Psalm 119 (New Century Version)

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1 Happy are those who live pure lives, who follow the Lord's teachings. 2 Happy are those who keep his rules, who try to obey him with their whole heart. 3 They don't do what is wrong; they follow his ways. 4 Lord, you gave your orders to be obeyed completely. 5 I wish I were more loyal in obeying your demands. 6 Then I would not be ashamed when I study your commands. 7 When I learned that your laws are fair, I praised you with an honest heart. 8 I will obey your demands, so please don't ever leave me. 9 How can a young person live a pure life? By obeying your word. 10 With all my heart I try to obey you. Don't let me break your commands. 11 I have taken your words to heart so I would not sin against you. 12 Lord, you should be praised. Teach me your demands. 13 My lips will tell about all the laws you have spoken. 14 I enjoy living by your rules as people enjoy great riches. 15 I think about your orders and study your ways. 16 I enjoy obeying your demands, and I will not forget your word. 17 Do good to me, your servant, so I can live, so I can obey your word. 18 Open my eyes to see the miracles in your teachings. 19 I am a stranger on earth. Do not hide your commands from me. 20 I wear myself out with desire for your laws all the time. 21 You scold proud people; those who ignore your commands are cursed. 22 Don't let me be insulted and hated because I keep your rules. 23 Even if princes speak against me, I, your servant, will think about your demands. 24 Your rules give me pleasure; they give me good advice. 25 I am about to die. Give me life, as you have promised. 26 I told you about my life, and you answered me. Teach me your demands. 27 Help me understand your orders. Then I will think about your miracles. 28 I am sad and tired. Make me strong again as you have promised. 29 Don't let me be dishonest; have mercy on me by helping me obey your teachings. 30 I have chosen the way of truth; I have obeyed your laws. 31 I hold on to your rules. Lord, do not let me be disgraced. 32 I will quickly obey your commands, because you have made me happy. 33 Lord, teach me your demands, and I will keep them until the end. 34 Help me understand, so I can keep your teachings, obeying them with all my heart. 35 Lead me in the path of your commands, because that makes me happy. 36 Make me want to keep your rules instead of wishing for riches. 37 Keep me from looking at worthless things. Let me live by your word. 38 Keep your promise to me, your servant, so you will be respected. 39 Take away the shame I fear, because your laws are good. 40 How I want to follow your orders. Give me life because of your goodness. 41 Lord, show me your love, and save me as you have promised. 42 I have an answer for people who insult me, because I trust what you say. 43 Never keep me from speaking your truth, because I depend on your fair laws. 44 I will obey your teachings forever and ever. 45 So I will live in freedom, because I want to follow your orders. 46 I will discuss your rules with kings and will not be ashamed. 47 I enjoy obeying your commands, which I love. 48 I praise your commands, which I love, and I think about your demands. 49 Remember your promise to me, your servant; it gives me hope. 50 When I suffer, this comforts me: Your promise gives me life. 51 Proud people always make fun of me, but I do not reject your teachings. 52 I remember your laws from long ago, and they comfort me, Lord. 53 I become angry with wicked people who do not keep your teachings. 54 I sing about your demands wherever I live. 55 Lord, I remember you at night, and I will obey your teachings. 56 This is what I do: I follow your orders. 57 Lord, you are my share in life; I have promised to obey your words. 58 I prayed to you with all my heart. Have mercy on me as you have promised. 59 I thought about my life, and I decided to follow your rules. 60 I hurried and did not wait to obey your commands. 61 Wicked people have tied me up, but I have not forgotten your teachings. 62 In the middle of the night, I get up to thank you because your laws are right. 63 I am a friend to everyone who fears you, to anyone who obeys your orders. 64 Lord, your love fills the earth. Teach me your demands. 65 You have done good things for your servant, as you have promised, Lord. 66 Teach me wisdom and knowledge because I trust your commands. 67 Before I suffered, I did wrong, but now I obey your word. 68 You are good, and you do what is good. Teach me your demands. 69 Proud people have made up lies about me, but I will follow your orders with all my heart. 70 Those people have no feelings, but I love your teachings. 71 It was good for me to suffer so I would learn your demands. 72 Your teachings are worth more to me than thousands of pieces of gold and silver. 73 You made me and formed me with your hands. Give me understanding so I can learn your commands. 74 Let those who respect you rejoice when they see me, because I put my hope in your word. 75 Lord, I know that your laws are right and that it was right for you to punish me. 76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant. 77 Have mercy on me so that I may live. I love your teachings. 78 Make proud people ashamed because they lied about me. But I will think about your orders. 79 Let those who respect you return to me, those who know your rules. 80 Let me obey your demands perfectly so I will not be ashamed. 81 I am weak from waiting for you to save me, but I hope in your word. 82 My eyes are tired from looking for your promise. When will you comfort me? 83 Even though I am like a wine bag going up in smoke, I do not forget your demands. 84 How long will I live? When will you judge those who are hurting me? 85 Proud people have dug pits to trap me. They have nothing to do with your teachings. 86 All of your commands can be trusted. Liars are hurting me. Help me! 87 They have almost put me in the grave, but I have not rejected your orders. 88 Give me life by your love so I can obey your rules. 89 Lord, your word is everlasting; it continues forever in heaven. 