Psalms - Chapter 119


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1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.

1 <ALEPH> Happy are they who are without sin in their ways, walking in the law of the Lord.

2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

2 Happy are they who keep his unchanging word, searching after him with all their heart.

3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

3 They do no evil; they go in his ways.

4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

4 You have put your orders into our hearts, so that we might keep them with care.

5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

5 If only my ways were ordered so that I might keep your rules!

6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

6 Then I would not be put to shame, as long as I have respect for all your teaching.

7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.

7 I will give you praise with an upright heart in learning your right decisions.

8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

8 I will keep your rules: O give me not up completely.

9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

9 <BETH> How may a young man make his way clean? by guiding it after your word.

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

10 I have made search for you with all my heart: O let me not go wandering far from your teaching.

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

11 I have kept your sayings secretly in my heart, so that I might do no sin against you.

12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.

12 Praise be to you, O Lord: give me knowledge of your rules.

13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.

13 With my lips have I made clear all the decisions of your mouth.

14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

14 I have taken as much delight in the way of your unchanging word, as in all wealth.

15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

15 I will give thought to your orders, and have respect for your ways.

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

16 I will have delight in your rules; I will not let your word go out of my mind.

17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.

17 <GIMEL> Give me, your servant, the reward of life, so that I may keep your word;

18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

18 Let my eyes be open to see the wonders of your law.

19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

19 I am living in a strange land: do not let your teachings be kept secret from me.

20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

20 My soul is broken with desire for your decisions at all times.

21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.

21 Your hand has been against the men of pride, a curse is on those who go wandering out of your way.

22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.

22 Take away from me shame and bitter words; for I have kept your unchanging word in my heart.

23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

23 Rulers make evil designs against me; but your servant gives thought to your rules.

24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.

24 Your unchanging word is my delight, and the guide of my footsteps.

25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.

25 <DALETH> My soul is joined to the dust: O give me life, in keeping with your word.

26 I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.

26 I put the record of my ways before you, and you gave me an answer: O give me knowledge of your rules.

27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

27 Make the way of your orders clear to me; then my thoughts will be ever on your wonders.

28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

28 My soul is wasted with sorrow; give me strength again in keeping with your word

29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.

29 Take from me every false way; and in mercy give me your law.

30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.

30 I have taken the way of faith: I have kept your decisions before me.

31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.

31 I have been true to your unchanging word; O Lord, do not put me to shame.

32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

32 I will go quickly in the way of your teaching, because you have given me a free heart.

33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.

33 <HE> O Lord, let me see the way of your rules, and I will keep it to the end.

34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

34 Give me wisdom, so that I may keep your law; going after it with all my heart.

35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.

35 Make me go in the way of your teachings; for they are my delight.

36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

36 Let my heart be turned to your unchanging word, and not to evil desire.

37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

37 Let my eyes be turned away from what is false; give me life in your ways.

38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.

38 Give effect to your word to your servant, in whose heart is the fear of you.

39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.

39 Take away the shame which is my fear; for your decisions are good.

40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.

40 See how great is my desire for your orders: give me life in your righteousness.

41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

41 <VAU> Let your mercies come to me, O Lord, even your salvation, as you have said.

42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.

42 So that I may have an answer for the man who would put me to shame; for I have faith in your word.

43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.

43 Take not your true word quite out of my mouth; for I have put my hope in your decisions.

44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.

44 So that I may keep your law for ever and ever;

45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.

45 So that my way may be in a wide place: because my search has been for your orders.

46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.

46 So that I may give knowledge of your unchanging word before kings, and not be put to shame.

47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

47 And so that I may take delight in your teachings, to which I have given my love.

48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.

48 And so that my hands may be stretched out to you; and I will give thought to your rules.

49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

49 <ZAIN> Keep in mind your word to your servant, for on it has my hope been fixed.

50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

50 This is my comfort in my trouble; that your sayings have given me life.

51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.

51 The men of pride have made great sport of me; but I have not been turned from your law.

52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.

52 I have kept the memory of your decisions from times past, O Lord; and they have been my comfort.

53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.

53 I am burning with wrath, because of the sinners who have given up your law.

54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

54 Your rules have been melodies to me, while I have been living in strange lands.

55 I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law.

55 I have given thought to your name in the night, O Lord, and have kept your law.

56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.

56 This has been true of me, that I have kept your orders in my heart.

57 Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words.

57 <CHETH> The Lord is my heritage: I have said that I would be ruled by your words.

58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.

58 I have given my mind to do your pleasure with all my heart; have mercy on me, as you have said.

59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

59 I gave thought to my steps, and my feet were turned into the way of your unchanging word.

60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

60 I was quick to do your orders, and let no time be wasted.

61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.

