Psalms 119

Meditations and Prayers Relating to the Law of God.

Aleph.

How blessed are those whose way is
Lit complete; or having integrity
,
b blameless,
Who c walk in the law of the  Lord.
How blessed are those who d observe His testimonies,
Who e seek Him f with all their heart.
They also g do no unrighteousness;
They walk in His ways.
You have
Lit commanded
,
i ordained Your precepts,
Lit To keep
That we should keep them diligently.
Oh that my k ways may be established
To l keep Your statutes!
Then I m shall not be ashamed
When I look
Lit to
upon all Your commandments.
I shall o give thanks to You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
I shall keep Your statutes;
Do not p forsake me utterly!

Beth.

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By q keeping it according to Your word.
10 With r all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me s wander from Your commandments.
11 Your word I have t treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.
12 Blessed are You, O  Lord;
u Teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips I have v told of
All the w ordinances of Your mouth.
14 I have x rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
Lit As over all
As much as in all riches.
15 I will z meditate on Your precepts
And
Or look upon
regard ab Your ways.
16 I 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.
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
Wonderful things from Your law.
19 I am a ag stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Your commandments from me.
20 My soul is crushed
Lit for
,
ai with longing
After Your ordinances at all times.
21 You 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.
23 Even though ap princes sit and talk against me,
Your servant aq meditates on Your statutes.
24 Your testimonies also are my ar delight;
They are
Lit the men of my counsel
my counselors.

Daleth.

25 My at soul cleaves to the dust;
au Revive me av according to Your word.
26 I have told of my ways, and You have answered me;
aw Teach me Your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts,
So I will ax meditate on Your wonders.
28 My ay soul
Lit drops
weeps because of grief;
ba Strengthen me according to Your word.
29 Remove the false way from me,
And graciously grant me Your law.
30 I have chosen the faithful way;
I have
Or accounted Your ordinances worthy
placed Your ordinances before me.
31 I bc cling to Your testimonies;
O  Lord, do not put me to shame!
32 I 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.
35 Make 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.
37 Turn away my bm eyes from looking at vanity,
And bn revive me in Your ways.
38  bo Establish Your
Or promise
word to Your servant,
Lit Which is for the fear of You
As that which produces reverence for You.
39  br Turn away my reproach which I dread,
For Your ordinances are good.
40 Behold, I bs long for Your precepts;
Revive me through Your righteousness.

Vav.

41 May Your bt lovingkindnesses also come to me, O  Lord,
Your salvation bu according to Your
Or promise
word;
42 So I will have an bw answer for him who bx reproaches me,
For I trust in Your word.
43 And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
For I
Or hope in
,
bz wait for Your ordinances.
44 So I will ca keep Your law continually,
Forever and ever.
45 And I will cb walk
Lit in a wide place
at liberty,
For I cd seek Your precepts.
46 I will also speak of Your testimonies ce before kings
And shall not be ashamed.
47 I shall
Lit delight myself
,
cg delight in Your commandments,
Which I ch love.
48 And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments,
Which I ci love;
And I will cj meditate on Your statutes.

Zayin.

49 Remember the word to Your servant,
Lit On
In which You have made me hope.
50 This is my cl comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has
Or preserved me alive
revived me.
51 The arrogant cn utterly deride me,
Yet I do not co turn aside from Your law.
52 I have cp remembered Your ordinances from
Or everlasting
of old, O  Lord,
And comfort myself.
53 Burning cr indignation has seized me because of the wicked,
Who cs forsake Your law.
54 Your statutes are my songs
In the house of my ct pilgrimage.
55 O  Lord, I cu remember Your name cv in the night,
And keep Your law.
56 This has become mine,
Or Because
That I cx observe Your precepts.

Heth.

57 The  Lord is my cy portion;
I have
Lit said that I would keep
promised to da keep Your words.
58 I db sought Your favor dc with all my heart;
dd Be gracious to me de according to Your
Or promise
word.
59 I dg considered my ways
And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
60 I hastened and did not delay
To keep Your commandments.
61 The dh cords of the wicked have encircled me,
But I have di not forgotten Your law.
62 At dj midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You
Because of Your dk righteous ordinances.
63 I am a dl companion of all those who
Or revere
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.

65 You have dealt well with Your servant,
O  Lord, according to Your word.
66 Teach 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.
68 You are ds good and dt do good;
du Teach me Your statutes.
69 The arrogant
Lit besmear me with lies
have dw forged a lie against me;
With all my heart I will dx observe Your precepts.
70 Their heart is
Lit gross like fat
,
dz covered with fat,
But I ea delight in Your law.
71 It is eb good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
72 The 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 established
fashioned me;
ef Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
74 May those who
Or revere
fear You eh see me and be glad,
Because I
Or hope in
,
ej wait for Your word.
75 I know, O  Lord, that Your judgments are ek righteous,
And that el in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
76 O may Your lovingkindness
Lit be for my comfort
comfort me,
According to Your
Or promise
word to Your servant.
77 May eo Your compassion come to me that I may live,
For Your law is my ep delight.
78 May eq the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me er with a lie;
But I shall es meditate on Your precepts.
79 May those who
Or revere
fear You turn to me,
Even those who know Your testimonies.
80 May my heart be
Lit complete; or having integrity
,
ev blameless in Your statutes,
So that I will not ew be ashamed.

Kaph.

81 My ex soul languishes for Your salvation;
I
Or hope in
,
ez wait for Your word.
82 My fa eyes fail with longing for Your
Or promise
word,
Lit Saying
While I say, “When will You comfort me?”
83 Though I have fd become like a wineskin in the smoke,
I do fe not forget Your statutes.
84 How many are the ff days of Your servant?
When will You fg execute judgment on those who persecute me?
85 The arrogant have fh dug pits for me,
Men who are not
Lit according to Your law
in accord with Your law.
86 All Your commandments are fj faithful;
They have fk persecuted me with a lie; fl help me!
87 They almost destroyed me
Lit in the earth
on earth,
But as for me, I fn did not forsake Your precepts.
88 Revive 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 firm
is settled in heaven.
90 Your fq faithfulness continues
Lit to
throughout all generations;
You fs established the earth, and it ft stands.
91 They stand this day according to Your fu ordinances,
For fv all things are Your servants.
92 If Your law had not been my fw delight,
Then I would have perished fx in my affliction.
93 I will fy never forget Your precepts,
For by them You have
Or kept me alive
,
ga revived me.
94 I am Yours, gb save me;
For I have gc sought Your precepts.
95 The wicked gd wait for me to destroy me;
I shall diligently consider Your testimonies.
96 I have seen
Lit an end of
a limit to all perfection;
Your commandment is exceedingly broad.

Mem.

97 O how I gf love Your law!
It is my gg meditation all the day.
98 Your gh commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
For they are ever
Or with me
mine.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my gj meditation.
100 I understand gk more than the aged,
Because I have gl observed Your precepts.
101 I have gm restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
102 I have not gn turned aside from Your ordinances,
For You Yourself have taught me.
103 How go sweet are Your
Or promises
words to my
Lit palate
taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 From Your precepts I gr get understanding;
Therefore I gs hate every false way.

Nun.

105 Your word is a gt lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
106 I have gu sworn and I will confirm it,
That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.
107 I am exceedingly gv afflicted;
Or Keep me alive
,
gx Revive me, O  Lord, according to Your word.
108 O accept the gy freewill offerings of my mouth, O  Lord,
And gz teach me Your ordinances.
109 My
Lit soul
,
hb life is continually
I.e. in danger
in my hand,
Yet I do not hd forget Your law.
110 The wicked have he laid a snare for me,
Yet I have not hf gone astray from Your precepts.
111 I have hg inherited Your testimonies forever,
For they are the hh joy of my heart.
112 I have hi inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
Forever, even hj to the end.

Samekh.

