Psalm 119 ESV

Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet

1 a Blessed are those whose 1way is blameless, who 2walk in the law of the LORD!

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    • Ĺ 119:1 - This psalm is an acrostic poem of twenty-two stanzas, following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet; within a stanza, each verse begins with the same Hebrew letter
      2 Blessed are those who 3keep his 4testimonies, who 5seek him with their whole heart,

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          3 who also 6do no wrong, but walk in his ways!

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          4 You have commanded your 7precepts to be kept diligently.

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          5 Oh that my ways may 8be steadfast in keeping your statutes!

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          6 9Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.

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              7 I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn 10your righteous rules.b

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                • ĺ 119:7 - Or your just and righteous decrees; also verses 62, 106, 160, 164
                  8 I will keep your statutes; 11do not utterly forsake me!

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                  9 How can 12a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.

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                  10 13With my whole heart I seek you; let me not 14wander from your commandments!

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                      11 I have 15stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

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                      12 Blessed are you, O LORD; 16teach me your statutes!

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                          13 With my lips I 17declare all the rulesc of your mouth.

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                            • Ļ 119:13 - Or all the just decrees
                              14 In the way of your testimonies I 18delight as much as in all 19riches.

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                                  15 I will 20meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your 21ways.

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                                      16 I will 22delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

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                                        • 3449 119:16 - ver. 24, 47, 70, 77, 92, 143, 174
                                          17 23Deal bountifully with your servant, 24that I may live and keep your word.

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                                              18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
                                              19 I am 25a sojourner on the earth; 26hide not your commandments from me!

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                                              20 My soul is consumed with 27longing for your rulesd at all times.

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                                                • ļ 119:20 - Or your just decrees; also verses 30, 39, 43, 52, 75, 102, 108, 137, 156, 175
                                                  21 You rebuke 28the insolent, 29accursed ones, who 30wander from your commandments.

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                                                      22 Take away from me 31scorn and contempt, 32for I have kept your testimonies.

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                                                          23 Even though 33princes sit plotting against me, your servant will 34meditate on your statutes.

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                                                              24 Your testimonies are my 35delight; they are my 36counselors.

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                                                                  25 37My soul clings to the dust; 38give me life 39according to your word!

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                                                                      26 When 40I told of my ways, you answered me; 41teach me your statutes!

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                                                                          27 42Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will 43meditate on your wondrous works.

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                                                                              28 44My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!

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                                                                              29 Put false ways far from me and graciously 45teach me your law!

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                                                                                  30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I 46set your rules before me.

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                                                                                  31 I cling to your testimonies, O LORD; 47let me not be put to shame!

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                                                                                      32 I will run in the way of your commandments when you 48enlarge my heart!e

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                                                                                        • Ľ 119:32 - Or for you set my heart free
                                                                                          33 49Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it 50to the end.f

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                                                                                            • ľ 119:33 - Or keep it as my reward
                                                                                              34 51Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.

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                                                                                              35 52Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I 53delight in it.

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                                                                                                  36 54Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to 55selfish gain!

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                                                                                                  37 56Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and 57give me life in your ways.

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                                                                                                      38 58Confirm to your servant your promise, 59that you may be feared.

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                                                                                                      39 Turn away the 60reproach that I dread, for your rules are good.

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                                                                                                          40 Behold, I 61long for your precepts; 62in your righteousness give me life!

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                                                                                                              41 Let your 63steadfast love come to me, O LORD, your salvation 64according to your promise;

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                                                                                                                  42 then 65shall I have an answer for him 66who taunts me, for I trust in your word.

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                                                                                                                      43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my 67hope is in your rules.

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                                                                                                                          44 I will keep your law continually, forever and ever,
                                                                                                                          45 and I shall walk 68in a wide place, for I have 69sought your precepts.

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                                                                                                                              46 I will also speak of your testimonies 70before kings and shall not be put to shame,

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                                                                                                                              47 for I 71find my delight in your commandments, which I love.

