Psalm 119:1-88 NIV

Aleph

1 Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,1 who walk2 according to the law of the LORD.3

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2 Blessed4 are they who keep his statutes5 and seek him6 with all their heart.7

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3 They do nothing wrong;8 they walk in his ways.9

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4 You have laid down precepts10 that are to be fully obeyed.11

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      5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!12

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      6 Then I would not be put to shame13 when I consider all your commands.14

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          7 I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.15

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          8 I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.16

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          Beth

          9 How can a young man keep his way pure?17 By living according to your word.18

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              10 I seek you with all my heart;19 do not let me stray from your commands.20

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                  11 I have hidden your word in my heart21 that I might not sin22 against you.

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                  12 Praise be23 to you, O LORD; teach me24 your decrees.25

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                  13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.26

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                  14 I rejoice in following your statutes27 as one rejoices in great riches.

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                      15 I meditate on your precepts28 and consider your ways.

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                          16 I delight29 in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.

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                          Gimel

                          17 Do good to your servant,30 and I will live; I will obey your word.31

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                          18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
                          19 I am a stranger on earth;32 do not hide your commands from me.

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                          20 My soul is consumed33 with longing for your laws34 at all times.

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                          21 You rebuke the arrogant,35 who are cursed36 and who stray37 from your commands.

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                          22 Remove from me scorn38 and contempt, for I keep your statutes.39

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                          23 Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees.
                          24 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.

                          Daleth

                          25 I am laid low in the dust;40 preserve my life41 according to your word.42

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                              26 I recounted my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees.43

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                              27 Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.44

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                              28 My soul is weary with sorrow;45 strengthen me46 according to your word.47

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                              29 Keep me from deceitful ways;48 be gracious to me49 through your law.

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                              30 I have chosen50 the way of truth;51 I have set my heart52 on your laws.

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                              31 I hold fast53 to your statutes, O LORD; do not let me be put to shame.

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                              32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.

                              He

                              33 Teach me,54 O LORD, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end.

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                                  34 Give me understanding,55 and I will keep your law56 and obey it with all my heart.57

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                                      35 Direct me58 in the path of your commands,59 for there I find delight.60

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                                      36 Turn my heart61 toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.62

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                                      37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life63 according to your word.a64

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                                        • a 119:37 - Two manuscripts of the Masoretic Text and Dead Sea Scrolls; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text "life in your way"
                                          38 Fulfill your promise65 to your servant, so that you may be feared.

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                                          39 Take away the disgrace66 I dread, for your laws are good.

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                                          40 How I long67 for your precepts! Preserve my life68 in your righteousness.

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                                              Waw

                                              41 May your unfailing love69 come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise;70

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                                                  42 then I will answer71 the one who taunts me,72 for I trust in your word.

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                                                  43 Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth,73 for I have put my hope74 in your laws.

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                                                      44 I will always obey your law,75 for ever and ever.

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                                                          45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.76

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                                                              46 I will speak of your statutes before kings77 and will not be put to shame,78

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                                                              47 for I delight79 in your commands because I love them.80

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                                                                  48 I lift up my hands tob your commands, which I love, and I meditate81 on your decrees.

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                                                                  Zayin

                                                                  49 Remember your word82 to your servant, for you have given me hope.83

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                                                                      50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.84

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                                                                      51 The arrogant mock me85 without restraint, but I do not turn86 from your law.

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                                                                          52 I remember87 your ancient laws, O LORD, and I find comfort in them.

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                                                                          53 Indignation grips me88 because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law.89

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                                                                          54 Your decrees are the theme of my song90 wherever I lodge.

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                                                                          55 In the night I remember91 your name, O LORD, and I will keep your law.92

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                                                                              56 This has been my practice: I obey your precepts.93

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                                                                                  Heth

                                                                                  57 You are my portion,94 O LORD; I have promised to obey your words.95

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                                                                                      58 I have sought96 your face with all my heart; be gracious to me97 according to your promise.98

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                                                                                      59 I have considered my ways99 and have turned my steps to your statutes.

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                                                                                      60 I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.100

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                                                                                          61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget101 your law.

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                                                                                              62 At midnight102 I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.103

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                                                                                                  63 I am a friend to all who fear you,104 to all who follow your precepts.105

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                                                                                                  64 The earth is filled with your love,106 O LORD; teach me your decrees.107

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                                                                                                      Teth

                                                                                                      65 Do good108 to your servant according to your word,109 O LORD.

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                                                                                                          66 Teach me knowledge110 and good judgment, for I believe in your commands.

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                                                                                                          67 Before I was afflicted111 I went astray,112 but now I obey your word.113

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                                                                                                          68 You are good,114 and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.115

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                                                                                                          69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,116 I keep your precepts with all my heart.

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                                                                                                          70 Their hearts are callous117 and unfeeling, but I delight in your law.

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                                                                                                          71 It was good for me to be afflicted118 so that I might learn your decrees.

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                                                                                                              72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.119

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                                                                                                              Yodh

                                                                                                              73 Your hands made me120 and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.

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                                                                                                              74 May those who fear you rejoice121 when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.122

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                                                                                                              75 I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous,123 and in faithfulness124 you have afflicted me.

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                                                                                                                  76 May your unfailing love125 be my comfort, according to your promise126 to your servant.

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                                                                                                                      77 Let your compassion127 come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight.128

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                                                                                                                          78 May the arrogant129 be put to shame for wronging me without cause;130 but I will meditate on your precepts.

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                                                                                                                              79 May those who fear you turn to me, those who understand your statutes.131

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                                                                                                                                  80 May my heart be blameless132 toward your decrees,133 that I may not be put to shame.134

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                                                                                                                                      Kaph

                                                                                                                                      81 My soul faints135 with longing for your salvation,136 but I have put my hope137 in your word.

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                                                                                                                                          82 My eyes fail,138 looking for your promise;139 I say, "When will you comfort me?"

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                                                                                                                                              83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget140 your decrees.

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                                                                                                                                                  84 How long141 must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors?142

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                                                                                                                                                  85 The arrogant143 dig pitfalls144 for me, contrary to your law.

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                                                                                                                                                  86 All your commands are trustworthy;145 help me,146 for men persecute me147 without cause.148

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                                                                                                                                                      87 They almost wiped me from the earth, but I have not forsaken149 your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                      88 Preserve my life150 according to your love,151 and I will obey the statutes152 of your mouth.

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