Psalms 119:1-176

Psalm 119This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet; moreover, the verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

א Aleph

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,

who walk according to the law of the Lord.

Blessed are those who keep his statutes

and seek him with all their heart—

they do no wrong

but follow his ways.

You have laid down precepts

that are to be fully obeyed.

Oh, that my ways were steadfast

in obeying your decrees!

Then I would not be put to shame

when I consider all your commands.

I will praise you with an upright heart

as I learn your righteous laws.

I will obey your decrees;

do not utterly forsake me.

ב Beth

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?

By living according to your word.

I seek you with all my heart;

do not let me stray from your commands.

I have hidden your word in my heart

that I might not sin against you.

Praise be to you, Lord;

teach me your decrees.

With my lips I recount

all the laws that come from your mouth.

I rejoice in following your statutes

as one rejoices in great riches.

I meditate on your precepts

and consider your ways.

I delight in your decrees;

I will not neglect your word.

ג Gimel

Be good to your servant while I live,

that I may obey your word.

Open my eyes that I may see

wonderful things in your law.

I am a stranger on earth;

do not hide your commands from me.

My soul is consumed with longing

for your laws at all times.

You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed,

those who stray from your commands.

Remove from me their scorn and contempt,

for I keep your statutes.

Though rulers sit together and slander me,

your servant will meditate on your decrees.

Your statutes are my delight;

they are my counselors.

ד Daleth

I am laid low in the dust;

preserve my life according to your word.

I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;

teach me your decrees.

Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,

that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.

My soul is weary with sorrow;

strengthen me according to your word.

Keep me from deceitful ways;

be gracious to me and teach me your law.

I have chosen the way of faithfulness;

I have set my heart on your laws.

I hold fast to your statutes, Lord;

do not let me be put to shame.

I run in the path of your commands,

for you have broadened my understanding.

ה He

Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,

that I may follow it to the end.119:33 Or follow it for its reward

Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law

and obey it with all my heart.

Direct me in the path of your commands,

for there I find delight.

Turn my heart toward your statutes

and not toward selfish gain.

Turn my eyes away from worthless things;

preserve my life according to your word.119:37 Two manuscripts of the Masoretic Text and Dead Sea Scrolls; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text life in your way

Fulfill your promise to your servant,

so that you may be feared.

Take away the disgrace I dread,

for your laws are good.

How I long for your precepts!

In your righteousness preserve my life.

ו Waw

May your unfailing love come to me, Lord,

your salvation, according to your promise;

then I can answer anyone who taunts me,

for I trust in your word.

Never take your word of truth from my mouth,

for I have put my hope in your laws.

I will always obey your law,

for ever and ever.

I will walk about in freedom,

for I have sought out your precepts.

I will speak of your statutes before kings

and will not be put to shame,

for I delight in your commands

because I love them.

I reach out for your commands, which I love,

that I may meditate on your decrees.

ז Zayin

Remember your word to your servant,

for you have given me hope.

My comfort in my suffering is this:

Your promise preserves my life.

The arrogant mock me unmercifully,

but I do not turn from your law.

I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,

and I find comfort in them.

Indignation grips me because of the wicked,

who have forsaken your law.

Your decrees are the theme of my song

wherever I lodge.

In the night, Lord, I remember your name,

that I may keep your law.

This has been my practice:

I obey your precepts.

ח Heth

You are my portion, Lord;

I have promised to obey your words.

I have sought your face with all my heart;

be gracious to me according to your promise.

I have considered my ways

and have turned my steps to your statutes.

I will hasten and not delay

to obey your commands.

Though the wicked bind me with ropes,

I will not forget your law.

At midnight I rise to give you thanks

for your righteous laws.

I am a friend to all who fear you,

to all who follow your precepts.

The earth is filled with your love, Lord;

teach me your decrees.

ט Teth

Do good to your servant

according to your word, Lord.

Teach me knowledge and good judgment,

for I trust your commands.

Before I was afflicted I went astray,

but now I obey your word.

You are good, and what you do is good;

teach me your decrees.

Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,

I keep your precepts with all my heart.

Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,

but I delight in your law.

It was good for me to be afflicted

so that I might learn your decrees.

The law from your mouth is more precious to me

than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

י Yodh

Your hands made me and formed me;

give me understanding to learn your commands.

May those who fear you rejoice when they see me,

for I have put my hope in your word.

I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous,

and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

May your unfailing love be my comfort,

according to your promise to your servant.

Let your compassion come to me that I may live,

for your law is my delight.

May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause;

but I will meditate on your precepts.

May those who fear you turn to me,

those who understand your statutes.

May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees,

that I may not be put to shame.

כ Kaph

My soul faints with longing for your salvation,

but I have put my hope in your word.

My eyes fail, looking for your promise;

I say, “When will you comfort me?”

Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,

I do not forget your decrees.

How long must your servant wait?

When will you punish my persecutors?

The arrogant dig pits to trap me,

contrary to your law.

All your commands are trustworthy;

help me, for I am being persecuted without cause.

They almost wiped me from the earth,

but I have not forsaken your precepts.

In your unfailing love preserve my life,

that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.

ל Lamedh

Your word, Lord, is eternal;

it stands firm in the heavens.

