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Psalm 119 (Today's New International Version)

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Aleph

1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,1 who walk2 according to the law of the LORD.3 2 Blessed4 are those who keep his statutes5 and seek him6 with all their heart--7 3 they do no wrong8 but follow his ways.9 4 You have laid down precepts10 that are to be fully obeyed.11 5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!12 6 Then I would not be put to shame13 when I consider all your commands.14 7 I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.15 8 I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.16

Beth

9 How can those who are young keep their way pure?17 By living according to your word.18 10 I seek you with all my heart;19 do not let me stray from your commands.20 11 I have hidden your word in my heart21 that I might not sin22 against you. 12 Praise be23 to you, LORD; teach me24 your decrees.25 13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.26 14 I rejoice in following your statutes27 as one rejoices in great riches. 15 I meditate on your precepts28 and consider your ways. 16 I delight29 in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.

Gimel

17 Be good to your servant30 while I live, that I may obey your word.31 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. 20 My soul is consumed33 with longing for your laws34 at all times. 21 You rebuke the arrogant,35 who are accursed,36 those who stray37 from your commands. 22 Remove from me their scorn38 and contempt, for I keep your statutes.39 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 26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees.43 27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.44 28 My soul is weary with sorrow;45 strengthen me46 according to your word.47 29 Keep me from deceitful ways;48 be gracious to me49 and teach me your law. 30 I have chosen50 the way of faithfulness;51 I have set my heart52 on your laws. 31 I hold fast53 to your statutes, LORD; do not let me be put to shame. 32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.

He

33 Teach me,54 LORD, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.a 34 Give me understanding,55 so that I may keep your law56 and obey it with all my heart.57 35 Direct me58 in the path of your commands,59 for there I find delight.60 36 Turn my heart61 toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.62 37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life63 according to your word.b64 38 Fulfill your promise65 to your servant, so that you may be feared. 39 Take away the disgrace66 I dread, for your laws are good. 40 How I long67 for your precepts! In your righteousness preserve my life.68

Waw

41 May your unfailing love69 come to me, LORD, your salvation, according to your promise;70 42 then I can answer71 anyone who taunts me,72 for I trust in your word. 43 Never take your word of truth from my mouth,73 for I have put my hope74 in your laws. 44 I will always obey your law,75 for ever and ever. 45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.76 46 I will speak of your statutes before kings77 and will not be put to shame,78 47 for I delight79 in your commands because I love them.80 48 I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate81 on your decrees.

Zayin

49 Remember your word82 to your servant, for you have given me hope.83 50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.84 51 The arrogant mock me85 unmercifully, but I do not turn86 from your law. 52 I remember,87 LORD, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them. 53 Indignation grips me88 because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law.89 54 Your decrees are the theme of my song90 wherever I lodge. 55 In the night, LORD, I remember91 your name, that I may keep your law.92 56 This has been my practice: I obey your precepts.93

Heth

57 You are my portion,94 LORD; I have promised to obey your words.95 58 I have sought96 your face with all my heart; be gracious to me97 according to your promise.98 59 I have considered my ways99 and have turned my steps to your statutes. 60 I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.100 61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget101 your law. 62 At midnight102 I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.103 63 I am a friend to all who fear you,104 to all who follow your precepts.105 64 The earth is filled with your love,106 LORD; teach me your decrees.107

Teth

65 Do good108 to your servant according to your word,109 LORD. 66 Teach me knowledge110 and good judgment, for I trust your commands. 67 Before I was afflicted111 I went astray,112 but now I obey your word.113 68 You are good,114 and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.115 69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,116 I keep your precepts with all my heart. 70 Their hearts are callous117 and unfeeling, but I delight in your law. 71 It was good for me to be afflicted118 so that I might learn your decrees. 72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.119

Yodh

73 Your hands made me120 and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands. 74 May those who fear you rejoice121 when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.122 75 I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous,123 and that in faithfulness124 you have afflicted me. 76 May your unfailing love125 be my comfort, according to your promise126 to your servant. 77 Let your compassion127 come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight.128 78 May the arrogant129 be put to shame for wronging me without cause;130 but I will meditate on your precepts. 79 May those who fear you turn to me, those who understand your statutes.131 80 May my heart be blameless132 toward your decrees,133 that I may not be put to shame.134

Kaph

81 My soul faints135 with longing for your salvation,136 but I have put my hope137 in your word. 82 My eyes fail,138 looking for your promise;139 I say, "When will you comfort me?" 83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget140 your decrees. 84 How long141 must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors?142 85 The arrogant143 dig pits144 to trap me, contrary to your law. 86 All your commands are trustworthy;145 help me,146 for I am being persecuted147 without cause.148 87 They almost wiped me from the earth, but I have not forsaken149 your precepts. 88 In your unfailing love150 preserve my life,151 that I may obey the statutes152 of your mouth.

