Meditations and Prayers Relating to the Law of God.

Aleph.

1 How blessed are those whose way is 1blameless, Who 2walk in the law of the LORD.
2 How blessed are those who 3observe His testimonies, Who 4seek Him 5with all their heart.
3 They also 6do no unrighteousness; They walk in His ways.
4 You have 7ordained Your precepts, That we should keep them diligently.
5 Oh that my 8ways may be established To 9keep Your statutes!
6 Then I 10shall not be ashamed When I look upon all Your commandments.
7 I shall 11give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments.
8 I shall keep Your statutes; Do not 12forsake me utterly *! Beth.

Beth.

9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By 13keeping it according to Your word.
10 With 14all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me 15wander from Your commandments.
11 Your word I have 16treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.
12 Blessed are You, O LORD; 17Teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips I have 18told of All the 19ordinances of Your mouth.
14 I have 20rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.
15 I will 21meditate on Your precepts And regard 22Your ways.
16 I shall 23delight in Your statutes; I shall 24not forget Your word. Gimel.

Gimel.

17 25Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.
19 I am a 26stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me.
20 My soul is crushed 27with longing After Your ordinances at all times.
21 You 28rebuke the arrogant, the 29cursed, Who 30wander from Your commandments.
22 31Take away reproach and contempt from me, For I 32observe Your testimonies.
23 Even though 33princes sit and talk against me, Your servant 34meditates on Your statutes.
24 Your testimonies also are my 35delight; They are my counselors *. Daleth.

Daleth.

25 My 36soul cleaves to the dust; 37Revive me 38according to Your word.
26 I have told of my ways, and You have answered me; 39Teach me Your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I will 40meditate on Your wonders.
28 My 41soul weeps because of grief; 42Strengthen me according to Your word.
29 Remove the false way from me, And graciously grant me Your law.
30 I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Your ordinances before me.
31 I 43cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame!
32 I shall run the way of Your commandments, For You will 44enlarge my heart. He.

He.

33 45Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, And I shall observe it to the end.
34 46Give me understanding, that I may 47observe Your law And keep it 48with all my heart.
35 Make me walk in the 49path of Your commandments, For I 50delight in it.
36 51Incline my heart to Your testimonies And not to 52dishonest gain.
37 Turn away my 53eyes from looking at vanity, And 54revive me in Your ways.
38 55Establish Your word to Your servant, As that which produces reverence for You.
39 56Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your ordinances are good.
40 Behold, I 57long for Your precepts; Revive me through Your righteousness. Vav.

Vav.

41 May Your 58lovingkindnesses also come to me, O LORD, Your salvation 59according to Your word;
42 So I will have an 60answer * for him who 61reproaches me, For I trust in Your word.
43 And do not take the word of truth utterly * out of my mouth, For I 62wait for Your ordinances.
44 So I will 63keep Your law continually, Forever and ever.
45 And I will 64walk at liberty, For I 65seek Your precepts.
46 I will also speak of Your testimonies 66before kings And shall not be ashamed.
47 I shall 67delight in Your commandments, Which I 68love.
48 And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments, Which I 69love; And I will 70meditate on Your statutes. Zayin.

Zayin.

49 Remember the word to Your servant, In which You have made me hope.
50 This is my 71comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me.
51 The arrogant 72utterly * deride me, Yet I do not 73turn aside from Your law.
52 I have 74remembered Your ordinances from of old, O LORD, And comfort myself.
53 Burning 75indignation has seized me because of the wicked, Who 76forsake Your law.
54 Your statutes are my songs In the house of my 77pilgrimage.
55 O LORD, I 78remember Your name 79in the night, And keep Your law.
56 This has become mine, That I 80observe Your precepts. Heth.

Heth.

57 The LORD is my 81portion; I have promised to 82keep Your words.
58 I 83sought Your favor 84with all my heart; 85Be gracious to me 86according to Your word.
59 I 87considered my ways And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
60 I hastened and did not delay To keep Your commandments.
61 The 88cords of the wicked have encircled me, But I have 89not forgotten Your law.
62 At 90midnight * I shall rise to give thanks to You Because of Your 91righteous ordinances.
63 I am a 92companion of all those who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts.
64 93The earth is full of Your lovingkindness, O LORD; 94Teach me Your statutes. Teth.

Teth.

65 You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your word.
67 96Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.
68 You are 97good and 98do good; 99Teach me Your statutes.
69 The arrogant have 100forged a lie against me; With all my heart I will 101observe Your precepts.
70 Their heart is 102covered with fat, But I 103delight in Your law.
71 It is 104good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.
72 The 105law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Yodh.

Yodh.

73 106Your hands made me and fashioned me; 107Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
74 May those who fear You 108see me and be glad, Because I 109wait for Your word.
75 I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are 110righteous, And that 111in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
76 O may Your lovingkindness comfort me, According to Your word to Your servant.
77 May 112Your compassion come to me that I may live, For Your law is my 113delight.
78 May 114the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me 115with a lie; But I shall 116meditate on Your precepts.
79 May those who fear You turn to me, Even those who know Your testimonies.
80 May my heart be 117blameless in Your statutes, So that I will not 118be ashamed. Kaph.

Kaph.

81 My 119soul languishes for Your salvation; I 120wait for Your word.
82 My 121eyes fail with longing for Your word, While I say, "When will You comfort me?"
83 Though I have 122become like a wineskin in the smoke, I do 123not forget Your statutes.
84 How many are the 124days of Your servant? When will You 125execute judgment on those who persecute me?
85 The arrogant have 126dug pits for me, Men who are not in accord with Your law.
86 All Your commandments are 127faithful; They have 128persecuted me with a lie; 129help me!
87 They almost destroyed me on earth, But as for me, I 130did not forsake Your precepts.
88 Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth. Lamedh.

