Psalm 119 NIV

1 aBlessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.

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    • ŷ 119:1 - This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet; moreover, the verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
      2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart—

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      3 they do no wrong but follow his ways.

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

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

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

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

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

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              9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.

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

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                      11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

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                      12 Praise be to you, LORD; teach me your decrees.

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

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

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                          15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.

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

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                              17 Be good to your servant while I live, that I may obey your word.

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

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                              20 My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.

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                              21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed, those who stray from your commands.

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                              22 Remove from me their scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes.

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

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                                  26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees.

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                                  27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.

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                                  28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.

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                                  29 Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law.

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                                  30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.

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                                  31 I hold fast to your statutes, 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 broadened my understanding.
                                  33 Teach me, LORD, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.b

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                                    • Ÿ 119:33 - Or "follow it for its reward"
                                      34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.

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                                          35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.

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                                          36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.

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                                          37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.c

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                                            • Ź 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 promise to your servant, so that you may be feared.

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

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                                              40 How I long for your precepts! In your righteousness preserve my life.

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                                                  41 May your unfailing love come to me, LORD, your salvation, according to your promise;

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                                                      42 then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word.

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                                                      43 Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws.

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

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

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

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                                                                  47 for I delight in your commands because I love them.

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                                                                      48 I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.

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

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

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                                                                          51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully, but I do not turn from your law.

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

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

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

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                                                                              55 In the night, LORD, I remember your name, that I may keep your law.

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

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

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                                                                                          58 I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                                                                                                          65 Do good to your servant according to your word, LORD.

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                                                                                                              66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.

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                                                                                                              67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.

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

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

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

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                                                                                                              71 It was good for me to be afflicted 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.

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

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

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

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                                                                                                                      76 May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.

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

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                                                                                                                              78 May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause; 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.

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                                                                                                                                      80 May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees, that I may not be put to shame.

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                                                                                                                                          81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.

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                                                                                                                                              82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, “When will you comfort me?”

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                      85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me, contrary to your law.

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                                                                                                                                                      86 All your commands are trustworthy; help me, for I am being persecuted without cause.

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

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                                                                                                                                                          88 In your unfailing love preserve my life, that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.

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                                                                                                                                                              89 Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.

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                                                                                                                                                              90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.

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                                                                                                                                                              91 Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.

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                                                                                                                                                              92 If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.

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                                                                                                                                                                  93 I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.

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                                                                                                                                                                      94 Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                                          95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                              96 To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless.

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                                                                                                                                                                              97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  98 Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  99 I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      100 I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      101 I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          102 I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          104 I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              107 I have suffered much; preserve my life, LORD, according to your word.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  108 Accept, LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  110 The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.d

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ź 119:112 - Or "decrees / for their enduring reward"
                                                                                                                                                                                                          113 I hate double-minded people, but I love your law.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              115 Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              116 Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              117 Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              118 You reject all who stray from your decrees, for their delusions come to nothing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  120 My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  121 I have done what is righteous and just; do not leave me to my oppressors.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  122 Ensure your servant’s well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      123 My eyes fail, looking for your salvation, looking for your righteous promise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          124 Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              125 I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  126 It is time for you to act, LORD; your law is being broken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  127 Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      128 and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          129 Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  131 I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      132 Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          134 Redeem me from human oppression, that I may obey your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              135 Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  137 You are righteous, LORD, and your laws are right.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      139 My zeal wears me out, for my enemies ignore your words.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      141 Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          142 Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              143 Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  144 Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      145 I call with all my heart; answer me, LORD, and I will obey your decrees.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          146 I call out to you; save me and I will keep your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, LORD, according to your laws.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  150 Those who devise wicked schemes are near, but they are far from your law.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  151 Yet you are near, LORD, and all your commands are true.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      152 Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          153 Look on my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          154 Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek out your decrees.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  156 Your compassion, LORD, is great; preserve my life according to your laws.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      157 Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      158 I look on the faithless with loathing, for they do not obey your word.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          159 See how I love your precepts; preserve my life, LORD, in accordance with your love.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              160 All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  161 Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      162 I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      163 I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              165 Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              166 I wait for your salvation, LORD, and I follow your commands.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              167 I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  168 I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      169 May my cry come before you, LORD; give me understanding according to your word.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          170 May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          171 May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          172 May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              173 May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              174 I long for your salvation, LORD, and your law gives me delight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  175 Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      176 I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.

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