Meditations and Prayers Relating to the Law of God.
Aleph.1 How blessed are those whose way is ▼
▼ Lit complete; or having integrity, b blameless,
Who c walk in the law of the Lord.
2How blessed are those who d observe His testimonies,
Who e seek Him f with all their heart.
3They also g do no unrighteousness;
They walk in His ways.
4You have ▼
▼ Lit commanded, i ordained Your precepts,
▼ Lit To keepThat we should keep them diligently.
5Oh that my k ways may be established
To l keep Your statutes!
6Then I m shall not be ashamed
When I look ▼upon all Your commandments.
7I shall o give thanks to You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
8I shall keep Your statutes;
Do not p forsake me utterly!
Beth.9How can a young man keep his way pure?
By q keeping it according to Your word.
10With r all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me s wander from Your commandments.
11Your word I have t treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.
12Blessed are You, O Lord;
u Teach me Your statutes.
13With my lips I have v told of
All the w ordinances of Your mouth.
14I have x rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
▼ Lit As over allAs much as in all riches.
15I will z meditate on Your precepts
▼ Or look uponregard ab Your ways.
16I shall ▼
▼ Lit delight myself, ad delight in Your statutes;
I shall ae not forget Your word.
Gimel.17 af Deal bountifully with Your servant,
That I may live and keep Your word.
18Open my eyes, that I may behold
Wonderful things from Your law.
19I am a ag stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Your commandments from me.
20My soul is crushed ▼
▼ Lit for, ai with longing
After Your ordinances at all times.
21You aj rebuke the arrogant ▼
▼ Or Cursed are those who wander...the al cursed,
Who am wander from Your commandments.
22 an Take away reproach and contempt from me,
For I ao observe Your testimonies.
23Even though ap princes sit and talk against me,
Your servant aq meditates on Your statutes.
24Your testimonies also are my ar delight;
They are ▼
▼ Lit the men of my counselmy counselors.
Daleth.25My at soul cleaves to the dust;
au Revive me av according to Your word.
26I have told of my ways, and You have answered me;
aw Teach me Your statutes.
27Make me understand the way of Your precepts,
So I will ax meditate on Your wonders.
28My ay soul ▼
▼ Lit dropsweeps because of grief;
ba Strengthen me according to Your word.
29Remove the false way from me,
And graciously grant me Your law.
30I have chosen the faithful way;
I have ▼
▼ Or accounted Your ordinances worthyplaced Your ordinances before me.
31I bc cling to Your testimonies;
O Lord, do not put me to shame!
32I shall run the way of Your commandments,
For You will bd enlarge my heart.
He.33 be Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,
And I shall observe it to the end.
34 bf Give me understanding, that I may bg observe Your law
And keep it bh with all my heart.
35Make me walk in the bi path of Your commandments,
For I bj delight in it.
36 bk Incline my heart to Your testimonies
And not to bl dishonest gain.
37Turn away my bm eyes from looking at vanity,
And bn revive me in Your ways.
38 bo Establish Your ▼word to Your servant,
▼ Lit Which is for the fear of YouAs that which produces reverence for You.
39 br Turn away my reproach which I dread,
For Your ordinances are good.
40Behold, I bs long for Your precepts;
Revive me through Your righteousness.
Vav.41May Your bt lovingkindnesses also come to me, O Lord,
Your salvation bu according to Your ▼word;
42So I will have an bw answer for him who bx reproaches me,
For I trust in Your word.
43And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
For I ▼ , bz wait for Your ordinances.
44So I will ca keep Your law continually,
Forever and ever.
45And I will cb walk ▼
▼ Lit in a wide placeat liberty,
For I cd seek Your precepts.
46I will also speak of Your testimonies ce before kings
And shall not be ashamed.
47I shall ▼
▼ Lit delight myself, cg delight in Your commandments,
Which I ch love.
48And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments,
Which I ci love;
And I will cj meditate on Your statutes.
Zayin.49Remember the word to Your servant,
▼ Lit OnIn which You have made me hope.
50This is my cl comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has ▼
▼ Or preserved me aliverevived me.
51The arrogant cn utterly deride me,
Yet I do not co turn aside from Your law.
52I have cp remembered Your ordinances from ▼
▼ Or everlastingof old, O Lord,
And comfort myself.
53Burning cr indignation has seized me because of the wicked,
Who cs forsake Your law.
54Your statutes are my songs
In the house of my ct pilgrimage.
55O Lord, I cu remember Your name cv in the night,
And keep Your law.
56This has become mine,
▼ Or BecauseThat I cx observe Your precepts.
Heth.57The Lord is my cy portion;
I have ▼
▼ Lit said that I would keeppromised to da keep Your words.
58I db sought Your favor dc with all my heart;
dd Be gracious to me de according to Your ▼word.
59I dg considered my ways
And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
60I hastened and did not delay
To keep Your commandments.
