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Psalm 119

Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet

Aleph

1+ Blessed are those whose + way is blameless,

who + walk in the law of the Lord!

2Blessed are those who + keep his + testimonies,

who + seek him with their whole heart,

3who also + do no wrong,

but walk in his ways!

4You have commanded your + precepts

to be kept diligently.

5Oh that my ways may + be steadfast

in keeping your statutes!

6+ Then I shall not be put to shame,

having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.

7I will praise you with an upright heart,

when I learn + your righteous rules.+

8I will keep your statutes;

+ do not utterly forsake me!

Beth

9How can + a young man keep his way pure?

By guarding it according to your word.

10+ With my whole heart I seek you;

let me not + wander from your commandments!

11I have + stored up your word in my heart,

that I might not sin against you.

12Blessed are you, O Lord;

+ teach me your statutes!

13With my lips I + declare

all the rules+ of your mouth.

14In the way of your testimonies I + delight

as much as in all + riches.

15I will + meditate on your precepts

and fix my eyes on your + ways.

16I will + delight in your statutes;

I will not forget your word.

Gimel

17+ Deal bountifully with your servant,

+ that I may live and keep your word.

18Open my eyes, that I may behold

wondrous things out of your law.

19I am + a sojourner on the earth;

+ hide not your commandments from me!

20My soul is consumed with + longing

for your rules+ at all times.

21You rebuke + the insolent, + accursed ones,

who + wander from your commandments.

22Take away from me + scorn and contempt,

+ for I have kept your testimonies.

23Even though + princes sit plotting against me,

your servant will + meditate on your statutes.

24Your testimonies are my + delight;

they are my + counselors.

Daleth

25+ My soul clings to the dust;

+ give me life + according to your word!

26When + I told of my ways, you answered me;

+ teach me your statutes!

27+ Make me understand the way of your precepts,

and I will + meditate on your wondrous works.

28+ My soul melts away for sorrow;

strengthen me according to your word!

29Put false ways far from me

and graciously + teach me your law!

30I have chosen the way of faithfulness;

I + set your rules before me.

31I cling to your testimonies, O Lord;

+ let me not be put to shame!

32I will run in the way of your commandments

when you + enlarge my heart!+

He

33+ Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;

and I will keep it + to the end.+

34+ Give me understanding, that I may keep your law

and observe it with my whole heart.

35+ Lead me in the path of your commandments,

for I + delight in it.

36+ Incline my heart to your testimonies,

and not to + selfish gain!

37+ Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;

and + give me life in your ways.

38+ Confirm to your servant your promise,

+ that you may be feared.

39Turn away the + reproach that I dread,

for your rules are good.

40Behold, I + long for your precepts;

+ in your righteousness give me life!

Waw

41Let your + steadfast love come to me, O Lord,

your salvation + according to your promise;

42then + shall I have an answer for him + who taunts me,

for I trust in your word.

43And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,

for my + hope is in your rules.

44I will keep your law continually,

forever and ever,

45and I shall walk + in a wide place,

for I have + sought your precepts.

46I will also speak of your testimonies + before kings

and shall not be put to shame,

47for I + find my delight in your commandments,

which I love.

48I will + lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,

and I will + meditate on your statutes.

Zayin

49Remember + your word to your servant,

in which you have made me + hope.

50This is + my comfort in my affliction,

that your promise + gives me life.

51+ The insolent utterly deride me,

but I do not + turn away from your law.

52When I think of your rules from of old,

I take comfort, O Lord.

53+ Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,

who forsake your law.

54Your statutes have been my songs

in the house of my + sojourning.

55I + remember your name in the night, O Lord,

and keep your law.

56This blessing has fallen to me,

that + I have kept your precepts.

Heth

57+ The Lord is my portion;

I promise to keep your words.

58I + entreat your favor with all my heart;

be gracious to me + according to your promise.

59When I + think on my ways,

I turn my feet to your testimonies;

60I hasten and do not delay

to keep your commandments.

61Though + the cords of the wicked ensnare me,

I do not + forget your law.

62At + midnight I rise to praise you,

because of your + righteous rules.

63+ I am a companion of all who fear you,

of those who keep your precepts.

64+ The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love;

+ teach me your statutes!

Teth

65You have dealt well with your servant,

O Lord, + according to your word.

66Teach me + good judgment and knowledge,

for I believe in your commandments.

67+ Before I was afflicted I went astray,

but now I keep your word.

68+ You are good and do good;

+ teach me your statutes.

69+ The insolent + smear me with lies,

but with my whole heart I + keep your precepts;

70their heart is unfeeling + like fat,

but I + delight in your law.

71It is + good for me that I was afflicted,

that I might learn your statutes.

72+ The law of your mouth is better to me

than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Yodh

73+ Your hands have made and fashioned me;

+ give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

74Those who fear you shall see me and + rejoice,

because I have + hoped in your word.

75I know, O Lord, that your rules are + righteous,

and that in + faithfulness you have afflicted me.

76Let your steadfast love comfort me

according to your promise to your servant.

77Let your + mercy come to me, that I may live;

for your law is my + delight.

78Let + the insolent be put to + shame,

because they have + wronged me with falsehood;

as for me, I will + meditate on your precepts.

79Let those who fear you + turn to me,

that they may know your testimonies.

80May my heart be + blameless in your statutes,

+ that I may not be put to shame!

Kaph

81My soul + longs for your salvation;

I + hope in your word.

82My + eyes long for your promise;

I ask, + “When will you comfort me?”

83For I have + become like a + wineskin in the smoke,

yet I have not forgotten your statutes.

84+ How long must your servant endure?+

+ When will you judge those who persecute me?

85+ The insolent have + dug pitfalls for me;

they do not live according to your law.

86All your commandments are + sure;

they persecute me + with falsehood; + help me!

87They have almost made an end of me on earth,

but I have not forsaken your precepts.

88In your steadfast love + give me life,

that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

Lamedh

89Forever, O Lord, your + word

is firmly fixed in the heavens.

90Your + faithfulness endures to all generations;

you have + established the earth, and it + stands fast.

91By your + appointment they stand this day,

for all things are your servants.

92If your law had not been my + delight,

I would have perished in my affliction.

93I will never forget your precepts,

for by them you have + given me life.

94I am yours; save me,

+ for I have sought your precepts.

95The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,

but I consider your testimonies.

96I have seen a limit to all perfection,

but your commandment is exceedingly + broad.

Mem

97Oh how + I love your law!

It is my + meditation all the day.

98Your commandment makes me + wiser than my enemies,

for it is ever with me.

99I have more understanding than all my teachers,

for + your testimonies are my meditation.

100I understand more than + the aged,+

for I + keep your precepts.

101I + hold back my feet from every evil way,

in order to keep your word.

102I do not turn aside from your rules,

for you have taught me.

103How + sweet are your words to my taste,

sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104Through your precepts I get understanding;

therefore + I hate every false way.

Nun

105+ Your word is a lamp to my feet

and a light to my path.

106I have + sworn an oath and confirmed it,

to keep your + righteous rules.

107I am severely + afflicted;

+ give me life, O Lord, according to your word!

108Accept + my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord,

and + teach me your rules.

109I hold my life + in my hand continually,

but I do not + forget your law.

110The wicked have laid + a snare for me,

but + I do not stray from your precepts.

111Your testimonies are + my heritage forever,

for they are + the joy of my heart.

112I + incline my heart to perform your statutes

forever, + to the end.+

Samekh

113I hate + the double-minded,

but I love + your law.

114You are my + hiding place and my + shield;

I + hope in your word.

115+ Depart from me, you evildoers,

that I may + keep the commandments of my God.

