Psalm 119:89-176 English Standard Version

89  Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. 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 would 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.

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,[1] 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 rules, 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.

106  I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules.

107  I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!

108  Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach me your rules.

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 forever, for they are the joy of my heart. 112  I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.[2]

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

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, for their cunning is in vain. 119  All the wicked of the earth you discard like 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. 122  Give your servant a pledge of good; let not the insolent oppress me.

123  My eyes long for your salvation and for the fulfillment 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 the Lord to act, for your law has been broken.

127  Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold. 128  Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right; I hate every false way.

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

130  The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

131  I 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.

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

137  Righteous are you, O Lord, and right are your rules. 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 forever, and your law is true.

143  Trouble and anguish have found me out, but your commandments are my delight. 144  Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.

145  With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord! I will keep your statutes. 146  I call 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 on your promise.

149  Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O Lord, according to your justice give me life.

150  They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from your law. 151  But you are near, O Lord, and all your commandments are true.

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

153  Look 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.

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

159  Consider 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.

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

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 rules.

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

166  I hope for your salvation, O Lord, 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 Lord; give me understanding according to your word! 170  Let my plea come before you; deliver me according to your word.

171  My lips will pour forth praise, for 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 Lord, and your law is my delight.

175  Let my soul live and praise you, and let your rules help me.

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


[1] 119:100 Or the elders

[2] 119:112 Or statutes; the reward is eternal

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