61The dh cords of the wicked have encircled me,
But I have di not forgotten Your law.
62At dj midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You
Because of Your dk righteous ordinances.
63I am a dl companion of all those who ▼fear You,
And of those who keep Your precepts.
64 dn The earth is full of Your lovingkindness, O Lord;
do Teach me Your statutes.
Teth.65You have dealt well with Your servant,
O Lord, according to Your word.
66Teach me good ▼
▼ Or judgment, dq discernment and knowledge,
For I believe in Your commandments.
67 dr Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.
68You are ds good and dt do good;
du Teach me Your statutes.
69The arrogant ▼
▼ Lit besmear me with lieshave dw forged a lie against me;
With all my heart I will dx observe Your precepts.
70Their heart is ▼
▼ Lit gross like fat, dz covered with fat,
But I ea delight in Your law.
71It is eb good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
72The ec law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Yodh.73 ed Your hands made me and ▼
▼ Lit establishedfashioned me;
ef Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
74May those who ▼fear You eh see me and be glad,
Because I ▼ , ej wait for Your word.
75I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are ek righteous,
And that el in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
76O may Your lovingkindness ▼
▼ Lit be for my comfortcomfort me,
According to Your ▼word to Your servant.
77May eo Your compassion come to me that I may live,
For Your law is my ep delight.
78May eq the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me er with a lie;
But I shall es meditate on Your precepts.
79May those who ▼fear You turn to me,
Even those who know Your testimonies.
80May my heart be ▼
▼ Lit complete; or having integrity, ev blameless in Your statutes,
So that I will not ew be ashamed.
Kaph.81My ex soul languishes for Your salvation;
I ▼ , ez wait for Your word.
82My fa eyes fail with longing for Your ▼word,
▼ Lit SayingWhile I say, “When will You comfort me?”
83Though I have fd become like a wineskin in the smoke,
I do fe not forget Your statutes.
84How many are the ff days of Your servant?
When will You fg execute judgment on those who persecute me?
85The arrogant have fh dug pits for me,
Men who are not ▼
▼ Lit according to Your lawin accord with Your law.
86All Your commandments are fj faithful;
They have fk persecuted me with a lie; fl help me!
87They almost destroyed me ▼
▼ Lit in the earthon earth,
But as for me, I fn did not forsake Your precepts.
88Revive me according to Your lovingkindness,
So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.
Lamedh.89 fo Forever, O Lord,
Your word ▼
▼ Lit stands firmis settled in heaven.
90Your fq faithfulness continues ▼throughout all generations;
You fs established the earth, and it ft stands.
91They stand this day according to Your fu ordinances,
For fv all things are Your servants.
92If Your law had not been my fw delight,
Then I would have perished fx in my affliction.
93I will fy never forget Your precepts,
For by them You have ▼
▼ Or kept me alive, ga revived me.
94I am Yours, gb save me;
For I have gc sought Your precepts.
95The wicked gd wait for me to destroy me;
I shall diligently consider Your testimonies.
96I have seen ▼
▼ Lit an end ofa limit to all perfection;
Your commandment is exceedingly broad.
Mem.97O how I gf love Your law!
It is my gg meditation all the day.
98Your gh commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
For they are ever ▼
▼ Or with memine.
99I have more insight than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my gj meditation.
100I understand gk more than the aged,
Because I have gl observed Your precepts.
101I have gm restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
102I have not gn turned aside from Your ordinances,
For You Yourself have taught me.
103How go sweet are Your ▼
▼ Or promiseswords to my ▼
▼ Lit palatetaste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104From Your precepts I gr get understanding;
Therefore I gs hate every false way.
Nun.105Your word is a gt lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
106I have gu sworn and I will confirm it,
That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.
107I am exceedingly gv afflicted;
▼ Or Keep me alive, gx Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.
108O accept the gy freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord,
And gz teach me Your ordinances.
▼ Lit soul, hb life is continually ▼
▼ I.e. in dangerin my hand,
Yet I do not hd forget Your law.
110The wicked have he laid a snare for me,
Yet I have not hf gone astray from Your precepts.
111I have hg inherited Your testimonies forever,
For they are the hh joy of my heart.
112I have hi inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
Forever, even hj to the end.
Samekh.113I hate those who are hk double-minded,
But I love Your hl law.
114You are my hm hiding place and my hn shield;
I ▼ , hp wait for Your word.
115 hq Depart from me, evildoers,
That I may hr observe the commandments of my God.
116 hs Sustain me according to Your ▼word, that I may live;
And hu do not let me be ▼
▼ Lit put to shame because ofashamed of my hope.
117Uphold me that I may be hw safe,
That I may hx have regard for Your statutes continually.
118You have ▼
▼ Lit made light ofrejected all those hz who wander from Your statutes,
For their deceitfulness is ▼
▼ Lit falsehooduseless.
