Psalms 119:89-176

Lamed

89 Lord, Your word is forever; it is firmly fixed in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness is for all generations; You established the earth, and it stands firm.
91 They stand today in accordance with Your judgments, for all things are Your servants.
92 If Your instruction had not been my delight, I would have died in my affliction.
93 I will never forget Your precepts, for You have given me life through them.
94 I am Yours; save me, for I have sought Your precepts.
95 The wicked hope to destroy me, but I contemplate Your decrees.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection, but Your command is without limit.

Mem

97 How I love Your teaching! It is my meditation all day long.
98 Your command makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers because Your decrees are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the elders because I obey Your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path to follow Your word.
102 I have not turned from Your judgments, for You Yourself have instructed me.
103 How sweet Your word is to my taste- [sweeter] than honey to my mouth.
104 I gain understanding from Your precepts; therefore I hate every false way.

Nun

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.
106 I have solemnly sworn to keep Your righteous judgments.
107 I am severely afflicted; Lord, give me life through Your word.
108 Lord, please accept my willing offerings of praise, and teach me Your judgments.
109 My life is constantly in danger,[a] yet I do not forget Your instruction.
110 The wicked have set a trap for me, but I have not wandered from Your precepts.
111 I have Your decrees as a heritage forever; indeed, they are the joy of my heart.
112 I am resolved to obey Your statutes to the very end.[b]

Samek

113 I hate the double-minded, but I love Your instruction.
114 You are my shelter and my shield; I put my hope in Your word.
115 Depart from me, you evil ones, so that I may obey my God's commands.
116 Sustain me as You promised, and I will live; do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
117 Sustain me so that I can be safe and be concerned with Your statutes continually.
118 You reject all who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is a lie.
119 You remove all the wicked on earth as if they were[c] dross; therefore, I love Your decrees.
120 I tremble[d] in awe of You; I fear Your judgments.

Ayin

121 I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Guarantee Your servant's well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes grow weary [looking for] Your salvation and for Your righteous promise.
124 Deal with Your servant based on Your faithful love; teach me Your statutes.
125 I am Your servant; give me understanding so that I may know Your decrees.
126 It is time for the Lord to act, [for] they have broken Your law.
127 Since I love Your commandments more than gold, even the purest gold,
128 I carefully follow[e] all Your precepts and hate every false way.

Pe

129 Your decrees are wonderful; therefore I obey them.
130 The revelation of Your words brings light and gives understanding to the inexperienced.
131 I pant with open mouth because I long for Your commands.
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is [Your] practice toward those who love Your name.
133 Make my steps steady through Your promise; don't let sin dominate me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression, and I will keep Your precepts.
135 Show favor to Your servant, and teach me Your statutes.
136 My eyes pour out streams of tears because people do not follow Your instruction.

Tsade

137 You are righteous, Lord, and Your judgments are just.
138 The decrees You issue are righteous and altogether trustworthy.
139 My anger overwhelms me because my foes forget Your words.
140 Your word is completely pure, and Your servant loves it.
141 I am insignificant and despised, but I do not forget Your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your instruction is true.
143 Trouble and distress have overtaken me, but Your commands are my delight.
144 Your decrees are righteous forever. Give me understanding, and I will live.

Qof

145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord. I will obey Your statutes.
146 I call to You; save me, and I will keep Your decrees.
147 I rise before dawn and cry out for help; I put my hope in Your word.
148 I am awake through each watch of the night to meditate on Your promise.
149 In keeping with Your faithful love, hear my voice. Lord, give me life, in keeping with Your justice.
150 Those who pursue evil plans[f] come near; they are far from Your instruction.
151 You are near, Lord, and all Your commands are true.
152 Long ago I learned from Your decrees that You have established them forever.

Resh

153 Consider my affliction and rescue me, for I have not forgotten Your instruction.
154 Defend my cause, and redeem me; give me life, as You promised.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked because they do not seek Your statutes.
156 Your compassions are many, Lord; give me life, according to Your judgments.
157 My persecutors and foes are many. I have not turned from Your decrees.
158 I have seen the disloyal and feel disgust because they do not keep Your word.
159 Consider how I love Your precepts; Lord, give me life, according to Your faithful love.
160 The entirety of Your word is truth, and all Your righteous judgments endure forever.

Sin/Shin

161 Princes have persecuted me without cause, but my heart fears [only] Your word.
162 I rejoice over Your promise like one who finds vast treasure.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood, [but] I love Your instruction.
164 I praise You seven times a day for Your righteous judgments.
165 Abundant peace belongs to those who love Your instruction; nothing makes them stumble.
166 Lord, I hope for Your salvation and carry out Your commands.
167 I obey Your decrees and love them greatly.
168 I obey Your precepts and decrees, for all my ways are before You.

Tav

169 Let my cry reach You, Lord; give me understanding according to Your word.
170 Let my plea reach You; rescue me according to Your promise.
171 My lips pour out praise, for You teach me Your statutes.
172 My tongue sings about Your promise, for all Your commandments are righteous.
173 May Your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your precepts.
174 I long for Your salvation, Lord, and Your instruction is my delight.
175 Let me live, and I will praise You; may Your judgments help me.
176 I wander like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commands.

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Psalms 119:89-176 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 119

This psalm is generally thought to be written by David, but when is uncertain; very probably towards the decline of life; and, as some think, for the sake or his son Solomon. It seems to be a collection of observations on the word of God and its precepts, the usefulness and excellency of it, he had made in the course of his life; interspersed with various petitions for the grace of God, to enable him to observe it. The psalm is a very extraordinary one; partly on account of the unusual length of it, it being more than double the length of the longest psalm in the whole book; and partly on account of its curious composition. It consists of twenty two parts, according to the number of the letters in the Hebrew alphabet; the names of which letters stand between each part; and every part consists of eight verses, all of which begin with the same letter: thus, for instance, the first eight verses begin with the letter a, "aleph", and the second eight verses begin with the letter b, "beth", and so on throughout; hence the Masorah calls this psalm the Great Alphabet. This the psalmist did, perhaps to excite attention to what he said, and also to help the memory. And it is observable that there are very few verses in the whole, not more than one or two, but what has something in it concerning the word of God, and its precepts and ordinances; there are nine or ten different words used relative to it, which signify much one and the same thing; as laws, statutes, judgments, testimonies Luther {m} observes, that neither Cicero, nor Virgil, nor Demosthenes, are to be compared with David for eloquence, as we see in the hundred nineteenth Psalm, where he divideth one sense and meaning into twenty two sorts. And it may also be remarked, that there is nothing in it concerning the tabernacle worship, or the rites and ceremonies of the legal dispensation; so that it seems to be calculated for, and is suited to, the word of God, and the ordinances of it, as we now have them in their full perfection: and the design of the whole is to show the fervent affection the psalmist had for the word of God, and to stir up the same in others.

{m} Mensal. Colloqu. c. 32. p. 365.

a, \\ALEPH.--The First Part\\.