Lamedh

89 Your word, LORD, is eternal;153 it stands firm in the heavens. 90 Your faithfulness154 continues through all generations;155 you established the earth, and it endures.156 91 Your laws endure157 to this day, for all things serve you.158 92 If your law had not been my delight,159 I would have perished in my affliction.160 93 I will never forget161 your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.162 94 Save me,163 for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts.164 95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me,165 but I will ponder your statutes.166 96 To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless.167

Mem

97 Oh, how I love your law!168 I meditate169 on it all day long. 98 Your commands are always with me and make me wiser170 than my enemies. 99 I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.171 100 I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.172 101 I have kept my feet173 from every evil path so that I might obey your word.174 102 I have not departed from your laws,175 for you yourself have taught176 me. 103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey177 to my mouth!178 104 I gain understanding179 from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.180

Nun

105 Your word is a lamp181 to my feet and a light182 for my path. 106 I have taken an oath183 and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.184 107 I have suffered much; preserve my life,185 LORD, according to your word. 108 Accept, LORD, the willing praise of my mouth,186 and teach me your laws.187 109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,188 I will not forget189 your law. 110 The wicked have set a snare190 for me, but I have not strayed191 from your precepts. 111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.192 112 My heart is set193 on keeping your decrees to the very end.c194 113 I hate double-minded people,195 but I love your law.196 114 You are my refuge and my shield;197 I have put my hope198 in your word. 115 Away from me,199 you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God! 116 Sustain me200 according to your promise,201 and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.202 117 Uphold me,203 and I will be delivered;204 I will always have regard for your decrees.205 118 You reject all who stray206 from your decrees, for their delusions come to nothing. 119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross;207 therefore I love your statutes.208 120 My flesh trembles209 in fear of you;210 I stand in awe211 of your laws. 121 I have done what is righteous and just;212 do not leave me to my oppressors. 122 Ensure your servant's well-being;213 do not let the arrogant oppress me.214 123 My eyes fail,215 looking for your salvation,216 looking for your righteous promise.217 124 Deal with your servant according to your love218 and teach me your decrees.219 125 I am your servant;220 give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.221 126 It is time for you to act, LORD; your law is being broken.222 127 Because I love your commands223 more than gold,224 more than pure gold,225 128 and because I consider all your precepts right,226 I hate every wrong path.227

Pe

129 Your statutes are wonderful;228 therefore I obey them.229 130 The unfolding of your words gives light;230 it gives understanding to the simple.231 131 I open my mouth and pant,232 longing for your commands.233 132 Turn to me234 and have mercy235 on me, as you always do to those who love your name.236 133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;237 let no sin rule238 over me. 134 Redeem me from human oppression,239 that I may obey your precepts.240 135 Make your face shine241 on your servant and teach me your decrees.242 136 Streams of tears243 flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.244 137 You are righteous,245 LORD, and your laws are right.246 138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;247 they are fully trustworthy.248 139 My zeal wears me out,249 for my enemies ignore your words. 140 Your promises250 have been thoroughly tested,251 and your servant loves them.252 141 Though I am lowly and despised,253 I do not forget your precepts.254 142 Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.255 143 Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight.256 144 Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding257 that I may live.

Qoph

145 I call with all my heart;258 answer me, LORD, and I will obey your decrees.259 146 I call out to you; save me260 and I will keep your statutes. 147 I rise before dawn261 and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. 148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,262 that I may meditate on your promises. 149 Hear my voice263 in accordance with your love;264 preserve my life,265 LORD, according to your laws. 150 Those who devise wicked schemes266 are near, but they are far from your law. 151 Yet you are near,267 LORD, and all your commands are true.268 152 Long ago I learned from your statutes269 that you established them to last forever.270

Resh

153 Look on my suffering271 and deliver me,272 for I have not forgotten273 your law. 154 Defend my cause274 and redeem me;275 preserve my life276 according to your promise.277 155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek out278 your decrees. 156 Your compassion, LORD, is great;279 preserve my life280 according to your laws.281 157 Many are the foes who persecute me,282 but I have not turned283 from your statutes. 158 I look on the faithless with loathing,284 for they do not obey your word.285 159 See how I love your precepts; preserve my life,286 LORD, in accordance with your love. 160 All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.287

Sin and Shin

161 Rulers persecute me288 without cause, but my heart trembles289 at your word. 162 I rejoice290 in your promise like one who finds great spoil.291 163 I hate and detest292 falsehood but I love your law.293 164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.294 165 Great peace295 have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.296 166 I wait for your salvation,297 LORD, and I follow your commands. 167 I obey your statutes, for I love them298 greatly. 168 I obey your precepts299 and your statutes,300 for all my ways are known301 to you.

Taw

169 May my cry come302 before you, LORD; give me understanding303 according to your word.304 170 May my supplication come305 before you; deliver me306 according to your promise.307 171 May my lips overflow with praise,308 for you teach me309 your decrees. 172 May my tongue sing310 of your word, for all your commands are righteous.311 173 May your hand be ready to help312 me, for I have chosen313 your precepts. 174 I long for your salvation,314 LORD, and your law gives me delight.315 175 Let me live316 that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me. 176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.317 Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten318 your commands.
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