119You have ▼
▼ Lit caused to ceaseremoved all the wicked of the earth like ic dross;
Therefore I id love Your testimonies.
120My flesh ▼
▼ Lit bristles up from, if trembles for fear of You,
And I am ig afraid of Your judgments.
Ayin.121I have ih done justice and righteousness;
Do not leave me to my oppressors.
122Be ii surety for Your servant for good;
Do not let the arrogant ij oppress me.
123My ik eyes fail with longing for Your salvation
And for Your righteous ▼word.
124Deal with Your servant im according to Your lovingkindness
And in teach me Your statutes.
125 io I am Your servant; ip give me understanding,
That I may know Your testimonies.
126It is time for the Lord to iq act,
For they have broken Your law.
127Therefore I ir love Your commandments
Above gold, yes, above fine gold.
128Therefore I esteem right all Your is precepts concerning everything,
I it hate every false way.
Pe.129Your testimonies are iu wonderful;
Therefore my soul iv observes them.
130The iw unfolding of Your words gives light;
It gives ix understanding to the simple.
131I iy opened my mouth wide and iz panted,
For I ja longed for Your commandments.
132 jb Turn to me and be gracious to me,
After Your manner ▼with those who love Your name.
133Establish my jd footsteps in Your ▼word,
And do not let any iniquity jf have dominion over me.
134 jg Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.
135 jh Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
And ji teach me Your statutes.
136My eyes ▼
▼ Lit run downshed jk streams of water,
Because they jl do not keep Your law.
Tsadhe.137 jm Righteous are You, O Lord,
And upright are Your judgments.
138You have commanded Your testimonies in jn righteousness
And exceeding jo faithfulness.
139My jp zeal has ▼
▼ Lit put an end toconsumed me,
Because my adversaries have forgotten Your words.
140Your ▼ , js word is very ▼
▼ Lit refinedpure,
Therefore Your servant ju loves it.
141I am small and jv despised,
Yet I do not jw forget Your precepts.
142Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
And jx Your law is truth.
143Trouble and anguish have ▼
▼ Lit found mecome upon me,
Yet Your commandments are my jz delight.
144Your ka testimonies are righteous forever;
kb Give me understanding that I may live.
Qoph.145I cried kc with all my heart; answer me, O Lord!
I will kd observe Your statutes.
146I cried to You; ke save me
And I shall keep Your testimonies.
▼ Lit anticipate the dawn, kg rise before dawn and cry for help;
I ▼wait for Your words.
148My eyes anticipate the ki night watches,
That I may kj meditate on Your ▼word.
149Hear my voice kl according to Your lovingkindness;
km Revive me, O Lord, according to Your ordinances.
150Those who follow after wickedness draw near;
They are far from Your law.
151You are kn near, O Lord,
And all Your commandments are ko truth.
152Of old I have kp known from Your testimonies
That You have founded them kq forever.
Resh.153 kr Look upon my ks affliction and rescue me,
For I do not kt forget Your law.
154 ku Plead my cause and kv redeem me;
Revive me according to Your ▼word.
155Salvation is kx far from the wicked,
For they ky do not seek Your statutes.
▼ Or Many, la Great are Your mercies, O Lord;
Revive me according to Your ordinances.
157Many are my lb persecutors and my adversaries,
Yet I do not lc turn aside from Your testimonies.
158I behold the ld treacherous and le loathe them,
Because they do not keep Your ▼word.
159Consider how I lg love Your precepts;
lh Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.
160The li sum of Your word is lj truth,
And every one of Your righteous ordinances lk is everlasting.
Shin.161 ll Princes persecute me without cause,
But my heart lm stands in awe of Your words.
162I ln rejoice at Your ▼word,
As one who lp finds great spoil.
163I lq hate and despise falsehood,
But I lr love Your law.
164Seven times a day I praise You,
Because of Your ls righteous ordinances.
165Those who love Your law have lt great peace,
▼ Lit they have no stumbling block, lv nothing causes them to stumble.
166I lw hope for Your salvation, O Lord,
And do Your commandments.
167My lx soul keeps Your testimonies,
And I ly love them exceedingly.
168I lz keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,
For all my ma ways are before You.
Tav.169Let my mb cry ▼
▼ Lit come near beforecome before You, O Lord;
md Give me understanding me according to Your word.
170Let my mf supplication come before You;
mg Deliver me according to Your ▼word.
171Let my mi lips utter praise,
For You mj teach me Your statutes.
172Let my mk tongue sing of Your ▼word,
For all Your mm commandments are righteousness.
173Let Your mn hand be ▼
▼ Lit to help meready to help me,
For I have mp chosen Your precepts.
174I mq long for Your salvation, O Lord,
And Your law is my mr delight.
175Let my ms soul live that it may praise You,
And let Your ordinances help me.
176I have mt gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant,
For I do mu not forget Your commandments.
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