Lamedh.

89 131Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.
90 Your 132faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You 133established the earth, and it 134stands.
91 They stand this day according to Your 135ordinances, For 136all things are Your servants.
92 If Your law had not been my 137delight, Then I would have perished 138in my affliction.
93 I will 139never * forget Your precepts, For by them You have 140revived me.
94 I am Yours, 141save me; For I have 142sought Your precepts.
95 The wicked 143wait for me to destroy me; I shall diligently consider Your testimonies.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection; Your commandment is exceedingly broad. Mem.

Mem.

97 O how I 144love Your law! It is my 145meditation all the day.
98 Your 146commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my 147meditation.
101 I have 150restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word.
102 I have not 151turned aside from Your ordinances, For You Yourself have taught me.
103 How 152sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Nun.

105 Your word is a 155lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
106 I have 156sworn and I will confirm it, That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.
107 I am exceedingly * 157afflicted; 158Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.
108 O accept the 159freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, And 160teach me Your ordinances.
109 My 161life is continually in my hand, Yet I do not 162forget Your law.
110 The wicked have 163laid a snare for me, Yet I have not 164gone astray from Your precepts.
111 I have 165inherited Your testimonies forever, For they are the 166joy of my heart.
112 I have 167inclined my heart to perform Your statutes Forever, even 168to the end. Samekh.

Samekh.

113 I hate those who are 169double-minded, But I love Your 170law.
114 You are my 171hiding place and my 172shield; I 173wait for Your word.
115 174Depart from me, evildoers, That I may 175observe the commandments of my God.
116 176Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live; And 177do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
117 Uphold me that I may be 178safe, That I may 179have regard for Your statutes continually.
118 You have rejected all those 180who wander from Your statutes, For their deceitfulness is useless.
119 You have removed all the wicked of the earth like 181dross; Therefore I 182love Your testimonies.
120 My flesh 183trembles for fear of You, And I am 184afraid of Your judgments. Ayin.

Ayin.

121 I have 185done justice and righteousness; Do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Be 186surety for Your servant for good; Do not let the arrogant 187oppress me.
123 My 188eyes fail with longing for Your salvation And for Your righteous word.
124 Deal with Your servant 189according to Your lovingkindness And 190teach me Your statutes.
125 191I am Your servant; 192give me understanding, That I may know Your testimonies.
126 It is time for the LORD to 193act, For they have broken Your law.

Pe.

130 The 199unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives 200understanding to the simple.
131 I 201opened my mouth wide and 202panted, For I 203longed for Your commandments.
132 204Turn to me and be gracious to me, After Your manner with those who love Your name.
133 Establish my 205footsteps in Your word, And do not let any iniquity 206have dominion over me.
134 207Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Your precepts.
135 208Make Your face shine upon Your servant, And 209teach me Your statutes.
136 My eyes shed 210streams of water, Because they 211do not keep Your law. Tsadhe.

Tsadhe.

137 212Righteous are You, O LORD, And upright are Your judgments.
139 My 215zeal has consumed me, Because my adversaries have forgotten Your words.
140 Your 216word is very pure, Therefore Your servant 217loves it.
141 I am small and 218despised, Yet I do not 219forget Your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And 220Your law is truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have come upon me, Yet Your commandments are my 221delight.
144 Your 222testimonies are righteous forever; 223Give me understanding that I may live. Qoph.

Qoph.

145 I cried 224with all my heart; answer me, O LORD! I will 225observe Your statutes.
146 I cried to You; 226save me And I shall keep Your testimonies.
147 I 227rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.
148 My eyes anticipate the 228night watches, That I may 229meditate on Your word.
149 Hear my voice 230according to Your lovingkindness; 231Revive me, O LORD, according to Your ordinances.
150 Those who follow after wickedness draw near; They are far from Your law.
151 You are 232near, O LORD, And all Your commandments are 233truth.
152 Of old I have 234known from Your testimonies That You have founded them 235forever. Resh.

Resh.

153 236Look upon my 237affliction and rescue me, For I do not 238forget Your law.
154 239Plead my cause and 240redeem me; Revive me according to Your word.
155 Salvation is 241far from the wicked, For they 242do not seek Your statutes.
156 243Great are Your mercies, O LORD; Revive me according to Your ordinances.
157 Many are my 244persecutors and my adversaries, Yet I do not 245turn aside from Your testimonies.
158 I behold the 246treacherous and 247loathe them, Because they do not keep Your word.
159 Consider how I 248love Your precepts; 249Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness.
160 The 250sum of Your word is 251truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances 252is everlasting. Shin.

Shin.

161 253Princes persecute me without cause, But my heart 254stands in awe of Your words.
162 I 255rejoice at Your word, As one who 256finds great spoil.
163 I 257hate and despise falsehood, But I 258love Your law.
165 Those who love Your law have 260great peace, And 261nothing causes them to stumble.
166 I 262hope for Your salvation, O LORD, And do Your commandments.
167 My 263soul keeps Your testimonies, And I 264love them exceedingly.
168 I 265keep Your precepts and Your testimonies, For all my 266ways are before You. Tav.

Tav.

169 Let my 267cry come before You, O LORD; 268Give me understanding 269according to Your word.
170 Let my 270supplication come before You; 271Deliver me according to Your word.
171 Let my 272lips utter praise, For You 273teach me Your statutes.
172 Let my 274tongue sing of Your word, For all Your 275commandments are righteousness.
173 Let Your 276hand be ready to help me, For I have 277chosen Your precepts.
174 I 278long for Your salvation, O LORD, And Your law is my 279delight.
175 Let my 280soul live that it may praise You, And let Your ordinances help me.
176 I have 281gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, For I do 282not forget Your commandments.