113 I hate those who are hk double-minded,
But I love Your hl law.
114 You are my hm hiding place and my hn shield;
I
Or hope in
,
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
Or promise
word, that I may live;
And hu do not let me be
Lit put to shame because of
ashamed of my hope.
117 Uphold me that I may be hw safe,
That I may hx have regard for Your statutes continually.
118 You have
Lit made light of
rejected all those hz who wander from Your statutes,
For their deceitfulness is
Lit falsehood
useless.
119 You have
Lit caused to cease
removed all the wicked of the earth like ic dross;
Therefore I id love Your testimonies.
120 My flesh
Lit bristles up from
,
if trembles for fear of You,
And I am ig afraid of Your judgments.

Ayin.

121 I have ih done justice and righteousness;
Do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Be ii surety for Your servant for good;
Do not let the arrogant ij oppress me.
123 My ik eyes fail with longing for Your salvation
And for Your righteous
Or promise
word.
124 Deal 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.
126 It is time for the  Lord to iq act,
For they have broken Your law.
127 Therefore I ir love Your commandments
Above gold, yes, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I esteem right all Your is precepts concerning everything,
I it hate every false way.

Pe.

129 Your testimonies are iu wonderful;
Therefore my soul iv observes them.
130 The iw unfolding of Your words gives light;
It gives ix understanding to the simple.
131 I 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
Lit to
with those who love Your name.
133 Establish my jd footsteps in Your
Or promise
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.
136 My eyes
Lit run down
shed 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.
138 You have commanded Your testimonies in jn righteousness
And exceeding jo faithfulness.
139 My jp zeal has
Lit put an end to
consumed me,
Because my adversaries have forgotten Your words.
140 Your
Or promise
,
js word is very
Lit refined
pure,
Therefore Your servant ju loves it.
141 I am small and jv despised,
Yet I do not jw forget Your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
And jx Your law is truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have
Lit found me
come upon me,
Yet Your commandments are my jz delight.
144 Your ka testimonies are righteous forever;
kb Give me understanding that I may live.

Qoph.

145 I cried kc with all my heart; answer me, O  Lord!
I will kd observe Your statutes.
146 I cried to You; ke save me
And I shall keep Your testimonies.
147 I
Lit anticipate the dawn
,
kg rise before dawn and cry for help;
I
Or hope in
wait for Your words.
148 My eyes anticipate the ki night watches,
That I may kj meditate on Your
Or promise
word.
149 Hear my voice kl according to Your lovingkindness;
km Revive me, O  Lord, according to Your ordinances.
150 Those who follow after wickedness draw near;
They are far from Your law.
151 You are kn near, O  Lord,
And all Your commandments are ko truth.
152 Of 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
Or promise
word.
155 Salvation is kx far from the wicked,
For they ky do not seek Your statutes.
156 
Or Many
,
la Great are Your mercies, O  Lord;
Revive me according to Your ordinances.
157 Many are my lb persecutors and my adversaries,
Yet I do not lc turn aside from Your testimonies.
158 I behold the ld treacherous and le loathe them,
Because they do not keep Your
Or promise
word.
159 Consider how I lg love Your precepts;
lh Revive me, O  Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.
160 The 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.
162 I ln rejoice at Your
Or promise
word,
As one who lp finds great spoil.
163 I lq hate and despise falsehood,
But I lr love Your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise You,
Because of Your ls righteous ordinances.
165 Those who love Your law have lt great peace,
And
Lit they have no stumbling block
,
lv nothing causes them to stumble.
166 I lw hope for Your salvation, O  Lord,
And do Your commandments.
167 My lx soul keeps Your testimonies,
And I ly love them exceedingly.
168 I lz keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,
For all my ma ways are before You.

Tav.

169 Let my mb cry
Lit come near before
come before You, O  Lord;
md Give me understanding me according to Your word.
170 Let my mf supplication come before You;
mg Deliver me according to Your
Or promise
word.
171 Let my mi lips utter praise,
For You mj teach me Your statutes.
172 Let my mk tongue sing of Your
Or promise
word,
For all Your mm commandments are righteousness.
173 Let Your mn hand be
Lit to help me
ready to help me,
For I have mp chosen Your precepts.
174 I mq long for Your salvation, O  Lord,
And Your law is my mr delight.
175 Let my ms soul live that it may praise You,
And let Your ordinances help me.
176 I have mt gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant,
For I do mu not forget Your commandments.

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