Psalm 119:1-88 World English Bible

The Excellencies of God's Law

119 1  Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to Yahweh’s law. 2  Blessed are those who keep his statutes,
who seek him with their whole heart. 3  Yes, they do nothing wrong.
They walk in his ways.

4  You have commanded your precepts,
that we should fully obey them. 5  Oh that my ways were steadfast
to obey your statutes! 6  Then I wouldn’t be disappointed,
when I consider all of your commandments.

7  I will give thanks to you with uprightness of heart,
when I learn your righteous judgments. 8  I will observe your statutes.
Don’t utterly forsake me.


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

10  With my whole heart, I have sought you.
Don’t let me wander from your commandments.

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

12  Blessed are you, Yahweh.
Teach me your statutes.

13  With my lips,
I have declared 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 consider your ways. 16  I will delight myself in your statutes.
I will not forget your word.


17  Do good to your servant.
I will live and I will obey your word.

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

19  I am a stranger on the earth.
Don’t hide your commandments from me.

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

21  You have rebuked the proud who are cursed,
who wander from your commandments.

22  Take reproach and contempt away from me,
for I have kept your statutes.

23  Though princes sit and slander me,
your servant will meditate on your statutes.

24  Indeed your statutes are my delight,
and my counselors.


25  My soul is laid low in the dust.
Revive me according to your word!

26  I declared my ways, and you answered me.
Teach me your statutes. 27  Let me understand the teaching of your precepts!
Then I will meditate on your wondrous works.

28  My soul is weary with sorrow:
strengthen me according to your word. 29  Keep me from the way of deceit.
Grant me your law graciously!

30  I have chosen the way of truth.
I have set your ordinances before me. 31  I cling to your statutes, Yahweh.
Don’t let me be disappointed. 32  I run in the path of your commandments,
for you have set my heart free.


33  Teach me, Yahweh, the way of your statutes.
I will keep them to the end. 34  Give me understanding, and I will keep your law.
Yes, I will obey it with my whole heart.

35  Direct me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in them. 36  Turn my heart toward your statutes,
not toward selfish gain.

37  Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things.
Revive me in your ways.

38  Fulfill your promise to your servant,
that you may be feared.

39  Take away my disgrace that I dread,
for your ordinances are good.

40  Behold, I long for your precepts!
Revive me in your righteousness.


41  Let your loving kindness also come to me, Yahweh,
your salvation, according to your word. 42  So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me,
for I trust in your word.

43  Don’t snatch the word of truth out of my mouth,
for I put my hope in your ordinances. 44  So I will obey your law continually,
forever and ever.

45  I will walk in liberty,
for I have sought your precepts. 46  I will also speak of your statutes before kings,
and will not be disappointed. 47  I will delight myself in your commandments,
because I love them. 48  I reach out my hands for your commandments, which I love.
I will meditate on your statutes.


49  Remember your word to your servant,
because you gave me hope.

50  This is my comfort in my affliction,
for your word has revived me.

51  The arrogant mock me excessively,
but I don’t swerve from your law.

52  I remember your ordinances of old, Yahweh,
and have comforted myself.

53  Indignation has taken hold on me,
because of the wicked who forsake your law.

54  Your statutes have been my songs,
in the house where I live.

55  I have remembered your name, Yahweh, in the night,
and I obey your law. 56  This is my way,
that I keep your precepts.


57  Yahweh is my portion.
I promised to obey your words.

58  I sought your favor with my whole heart.
Be merciful to me according to your word.

59  I considered my ways,
and turned my steps to your statutes. 60  I will hurry, and not delay,
to obey your commandments.

61  The ropes of the wicked bind me,
but I won’t forget your law.

62  At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you,
because of your righteous ordinances.

63  I am a friend of all those who fear you,
of those who observe your precepts.

64  The earth is full of your loving kindness, Yahweh.
Teach me your statutes.


65  Do good to your servant,
according to your word, Yahweh. 66  Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
for I believe in your commandments.

67  Before I was afflicted, I went astray;
but now I observe your word.

68  You are good, and do good.
Teach me your statutes.

69  The proud have smeared a lie upon me.
With my whole heart, I will keep your precepts. 70  Their heart is as callous as the fat,
but I delight in your law.

71  It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
that I may learn your statutes.

72  The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of pieces of gold and silver.


73  Your hands have made me and formed me.
Give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.

74  Those who fear you will see me and be glad,
because I have put my hope in your word.

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

76  Please let your loving kindness be for my comfort,
according to your word to your servant. 77  Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live;
for your law is my delight.

78  Let the proud be disappointed, for they have overthrown me wrongfully.
I will meditate on your precepts. 79  Let those who fear you turn to me.
They will know your statutes.

80  Let my heart be blameless toward your decrees,
that I may not be disappointed.


81  My soul faints for your salvation.
I hope in your word. 82  My eyes fail for your word.
I say, “When will you comfort me?”

83  For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke.
I don’t forget your statutes.

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

85  The proud have dug pits for me,
contrary to your law. 86  All of your commandments are faithful.
They persecute me wrongfully.
Help me! 87  They had almost wiped me from the earth,
but I didn’t forsake your precepts.

88  Preserve my life according to your loving kindness,
so I will obey the statutes of your mouth.


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