116Uphold me + according to your promise, that I may live,

and let me not be + put to shame in my + hope!

117+ Hold me up, that I may be safe

and have regard for your statutes continually!

118You + spurn all who + go astray from your statutes,

for their cunning is in vain.

119All the wicked of the earth you discard like + dross,

therefore + I love your testimonies.

120My flesh + trembles for fear of you,

and I am afraid of your judgments.

Ayin

121I have done what is just and right;

do not leave me to my oppressors.

122Give your servant + a pledge of good;

let not + the insolent oppress me.

123My + eyes long for your salvation

and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.

124Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,

and + teach me your statutes.

125I am your + servant; + give me understanding,

that I may know your testimonies!

126It is time for the Lord to act,

for your law has been broken.

127Therefore I + love your commandments

above gold, above fine gold.

128Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;

I hate every + false way.

Pe

129Your testimonies are + wonderful;

therefore my soul + keeps them.

130The unfolding of your words gives light;

it imparts + understanding to the simple.

131I + open my mouth and + pant,

because I + long for your commandments.

132+ Turn to me and be gracious to me,

as is your way with those who love your name.

133+ Keep steady my steps according to your promise,

and let no iniquity + get dominion over me.

134+ Redeem me from man’s oppression,

that I may keep your precepts.

135+ Make your face shine upon your servant,

and + teach me your statutes.

136My eyes + shed streams of tears,

because people + do not keep your law.

Tsadhe

137+ Righteous are you, O Lord,

and right are your rules.

138You have appointed your testimonies in + righteousness

and in all + faithfulness.

139My + zeal consumes me,

because my foes forget your words.

140Your promise is well + tried,

and your servant + loves it.

141I am small and despised,

yet I do not + forget your precepts.

142Your righteousness is righteous forever,

and your law is + true.

143Trouble and anguish have found me out,

but your commandments are my + delight.

144Your testimonies are righteous forever;

+ give me understanding that I may + live.

Qoph

145With my + whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord!

I will + keep your statutes.

146I call to you; save me,

that I may observe your testimonies.

147I rise before + dawn and cry for help;

I + hope in your words.

148My eyes are awake before + the watches of the night,

that I may meditate on your promise.

149Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;

O Lord, + according to your justice + give me life.

150They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;

they are far from your law.

151But + you are near, O Lord,

and all your commandments are + true.

152Long have I known from your testimonies

that you have + founded them forever.

Resh

153Look on my + affliction and deliver me,

for + I do not forget your law.

154+ Plead my cause and redeem me;

+ give me life according to your promise!

155+ Salvation is far from the wicked,

+ for they do not seek your statutes.

156+ Great is your mercy, O Lord;

+ give me life according to your rules.

157+ Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,

but I do not + swerve from your testimonies.

158I look at + the faithless with + disgust,

because they do not keep your commands.

159Consider how I + love your precepts!

+ Give me life according to your steadfast love.

160+ The sum of your word is + truth,

and every one of your + righteous rules endures forever.

Sin and Shin

161+ Princes persecute me + without cause,

but my heart + stands in awe of your words.

162I + rejoice at your word

like one who + finds great spoil.

163I hate and abhor falsehood,

but I love + your law.

164Seven times a day I praise you

for your + righteous rules.

165Great + peace have those who love your law;

+ nothing can make them stumble.

166I + hope for your salvation, O Lord,

and I do your commandments.

167My soul keeps your testimonies;

I + love them exceedingly.

168I keep your precepts and testimonies,

+ for all my ways are before you.

Taw

169Let my + cry come before you, O Lord;

+ give me understanding + according to your word!

170Let my plea come before you;

+ deliver me according to your word.

171My lips will + pour forth praise,

for you + teach me your statutes.

172My tongue will sing of your word,

for + all your commandments are right.

173Let your hand be ready to help me,

for I have + chosen your precepts.

174I + long for your salvation, O Lord,

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