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Psalms 119

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119:1 <ALEPH> Happy are they who are without sin in their ways, walking in the law of the Lord.

119:2 Happy are they who keep his unchanging word, searching after him with all their heart.

119:3 They do no evil; they go in his ways.

119:4 You have put your orders into our hearts, so that we might keep them with care.

119:5 If only my ways were ordered so that I might keep your rules!

119:6 Then I would not be put to shame, as long as I have respect for all your teaching.

119:7 I will give you praise with an upright heart in learning your right decisions.

119:8 I will keep your rules: O give me not up completely.

119:9 <BETH> How may a young man make his way clean? by guiding it after your word.

119:10 I have made search for you with all my heart: O let me not go wandering far from your teaching.

119:11 I have kept your sayings secretly in my heart, so that I might do no sin against you.

119:12 Praise be to you, O Lord: give me knowledge of your rules.

119:13 With my lips have I made clear all the decisions of your mouth.

119:14 I have taken as much delight in the way of your unchanging word, as in all wealth.

119:15 I will give thought to your orders, and have respect for your ways.

119:16 I will have delight in your rules; I will not let your word go out of my mind.

119:17 <GIMEL> Give me, your servant, the reward of life, so that I may keep your word;

119:18 Let my eyes be open to see the wonders of your law.

119:19 I am living in a strange land: do not let your teachings be kept secret from me.

119:20 My soul is broken with desire for your decisions at all times.

119:21 Your hand has been against the men of pride, a curse is on those who go wandering out of your way.

119:22 Take away from me shame and bitter words; for I have kept your unchanging word in my heart.

119:23 Rulers make evil designs against me; but your servant gives thought to your rules.

119:24 Your unchanging word is my delight, and the guide of my footsteps.

119:25 <DALETH> My soul is joined to the dust: O give me life, in keeping with your word.

119:26 I put the record of my ways before you, and you gave me an answer: O give me knowledge of your rules.

119:27 Make the way of your orders clear to me; then my thoughts will be ever on your wonders.

119:28 My soul is wasted with sorrow; give me strength again in keeping with your word

119:29 Take from me every false way; and in mercy give me your law.

119:30 I have taken the way of faith: I have kept your decisions before me.

119:31 I have been true to your unchanging word; O Lord, do not put me to shame.

119:32 I will go quickly in the way of your teaching, because you have given me a free heart.

119:33 <HE> O Lord, let me see the way of your rules, and I will keep it to the end.

119:34 Give me wisdom, so that I may keep your law; going after it with all my heart.

119:35 Make me go in the way of your teachings; for they are my delight.

119:36 Let my heart be turned to your unchanging word, and not to evil desire.

119:37 Let my eyes be turned away from what is false; give me life in your ways.

119:38 Give effect to your word to your servant, in whose heart is the fear of you.

119:39 Take away the shame which is my fear; for your decisions are good.

119:40 See how great is my desire for your orders: give me life in your righteousness.

119:41 <VAU> Let your mercies come to me, O Lord, even your salvation, as you have said.

119:42 So that I may have an answer for the man who would put me to shame; for I have faith in your word.

119:43 Take not your true word quite out of my mouth; for I have put my hope in your decisions.

119:44 So that I may keep your law for ever and ever;

119:45 So that my way may be in a wide place: because my search has been for your orders.

119:46 So that I may give knowledge of your unchanging word before kings, and not be put to shame.

119:47 And so that I may take delight in your teachings, to which I have given my love.

119:48 And so that my hands may be stretched out to you; and I will give thought to your rules.

119:49 <ZAIN> Keep in mind your word to your servant, for on it has my hope been fixed.

119:50 This is my comfort in my trouble; that your sayings have given me life.

119:51 The men of pride have made great sport of me; but I have not been turned from your law.

119:52 I have kept the memory of your decisions from times past, O Lord; and they have been my comfort.

119:53 I am burning with wrath, because of the sinners who have given up your law.

119:54 Your rules have been melodies to me, while I have been living in strange lands.

119:55 I have given thought to your name in the night, O Lord, and have kept your law.

119:56 This has been true of me, that I have kept your orders in my heart.

119:57 <CHETH> The Lord is my heritage: I have said that I would be ruled by your words.

119:58 I have given my mind to do your pleasure with all my heart; have mercy on me, as you have said.

119:59 I gave thought to my steps, and my feet were turned into the way of your unchanging word.

119:60 I was quick to do your orders, and let no time be wasted.

119:61 The cords of evil-doers are round me; but I have kept in mind your law.