Your faithfulness continues through all generations;

you established the earth, and it endures.

Your laws endure to this day,

for all things serve you.

If your law had not been my delight,

I would have perished in my affliction.

I will never forget your precepts,

for by them you have preserved my life.

Save me, for I am yours;

I have sought out your precepts.

The wicked are waiting to destroy me,

but I will ponder your statutes.

To all perfection I see a limit,

but your commands are boundless.

מ Mem

Oh, how I love your law!

I meditate on it all day long.

Your commands are always with me

and make me wiser than my enemies.

I have more insight than all my teachers,

for I meditate on your statutes.

I have more understanding than the elders,

for I obey your precepts.

I have kept my feet from every evil path

so that I might obey your word.

I have not departed from your laws,

for you yourself have taught me.

How sweet are your words to my taste,

sweeter than honey to my mouth!

I gain understanding from your precepts;

therefore I hate every wrong path.

נ Nun

Your word is a lamp for my feet,

a light on my path.

I have taken an oath and confirmed it,

that I will follow your righteous laws.

I have suffered much;

preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.

Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,

and teach me your laws.

Though I constantly take my life in my hands,

I will not forget your law.

The wicked have set a snare for me,

but I have not strayed from your precepts.

Your statutes are my heritage forever;

they are the joy of my heart.

My heart is set on keeping your decrees

to the very end.119:112 Or decrees / for their enduring reward

ס Samekh

I hate double-minded people,

but I love your law.

You are my refuge and my shield;

I have put my hope in your word.

Away from me, you evildoers,

that I may keep the commands of my God!

Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live;

do not let my hopes be dashed.

Uphold me, and I will be delivered;

I will always have regard for your decrees.

You reject all who stray from your decrees,

for their delusions come to nothing.

All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross;

therefore I love your statutes.

My flesh trembles in fear of you;

I stand in awe of your laws.

ע Ayin

I have done what is righteous and just;

do not leave me to my oppressors.

Ensure your servant’s well-being;

do not let the arrogant oppress me.

My eyes fail, looking for your salvation,

looking for your righteous promise.

Deal with your servant according to your love

and teach me your decrees.

I am your servant; give me discernment

that I may understand your statutes.

It is time for you to act, Lord;

your law is being broken.

Because I love your commands

more than gold, more than pure gold,

and because I consider all your precepts right,

I hate every wrong path.

פ Pe

Your statutes are wonderful;

therefore I obey them.

The unfolding of your words gives light;

it gives understanding to the simple.

I open my mouth and pant,

longing for your commands.

Turn to me and have mercy on me,

as you always do to those who love your name.

Direct my footsteps according to your word;

let no sin rule over me.

Redeem me from human oppression,

that I may obey your precepts.

Make your face shine on your servant

and teach me your decrees.

Streams of tears flow from my eyes,

for your law is not obeyed.

צ Tsadhe

You are righteous, Lord,

and your laws are right.

The statutes you have laid down are righteous;

they are fully trustworthy.

My zeal wears me out,

for my enemies ignore your words.

Your promises have been thoroughly tested,

and your servant loves them.

Though I am lowly and despised,

I do not forget your precepts.

Your righteousness is everlasting

and your law is true.

Trouble and distress have come upon me,

but your commands give me delight.

Your statutes are always righteous;

give me understanding that I may live.

ק Qoph

I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord,

and I will obey your decrees.

I call out to you; save me

and I will keep your statutes.

I rise before dawn and cry for help;

I have put my hope in your word.

My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,

that I may meditate on your promises.

Hear my voice in accordance with your love;

preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws.

Those who devise wicked schemes are near,

but they are far from your law.

Yet you are near, Lord,

and all your commands are true.

Long ago I learned from your statutes

that you established them to last forever.

ר Resh

Look on my suffering and deliver me,

for I have not forgotten your law.

Defend my cause and redeem me;

preserve my life according to your promise.

Salvation is far from the wicked,

for they do not seek out your decrees.

Your compassion, Lord, is great;

preserve my life according to your laws.

Many are the foes who persecute me,

but I have not turned from your statutes.

I look on the faithless with loathing,

for they do not obey your word.

See how I love your precepts;

preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love.

All your words are true;

all your righteous laws are eternal.

ש Sin and Shin

Rulers persecute me without cause,

but my heart trembles at your word.

I rejoice in your promise

like one who finds great spoil.

I hate and detest falsehood

but I love your law.

Seven times a day I praise you

for your righteous laws.

Great peace have those who love your law,

and nothing can make them stumble.

I wait for your salvation, Lord,

and I follow your commands.

I obey your statutes,

for I love them greatly.

I obey your precepts and your statutes,

for all my ways are known to you.

ת Taw

May my cry come before you, Lord;

give me understanding according to your word.

May my supplication come before you;

deliver me according to your promise.

May my lips overflow with praise,

for you teach me your decrees.

May my tongue sing of your word,

for all your commands are righteous.

May your hand be ready to help me,

for I have chosen your precepts.

I long for your salvation, Lord,

and your law gives me delight.

Let me live that I may praise you,

and may your laws sustain me.

I have strayed like a lost sheep.

Seek your servant,

for I have not forgotten your commands.

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