Psalm 119:1-88 (New American Standard)

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Meditations and Prayers Relating to the Law of God.

Aleph.

1 How blessed are those whose way is a1blameless, 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 b7ordained Your precepts, cThat 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 dupon 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, eAs much as in all riches. 15 I will 21meditate on Your precepts And fregard 22Your ways. 16 I shall g23delight 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 h27with longing After Your ordinances at all times. 21 You 28rebuke the arrogant, ithe 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 jmy 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 kweeps 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 lplaced 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 mword to Your servant, nAs 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 oword ; 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 p62wait for Your ordinances. 44 So I will 63keep Your law continually, Forever and ever. 45 And I will 64walk qat liberty, For I 65seek Your precepts. 46 I will also speak of Your testimonies 66before kings And shall not be ashamed. 47 I shall r67delight 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, sIn which You have made me hope. 50 This is my 71comfort in my affliction, That Your word has trevived me. 51 The arrogant 72utterly deride me, Yet I do not 73turn aside from Your law. 52 I have 74remembered Your ordinances from uof 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, vThat I 80observe Your precepts. Heth.

Heth.

57 The LORD is my 81portion ; I have wpromised to 82keep Your words. 58 I 83sought Your favor 84with all my heart ; 85Be gracious to me 86according to Your xword. 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 yfear 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. 66 Teach me good z95discernment and knowledge, For I believe in Your commandments. 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 aahave 100forged a lie against me; With all my heart I will 101observe Your precepts. 70 Their heart is bb102covered 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 ccfashioned me; 107Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. 74 May those who ddfear You 108see me and be glad, Because I ee109wait 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 ffcomfort me, According to Your ggword 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 hhfear You turn to me, Even those who know Your testimonies. 80 May my heart be ii117blameless in Your statutes, So that I will not 118be ashamed. Kaph.

Kaph.

81 My 119soul languishes for Your salvation ; I jj120wait for Your word. 82 My 121eyes fail with longing for Your kkword, llWhile 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 mmin accord with Your law. 86 All Your commandments are 127faithful ; They have 128persecuted me with a lie ; 129help me! 87 They almost destroyed me nnon 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.
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