Psalms 119

Psalm 1191

א (Alef)

119:1 How blessed are those whose actions are blameless,2

who obey3 the law of the Lord.

119:2 How blessed are those who observe his rules,

and seek him with all their heart,

119:3 who, moreover, do no wrong,

but follow in his footsteps.4

119:4 You demand that your precepts

be carefully kept.5

119:5 If only I were predisposed6

to keep your statutes!

119:6 Then I would not be ashamed,

if7 I were focused on8 all your commands.

119:7 I will give you sincere thanks,9

when I learn your just regulations.

119:8 I will keep your statutes.

Do not completely abandon me!10

ב (Bet)

119:9 How can a young person11 maintain a pure life?12

By guarding it according to your instructions!13

119:10 With all my heart I seek you.

Do not allow me to stray from your commands!

119:11 In my heart I store up14 your words,15

so I might not sin against you.

119:12 You deserve praise,16 O Lord!

Teach me your statutes!

119:13 With my lips I proclaim

all the regulations you have revealed.17

119:14 I rejoice in the lifestyle prescribed by your rules18

as if19 they were riches of all kinds.20

119:15 I will meditate on21 your precepts

and focus22 on your behavior.23

119:16 I find delight24 in your statutes;

I do not forget your instructions.25

ג (Gimel)

119:17 Be kind to your servant!

Then I will live26 and keep27 your instructions.28

119:18 Open29 my eyes so I can truly see30

the marvelous things in your law!

119:19 I am like a foreigner in this land.31

Do not hide your commands from me!

119:20 I desperately long to know32

your regulations at all times.

119:21 You reprimand arrogant people.

Those who stray from your commands are doomed.33

119:22 Spare me34 shame and humiliation,

for I observe your rules.

119:23 Though rulers plot and slander me,35

your servant meditates on your statutes.

119:24 Yes, I find delight in your rules;

they give me guidance.36

ד (Dalet)

119:25 I collapse in the dirt.37

Revive me with your word!38

119:26 I told you about my ways39 and you answered me.

Teach me your statutes!

119:27 Help me to understand what your precepts mean!40

Then I can meditate41 on your marvelous teachings.42

119:28 I collapse43 from grief.

Sustain me by your word!44

119:29 Remove me from the path of deceit!45

Graciously give me46 your law!

119:30 I choose the path of faithfulness;

I am committed to47 your regulations.

119:31 I hold fast48 to your rules.

O Lord, do not let me be ashamed!

119:32 I run along the path of your commands,

for you enable me to do so.49

ה (He)

119:33 Teach me, O Lord, the lifestyle prescribed by your statutes,50

so that I might observe it continually.51

119:34 Give me understanding so that I might observe your law,

and keep it with all my heart.52

119:35 Guide me53 in the path of your commands,

for I delight to walk in it.54

119:36 Give me a desire for your rules,55

rather than for wealth gained unjustly.56

119:37 Turn my eyes away from what is worthless!57

Revive me with your word!58

119:38 Confirm to your servant your promise,59

which you made to the one who honors you.60

119:39 Take away the insults that I dread!61

Indeed,62 your regulations are good.

119:40 Look, I long for your precepts.

Revive me with your deliverance!63

ו (Vav)

119:41 May I experience your loyal love,64 O Lord,

and your deliverance,65 as you promised.66

119:42 Then I will have a reply for the one who insults me,67

for I trust in your word.

119:43 Do not completely deprive me of a truthful testimony,68

for I await your justice.

119:44 Then I will keep69 your law continually

now and for all time.70

119:45 I will be secure,71

for I seek your precepts.

119:46 I will speak72 about your regulations before kings

and not be ashamed.

119:47 I will find delight in your commands,

which I love.

119:48 I will lift my hands to73 your commands,

which I love,

and I will meditate on your statutes.

ז (Zayin)

119:49 Remember your word to your servant,

for you have given me hope.

119:50 This74 is what comforts me in my trouble,

for your promise revives me.75

119:51 Arrogant people do nothing but scoff at me.76

Yet I do not turn aside from your law.

119:52 I remember your ancient regulations,77

O Lord, and console myself.78

119:53 Rage takes hold of me because of the wicked,

those who reject your law.

119:54 Your statutes have been my songs79

in the house where I live.80

119:55 I remember your name during the night, O Lord,

and I will keep81 your law.

119:56 This82 has been my practice,

for I observe your precepts.

ח (Khet)

119:57 The Lord is my source of security.83

I have determined84 to follow your instructions.85

119:58 I seek your favor86 with all my heart.

Have mercy on me as you promised!87

119:59 I consider my actions88

and follow89 your rules.