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                                                                                                                                  48 I will 72lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will 73meditate on your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                      49 Remember 74your word to your servant, in which you have made me 75hope.

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                                                                                                                                          50 This is 76my comfort in my affliction, that your promise 77gives me life.

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                                                                                                                                              51 78The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not 79turn away from your law.

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                                                                                                                                                  52 When I think of your rules from of old, I take comfort, O LORD.
                                                                                                                                                  53 80Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake your law.

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                                                                                                                                                  54 Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my 81sojourning.

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                                                                                                                                                  55 I 82remember your name in the night, O LORD, and keep your law.

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                                                                                                                                                  56 This blessing has fallen to me, that 83I have kept your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                    • 3510 119:56 - ver. 22, 69, 100
                                                                                                                                                      57 84The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words.

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                                                                                                                                                      58 I 85entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me 86according to your promise.

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                                                                                                                                                          59 When I 87think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies;

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                                                                                                                                                          60 I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.
                                                                                                                                                          61 Though 88the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not 89forget your law.

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                                                                                                                                                              62 At 90midnight I rise to praise you, because of your 91righteous rules.

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                                                                                                                                                                  63 92I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                                  64 93The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love; 94teach me your statutes!

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                                                                                                                                                                      65 You have dealt well with your servant, O LORD, 95according to your word.

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                                                                                                                                                                          66 Teach me 96good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.

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                                                                                                                                                                          67 97Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word.

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                                                                                                                                                                          68 98You are good and do good; 99teach me your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                              69 100The insolent 101smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I 102keep your precepts;

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                                                                                                                                                                                  70 their heart is unfeeling 103like fat, but I 104delight in your law.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      71 It is 105good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          72 106The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          73 107Your hands have made and fashioned me; 108give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              74 Those who fear you shall see me and 109rejoice, because I have 110hoped in your word.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              75 I know, O LORD, that your rules are 111righteous, and that in 112faithfulness you have afflicted me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  76 Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  77 Let your 113mercy come to me, that I may live; for your law is my 114delight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      78 Let 115the insolent be put to 116shame, because they have 117wronged me with falsehood; as for me, I will 118meditate on your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          79 Let those who fear you 119turn to me, that they may know your testimonies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          80 May my heart be 120blameless in your statutes, 121that I may not be put to shame!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              81 My soul 122longs for your salvation; I 123hope in your word.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  82 My 124eyes long for your promise; I ask, 125"When will you comfort me?"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  83 For I have 126become like a 127wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  84 128How long must your servant endure?g 129When will you judge those who persecute me?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ŀ 119:84 - Hebrew How many are the days of your servant?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      85 130The insolent have 131dug pitfalls for me; they do not live according to your law.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          86 All your commandments are 132sure; they persecute me 133with falsehood; 134help me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              87 They have almost made an end of me on earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              88 In your steadfast love 135give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  89 Forever, O LORD, your 136word is firmly fixed in the heavens.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  90 Your 137faithfulness endures to all generations; you have 138established the earth, and it 139stands fast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  91 By your 140appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  92 If your law had not been my 141delight, I would have perished in my affliction.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      93 I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have 142given me life.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          94 I am yours; save me, 143for I have sought your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              95 The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              96 I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly 144broad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              97 Oh how 145I love your law! It is my 146meditation all the day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  98 Your commandment makes me 147wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for 148your testimonies are my meditation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  100 I understand more than 149the aged,h for I 150keep your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      101 I 151hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      102 I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      103 How 152sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      104 Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore 153I hate every false way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          105 154Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          106 I have 155sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your 156righteous rules.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          107 I am severely 157afflicted; 158give me life, O LORD, according to your word!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              108 Accept 159my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and 160teach me your rules.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  109 I hold my life 161in my hand continually, but I do not 162forget your law.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      110 The wicked have laid 163a snare for me, but 164I do not stray from your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          111 Your testimonies are 165my heritage forever, for they are 166the joy of my heart.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              112 I 167incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, 168to the end.i

