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.

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    • a 119:1 - Lit "complete;" or "having integrity"
      2 How blessed are those who 3observe His testimonies, Who 4seek Him 5with all their heart.

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      3 They also 6do no unrighteousness; They walk in His ways.

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      4 You have 7ordained Your precepts, That we should keep them diligently.

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        • b 119:4 - Lit "commanded"
        • c 119:4 - Lit "To keep"
          5 Oh that my 8ways may be established To 9keep Your statutes!

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          6 Then I 10shall not be ashamed When I look upon all Your commandments.

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          7 I shall 11give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments.

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          8 I shall keep Your statutes; Do not 12forsake me utterly *! Beth.

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          Beth.

          9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By 13keeping it according to Your word.

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          10 With 14all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me 15wander from Your commandments.

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          11 Your word I have 16treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

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          12 Blessed are You, O LORD; 17Teach me Your statutes.

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          13 With my lips I have 18told of All the 19ordinances of Your mouth.

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          14 I have 20rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.

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            • e 119:14 - Lit "As over all"
              15 I will 21meditate on Your precepts And regard 22Your ways.

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              16 I shall 23delight in Your statutes; I shall 24not forget Your word. Gimel.

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              Gimel.

              17 25Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word.

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              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.

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              20 My soul is crushed 27with longing After Your ordinances at all times.

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              21 You 28rebuke the arrogant, the 29cursed, Who 30wander from Your commandments.

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                • i 119:21 - Or "Cursed are those who wander..."
                  22 31Take away reproach and contempt from me, For I 32observe Your testimonies.

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                  23 Even though 33princes sit and talk against me, Your servant 34meditates on Your statutes.

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                  24 Your testimonies also are my 35delight; They are my counselors *. Daleth.

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                    • j 119:24 - Lit "the men of my counsel"

                      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.

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                      27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I will 40meditate on Your wonders.

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                      28 My 41soul weeps because of grief; 42Strengthen me according to Your word.

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                      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.

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                        • l 119:30 - Or "accounted Your ordinances worthy"
                          31 I 43cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame!

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                          32 I shall run the way of Your commandments, For You will 44enlarge my heart. He.

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                          He.

                          33 45Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, And I shall observe it to the end.

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                          34 46Give me understanding, that I may 47observe Your law And keep it 48with all my heart.

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                          35 Make me walk in the 49path of Your commandments, For I 50delight in it.

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                          36 51Incline my heart to Your testimonies And not to 52dishonest gain.

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                          37 Turn away my 53eyes from looking at vanity, And 54revive me in Your ways.

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                          38 55Establish Your word to Your servant, As that which produces reverence for You.

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                            • m 119:38 - Or "promise"
                            • n 119:38 - Lit "Which is for the fear of You"
                              39 56Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your ordinances are good.

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                              40 Behold, I 57long for Your precepts; Revive me through Your righteousness. Vav.

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                              Vav.

                              41 May Your 58lovingkindnesses also come to me, O LORD, Your salvation 59according to Your word;

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                              42 So I will have an 60answer * for him who 61reproaches me, For I trust in Your word.

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                              43 And do not take the word of truth utterly * out of my mouth, For I 62wait for Your ordinances.

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                              44 So I will 63keep Your law continually, Forever and ever.

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                              45 And I will 64walk at liberty, For I 65seek Your precepts.

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                                • q 119:45 - Lit "in a wide place"
                                  46 I will also speak of Your testimonies 66before kings And shall not be ashamed.

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                                  47 I shall 67delight in Your commandments, Which I 68love.

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                                  48 And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments, Which I 69love; And I will 70meditate on Your statutes. Zayin.

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                                  Zayin.

                                  49 Remember the word to Your servant, In which You have made me hope.

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                                      50 This is my 71comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me.

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                                        • t 119:50 - Or "preserved me alive"
                                          51 The arrogant 72utterly * deride me, Yet I do not 73turn aside from Your law.

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                                          52 I have 74remembered Your ordinances from of old, O LORD, And comfort myself.

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                                              53 Burning 75indignation has seized me because of the wicked, Who 76forsake Your law.

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                                              54 Your statutes are my songs In the house of my 77pilgrimage.

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                                              55 O LORD, I 78remember Your name 79in the night, And keep Your law.

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                                              56 This has become mine, That I 80observe Your precepts. Heth.

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                                              Heth.

                                              57 The LORD is my 81portion; I have promised to 82keep Your words.

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                                                • w 119:57 - Lit "said that I would keep"
                                                  58 I 83sought Your favor 84with all my heart; 85Be gracious to me 86according to Your word.

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                                                  59 I 87considered my ways And turned my feet to Your testimonies.

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                                                  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.

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                                                  62 At 90midnight * I shall rise to give thanks to You Because of Your 91righteous ordinances.

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                                                  63 I am a 92companion of all those who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts.

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                                                  64 93The earth is full of Your lovingkindness, O LORD; 94Teach me Your statutes. Teth.

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                                                  Teth.

