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Psalm 119

See commentaries for Psalms 112-119:24 - Psalms 119:25-119:128 - Psalms 119:129-127:5   |   Bible Dictionary   |   Chronological 119:1-80 and 119:81-176

This psalm contains sundry prayers, praises, and professions of obedience.

Aleph - Bet - Gimel - Daled - Hey - Waw - Zayin - Chet - Tet - Yud - Kaf - Lamed - Mem - Nun - Samekh - Ayin - Pey - Tzadi - Kuf - Resh - Sin and Shin - Tav

ALEPH

119:1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to Yahwehís law.

119:2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes,
who seek him with their whole heart.

119:3 Yes, they do nothing wrong.
They walk in his ways.

119:4 You have commanded your precepts,
that we should fully obey them.

119:5 Oh that my ways were steadfast
to obey your statutes!

119:6 Then I wouldnít be disappointed,
when I consider all of your commandments.

119:7 I will give thanks to you with uprightness of heart,
when I learn your righteous judgments.

119:8 I will observe your statutes.
Donít utterly forsake me.

BET

119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.

119:10 With my whole heart, I have sought you.
Donít let me wander from your commandments.

119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.

119:12 Blessed are you, Yahweh.
Teach me your statutes.

119:13 With my lips,
I have declared all the ordinances of your mouth.

119:14 I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies,
as much as in all riches.

119:15 I will meditate on your precepts,
and consider your ways.

119:16 I will delight myself in your statutes.
I will not forget your word.

GIMEL

119:17 Do good to your servant.
I will live and I will obey your word.

119:18 Open my eyes,
that I may see wondrous things out of your law.

119:19 I am a stranger on the earth.
Donít hide your commandments from me.

119:20 My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.

119:21 You have rebuked the proud who are cursed,
who wander from your commandments.

119:22 Take reproach and contempt away from me,
for I have kept your statutes.

119:23 Though princes sit and slander me,
your servant will meditate on your statutes.

119:24 Indeed your statutes are my delight,
and my counselors.

DALED

119:25 My soul is laid low in the dust.
Revive me according to your word!

119:26 I declared my ways, and you answered me.
Teach me your statutes.

119:27 Let me understand the teaching of your precepts!
Then I will meditate on your wondrous works.

119:28 My soul is weary with sorrow:
strengthen me according to your word.

119:29 Keep me from the way of deceit.
Grant me your law graciously!

119:30 I have chosen the way of truth.
I have set your ordinances before me.

119:31 I cling to your statutes, Yahweh.
Donít let me be disappointed.

119:32 I run in the path of your commandments,
for you have set my heart free.

HEY

119:33 Teach me, Yahweh, the way of your statutes.
I will keep them to the end.

119:34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law.
Yes, I will obey it with my whole heart.

119:35 Direct me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in them.

119:36 Turn my heart toward your statutes,
not toward selfish gain.

119:37 Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things.
Revive me in your ways.

119:38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
that you may be feared.

119:39 Take away my disgrace that I dread,
for your ordinances are good.

119:40 Behold, I long for your precepts!
Revive me in your righteousness.

WAW

119:41 Let your loving kindness also come to me, Yahweh,
your salvation, according to your word.

119:42 So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me,
for I trust in your word.

119:43 Donít snatch the word of truth out of my mouth,
for I put my hope in your ordinances.

119:44 So I will obey your law continually,
forever and ever.

119:45 I will walk in liberty,
for I have sought your precepts.

119:46 I will also speak of your statutes before kings,
and will not be disappointed.

119:47 I will delight myself in your commandments,
because I love them.

119:48 I reach out my hands for your commandments, which I love.
I will meditate on your statutes.

ZAYIN

119:49 Remember your word to your servant,
because you gave me hope.

119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
for your word has revived me.

119:51 The arrogant mock me excessively,
but I donít swerve from your law.

119:52 I remember your ordinances of old, Yahweh,
and have comforted myself.

119:53 Indignation has taken hold on me,
because of the wicked who forsake your law.

119:54 Your statutes have been my songs,
in the house where I live.

119:55 I have remembered your name, Yahweh, in the night,
and I obey your law.