61 The cords of evil-doers are round me; but I have kept in mind your law.

62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

62 In the middle of the night I will get up to give you praise, because of all your right decisions.

63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

63 I keep company with all your worshippers, and those who have your orders in their memory.

64 The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

64 The earth, O Lord, is full of your mercy: give me knowledge of your rules.

65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.

65 <TETH> You have done good to your servant, O Lord, in keeping with your word.

66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

66 Give me knowledge and good sense; for I have put my faith in your teachings.

67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

67 Before I was in trouble I went out of the way; but now I keep your word.

68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.

68 You are good, and your works are good; give me knowledge of your rules.

69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.

69 The men of pride have said false things about me; but I will keep your orders in my heart.

70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.

70 Their hearts are shut up with fat; but my delight is in your law.

71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

71 It is good for me to have been through trouble; so that I might come to the knowledge of your rules.

72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

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

73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

73 <JOD> Your hands have made me, and given me form: give me wisdom, so that I may have knowledge of your teaching.

74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.

74 Your worshippers will see me and be glad; because my hope has been in your word.

75 I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

75 I have seen, O Lord, that your decisions are right, and that in unchanging faith you have sent trouble on me.

76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.

76 Let your mercy now be my comfort, as you have said to your servant.

77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.

77 Let your gentle mercies come to me, so that I may have life; for your law is my delight.

78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.

78 Let the men of pride be shamed; because they have falsely given decision against me; but I will give thought to your orders.

79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.

79 Let your worshippers be turned to me, and those who have knowledge of your words.

80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.

80 Let all my heart be given to your orders, so that I may not be put to shame.

81 My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.

81 <CAPH> My soul is wasted with desire for your salvation: but I have hope in your word.

82 Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?

82 My eyes are full of weariness with searching for your word, saying, When will you give me comfort?

83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.

83 For I have become like a wine-skin black with smoke; but I still keep the memory of your rules.

84 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?

84 How short is the life of your servant! when will you give your decision against those who are attacking me?

85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.

85 The men of pride, who are turned away from your law, have put nets for me.

86 All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.

86 All your teachings are certain; they go after me with evil design; give me your help.

87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.

87 They had almost put an end to me on earth; but I did not give up your orders.

88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.

88 Give me life in your mercy; so that I may be ruled by the unchanging word of your mouth.

89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

89 <LAMED> For ever, O Lord, your word is fixed in heaven.

90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

90 Your faith is unchanging from generation to generation: you have put the earth in its place, and it is not moved.

91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.

91 They are ruled this day by your decisions; for all things are your servants.

92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

92 If your law had not been my delight, my troubles would have put an end to me.

93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.

93 I will ever keep your orders in mind; for in them I have life.

94 I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.

94 I am yours, O be my saviour; for my desire has been for your rules.

95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.

95 The sinners have been waiting for me to give me up to destruction; but I will give all my mind to your unchanging ward.

96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

96 I have seen that nothing on earth is complete; but your teaching is very wide.

97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

97 <MEM> O what love I have for your law! I give thought to it all the day.

98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.

98 Your teaching has made me wiser than my haters: for it is mine for ever.

99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

99 I have more knowledge than all my teachers, because I give thought to your unchanging word.

100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

100 I have more wisdom than the old, because I have kept your orders.

101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.

101 I have kept back my feet from all evil ways, so that I might be true to your word.

102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.

102 My heart has not been turned away from your decisions; for you have been my teacher.

103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

103 How sweet are your sayings to my taste! truly, they are sweeter than honey in my mouth!

104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

104 Through your orders I get wisdom; for this reason I am a hater of every false way.

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

105 <NUN> Your word is a light for my feet, ever shining on my way.

106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.

106 I have made an oath and kept it, to be guided by your upright decisions.

107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word.

107 I am greatly troubled, O Lord, give me life in keeping with your word.

108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments.

108 Take, O Lord, the free offerings of my mouth, and give me knowledge of your decisions.

109 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.

109 My soul is ever in danger; but I still keep the memory of your law.

110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.

110 Sinners have put a net to take me; but I was true to your orders.

111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

111 I have taken your unchanging word as an eternal heritage; for it is the joy of my heart.

112 I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.

112 My heart is ever ready to keep your rules, even to the end.

113 I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.

113 <SAMECH> I am a hater of men of doubting mind; but I am a lover of your law.

114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

114 You are my secret place and my breastplate against danger; my hope is in your word.

115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.

115 Go far from me, you evil-doers; so that I may keep the teachings of my God.

116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.

116 Be my support as you have said, and give me life; let not my hope be turned to shame.

117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

117 Let me not be moved, and I will be safe, and ever take delight in your rules.

118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.

118 You have overcome all those who are wandering from your rules; for all their thoughts are false.

119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.

119 All the sinners of the earth are like waste metal in your eyes; and for this cause I give my love to your unchanging word.