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ł 119:112 - Or statutes; the reward is eternal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  113 I hate 169the double-minded, but I love 170your law.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      114 You are my 171hiding place and my 172shield; I 173hope in your word.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          115 174Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may 175keep the commandments of my God.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              116 Uphold me 176according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be 177put to shame in my 178hope!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  117 179Hold me up, that I may be safe and have regard for your statutes continually!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  118 You 180spurn all who 181go astray from your statutes, for their cunning is in vain.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like 182dross, therefore 183I love your testimonies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      120 My flesh 184trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      121 I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      122 Give your servant 185a pledge of good; let not 186the insolent oppress me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          123 My 187eyes long for your salvation and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love, and 188teach me your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  125 I am your 189servant; 190give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      126 It is time for the LORD to act, for your law has been broken.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      127 Therefore I 191love your commandments above gold, above fine gold.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      128 Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right; I hate every 192false way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          129 Your testimonies are 193wonderful; therefore my soul 194keeps them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts 195understanding to the simple.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              131 I 196open my mouth and 197pant, because I 198long for your commandments.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              132 199Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with those who love your name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              133 200Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity 201get dominion over me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              134 202Redeem me from man's oppression, that I may keep your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              135 203Make your face shine upon your servant, and 204teach me your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  136 My eyes 205shed streams of tears, because people 206do not keep your law.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  137 207Righteous are you, O LORD, and right are your rules.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  138 You have appointed your testimonies in 208righteousness and in all 209faithfulness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      139 My 210zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      140 Your promise is well 211tried, and your servant 212loves it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          141 I am small and despised, yet I do not 213forget your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              142 Your righteousness is righteous forever, and your law is 214true.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  143 Trouble and anguish have found me out, but your commandments are my 215delight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      144 Your testimonies are righteous forever; 216give me understanding that I may 217live.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          145 With my 218whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD! I will 219keep your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              146 I call to you; save me, that I may observe your testimonies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              147 I rise before 220dawn and cry for help; I 221hope in your words.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  148 My eyes are awake before 222the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  149 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O LORD, 223according to your justice 224give me life.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from your law.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      151 But 225you are near, O LORD, and all your commandments are 226true.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          152 Long have I known from your testimonies that you have 227founded them forever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              153 Look on my 228affliction and deliver me, for 229I do not forget your law.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  154 230Plead my cause and redeem me; 231give me life according to your promise!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      155 232Salvation is far from the wicked, 233for they do not seek your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          156 234Great is your mercy, O LORD; 235give me life according to your rules.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              157 236Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not 237swerve from your testimonies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  158 I look at 238the faithless with 239disgust, because they do not keep your commands.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      159 Consider how I 240love your precepts! 241Give me life according to your steadfast love.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          160 242The sum of your word is 243truth, and every one of your 244righteous rules endures forever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              161 245Princes persecute me 246without cause, but my heart 247stands in awe of your words.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  162 I 248rejoice at your word like one who 249finds great spoil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      163 I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love 250your law.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          164 Seven times a day I praise you for your 251righteous rules.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              165 Great 252peace have those who love your law; 253nothing can make them stumble.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              166 I 254hope for your salvation, O LORD, and I do your commandments.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              167 My soul keeps your testimonies; I 255love them exceedingly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  168 I keep your precepts and testimonies, 256for all my ways are before you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  169 Let my 257cry come before you, O LORD; 258give me understanding 259according to your word!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      170 Let my plea come before you; 260deliver me according to your word.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          171 My lips will 261pour forth praise, for you 262teach me your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              172 My tongue will sing of your word, for 263all your commandments are right.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  173 Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have 264chosen your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  174 I 265long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my 266delight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      175 Let my soul live and praise you, and let your rules help me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      176 I have 267gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not 268forget your commandments.

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