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

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                                                      66 Teach me good 95discernment and knowledge, For I believe in Your commandments.

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                                                          67 96Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.

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                                                          68 You are 97good and 98do good; 99Teach me Your statutes.

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                                                          69 The arrogant have 100forged a lie against me; With all my heart I will 101observe Your precepts.

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                                                            • { 119:69 - Lit "besmear me with lies"
                                                              70 Their heart is 102covered with fat, But I 103delight in Your law.

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                                                              71 It is 104good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.

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                                                              72 The 105law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Yodh.

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                                                              Yodh.

                                                              73 106Your hands made me and fashioned me; 107Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.

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                                                              74 May those who fear You 108see me and be glad, Because I 109wait for Your word.

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                                                                  75 I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are 110righteous, And that 111in faithfulness You have afflicted me.

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                                                                  76 O may Your lovingkindness comfort me, According to Your word to Your servant.

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                                                                    • € 119:76 - Lit "be for my comfort"
                                                                    •  119:76 - Or "promise"
                                                                      77 May 112Your compassion come to me that I may live, For Your law is my 113delight.

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                                                                      78 May 114the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me 115with a lie; But I shall 116meditate on Your precepts.

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                                                                      79 May those who fear You turn to me, Even those who know Your testimonies.

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                                                                          80 May my heart be 117blameless in Your statutes, So that I will not 118be ashamed. Kaph.

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                                                                            • ƒ 119:80 - Lit "complete;" or "having integrity"

                                                                              Kaph.

                                                                              81 My 119soul languishes for Your salvation; I 120wait for Your word.

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                                                                                  82 My 121eyes fail with longing for Your word, While I say, "When will You comfort me?"

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                                                                                      83 Though I have 122become like a wineskin in the smoke, I do 123not forget Your statutes.

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                                                                                      84 How many are the 124days of Your servant? When will You 125execute judgment on those who persecute me?

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                                                                                      85 The arrogant have 126dug pits for me, Men who are not in accord with Your law.

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                                                                                        • ‡ 119:85 - Lit "according to Your law"
                                                                                          86 All Your commandments are 127faithful; They have 128persecuted me with a lie; 129help me!

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                                                                                          87 They almost destroyed me on earth, But as for me, I 130did not forsake Your precepts.

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                                                                                            • ˆ 119:87 - Lit "in the earth"
                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                              90 Your 132faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You 133established the earth, and it 134stands.

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                                                                                              91 They stand this day according to Your 135ordinances, For 136all things are Your servants.

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                                                                                              92 If Your law had not been my 137delight, Then I would have perished 138in my affliction.

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                                                                                              93 I will 139never * forget Your precepts, For by them You have 140revived me.

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                                                                                                • ‹ 119:93 - Or "kept me alive"
                                                                                                  94 I am Yours, 141save me; For I have 142sought Your precepts.

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                                                                                                  95 The wicked 143wait for me to destroy me; I shall diligently consider Your testimonies.

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                                                                                                  96 I have seen a limit to all perfection; Your commandment is exceedingly broad. Mem.

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                                                                                                      Mem.

                                                                                                      97 O how I 144love Your law! It is my 145meditation all the day.

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                                                                                                      98 Your 146commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine.

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                                                                                                      99 I have more insight than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my 147meditation.

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                                                                                                      100 I understand 148more than the aged, Because I have 149observed Your precepts.

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                                                                                                      101 I have 150restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word.

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                                                                                                      102 I have not 151turned aside from Your ordinances, For You Yourself have taught me.

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                                                                                                      103 How 152sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

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                                                                                                          104 From Your precepts I 153get understanding; Therefore * I 154hate every false way. Nun.

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                                                                                                          Nun.

                                                                                                          105 Your word is a 155lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

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                                                                                                          106 I have 156sworn and I will confirm it, That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.

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                                                                                                          107 I am exceedingly * 157afflicted; 158Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.

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                                                                                                              108 O accept the 159freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, And 160teach me Your ordinances.

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                                                                                                              109 My 161life is continually in my hand, Yet I do not 162forget Your law.

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                                                                                                                  110 The wicked have 163laid a snare for me, Yet I have not 164gone astray from Your precepts.

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                                                                                                                  111 I have 165inherited Your testimonies forever, For they are the 166joy of my heart.

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                                                                                                                  112 I have 167inclined my heart to perform Your statutes Forever, even 168to the end. Samekh.

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                                                                                                                  Samekh.

                                                                                                                  113 I hate those who are 169double-minded, But I love Your 170law.

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                                                                                                                  114 You are my 171hiding place and my 172shield; I 173wait for Your word.

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                                                                                                                  115 174Depart from me, evildoers, That I may 175observe the commandments of my God.

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                                                                                                                  116 176Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live; And 177do not let me be ashamed of my hope.

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                                                                                                                    • ” 119:116 - Or "promise"
                                                                                                                    • • 119:116 - Lit "put to shame because of"
                                                                                                                      117 Uphold me that I may be 178safe, That I may 179have regard for Your statutes continually.