119:62 In the middle of the night I will get up to give you praise, because of all your right decisions.

119:63 I keep company with all your worshippers, and those who have your orders in their memory.

119:64 The earth, O Lord, is full of your mercy: give me knowledge of your rules.

119:65 <TETH> You have done good to your servant, O Lord, in keeping with your word.

119:66 Give me knowledge and good sense; for I have put my faith in your teachings.

119:67 Before I was in trouble I went out of the way; but now I keep your word.

119:68 You are good, and your works are good; give me knowledge of your rules.

119:69 The men of pride have said false things about me; but I will keep your orders in my heart.

119:70 Their hearts are shut up with fat; but my delight is in your law.

119:71 It is good for me to have been through trouble; so that I might come to the knowledge of your rules.

119:72 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver.

119:73 <JOD> Your hands have made me, and given me form: give me wisdom, so that I may have knowledge of your teaching.

119:74 Your worshippers will see me and be glad; because my hope has been in your word.

119:75 I have seen, O Lord, that your decisions are right, and that in unchanging faith you have sent trouble on me.

119:76 Let your mercy now be my comfort, as you have said to your servant.

119:77 Let your gentle mercies come to me, so that I may have life; for your law is my delight.

119:78 Let the men of pride be shamed; because they have falsely given decision against me; but I will give thought to your orders.

119:79 Let your worshippers be turned to me, and those who have knowledge of your words.

119:80 Let all my heart be given to your orders, so that I may not be put to shame.

119:81 <CAPH> My soul is wasted with desire for your salvation: but I have hope in your word.

119:82 My eyes are full of weariness with searching for your word, saying, When will you give me comfort?

119:83 For I have become like a wine-skin black with smoke; but I still keep the memory of your rules.

119:84 How short is the life of your servant! when will you give your decision against those who are attacking me?

119:85 The men of pride, who are turned away from your law, have put nets for me.

119:86 All your teachings are certain; they go after me with evil design; give me your help.

119:87 They had almost put an end to me on earth; but I did not give up your orders.

119:88 Give me life in your mercy; so that I may be ruled by the unchanging word of your mouth.

119:89 <LAMED> For ever, O Lord, your word is fixed in heaven.

119:90 Your faith is unchanging from generation to generation: you have put the earth in its place, and it is not moved.

119:91 They are ruled this day by your decisions; for all things are your servants.

119:92 If your law had not been my delight, my troubles would have put an end to me.

119:93 I will ever keep your orders in mind; for in them I have life.

119:94 I am yours, O be my saviour; for my desire has been for your rules.

119:95 The sinners have been waiting for me to give me up to destruction; but I will give all my mind to your unchanging ward.

119:96 I have seen that nothing on earth is complete; but your teaching is very wide.

119:97 <MEM> O what love I have for your law! I give thought to it all the day.

119:98 Your teaching has made me wiser than my haters: for it is mine for ever.

119:99 I have more knowledge than all my teachers, because I give thought to your unchanging word.

119:100 I have more wisdom than the old, because I have kept your orders.

119:101 I have kept back my feet from all evil ways, so that I might be true to your word.

119:102 My heart has not been turned away from your decisions; for you have been my teacher.

119:103 How sweet are your sayings to my taste! truly, they are sweeter than honey in my mouth!

119:104 Through your orders I get wisdom; for this reason I am a hater of every false way.

119:105 <NUN> Your word is a light for my feet, ever shining on my way.

119:106 I have made an oath and kept it, to be guided by your upright decisions.

119:107 I am greatly troubled, O Lord, give me life in keeping with your word.

119:108 Take, O Lord, the free offerings of my mouth, and give me knowledge of your decisions.

119:109 My soul is ever in danger; but I still keep the memory of your law.

119:110 Sinners have put a net to take me; but I was true to your orders.

119:111 I have taken your unchanging word as an eternal heritage; for it is the joy of my heart.

119:112 My heart is ever ready to keep your rules, even to the end.

119:113 <SAMECH> I am a hater of men of doubting mind; but I am a lover of your law.

119:114 You are my secret place and my breastplate against danger; my hope is in your word.

119:115 Go far from me, you evil-doers; so that I may keep the teachings of my God.

119:116 Be my support as you have said, and give me life; let not my hope be turned to shame.

119:117 Let me not be moved, and I will be safe, and ever take delight in your rules.

119:118 You have overcome all those who are wandering from your rules; for all their thoughts are false.

119:119 All the sinners of the earth are like waste metal in your eyes; and for this cause I give my love to your unchanging word.

119:120 My flesh is moved for fear of you; I give honour to your decisions.

119:121 <AIN> I have done what is good and right: you will not give me into the hands of those who are working against me.

119:122 Take your servant's interests into your keeping; let me not be crushed by the men of pride.

119:123 My eyes are wasted with desire for your salvation, and for the word of your righteousness.

119:124 Be good to your servant in your mercy, and give me teaching in your rules.

119:125 I am your servant; give me wisdom, so that I may have knowledge of your unchanging word.

119:126 It is time, O Lord, for you to let your work be seen; for they have made your law without effect.

119:127 For this reason I have greater love far your teachings than for gold, even for shining gold.

119:128 Because of it I keep straight in all things by your orders; and I am a hater of every false way.

119:129 <PE> Your unchanging word is full of wonder; for this reason my soul keeps it.

119:130 The opening of your words gives light; it gives good sense to the simple.

119:131 My mouth was open wide, waiting with great desire for your teachings.

119:132 Let your eyes be turned to me, and have mercy on me, as it is right for you to do to those who are lovers of your name.

119:133 Let my steps be guided by your word; and let not sin have control over me.

119:134 Make me free from the cruel rule of man; then I will keep your orders.

119:135 Let your servant see the shining of your face; give me knowledge of your rules.

119:136 Rivers of water are flowing from my eyes, because men do not keep your law.

119:137 <TZADE> O Lord, great is your righteousness, and upright are your decisions.

119:138 You have given your unchanging word in righteousness, and it is for ever.

119:139 My passion has overcome me; because my haters are turned away from your words.

119:140 Your word is of tested value; and it is dear to your servant.

119:141 I am small and of no account; but I keep your orders in mind.

119:142 Your righteousness is an unchanging righteousness, and your law is certain.

119:143 Pain and trouble have overcome me: but your teachings are my delight.

119:144 The righteousness of your unchanging word is eternal; give me wisdom so that I may have life.

119:145 <KOPH> I have made my prayer with all my heart; give answer to me, O Lord: I will keep your rules.

119:146 My cry has gone up to you; take me out of trouble, and I will be guided by your unchanging word.

119:147 Before the sun is up, my cry for help comes to your ear; my hope is in your words.

119:148 In the night watches I am awake, so that I may give thought to your saying.

119:149 Let my voice come to you, in your mercy; O Lord, by your decisions give me life.

119:150 Those who have evil designs against me come near; they are far from your law.

119:151 You are near, O Lord; and all your teachings are true.

119:152 I have long had knowledge that your unchanging word is for ever.

119:153 <RESH> O see my trouble, and be my saviour; for I keep your law in my mind,

119:154 Undertake my cause, and come to my help, give me life, as you have said.

119:155 Salvation is far from evil-doers; for they have made no search for your rules.

119:156 Great is the number of your mercies, O Lord; give me life in keeping with your decisions.

119:157 Great is the number of those who are against me; but I have not been turned away from your unchanging word.

119:158 I saw with hate those who were untrue to you; for they did not keep your saying.

119:159 See how great is my love for your orders: give me life, O Lord, in keeping with your mercy.

119:160 Your word is true from the first; and your upright decision is unchanging for ever.

119:161 <SHIN> Rulers have been cruel to me without cause; but I have the fear of your word in my heart.

119:162 I am delighted by your saying, like a man who makes discovery of great wealth.

119:163 I am full of hate and disgust for false words; but I am a lover of your law.

119:164 Seven times a day do I give you praise, because of your upright decisions.

119:165 Great peace have lovers of your law; they have no cause for falling.

119:166 Lord, my hope has been in your salvation; and I have kept your teachings.

119:167 My soul has kept your unchanging word; great is my love for it.

119:168 I have been ruled by your orders; for all my ways are before you.

119:169 <TAU> Let my cry come before you, O Lord; give me wisdom in keeping with your word.

119:170 Let my prayer come before you; take me out of trouble, as you have said.

119:171 Let my lips be flowing with praise, because you have given me knowledge of your rules.

119:172 Let my tongue make songs in praise of your word; for all your teachings are righteousness.

119:173 Let your hand be near for my help; for I have given my heart to your orders.

119:174 All my desire has been for your salvation, O Lord; and your law is my delight.

119:175 Give life to my soul so that it may give you praise; and let your decisions be my support.

119:176 I have gone out of the way like a wandering sheep; make search for your servant; for I keep your teachings ever in mind.


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