Psalm 119:89-176 Bible in Basic English

89  <LAMED> For ever, O Lord, your word is fixed in heaven. 90  Your faith is unchanging from generation to generation: you have put the earth in its place, and it is not moved. 91  They are ruled this day by your decisions; for all things are your servants.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

98  Your teaching has made me wiser than my haters: for it is mine for ever. 99  I have more knowledge than all my teachers, because I give thought to your unchanging word. 100  I have more wisdom than the old, because I have kept your orders.

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

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

103  How sweet are your sayings to my taste! truly, they are sweeter than honey in my mouth! 104  Through your orders I get wisdom; for this reason I am a hater of every false way.

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

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

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

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

109  My soul is ever in danger; but I still keep the memory of your law. 110  Sinners have put a net to take me; but I was true to your orders.

111  I have taken your unchanging word as an eternal heritage; for it is the joy of my heart. 112  My heart is ever ready to keep your rules, even to the end.

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

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

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

116  Be my support as you have said, and give me life; let not my hope be turned to shame. 117  Let me not be moved, and I will be safe, and ever take delight in your rules.

118  You have overcome all those who are wandering from your rules; for all their thoughts are false. 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. 120  My flesh is moved for fear of you; I give honour to your decisions.

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

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

124  Be good to your servant in your mercy, and give me teaching in your rules. 125  I am your servant; give me wisdom, so that I may have knowledge of your unchanging word.

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

127  For this reason I have greater love far your teachings than for gold, even for shining gold. 128  Because of it I keep straight in all things by your orders; and I am a hater of every false way.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

137  <TZADE> O Lord, great is your righteousness, and upright are your decisions. 138  You have given your unchanging word in righteousness, and it is for ever.

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

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

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

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

143  Pain and trouble have overcome me: but your teachings are my delight. 144  The righteousness of your unchanging word is eternal; give me wisdom so that I may have life.

145  <KOPH> I have made my prayer with all my heart; give answer to me, O Lord: I will keep your rules. 146  My cry has gone up to you; take me out of trouble, and I will be guided by your unchanging word.

147  Before the sun is up, my cry for help comes to your ear; my hope is in your words. 148  In the night watches I am awake, so that I may give thought to your saying.

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

150  Those who have evil designs against me come near; they are far from your law. 151  You are near, O Lord; and all your teachings are true.

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

153  <RESH> O see my trouble, and be my saviour; for I keep your law in my mind, 154  Undertake my cause, and come to my help, give me life, as you have said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

167  My soul has kept your unchanging word; great is my love for it. 168  I have been ruled by your orders; for all my ways are before you.

169  <TAU> Let my cry come before you, O Lord; give me wisdom in keeping with your word. 170  Let my prayer come before you; take me out of trouble, as you have said.

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

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

173  Let your hand be near for my help; for I have given my heart to your orders. 174  All my desire has been for your salvation, O Lord; and your law is my delight.

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

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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