Meditations and Prayers Relating to the Law of God.
How blessed and favored by God are those whose way is blameless [those with personal integrity, the upright, the guileless],
Who walk in the law [and who are guided by the precepts and revealed will] of the Lord.
Blessed and favored by God are those who keep His testimonies,
And who [consistently] seek Him and long for Him with all their heart.
They do no unrighteousness;
They walk in His ways.
You have ordained Your precepts,
That we should follow them with [careful] diligence.
Oh, that my ways may be established
To observe and keep Your statutes [obediently accepting and honoring them]!
Then I will not be ashamed
When I look [with respect] to all Your commandments [as my guide].
I will give thanks to You with an upright heart,
When I learn [through discipline] Your righteous judgments [for my transgressions].
I shall keep Your statutes;
Do not utterly abandon me [when I fail].
- Psalm 119:1 This long Psalm (176 verses) consists of separate units, each of which has its first word beginning with a consecutive letter of the Hebrew alphabet as a memory aid. The first verse begins with the first letter of the alphabet, aleph (first letter of the word blessed), and the last unit of the Psalm (vv 169-176) begins with tav, the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet.