[Aleph.] O the happiness of those perfect in the way, They are walking in the law of Jehovah,
O the happiness of those keeping His testimonies, With the whole heart they seek Him.
Yea, they have not done iniquity, In His ways they have walked.
Thou hast commanded us Thy precepts to keep diligently,
O that my ways were prepared to keep Thy statutes,
Then I am not ashamed In my looking unto all Thy commands.
I confess Thee with uprightness of heart, In my learning the judgments of Thy righteousness.
Thy statutes I keep, leave me not utterly!
[Beth.] With what doth a young man purify his path? To observe -- according to Thy word.
With all my heart I have sought Thee, Let me not err from Thy commands.
In my heart I have hid Thy saying, That I sin not before Thee.
Blessed [art] Thou, O Jehovah, teach me Thy statutes.
With my lips I have recounted All the judgments of Thy mouth.
In the way of Thy testimonies I have joyed, As over all wealth.
In Thy precepts I meditate, And I behold attentively Thy paths.
In Thy statutes I delight myself, I do not forget Thy word.
[Gimel.] Confer benefits on Thy servant, I live, and I keep Thy word.
Uncover mine eyes, and I behold wonders out of Thy law.
A sojourner I [am] on earth, Hide not from me Thy commands.
Broken hath my soul for desire Unto Thy judgments at all times.
Thou hast rebuked the cursed proud, Who are erring from Thy commands.
Remove from me reproach and contempt, For Thy testimonies I have kept.
Princes also sat -- against me they spoke, Thy servant doth meditate in Thy statutes,
Thy testimonies also [are] my delight, The men of my counsel!
[Daleth.] Cleaved to the dust hath my soul, Quicken me according to Thy word.
My ways I have recounted, And Thou answerest me, teach me Thy statutes,
The way of Thy precepts cause me to understand, And I meditate in Thy wonders.
My soul hath dropped from affliction, Establish me according to Thy word.
The way of falsehood turn aside from me And with Thy law favour me.
The way of faithfulness I have chosen, Thy judgments I have compared,
I have adhered to Thy testimonies, O Jehovah, put me not to shame.
The way of Thy commands I run, For Thou dost enlarge my heart!
[He.] Show me, O Jehovah, the way of Thy statutes, And I keep it -- [to] the end.
Cause me to understand, and I keep Thy law, And observe it with the whole heart.
Cause me to tread in the path of Thy commands, For in it I have delighted.
Incline my heart unto Thy testimonies, And not unto dishonest gain.
Remove mine eyes from seeing vanity, In Thy way quicken Thou me.
Establish to Thy servant Thy saying, That [is] concerning Thy fear.
Remove my reproach that I have feared, For Thy judgments [are] good.
Lo, I have longed for Thy precepts, In Thy righteousness quicken Thou me,
[Waw.] And meet me doth Thy kindness, O Jehovah, Thy salvation according to Thy saying.
And I answer him who is reproaching me a word, For I have trusted in Thy word.
And Thou takest not utterly away From my mouth the word of truth, Because for Thy judgment I have hoped.
And I keep Thy law continually, To the age and for ever.
And I walk habitually in a broad place, For Thy precepts I have sought.
And I speak of Thy testimonies before kings, And I am not ashamed.
And I delight myself in Thy commands, That I have loved,
And I lift up my hands unto Thy commands, That I have loved, And I do meditate on Thy statutes!
[Zain.] Remember the word to Thy servant, On which Thou hast caused me to hope.
This [is] my comfort in mine affliction, That Thy saying hath quickened me.
The proud have utterly scorned me, From Thy law I have not turned aside.
I remembered Thy judgments of old, O Jehovah, And I comfort myself.
Horror hath seized me, Because of the wicked forsaking Thy law.
Songs have been to me Thy statutes, In the house of my sojournings.
I have remembered in the night Thy name, O Jehovah, And I do keep Thy law.
This hath been to me, That Thy precepts I have kept!
[Cheth.] My portion [is] Jehovah; I have said -- to keep Thy words,
I appeased Thy face with the whole heart, Favour me according to Thy saying.
I have reckoned my ways, And turn back my feet unto Thy testimonies.
I have made haste, And delayed not, to keep Thy commands.
Cords of the wicked have surrounded me, Thy law I have not forgotten.
At midnight I rise to give thanks to Thee, For the judgments of Thy righteousness.
A companion I [am] to all who fear Thee, And to those keeping Thy precepts.
Of Thy kindness, O Jehovah, the earth is full, Thy statutes teach Thou me!
[Teth.] Good Thou didst with Thy servant, O Jehovah, According to Thy word.
The goodness of reason and knowledge teach me, For in Thy commands I have believed.
Before I am afflicted, I -- I am erring, And now Thy saying I have kept.
Good Thou [art], and doing good, Teach me Thy statutes.
Forged against me falsehood have the proud, I with the whole heart keep Thy precepts.
Insensate as fat hath been their heart, I -- in Thy law I have delighted.
Good for me that I have been afflicted, That I might learn Thy statutes.
Better to me [is] the law of Thy mouth Than thousands of gold and silver!
[Yod.] Thy hands made me and establish me, Cause me to understand, and I learn Thy commands.
Those fearing Thee see me and rejoice, Because for Thy word I have hoped.
I have known, O Jehovah, That righteous [are] Thy judgments, And [in] faithfulness Thou hast afflicted me.
Let, I pray Thee, Thy kindness be to comfort me, According to Thy saying to Thy servant.
Meet me do Thy mercies, and I live, For Thy law [is] my delight.
Ashamed are the proud, For [with] falsehood they dealt perversely with me. I meditate in Thy precepts.
Those fearing Thee turn back to me, And those knowing Thy testimonies.
My heart is perfect in Thy statutes, So that I am not ashamed.
[Kaph.] Consumed for Thy salvation hath been my soul, For Thy word I have hoped.
Consumed have been mine eyes for Thy word, Saying, `When doth it comfort me?'
For I have been as a bottle in smoke, Thy statutes I have not forgotten.
How many [are] the days of Thy servant? When dost Thou execute Against my pursuers judgment?
The proud have digged for me pits, That [are] not according to Thy law.
All Thy commands [are] faithfulness, [With] falsehood they have pursued me, Help Thou me.
Almost consumed me on earth have they, And I -- I have not forsaken Thy precepts.
According to Thy kindness quicken Thou me, And I keep the testimony of Thy mouth!
Each in the calling in which he was called -- in this let him remain;
a servant -- wast thou called? be not anxious; but if also thou art able to become free -- use [it] rather;
for he who [is] in the Lord -- having been called a servant -- is the Lord's freedman: in like manner also he the freeman, having been called, is servant of Christ:
with a price ye were bought, become not servants of men;
each, in that in which he was called, brethren, in this let him remain with God.
And concerning the virgins, a command of the Lord I have not; and I give judgment as having obtained kindness from the Lord to be faithful:
I suppose, therefore, this to be good because of the present necessity, that [it is] good for a man that the matter be thus: --
Hast thou been bound to a wife? seek not to be loosed; hast thou been loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
But and if thou mayest marry, thou didst not sin; and if the virgin may marry, she did not sin; and such shall have tribulation in the flesh: and I spare you.
And this I say, brethren, the time henceforth is having been shortened -- that both those having wives may be as not having;
and those weeping, as not weeping; and those rejoicing, as not rejoicing; and those buying, as not possessing;
and those using this world, as not using [it] up; for passing away is the fashion of this world.
And I wish you to be without anxiety; the unmarried is anxious for the things of the Lord, how he shall please the Lord;
and the married is anxious for the things of the world, how he shall please the wife.
The wife and the virgin have been distinguished: the unmarried is anxious for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit, and the married is anxious for the things of the world, how she shall please the husband.
And this for your own profit I say: not that I may cast a noose upon you, but for the seemliness and devotedness to the Lord, undistractedly,
and if any one doth think [it] to be unseemly to his virgin, if she may be beyond the bloom of age, and it ought so to be, what he willeth let him do; he doth not sin -- let him marry.
And he who hath stood stedfast in the heart -- not having necessity -- and hath authority over his own will, and this he hath determined in his heart -- to keep his own virgin -- doth well;
so that both he who is giving in marriage doth well, and he who is not giving in marriage doth better.
A wife hath been bound by law as long time as her husband may live, and if her husband may sleep, she is free to be married to whom she will -- only in the Lord;
and she is happier if she may so remain -- according to my judgment; and I think I also have the Spirit of God.