119:60 I keep your commands

eagerly and without delay.90

119:61 The ropes of the wicked tighten around91 me,

but I do not forget your law.

119:62 In the middle of the night I arise92 to thank you

for your just regulations.

119:63 I am a friend to all your loyal followers,93

and to those who keep your precepts.

119:64 O Lord, your loyal love fills the earth.

Teach me your statutes!

ט (Tet)

119:65 You are good94 to your servant,

O Lord, just as you promised.95

119:66 Teach me proper discernment96 and understanding!

For I consider your commands to be reliable.97

119:67 Before I was afflicted I used to stray off,98

but now I keep your instructions.99

119:68 You are good and you do good.

Teach me your statutes!

119:69 Arrogant people smear my reputation with lies,100

but I observe your precepts with all my heart.

119:70 Their hearts are calloused,101

but I find delight in your law.

119:71 It was good for me to suffer,

so that I might learn your statutes.

119:72 The law you have revealed is more important to me

than thousands of pieces of gold and silver.102

י (Yod)

119:73 Your hands made me and formed me.103

Give me understanding so that I might learn104 your commands.

119:74 Your loyal followers will be glad when they see me,105

for I find hope in your word.

119:75 I know, Lord, that your regulations106 are just.

You disciplined me because of your faithful devotion to me.107

119:76 May your loyal love console me,

as you promised your servant.108

119:77 May I experience your compassion,109 so I might live!

For I find delight in your law.

119:78 May the arrogant be humiliated, for they have slandered me!110

But I meditate on your precepts.

119:79 May your loyal followers111 turn to me,

those who know your rules.

119:80 May I be fully committed to your statutes,112

so that I might not be ashamed.

כ (Kaf)

119:81 I desperately long for113 your deliverance.

I find hope in your word.

119:82 My eyes grow tired as I wait for your promise to be fulfilled.114

I say,115 “When will you comfort me?”

119:83 For116 I am like a wineskin117 dried up in smoke.118

I do not forget your statutes.

119:84 How long must your servant endure this?119

When will you judge those who pursue me?

119:85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me,120

which violates your law.121

119:86 All your commands are reliable.

I am pursued without reason.122 Help me!

119:87 They have almost destroyed me here on the earth,

but I do not reject your precepts.

119:88 Revive me with123 your loyal love,

that I might keep124 the rules you have revealed.125

ל (Lamed)

119:89 O Lord, your instructions endure;

they stand secure in heaven.126

119:90 You demonstrate your faithfulness to all generations.127

You established the earth and it stood firm.

119:91 Today they stand firm by your decrees,

for all things are your servants.

119:92 If I had not found encouragement in your law,128

I would have died in my sorrow.129

119:93 I will never forget your precepts,

for by them you have revived me.

119:94 I belong to you. Deliver me!

For I seek your precepts.

119:95 The wicked prepare to kill me,130

yet I concentrate on your rules.

119:96 I realize that everything has its limits,

but your commands are beyond full comprehension.131

מ (Mem)

119:97 O how I love your law!

All day long I meditate on it.

119:98 Your commandments132 make me wiser than my enemies,

for I am always aware of them.

119:99 I have more insight than all my teachers,

for I meditate on your rules.

119:100 I am more discerning than those older than I,

for I observe your precepts.

119:101 I stay away133 from the evil path,

so that I might keep your instructions.134

119:102 I do not turn aside from your regulations,

for you teach me.

119:103 Your words are sweeter

in my mouth than honey!135

119:104 Your precepts give me discernment.

Therefore I hate all deceitful actions.136

נ (Nun)

119:105 Your word137 is a lamp to walk by,

and a light to illumine my path.138

119:106 I have vowed and solemnly sworn

to keep your just regulations.

119:107 I am suffering terribly.

O Lord, revive me with your word!139

119:108 O Lord, please accept the freewill offerings of my praise!140

Teach me your regulations!

119:109 My life is in continual danger,141

but I do not forget your law.

119:110 The wicked lay a trap for me,

but I do not wander from your precepts.

119:111 I claim your rules as my permanent possession,

for they give me joy.142

119:112 I am determined to obey143 your statutes

at all times, to the very end.

ס (Samek)

ֹ119:113 I hate people with divided loyalties,144

but I love your law.

119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield.

I find hope in your word.

119:115 Turn away from me, you evil men,

so that I can observe145 the commands of my God.146

119:116 Sustain me as you promised,147 so that I will live.148

Do not disappoint me!149

119:117 Support me, so that I will be delivered.

Then I will focus150 on your statutes continually.