90 Your loyalty will go on and on; you made the earth, and it still stands. 91 All things continue to this day because of your laws, because all things serve you. 92 If I had not loved your teachings, I would have died from my sufferings. 93 I will never forget your orders, because you have given me life by them. 94 I am yours. Save me. I want to obey your orders. 95 Wicked people are waiting to destroy me, but I will think about your rules. 96 Everything I see has its limits, but your commands have none. 97 How I love your teachings! I think about them all day long. 98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, because they are mine forever. 99 I am wiser than all my teachers, because I think about your rules. 100 I have more understanding than the older leaders, because I follow your orders. 101 I have avoided every evil way so I could obey your word. 102 I haven't walked away from your laws, because you yourself are my teacher. 103 Your promises are sweet to me, sweeter than honey in my mouth! 104 Your orders give me understanding, so I hate lying ways. 105 Your word is like a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. 106 I will do what I have promised and obey your fair laws. 107 I have suffered for a long time. Lord, give me life by your word. 108 Lord, accept my willing praise and teach me your laws. 109 My life is always in danger, but I haven't forgotten your teachings. 110 Wicked people have set a trap for me, but I haven't strayed from your orders. 111 I will follow your rules forever, because they make me happy. 112 I will try to do what you demand forever, until the end. 113 I hate disloyal people, but I love your teachings. 114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. 115 Get away from me, you who do evil, so I can keep my God's commands. 116 Support me as you promised so I can live. Don't let me be embarrassed because of my hopes. 117 Help me, and I will be saved. I will always respect your demands. 118 You reject those who ignore your demands, because their lies mislead them. 119 You throw away the wicked of the world like trash. So I will love your rules. 120 I shake in fear of you; I respect your laws. 121 I have done what is fair and right. Don't leave me to those who wrong me. 122 Promise that you will help me, your servant. Don't let proud people wrong me. 123 My eyes are tired from looking for your salvation and for your good promise. 124 Show your love to me, your servant, and teach me your demands. 125 I am your servant. Give me wisdom so I can understand your rules. 126 Lord, it is time for you to do something, because people have disobeyed your teachings. 127 I love your commands more than the purest gold. 128 I respect all your orders, so I hate lying ways. 129 Your rules are wonderful. That is why I keep them. 130 Learning your words gives wisdom and understanding for the foolish. 131 I am nearly out of breath. I really want to learn your commands. 132 Look at me and have mercy on me as you do for those who love you. 133 Guide my steps as you promised; don't let any sin control me. 134 Save me from harmful people so I can obey your orders. 135 Show your kindness to me, your servant. Teach me your demands. 136 Tears stream from my eyes, because people do not obey your teachings. 137 Lord, you do what is right, and your laws are fair. 138 The rules you commanded are right and completely trustworthy. 139 I am so upset I am worn out, because my enemies have forgotten your words. 140 Your promises are proven, so I, your servant, love them. 141 I am unimportant and hated, but I have not forgotten your orders. 142 Your goodness continues forever, and your teachings are true. 143 I have had troubles and misery, but I love your commands. 144 Your rules are always good. Help me understand so I can live. 145 Lord, I call to you with all my heart. Answer me, and I will keep your demands. 146 I call to you. Save me so I can obey your rules. 147 I wake up early in the morning and cry out. I hope in your word. 148 I stay awake all night so I can think about your promises. 149 Listen to me because of your love; Lord, give me life by your laws. 150 Those who love evil are near, but they are far from your teachings. 151 But, Lord, you are also near, and all your commands are true. 152 Long ago I learned from your rules that you made them to continue forever. 153 See my suffering and rescue me, because I have not forgotten your teachings. 154 Argue my case and save me. Let me live by your promises. 155 Wicked people are far from being saved, because they do not want your demands. 156 Lord, you are very kind; give me life by your laws. 157 Many enemies are after me, but I have not rejected your rules. 158 I see those traitors, and I hate them, because they do not obey what you say. 159 See how I love your orders. Lord, give me life by your love. 160 Your words are true from the start, and all your laws will be fair forever. 161 Leaders attack me for no reason, but I fear your law in my heart. 162 I am as happy over your promises as if I had found a great treasure. 163 I hate and despise lies, but I love your teachings. 164 Seven times a day I praise you for your fair laws. 165 Those who love your teachings will find true peace, and nothing will defeat them. 166 I am waiting for you to save me, Lord. I will obey your commands. 167 I obey your rules, and I love them very much. 168 I obey your orders and rules, because you know everything I do. 169 Hear my cry to you, Lord. Let your word help me understand. 170 Listen to my prayer; save me as you promised. 171 Let me speak your praise, because you have taught me your demands. 172 Let me sing about your promises, because all your commands are fair. 173 Give me your helping hand, because I have chosen your commands. 174 I want you to save me, Lord. I love your teachings. 175 Let me live so I can praise you, and let your laws help me. 176 I have wandered like a lost sheep. Look for your servant, because I have not forgotten your commands. A psalm for going up to worship.
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