Psalm 119:1-88

Aleph

1 Blessed are those who live without blame. They live in keeping with the law of the Lord.
2 Blessed are those who obey his covenant laws. They trust in him with all their hearts.
3 They don't do anything wrong. They live as he wants them to live.
4 You have given me rules that I must obey completely.
5 I hope I will always stand firm in following your orders.
6 Then I won't be put to shame when I think about all of your commands.
7 I will praise you with an honest heart as I learn about how fair your decisions are.
8 I will obey your orders. Please don't leave me all alone.

Beth

9 How can a young person keep his life pure? By living in keeping with your word.
10 I trust in you with all my heart. Don't let me wander away from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart so that I won't sin against you.
12 Lord, I give praise to you. Teach me your orders.
13 With my lips I talk about all of the decisions you have made.
14 Following your covenant laws gives me joy just as great riches give joy to others.
15 I spend time thinking about your rules. I consider how you want me to live.
16 I take delight in your orders. I won't fail to obey your word.

Gimel

17 Be good to me, and I will live. I will obey your word.
18 Open my eyes so that I can see the wonderful truths in your law.
19 I'm a stranger on earth. Don't hide your commands from me.
20 My heart is filled with longing for your laws at all times.
21 You correct proud people. They are under your curse. They wander away from your commands.
22 I obey your covenant laws. So don't let evil people laugh at me or hate me.
23 Even if rulers sit together and tell lies about me, I will spend time thinking about your orders.
24 Your covenant laws are my delight. They give me wise advice.

Daleth

25 I lie in the dust. I'm about to die. Keep me alive as you have promised.
26 I told you how I've lived, and you gave me your answer. Teach me your orders.
27 Help me understand what your rules can teach me. Then I'll spend time thinking about the miracles you have done.
28 My sadness has worn me out. Give me strength as you have promised.
29 Keep me from cheating and telling lies. Be kind and teach me your law.
30 I have chosen to be faithful to you. I put my trust in your laws.
31 Lord, I'm careful to obey your covenant laws. Don't let me be put to shame.
32 I am quick to follow your commands, because you have set my heart free.

He

33 Lord, teach me to follow your orders. Then I will obey them to the very end.
34 Help me understand your law. Then I will follow it and obey it with all my heart.
35 Teach me to live as you command, because that makes me very happy.
36 Make me want to follow your covenant laws instead of wanting to gain things only for myself.
37 Turn my eyes away from things that are worthless. Keep me alive as you have promised.
38 Keep your promise to me. Then other people will have respect for you.
39 Please don't let me be put to shame. Your laws are good.
40 I really want to follow your rules. Keep me alive, because you do what is right.

Waw

41 Lord, show me your faithful love. Save me as you have promised.
42 Then I will answer those who make fun of me, because I trust in your word.
43 Help me always to tell the truth about how faithful you are. I have put my hope in your laws.
44 I will always obey your law, for ever and ever.
45 I will lead a full and happy life, because I've tried to obey your rules.
46 I will talk about your covenant laws to kings. I will not be put to shame.
47 I take delight in obeying your commands because I love them.
48 I praise your commands, and I love them. I spend time thinking about your orders.

Zayin

49 Remember what you have said to me. You have given me hope.
50 Even when I suffer, I am comforted because you promised to keep me alive.
51 Proud people are always making fun of me. But I don't turn away from your law.
52 Lord, I remember the laws you gave long ago. I find comfort in them.
53 I am very angry because evil people have turned away from your law.
54 No matter where I live, I sing about your orders.
55 Lord, during the night I remember who you are. That's why I keep your law.
56 I have really done my best to obey your rules.

Heth

57 Lord, you are everything I need. I have promised to obey your words.
58 I have looked to you with all my heart. Be kind to me as you have promised.
59 I have thought about the way I live. And I have decided to follow your covenant laws.
60 I won't waste any time. I will be quick to obey your commands.
61 Evil people may tie me up with ropes. But I won't forget to obey your law.
62 At midnight I get up to give you thanks because your decisions are very fair.
63 I'm a friend to everyone who has respect for you. I'm a friend to everyone who follows your rules.
64 Lord, the earth is filled with your love. Teach me your orders.

Teth

65 Lord, be good to me as you have promised.
66 Increase my knowledge and give me good sense, because I believe in your commands.
67 Before I went through suffering, I went down the wrong path. But now I obey your word.
68 You are good, and what you do is good. Teach me your orders.
69 Proud people have spread lies about me and have taken away my good name. But I follow your rules with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are hard and stubborn. They don't feel anything. But I take delight in your law.
71 It was good for me to suffer. That's what helped me to understand your orders.
72 The law you gave is worth more to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

Yodh

73 You made me and formed me with your own hands. Give me understanding so that I can learn your commands.
74 May those who have respect for you be filled with joy when they see me. I have put my hope in your word.
75 Lord, I know that your laws are right. You were faithful to your promise when you made me suffer.
76 May your faithful love comfort me as you have promised me.
77 Show me your tender love so that I can live. I take delight in your law.
78 Proud people have treated me badly without any reason. May they be put to shame. I will spend time thinking about your rules.
79 May those who have respect for you come to me. Then I can teach them your covenant laws.
80 May my heart be without blame as I follow your orders. Then I won't be put to shame.

Kaph

81 I deeply long for you to save me. I have put my hope in your word.
82 My eyes grow tired looking for what you have promised. I say, "When will you comfort me?"
83 I'm as useless as a wineskin that smoke has dried up. But I don't forget to follow your orders.
84 How long do I have to wait? When will you punish those who attack me?
85 Proud people do what is against your law. They dig pits for me to fall into.
86 All of your commands can be trusted. Help me, because people attack me without any reason.
87 They almost wiped me off the face of the earth. But I have not turned away from your rules.
88 Keep me alive, because you love me. Then I will obey the covenant laws you have given.
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