Psalm 119:1-88 New American Standard Bible

The Excellencies of God's Law

119 How blessed are those whose way is blameless , Who walk in the law of the Lord . 2  How blessed are those who observe His testimonies , Who seek Him with all their heart . 3  They also do no unrighteousness ; They walk in His ways .

4  You have ordained Your precepts , That we should keep them diligently . 5  Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes ! 6  Then I shall not be ashamed When I look upon all Your commandments .

7  I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart , When I learn Your righteous judgments . 8  I shall keep Your statutes ; Do not forsake me utterly e ! Beth.

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

10  With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments .

11  Your word I have treasured in my heart , That I may not sin against You.

12  Blessed are You, O Lord ; Teach me Your statutes .

13  With my lips I have told of All the ordinances of Your mouth . 14  I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies , As much as in all riches . 15  I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways . 16  I shall delight in Your statutes ; I shall not forget Your word . Gimel.

17  Deal bountifully with Your servant , That I may live and keep Your word .

18  Open my eyes , that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law .

19  I am a stranger in the earth ; Do not hide Your commandments from me.

20  My soul is crushed with longing After Your ordinances at all times .

21  You rebuke the arrogant , the cursed , Who wander from Your commandments .

22  Take away reproach and contempt from me, For I observe Your testimonies .

23  Even though princes sit and talk against me, Your servant meditates on Your statutes .

24  Your testimonies also are my delight ; They are my counselors e . Daleth.

25  My soul cleaves to the dust ; Revive me according to Your word .

26  I have told of my ways , and You have answered me; Teach me Your statutes . 27  Make me understand the way of Your precepts , So I will meditate on Your wonders .

28  My soul weeps because of grief ; Strengthen me according to Your word . 29  Remove the false way from me, And graciously grant me Your law .

30  I have chosen the faithful way ; I have placed Your ordinances before me. 31  I cling to Your testimonies ; O Lord , do not put me to shame ! 32  I shall run the way of Your commandments , For You will enlarge my heart . He.

33  Teach me, O Lord , the way of Your statutes , And I shall observe it to the end . 34  Give me understanding , that I may observe Your law And keep it with all my heart .

35  Make me walk in the path of Your commandments , For I delight in it. 36  Incline my heart to Your testimonies And not to dishonest gain .

37  Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity , And revive me in Your ways .

38  Establish Your word to Your servant , As that which produces reverence for You.

39  Turn away my reproach which I dread , For Your ordinances are good .

40  Behold , I long for Your precepts ; Revive me through Your righteousness . Vav.

41  May Your lovingkindnesses also come to me, O Lord , Your salvation according to Your word ; 42  So I will have an answer e for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word .

43  And do not take the word of truth utterly e out of my mouth , For I wait for Your ordinances . 44  So I will keep Your law continually , Forever and ever .

45  And I will walk at liberty , For I seek Your precepts . 46  I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings And shall not be ashamed . 47  I shall delight in Your commandments , Which I love . 48  And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments , Which I love ; And I will meditate on Your statutes . Zayin.

49  Remember the word to Your servant , In which You have made me hope .

50  This is my comfort in my affliction , That Your word has revived me.

51  The arrogant utterly e deride me, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law .

52  I have remembered Your ordinances from of old , O Lord , And comfort myself.

53  Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked , Who forsake Your law .

54  Your statutes are my songs In the house of my pilgrimage .

55  O Lord , I remember Your name in the night , And keep Your law . 56  This has become mine, That I observe Your precepts . Heth.

57  The Lord is my portion ; I have promised to keep Your words .

58  I sought Your favor with all my heart ; Be gracious to me according to Your word .

59  I considered my ways And turned my feet to Your testimonies . 60  I hastened and did not delay To keep Your commandments .

61  The cords of the wicked have encircled me, But I have not forgotten Your law .

62  At midnight e I shall rise to give thanks to You Because of Your righteous ordinances .

63  I am a companion of all those who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts .

64  The earth is full of Your lovingkindness , O Lord ; Teach me Your statutes . Teth.

65  You have dealt well with Your servant , O Lord , according to Your word . 66  Teach me good discernment 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 arrogant have forged a lie against me; With all my heart I will observe Your precepts . 70  Their heart is covered with fat , But I delight in Your law .

71  It is good for me that I was afflicted , That I may learn Your statutes .

72  The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Yodh.

73  Your hands made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding , that I may learn Your commandments .

74  May those who fear You see me and be glad , Because I wait for Your word .

75  I know , O Lord , that Your judgments are righteous , And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.

76  O may Your lovingkindness comfort me, According to Your word to Your servant . 77  May Your compassion come to me that I may live , For Your law is my delight .

78  May the arrogant be ashamed , for they subvert me with a lie ; But I shall meditate on Your precepts . 79  May those who fear You turn to me, Even those who know Your testimonies .

80  May my heart be blameless in Your statutes , So that I will not be ashamed . Kaph.

81  My soul languishes for Your salvation ; I wait for Your word . 82  My eyes fail with longing for Your word , While I say , "When will You comfort me?"

83  Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke , I do not forget Your statutes .

84  How many are the days of Your servant ? When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?

85  The arrogant have dug pits for me, Men who are not in accord with Your law . 86  All Your commandments are faithful ; They have persecuted me with a lie ; help me! 87  They almost destroyed me on earth , But as for me, I did not forsake Your precepts .

88  Revive me according to Your lovingkindness , So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth . Lamedh.

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