120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.

120 My flesh is moved for fear of you; I give honour to your decisions.

121 I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.

121 <AIN> I have done what is good and right: you will not give me into the hands of those who are working against me.

122 Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.

122 Take your servant's interests into your keeping; let me not be crushed by the men of pride.

123 Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.

123 My eyes are wasted with desire for your salvation, and for the word of your righteousness.

124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.

124 Be good to your servant in your mercy, and give me teaching in your rules.

125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.

125 I am your servant; give me wisdom, so that I may have knowledge of your unchanging word.

126 It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.

126 It is time, O Lord, for you to let your work be seen; for they have made your law without effect.

127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.

127 For this reason I have greater love far your teachings than for gold, even for shining gold.

128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.

128 Because of it I keep straight in all things by your orders; and I am a hater of every false way.

129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.

129 <PE> Your unchanging word is full of wonder; for this reason my soul keeps it.

130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

130 The opening of your words gives light; it gives good sense to the simple.

131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.

131 My mouth was open wide, waiting with great desire for your teachings.

132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.

132 Let your eyes be turned to me, and have mercy on me, as it is right for you to do to those who are lovers of your name.

133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

133 Let my steps be guided by your word; and let not sin have control over me.

134 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.

134 Make me free from the cruel rule of man; then I will keep your orders.

135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

135 Let your servant see the shining of your face; give me knowledge of your rules.

136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

136 Rivers of water are flowing from my eyes, because men do not keep your law.

137 Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.

137 <TZADE> O Lord, great is your righteousness, and upright are your decisions.

138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

138 You have given your unchanging word in righteousness, and it is for ever.

139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.

139 My passion has overcome me; because my haters are turned away from your words.

140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

140 Your word is of tested value; and it is dear to your servant.

141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.

141 I am small and of no account; but I keep your orders in mind.

142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

142 Your righteousness is an unchanging righteousness, and your law is certain.

143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.

143 Pain and trouble have overcome me: but your teachings are my delight.

144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

144 The righteousness of your unchanging word is eternal; give me wisdom so that I may have life.

145 I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.

145 <KOPH> I have made my prayer with all my heart; give answer to me, O Lord: I will keep your rules.

146 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.

146 My cry has gone up to you; take me out of trouble, and I will be guided by your unchanging word.

147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.

147 Before the sun is up, my cry for help comes to your ear; my hope is in your words.

148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

148 In the night watches I am awake, so that I may give thought to your saying.

149 Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.

149 Let my voice come to you, in your mercy; O Lord, by your decisions give me life.

150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.

150 Those who have evil designs against me come near; they are far from your law.

151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.

151 You are near, O Lord; and all your teachings are true.

152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

152 I have long had knowledge that your unchanging word is for ever.

153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.

153 <RESH> O see my trouble, and be my saviour; for I keep your law in my mind,

154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.

154 Undertake my cause, and come to my help, give me life, as you have said.

155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.

155 Salvation is far from evil-doers; for they have made no search for your rules.

156 Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.

156 Great is the number of your mercies, O Lord; give me life in keeping with your decisions.

157 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.

157 Great is the number of those who are against me; but I have not been turned away from your unchanging word.

158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.

158 I saw with hate those who were untrue to you; for they did not keep your saying.

159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.

159 See how great is my love for your orders: give me life, O Lord, in keeping with your mercy.

160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

160 Your word is true from the first; and your upright decision is unchanging for ever.

161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.

161 <SHIN> Rulers have been cruel to me without cause; but I have the fear of your word in my heart.

162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

162 I am delighted by your saying, like a man who makes discovery of great wealth.

163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.

163 I am full of hate and disgust for false words; but I am a lover of your law.

164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

164 Seven times a day do I give you praise, because of your upright decisions.

165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

165 Great peace have lovers of your law; they have no cause for falling.

166 LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.

166 Lord, my hope has been in your salvation; and I have kept your teachings.

167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.

167 My soul has kept your unchanging word; great is my love for it.

168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.

168 I have been ruled by your orders; for all my ways are before you.

169 Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.

169 <TAU> Let my cry come before you, O Lord; give me wisdom in keeping with your word.

170 Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.

170 Let my prayer come before you; take me out of trouble, as you have said.

171 My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.

171 Let my lips be flowing with praise, because you have given me knowledge of your rules.

172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

172 Let my tongue make songs in praise of your word; for all your teachings are righteousness.

173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.

173 Let your hand be near for my help; for I have given my heart to your orders.

174 I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight.

174 All my desire has been for your salvation, O Lord; and your law is my delight.

175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.

175 Give life to my soul so that it may give you praise; and let your decisions be my support.

176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

176 I have gone out of the way like a wandering sheep; make search for your servant; for I keep your teachings ever in mind.




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