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119Psalms

1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of Yahweh!

א - ALEF. My Help Cometh even from the Lord. Psalm 119(v118)
2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,

 
3 who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!

 
4 You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.

 
5 O 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.

 
7 I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous ordinances.

 
8 I will observe your statutes;
O forsake me not utterly!

 
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.

ב - BET. Obedience. Psalm 119(v118)
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!

 
11 I have laid up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.

 
12 Blessed be you, O Yahweh;
teach me your statutes!

 
13 With my lips I declare all the ordinances of your mouth.

 
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.

 
15 I will meditate on your precepts,
and fix my eyes on your ways.

 
16 I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.

 
17 Deal bountifully with your servant,
that I may live and observe your word.

ג - GIMEL. Happiness. Psalm 119(v118)
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

 
19 I am a sojourner on earth;
hide not your commandments from me!

 
20 My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.

 
21 You rebuke the insolent,
accursed ones, who wander from your commandments;

 
22 take away from me their scorn and contempt,
for I have kept your testimonies.

 
23 Even though princes sit plotting against me,
your servant will meditate on your statutes.

 
24 Your testimonies are my delight,
they are my counselors.

 
25 My soul cleaves to the dust;
revive me according to your word!

ד - DALET. Obedience. Psalm 119(v118)
26 When 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!

 
29 Put false ways far from me;
and graciously teach me your law!

 
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness,
I set your ordinances before me.

 
31 I cleave to your testimonies, O Yahweh;
let me not be put to shame!

 
32 I will run in the way of your commandments
when you enlarge my understanding!

 
33 Teach me, O Yahweh, the way of your statutes;
and I will keep it to the end.

ה - HE. Understanding. Psalm 119(v118)
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 gain!

 
37 Turn my eyes from looking at vanities;
and give me life in your ways.

 
38 Confirm to your servant your promise,
which is for those who fear you.

 
39 Turn away the reproach which I dread;
for your ordinances are good.

 
40 Behold, I long for your precepts;
in your righteousness give me life!

 
41 Let your steadfast love come to me, O Yahweh,
your salvation according to your promise;

ו - VAV. Trust. Psalm 119(v118)
42 then shall I have an answer for those who taunt me,
for I trust in your word.

 
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
for my hope is in your ordinances.

 
44 I will keep your law continually,
for ever and ever;

 
45 and I shall walk at liberty,
for I have sought your precepts.

 
46 I will also speak of your testimonies before kings,
and shall not be put to shame;

 
47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.

 
48 I revere your commandments, which I love,
and I will meditate on your statutes.

 
49 Remember your word to your servant,
in which you have made me hope.

ז - ZAYIN. Confidence. Psalm 119(v118)
50 This is my comfort in my affliction
that your promise gives me life.

 
51 Godless men utterly deride me,
but I do not turn away from your law.

 
52 When I think of your ordinances from of old,
I take comfort, O Yahweh.

 
53 Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
who forsake your law.

 
54 Your statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.

 
55 I remember your name in the night, O Yahweh,
and keep your law.

 
56 This blessing has fallen to me,
that I have kept your precepts.

 
57 Yahweh is my portion;
I promise to keep your words.

ח - HET. Devotion. Psalm 119(v118)
58 I entreat your favour with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.

 
59 When I thinks of your ways,
I turn my feet to your testimonies;

 
60 I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.

 
61 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
I do not forget your law.

 
62 At midnight I rise to praise you,
because of your righteous ordinances.

 
63 I am a companion of all who fear you,
of those who keep your precepts.

 
64 The earth, O Yahweh, is full of your steadfast love;
teach me your statutes!

 
65 You have dealt well with your servant, O Yahweh,
according to your word.

ט - TET. Value. Psalm 119(v118)
66 Teach 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 godless besmear me with lies,
but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;

 
70 their heart is gross like fat,
but I delight in your law.

 
71 It 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.

 
73 Your hands have made and fashioned me;
give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

י - YOD. Justice. Psalm 119(v118)
74 Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
because I have hoped in your word.

 
75 I know, O Yahweh, that your judgments are right,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

 
76 Let your steadfast love be ready to comfort me
according to your promise to your servant.

 
77 Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
for your law is my delight.

 
78 Let the godless be put to shame,
because they have subverted me with guile;
as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.

 
79 Let those who fear you turn to me,
that they may know your testimonies.

 
80 May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
that I may not be put to shame!

 
81 My soul languishes for your salvation;
I hope in your word.

כ - KAF. Deliverance. Psalm 119(v118)
82 My eyes fail with watching for your promise;
I ask, "When will you comfort me?"

 
83 For 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 Godless men have dug pitfalls for me,
men who do not conform to your law.

 
86 All your commandments are sure;
they persecute me with falsehood; help me!

 
87 They have almost made an end of me on earth;
but I have not forsaken your precepts.

 
88 In your steadfast love spare my life,
that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

 
89 For ever, O Yahweh,
your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.

ל - LAMED. Faith. Psalm 119(v118)
90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.