119:56 This is my way,
that I keep your precepts.

CHET

119:57 Yahweh is my portion.
I promised to obey your words.

119:58 I sought your favor with my whole heart.
Be merciful to me according to your word.

119:59 I considered my ways,
and turned my steps to your statutes.

119:60 I will hurry, and not delay,
to obey your commandments.

119:61 The ropes of the wicked bind me,
but I wonít forget your law.

119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you,
because of your righteous ordinances.

119:63 I am a friend of all those who fear you,
of those who observe your precepts.

119:64 The earth is full of your loving kindness, Yahweh.
Teach me your statutes.

TET

119:65 Do good to your servant,
according to your word, Yahweh.

119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
for I believe in your commandments.

119:67 Before I was afflicted, I went astray;
but now I observe your word.

119:68 You are good, and do good.
Teach me your statutes.

119:69 The proud have smeared a lie upon me.
With my whole heart, I will keep your precepts.

119:70 Their heart is as callous as the fat,
but I delight in your law.

119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
that I may learn your statutes.

119:72 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of pieces of gold and silver.

YUD

119:73 Your hands have made me and formed me.
Give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.

119:74 Those who fear you will see me and be glad,
because I have put my hope in your word.

119:75 Yahweh, I know that your judgments are righteous,
that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

119:76 Please let your loving kindness be for my comfort,
according to your word to your servant.

119:77 Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live;
for your law is my delight.

119:78 Let the proud be disappointed, for they have overthrown me wrongfully.
I will meditate on your precepts.

119:79 Let those who fear you turn to me.
They will know your statutes.

119:80 Let my heart be blameless toward your decrees,
that I may not be disappointed.

KAF

119:81 My soul faints for your salvation.
I hope in your word.

119:82 My eyes fail for your word.
I say, ďWhen will you comfort me?Ē

119:83 For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke.
I donít forget your statutes.

119:84 How many are the days of your servant?
When will you execute judgment on those who persecute me?

119:85 The proud have dug pits for me,
contrary to your law.

119:86 All of your commandments are faithful.
They persecute me wrongfully.
Help me!

119:87 They had almost wiped me from the earth,
but I didnít forsake your precepts.

119:88 Preserve my life according to your loving kindness,
so I will obey the statutes of your mouth.

LAMED

119:89 Yahweh, your word is settled in heaven forever.

119:90 Your faithfulness is to all generations.
You have established the earth, and it remains.

119:91 Your laws remain to this day,
for all things serve you.

119:92 Unless your law had been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.

119:93 I will never forget your precepts,
for with them, you have revived me.

119:94 I am yours.
Save me, for I have sought your precepts.

119:95 The wicked have waited for me, to destroy me.
I will consider your statutes.

119:96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your commands are boundless.

MEM

119:97 How I love your law!
It is my meditation all day.

119:98 Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
for your commandments are always with me.

119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.

119:100 I understand more than the aged,
because I have kept your precepts.

119:101 I have kept my feet from every evil way,
that I might observe your word.

119:102 I have not turned aside from your ordinances,
for you have taught me.

119:103 How sweet are your promises to my taste,
more than honey to my mouth!

119:104 Through your precepts, I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.

NUN

119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet,
and a light for my path.

119:106 I have sworn, and have confirmed it,
that I will obey your righteous ordinances.

119:107 I am afflicted very much.
Revive me, Yahweh, according to your word.

119:108 Accept, I beg you, the willing offerings of my mouth.
Yahweh, teach me your ordinances.

119:109 My soul is continually in my hand,
yet I wonít forget your law.

119:110 The wicked have laid a snare for me,
yet I havenít gone astray from your precepts.

119:111 I have taken your testimonies as a heritage forever,
for they are the joy of my heart.

119:112 I have set my heart to perform your statutes forever,
even to the end.

SAMEKH

119:113 I hate double-minded men,
but I love your law.

119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield.
I hope in your word.

119:115 Depart from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commandments of my God.

119:116 Uphold me according to your word, that I may live.
Let me not be ashamed of my hope.

119:117 Hold me up, and I will be safe,
and will have respect for your statutes continually.

119:118 You reject all those who stray from your statutes,
for their deceit is in vain.