119:118 You despise151 all who stray from your statutes,

for they are deceptive and unreliable.152

119:119 You remove all the wicked of the earth like slag.153

Therefore I love your rules.154

119:120 My body155 trembles156 because I fear you;157

I am afraid of your judgments.

ע (Ayin)

119:121 I do what is fair and right.158

Do not abandon me to my oppressors!

119:122 Guarantee the welfare of your servant!159

Do not let the arrogant oppress me!

119:123 My eyes grow tired as I wait for your deliverance,160

for your reliable promise to be fulfilled.161

119:124 Show your servant your loyal love!162

Teach me your statutes!

119:125 I am your servant. Give me insight,

so that I can understand163 your rules.

119:126 It is time for the Lord to act –

they break your law!

119:127 For this reason164 I love your commands

more than gold, even purest gold.

119:128 For this reason I carefully follow all your precepts.165

I hate all deceitful actions.166

פ (Pe)

119:129 Your rules are marvelous.

Therefore I observe them.

119:130 Your instructions are a doorway through which light shines.167

They give168 insight to the untrained.169

119:131 I open my mouth and pant,

because I long170 for your commands.

119:132 Turn toward me and extend mercy to me,

as you typically do to your loyal followers.171

119:133 Direct my steps by your word!172

Do not let any sin dominate me!

119:134 Deliver me173 from oppressive men,

so that I can keep174 your precepts.

119:135 Smile175 on your servant!

Teach me your statutes!

119:136 Tears stream down from my eyes,176

because people177 do not keep your law.

צ (Tsade)

119:137 You are just, O Lord,

and your judgments are fair.

119:138 The rules you impose are just,178

and absolutely reliable.

119:139 My zeal179 consumes180 me,

for my enemies forget your instructions.181

119:140 Your word is absolutely pure,

and your servant loves it!

119:141 I am insignificant and despised,

yet I do not forget your precepts.

119:142 Your justice endures,182

and your law is reliable.183

119:143 Distress and hardship confront184 me,

yet I find delight in your commands.

119:144 Your rules remain just.185

Give me insight so that I can live.186

ק (Qof)

119:145 I cried out with all my heart, “Answer me, O Lord!

I will observe your statutes.”

119:146 I cried out to you, “Deliver me,

so that I can keep187 your rules.”

119:147 I am up before dawn crying for help.

I find hope in your word.

119:148 My eyes anticipate the nighttime hours,

so that I can meditate on your word.

119:149 Listen to me188 because of189 your loyal love!

O Lord, revive me, as you typically do!190

119:150 Those who are eager to do191 wrong draw near;

they are far from your law.

119:151 You are near, O Lord,

and all your commands are reliable.192

119:152 I learned long ago that

you ordained your rules to last.193

ר (Resh)

119:153 See my pain and rescue me!

For I do not forget your law.

119:154 Fight for me194 and defend me!195

Revive me with your word!

119:155 The wicked have no chance for deliverance,196

for they do not seek your statutes.

119:156 Your compassion is great, O Lord.

Revive me, as you typically do!197

119:157 The enemies who chase me are numerous.198

Yet I do not turn aside from your rules.

119:158 I take note of the treacherous and despise them,

because they do not keep your instructions.199

119:159 See how I love your precepts!

O Lord, revive me with your loyal love!

119:160 Your instructions are totally reliable;

all your just regulations endure.200

שׂ/שׁ (Sin/Shin)

119:161 Rulers pursue me for no reason,

yet I am more afraid of disobeying your instructions.201

119:162 I rejoice in your instructions,

like one who finds much plunder.202

119:163 I hate and despise deceit;

I love your law.

119:164 Seven203 times a day I praise you

because of your just regulations.

119:165 Those who love your law are completely secure;204

nothing causes them to stumble.205

119:166 I hope for your deliverance, O Lord,

and I obey206 your commands.

119:167 I keep your rules;

I love them greatly.

119:168 I keep your precepts and rules,

for you are aware of everything I do.207

ת (Tav)

119:169 Listen to my cry for help,208 O Lord!

Give me insight by your word!

119:170 Listen to my appeal for mercy!209

Deliver me, as you promised.210

119:171 May praise flow freely from my lips,

for you teach me your statutes.

119:172 May my tongue sing about your instructions,211

for all your commands are just.

119:173 May your hand help me,

for I choose to obey212 your precepts.

119:174 I long for your deliverance, O Lord;

I find delight in your law.

119:175 May I213 live and praise you!

May your regulations help me!214

119:176 I have wandered off like a lost sheep.215

Come looking for your servant,

for I do not forget your commands.

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