 
91 By your appointment they stand this day;
for all things are your servants.

 
92 If your law had not been my delight,
I should have perished in my affliction.

 
93 I will never forget your precepts;
for by them you have given me life.

 
94 I am yours, save me;
for I have sought your precepts.

 
95 The wicked lie in wait to destroy me;
but I consider your testimonies.

 
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

 
97 Oh, how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.

מ - MEM. Love. Psalm 119(v118)
98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.

 
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.

 
100 I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.

 
101 I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.

 
102 I do not turn aside from your ordinances,
for you have taught me.

 
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!

 
104 Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.

 
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.

נ - NUN. Light. Psalm 119(v118)
106 I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
to observe your righteous ordinances.

 
107 I am sorely afflicted; give me life, O Yahweh,
according to your word!

 
108 Accept my offerings of praise, O Yahweh,
and teach me your ordinances.

 
109 I hold my life in my hand continually,
but I do not forget your law.

 
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me,
but I do not stray from your precepts.

 
111 Your testimonies are my heritage for ever;
yea, they are the joy of my heart.

 
112 I incline my heart to perform your statutes for ever, to the end.

 
113 I hate double-minded men,
but I love your law.

ס - SAMEKH. Safety. Psalm 119(v118)
114 You 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.

 
116 Uphold 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!

 
118 You spurn all who go astray from your statutes;
yea, their cunning is in vain.

 
119 All the wicked of the earth you count as dross;
therefore I love your testimonies.

 
120 My flesh trembles for fear of you,
and I am afraid of your judgments.

 
121 I have done what is just and right;
do not leave me to my oppressors.

ע - AYIN. Obedience. Psalm 119(v118)
122 Be surety for your servant for good;
let not the godless oppress me.

 
123 My eyes fail with watching for your salvation,
and for the fulfilment of your righteous promise.

 
124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,
and teach me your statutes.

 
125 I am your servant; give me understanding,
that I may know your testimonies!

 
126 It is time for Yahweh to act,
for your law has been broken.

 
127 Therefore I love your commandments above gold,
above fine gold.

 
128 Therefore I direct my steps by all your precepts;
I hate every false way.

 
129 Your testimonies are wonderful;
therefore my soul keeps them.

פ - PE. Desire. Psalm 119(v118)
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
it imparts understanding to the simple.

 
131 With open mouth I pant,
because I long for your commandments.

 
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
as is your wont toward 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.

 
136 My eyes shed streams of tears,
because men do not keep your law.

 
137 Righteous are you, O Yahweh,
and right are your judgments.

צ - TSADI. Justice. Psalm 119(v118)
138 You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness
and in all faithfulness.

 
139 My zeal consumes me,
because my foes forget your words.

 
140 Your promise is well tried,
and your servant loves it.

 
141 I am small and despised,
yet I do not forget your precepts.

 
142 Your righteousness is righteous for ever,
and your law is true.

 
143 Trouble and anguish have come upon me,
but your commandments are my delight.

 
144 Your testimonies are righteous for ever;
give me understanding that I may live.

 
145 With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Yahweh!
I will keep your statutes.

ק - QOF. Deliverance. Psalm 119(v118)
146 I cry to you; save me,
that I may observe your testimonies.

 
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I hope in your words.

 
148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,
that I may meditate upon your promise.

 
149 Hear my voice in your steadfast love; O Yahweh,
in your justice preserve my life.

 
150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;
they are far from your law.

 
151 But you are near, O Yahweh,
and all your commandments are true.

 
152 Long have I known from your testimonies
that you have founded them for ever.

 
153 Look on my affliction and deliver me,
for I do not forget your law.

ר - RESH. Help. Psalm 119(v118)
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 Yahweh;
give me life according to your justice.

 
157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
but I do not swerve from your testimonies.

 
158 I look at the faithless with disgust,
because they do not keep your commands.

 
159 Consider how I love your precepts!
Preserve my life according to your steadfast love.

 
160 The sum of your word is truth;
and every one of your righteous ordinances endures for ever.

 
161 Princes persecute me without cause,
but my heart stands in awe of your words.

ש - SHIN. Dedication. Psalm 119(v118)
162 I rejoice at your word
like one who finds great spoil.

 
163 I hate and abhor falsehood,
but I love your law.

 
164 Seven times a day I praise you
for your righteous ordinances.

 
165 Great peace have those who love your law;
nothing can make them stumble.

 
166 I hope for your salvation, O Yahweh,
and I do your commandments.

 
167 My soul keeps your testimonies;
I love them exceedingly.

 
168 I keep your precepts and testimonies,
for all my ways are before you.

 
169 Let my cry come before you, O Yahweh;
give me understanding according to your word!

ת - TAV. Help. Psalm 119(v118)
170 Let my supplication come before you;
deliver me according to your word.

 
171 My lips will pour forth praise
that you teach me your statutes.

 
172 My tongue will sing of your word,
for all your commandments are right.

 
173 Let your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.

 
174 I long for your salvation, O Yahweh,
and your law is my delight.

 
175 Let me live, that I may praise you,
and let your ordinances help me.

 
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
for I do not forget your commandments.

 
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