Psalms 119:89-176 In-Context

87 They almost ended my life on earth, but I did not abandon Your precepts.
88 Give me life in accordance with Your faithful love, and I will obey the decree You have spoken.
89 Lord, Your word is forever; it is firmly fixed in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness is for all generations; You established the earth, and it stands firm.
91 They stand today in accordance with Your judgments, for all things are Your servants.
92 If Your instruction had not been my delight, I would have died in my affliction.
93 I will never forget Your precepts, for You have given me life through them.
94 I am Yours; save me, for I have sought Your precepts.
95 The wicked hope to destroy me, but I contemplate Your decrees.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection, but Your command is without limit.
97 How I love Your teaching! It is my meditation all day long.
98 Your command makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers because Your decrees are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the elders because I obey Your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path to follow Your word.
102 I have not turned from Your judgments, for You Yourself have instructed me.
103 How sweet Your word is to my taste- [sweeter] than honey to my mouth.
104 I gain understanding from Your precepts; therefore I hate every false way.
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.
106 I have solemnly sworn to keep Your righteous judgments.
107 I am severely afflicted; Lord, give me life through Your word.
108 Lord, please accept my willing offerings of praise, and teach me Your judgments.
109 My life is constantly in danger, yet I do not forget Your instruction.
110 The wicked have set a trap for me, but I have not wandered from Your precepts.
111 I have Your decrees as a heritage forever; indeed, they are the joy of my heart.
112 I am resolved to obey Your statutes to the very end.
113 I hate the double-minded, but I love Your instruction.
114 You are my shelter and my shield; I put my hope in Your word.
115 Depart from me, you evil ones, so that I may obey my God's commands.
116 Sustain me as You promised, and I will live; do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
117 Sustain me so that I can be safe and be concerned with Your statutes continually.
118 You reject all who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is a lie.
119 You remove all the wicked on earth as if they were dross; therefore, I love Your decrees.
120 I tremble in awe of You; I fear Your judgments.
121 I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Guarantee Your servant's well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes grow weary [looking for] Your salvation and for Your righteous promise.
124 Deal with Your servant based on Your faithful love; teach me Your statutes.
125 I am Your servant; give me understanding so that I may know Your decrees.
126 It is time for the Lord to act, [for] they have broken Your law.
127 Since I love Your commandments more than gold, even the purest gold,
128 I carefully follow all Your precepts and hate every false way.
129 Your decrees are wonderful; therefore I obey them.
130 The revelation of Your words brings light and gives understanding to the inexperienced.
131 I pant with open mouth because I long for Your commands.
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is [Your] practice toward those who love Your name.
133 Make my steps steady through Your promise; don't let sin dominate me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression, and I will keep Your precepts.
135 Show favor to Your servant, and teach me Your statutes.
136 My eyes pour out streams of tears because people do not follow Your instruction.
137 You are righteous, Lord, and Your judgments are just.
138 The decrees You issue are righteous and altogether trustworthy.
139 My anger overwhelms me because my foes forget Your words.
140 Your word is completely pure, and Your servant loves it.
141 I am insignificant and despised, but I do not forget Your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your instruction is true.
143 Trouble and distress have overtaken me, but Your commands are my delight.
144 Your decrees are righteous forever. Give me understanding, and I will live.
145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord. I will obey Your statutes.
146 I call to You; save me, and I will keep Your decrees.
147 I rise before dawn and cry out for help; I put my hope in Your word.
148 I am awake through each watch of the night to meditate on Your promise.
149 In keeping with Your faithful love, hear my voice. Lord, give me life, in keeping with Your justice.
150 Those who pursue evil plans come near; they are far from Your instruction.
151 You are near, Lord, and all Your commands are true.
152 Long ago I learned from Your decrees that You have established them forever.
153 Consider my affliction and rescue me, for I have not forgotten Your instruction.
154 Defend my cause, and redeem me; give me life, as You promised.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked because they do not seek Your statutes.
156 Your compassions are many, Lord; give me life, according to Your judgments.
157 My persecutors and foes are many. I have not turned from Your decrees.
158 I have seen the disloyal and feel disgust because they do not keep Your word.
159 Consider how I love Your precepts; Lord, give me life, according to Your faithful love.
160 The entirety of Your word is truth, and all Your righteous judgments endure forever.
161 Princes have persecuted me without cause, but my heart fears [only] Your word.
162 I rejoice over Your promise like one who finds vast treasure.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood, [but] I love Your instruction.
164 I praise You seven times a day for Your righteous judgments.
165 Abundant peace belongs to those who love Your instruction; nothing makes them stumble.
166 Lord, I hope for Your salvation and carry out Your commands.
167 I obey Your decrees and love them greatly.
168 I obey Your precepts and decrees, for all my ways are before You.
169 Let my cry reach You, Lord; give me understanding according to Your word.
170 Let my plea reach You; rescue me according to Your promise.
171 My lips pour out praise, for You teach me Your statutes.
172 My tongue sings about Your promise, for all Your commandments are righteous.
173 May Your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your precepts.
174 I long for Your salvation, Lord, and Your instruction is my delight.
175 Let me live, and I will praise You; may Your judgments help me.
176 I wander like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commands.

Footnotes 6

  • [a]. Lit in my hand
  • [b]. Or statutes; the reward is eternal
  • [c]. Other Hb mss, DSS, LXX, Aq, Sym, Jer read All the wicked of the earth You count as
  • [d]. Lit My flesh shudders
  • [e]. Lit I therefore follow carefully
  • [f]. Some Hb mss, LXX, Sym, Jer read who maliciously persecute me
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