preserves one’s life
The hebrew says it 'restores the life' ... the point seems to be that the law preserves the life of the one who studies it by making known God’s will.
- imparts wisdom to the inexperienced
The word means “the [morally] naive,” that is, perhaps but not necessarily, the one who is young and still in the process of learning right from wrong and distinguishing wisdom from folly.
- makes a person joyful
It says 'makes happy the heart' - the point being that they bring a sense of joyful satisfaction to the one who knows and keeps them, for those who obey God’s law are richly rewarded
- gives insight for life
Well, we all don't know where to turn from time to time ...
Literally, 'they enlighten the eyes'!