119:119 You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross.
Therefore I love your testimonies.

119:120 My flesh trembles for fear of you.
I am afraid of your judgments.

AYIN

119:121 I have done what is just and righteous.
Donít leave me to my oppressors.

119:122 Ensure your servantís well-being.
Donít let the proud oppress me.

119:123 My eyes fail looking for your salvation,
for your righteous word.

119:124 Deal with your servant according to your loving kindness.
Teach me your statutes.

119:125 I am your servant. Give me understanding,
that I may know your testimonies.

119:126 It is time to act, Yahweh,
for they break your law.

119:127 Therefore I love your commandments more than gold,
yes, more than pure gold.

119:128 Therefore I consider all of your precepts to be right.
I hate every false way.

PEY

119:129 Your testimonies are wonderful,
therefore my soul keeps them.

119:130 The entrance of your words gives light.
It gives understanding to the simple.

119:131 I opened my mouth wide and panted,
for I longed for your commandments.

119:132 Turn to me, and have mercy on me,
as you always do to those who love your name.

119:133 Establish my footsteps in your word.
Donít let any iniquity have dominion over me.

119:134 Redeem me from the oppression of man,
so I will observe your precepts.

119:135 Make your face shine on your servant.
Teach me your statutes.

119:136 Streams of tears run down my eyes,
because they donít observe your law.

TZADI

119:137 You are righteous, Yahweh.
Your judgments are upright.

119:138 You have commanded your statutes in righteousness.
They are fully trustworthy.

119:139 My zeal wears me out,
because my enemies ignore your words.

119:140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested,
and your servant loves them.

119:141 I am small and despised.
I donít forget your precepts.

119:142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness.
Your law is truth.

119:143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold of me.
Your commandments are my delight.

119:144 Your testimonies are righteous forever.
Give me understanding, that I may live.

KUF

119:145 I have called with my whole heart.
Answer me, Yahweh!
I will keep your statutes.

119:146 I have called to you. Save me!
I will obey your statutes.

119:147 I rise before dawn and cry for help.
I put my hope in your words.

119:148 My eyes stay open through the night watches,
that I might meditate on your word.

119:149 Hear my voice according to your loving kindness.
Revive me, Yahweh, according to your ordinances.

119:150 They draw near who follow after wickedness.
They are far from your law.

119:151 You are near, Yahweh.
All your commandments are truth.

119:152 Of old I have known from your testimonies,
that you have founded them forever.

RESH

119:153 Consider my affliction, and deliver me,
for I donít forget your law.

119:154 Plead my cause, and redeem me!
Revive me according to your promise.

119:155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
for they donít seek your statutes.

119:156 Great are your tender mercies, Yahweh.
Revive me according to your ordinances.

119:157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries.
I havenít swerved from your testimonies.

119:158 I look at the faithless with loathing,
because they donít observe your word.

119:159 Consider how I love your precepts.
Revive me, Yahweh, according to your loving kindness.

119:160 All of your words are truth.
Every one of your righteous ordinances endures forever.

SIN AND SHIN

119:161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause,
but my heart stands in awe of your words.

119:162 I rejoice at your word,
as one who finds great spoil.

119:163 I hate and abhor falsehood.
I love your law.

119:164 Seven times a day, I praise you,
because of your righteous ordinances.

119:165 Those who love your law have great peace.
Nothing causes them to stumble.

119:166 I have hoped for your salvation, Yahweh.
I have done your commandments.

119:167 My soul has observed your testimonies.
I love them exceedingly.

119:168 I have obeyed your precepts and your testimonies,
for all my ways are before you.

TAV

119:169 Let my cry come before you, Yahweh.
Give me understanding according to your word.

119:170 Let my supplication come before you.
Deliver me according to your word.

119:171 Let my lips utter praise,
for you teach me your statutes.

119:172 Let my tongue sing of your word,
for all your commandments are righteousness.

119:173 Let your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.

119:174 I have longed for your salvation, Yahweh.
Your law is my delight.

119:175 Let my soul live, that I may praise you.
Let your ordinances help me.

119:176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep.
Seek your servant, for I donít forget your commandments.

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