Psalm 119:1-88 English Standard Version

The Excellencies of God's Law

119 [1] Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! 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  Oh 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 rules.[2] 8  I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!

9  How 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!

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

12  Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes!

13  With my lips I declare all the rules[3] 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 keep your word.

18  Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

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

20  My soul is consumed with longing for your rules[4] at all times.

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

22  Take away from me 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 clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!

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 rules before me. 31  I cling to your testimonies, O Lord; let me not be put to shame! 32  I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart![5]

33  Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end.[6] 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.

39  Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good.

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

41  Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise; 42  then shall I have an answer for him who taunts 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 rules. 44  I will keep your law continually, forever and ever,

45  and I shall walk in a wide place, 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 will lift up my hands toward 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.

50  This 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.

52  When 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.

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

55  I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law. 56  This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts.

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

58  I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.

59  When I think on my 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 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!

65  You have dealt well with your servant, O Lord, according to your word. 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 insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts; 70  their heart is unfeeling 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.

74  Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word.

75  I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

76  Let your steadfast love 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 insolent be put to shame, because they have wronged me with falsehood; 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 longs for your salvation; I hope in your word. 82  My eyes long 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?[7] When will you judge those who persecute me?

85  The insolent have dug pitfalls for me; they do not live according 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 give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

Footnotes

[1] 119:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem of twenty-two stanzas, following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet; within a stanza, each verse begins with the same Hebrew letter

[2] 119:7 Or your just and righteous decrees; also verses 62, 106, 160, 164

[3] 119:13 Or all the just decrees

[4] 119:20 Or your just decrees; also verses 30, 39, 43, 52, 75, 102, 108, 137, 156, 175

[5] 119:32 Or for you set my heart free

[6] 119:33 Or keep it as my reward

[7] 119:84 Hebrew How many are the days of your servant?

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