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Chapter 119

Psalm 119

Delight in God's Word

א Alef

1 How[a] happy are those whose way is blameless,(a)
who live according to the Lord 's instruction!(b)
2 Happy are those who keep His decrees(c)
and seek Him with all their heart.(d)
3 They do nothing wrong;(e)
they follow His ways.
4 You have commanded that Your precepts(f)
be diligently kept.
5 If only my ways were committed
to keeping Your statutes!(g)
6 Then I would not be ashamed(h)
when I think about all Your commands.
7 I will praise You with a sincere heart(i)
when I learn Your righteous judgments.
8 I will keep Your statutes;
never abandon me.(j)

ב Bet

9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping Your[b] word.(k)
10 I have sought You with all my heart;(l)
don't let me wander from Your commands.(m)
11 I have treasured Your word in my heart(n)
so that I may not sin against You.
12  Lord , may You be praised;
teach me Your statutes.(o)
13 With my lips I proclaim
all the judgments from Your mouth.(p)
14 I rejoice in the way revealed by Your decrees(q)
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts(r)
and think about Your ways.(s)
16 I will delight in Your statutes;(t)
I will not forget Your word.

ג Gimel

17 Deal generously with Your servant(u)
so that I might live;
then I will keep Your word.
18 Open my eyes so that I may contemplate
wonderful things from Your instruction.
19 I am a stranger on earth;(v)
do not hide Your commands from me.
20 I am continually overcome
with longing for Your judgments.(w)
21 You rebuke the proud,
the ones under a curse,(x)
who wander from Your commands.(y)
22 Take insult and contempt away from me,(z)
for I have kept Your decrees.
23 Though princes sit together speaking against me,(aa)
Your servant will think about Your statutes;(ab)
24 Your decrees are my delight
and my counselors.(ac)

ד Dalet

25 My life is down in the dust;(ad)
give me life(ae) through Your word.
26 I told You about my life,
and You listened to me;
teach me Your statutes.(af)
27 Help me understand
the meaning of Your precepts
so that I can meditate on Your wonders.(ag)
28 I am weary[c] from grief;
strengthen me through Your word.(ah)
29 Keep me from the way of deceit
and graciously give me Your instruction.
30 I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set Your ordinances before me.(ai)
31 I cling to Your decrees;
Lord , do not put me to shame.(aj)
32 I pursue the way of Your commands,
for You broaden my understanding.[d](ak)

ה He

33 Teach me, Lord , the meaning[e] of Your statutes,
and I will always keep them.[f](al)
34 Help me understand Your instruction,(am)
and I will obey it
and follow it with all my heart.(an)
35 Help me stay on the path of Your commands,(ao)
for I take pleasure in it.(ap)
36 Turn my heart to Your decrees(aq)
and not to material gain.(ar)
37 Turn my eyes
from looking at what is worthless;(as)
give me life in Your ways.[g](at)
38 Confirm what You said to Your servant,(au)
for it produces reverence for You.
39 Turn away the disgrace I dread;(av)
indeed, Your judgments are good.
40 How I long for Your precepts!(aw)
Give me life through Your righteousness.

ו Vav

41 Let Your faithful love come to me, Lord ,(ax)
Your salvation, as You promised.(ay)
42 Then I can answer the one who taunts me,(az)
for I trust in Your word.
43 Never take the word of truth from my mouth,
for I hope in Your judgments.(ba)
44 I will always obey Your instruction,
forever and ever.(bb)
45 I will walk freely in an open place(bc)
because I seek Your precepts.(bd)
46 I will speak of Your decrees before kings
and not be ashamed.(be)
47 I delight in Your commands,
which I love.(bf)
48 I will lift up my hands(bg) to Your commands,
which I love,
and will meditate on Your statutes.(bh)

ז Zayin

49 Remember Your word to Your servant;
You have given me hope through it.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction:(bi)
Your promise has given me life.
51 The arrogant constantly ridicule me,
but I do not turn away from Your instruction.(bj)
52  Lord , I remember Your judgments from long ago
and find comfort.
53 Rage seizes me(bk) because of the wicked
who reject Your instruction.(bl)
54 Your statutes are the theme of my song
during my earthly life.[h]
55 Yahweh, I remember Your name(bm) in the night,(bn)
and I obey Your instruction.
56 This is my practice:
I obey Your precepts.(bo)

ח Khet

57 The Lord is my portion;[i](bp)
I have promised to keep Your words.
58 I have sought Your favor(bq) with all my heart;
be gracious to me(br) according to Your promise.
59 I thought about my ways(bs)
and turned my steps back to Your decrees.
60 I hurried, not hesitating
to keep Your commands.
61 Though the ropes of the wicked(bt)
were wrapped around me,
I did not forget Your instruction.(bu)
62 I rise at midnight to thank You(bv)
for Your righteous judgments.(bw)
63 I am a friend to all who fear You,(bx)
to those who keep Your precepts.
64  Lord , the earth is filled with Your faithful love;(by)
teach me Your statutes.(bz)

ט Tet

65  Lord , You have treated Your servant well,
just as You promised.
66 Teach me good judgment and discernment,(ca)
for I rely on Your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,(cb)
but now I keep Your word.
68 You are good,(cc) and You do what is good;(cd)
teach me Your statutes.
69 The arrogant have smeared me with lies,(ce)
but I obey Your precepts with all my heart.(cf)
70 Their hearts are hard and insensitive,(cg)
but I delight in Your instruction.(ch)
71 It was good for me to be afflicted(ci)
so that I could learn Your statutes.
72 Instruction from Your lips(cj) is better for me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

י Yod

73 Your hands made me and formed me;(ck)
give me understanding
so that I can learn Your commands.(cl)
74 Those who fear You will see me and rejoice,(cm)
for I put my hope in Your word.(cn)
75 I know, Lord , that Your judgments are just
and that You have afflicted me fairly.(co)
76 May Your faithful love comfort me
as You promised Your servant.
77 May Your compassion come to me(cp)
so that I may live,
for Your instruction is my delight.(cq)
78 Let the arrogant be put to shame(cr)
for slandering me with lies;
I will meditate on Your precepts.
79 Let those who fear You,
those who know Your decrees, turn to me.
80 May my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes(cs)
so that I will not be put to shame.

כ Kaf

81 I long for Your salvation;(ct)
I put my hope in Your word.(cu)
82 My eyes grow weary
looking for what You have promised;(cv)
I ask, "When will You comfort me?"
83 Though I have become like a wineskin dried by smoke,
I do not forget Your statutes.
84 How many days must Your servant wait?
When will You execute judgment on my persecutors?(cw)
85 The arrogant have dug pits for me;(cx)
they violate Your instruction.
86 All Your commands are true;
people persecute me with lies—help me!(cy)
87 They almost ended my life on earth,
but I did not abandon Your precepts.
88 Give me life in accordance with Your faithful love,
and I will obey the decree You have spoken.

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