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                                                                                                                      118 You have rejected all those 180who wander from Your statutes, For their deceitfulness is useless.

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                                                                                                                          119 You have removed all the wicked of the earth like 181dross; Therefore I 182love Your testimonies.

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                                                                                                                          120 My flesh 183trembles for fear of You, And I am 184afraid of Your judgments. Ayin.

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                                                                                                                            • ™ 119:120 - Lit "bristles up from"

                                                                                                                              Ayin.

                                                                                                                              121 I have 185done justice and righteousness; Do not leave me to my oppressors.

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                                                                                                                              122 Be 186surety for Your servant for good; Do not let the arrogant 187oppress me.

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                                                                                                                              123 My 188eyes fail with longing for Your salvation And for Your righteous word.

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                                                                                                                              124 Deal with Your servant 189according to Your lovingkindness And 190teach me Your statutes.

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                                                                                                                              125 191I am Your servant; 192give me understanding, That I may know Your testimonies.

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                                                                                                                              126 It is time for the LORD to 193act, For they have broken Your law.

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                                                                                                                              127 Therefore * I 194love Your commandments Above gold, yes, above fine gold.

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                                                                                                                              128 Therefore * I esteem right all Your 195precepts concerning everything, I 196hate every false way. Pe.

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                                                                                                                              Pe.

                                                                                                                              129 Your testimonies are 197wonderful; Therefore * my soul 198observes them.

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                                                                                                                              130 The 199unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives 200understanding to the simple.

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                                                                                                                              131 I 201opened my mouth wide and 202panted, For I 203longed for Your commandments.

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                                                                                                                              132 204Turn to me and be gracious to me, After Your manner with those who love Your name.

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                                                                                                                              133 Establish my 205footsteps in Your word, And do not let any iniquity 206have dominion over me.

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                                                                                                                              134 207Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Your precepts.

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                                                                                                                              135 208Make Your face shine upon Your servant, And 209teach me Your statutes.

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                                                                                                                              136 My eyes shed 210streams of water, Because they 211do not keep Your law. Tsadhe.

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                                                                                                                              Tsadhe.

                                                                                                                              137 212Righteous are You, O LORD, And upright are Your judgments.

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                                                                                                                              138 You have commanded Your testimonies in 213righteousness And exceeding 214faithfulness.

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                                                                                                                              139 My 215zeal has consumed me, Because my adversaries have forgotten Your words.

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                                                                                                                                  140 Your 216word is very pure, Therefore Your servant 217loves it.

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                                                                                                                                      141 I am small and 218despised, Yet I do not 219forget Your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                      142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And 220Your law is truth.

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                                                                                                                                      143 Trouble and anguish have come upon me, Yet Your commandments are my 221delight.

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                                                                                                                                          144 Your 222testimonies are righteous forever; 223Give me understanding that I may live. Qoph.

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                                                                                                                                          Qoph.

                                                                                                                                          145 I cried 224with all my heart; answer me, O LORD! I will 225observe Your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                          146 I cried to You; 226save me And I shall keep Your testimonies.

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                                                                                                                                          147 I 227rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.

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                                                                                                                                              148 My eyes anticipate the 228night watches, That I may 229meditate on Your word.

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                                                                                                                                              149 Hear my voice 230according to Your lovingkindness; 231Revive me, O LORD, according to Your ordinances.

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                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                              152 Of old I have 234known from Your testimonies That You have founded them 235forever. Resh.

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                                                                                                                                              Resh.

                                                                                                                                              153 236Look upon my 237affliction and rescue me, For I do not 238forget Your law.

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                                                                                                                                              154 239Plead my cause and 240redeem me; Revive me according to Your word.

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                                                                                                                                              155 Salvation is 241far from the wicked, For they 242do not seek Your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                              156 243Great are Your mercies, O LORD; Revive me according to Your ordinances.

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                                                                                                                                              157 Many are my 244persecutors and my adversaries, Yet I do not 245turn aside from Your testimonies.

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                                                                                                                                              158 I behold the 246treacherous and 247loathe them, Because they do not keep Your word.

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                                                                                                                                              159 Consider how I 248love Your precepts; 249Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness.

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                                                                                                                                              160 The 250sum of Your word is 251truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances 252is everlasting. Shin.

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                                                                                                                                              Shin.

                                                                                                                                              161 253Princes persecute me without cause, But my heart 254stands in awe of Your words.

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                                                                                                                                              162 I 255rejoice at Your word, As one who 256finds great spoil.

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                                                                                                                                              163 I 257hate and despise falsehood, But I 258love Your law.

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                                                                                                                                              164 Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your 259righteous ordinances.

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                                                                                                                                              165 Those who love Your law have 260great peace, And 261nothing causes them to stumble.

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                                                                                                                                                  166 I 262hope for Your salvation, O LORD, And do Your commandments.

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                                                                                                                                                  167 My 263soul keeps Your testimonies, And I 264love them exceedingly.

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                                                                                                                                                  168 I 265keep Your precepts and Your testimonies, For all my 266ways are before You. Tav.

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