John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary

Verse 71 (Psalms 119:71)

It is good for me that I have been afflicted ,.... The good and profit of which he had observed before; See Gill on Psalm 119:67 . The following end being also answered thereby,

that I might learn thy statutes ; to understand them, and to keep them. Afflictions are sometimes as a school to the people of God, in which they learn much both of their duty and of their privileges; and when they are teaching and instructive, they are for good; see Psalm 94:12 .

- John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary