The Excellencies of God's Law

1191 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.

89 Forever , O Lord , Your word is settled in heaven . 90 Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations ; You established the earth , and it stands . 91 They stand this day according to Your ordinances , For all things are Your servants .

92 If Your law had not been my delight , Then I would have perished in my affliction .

93 I will never e forget Your precepts , For by them You have revived me.

94 I am Yours, save me; For I have sought Your precepts .

95 The wicked wait for me to destroy me; I shall diligently consider Your testimonies .

96 I have seen a limit to all perfection ; Your commandment is exceedingly broad . Mem.

97 O how I love Your law ! It is my meditation all the day .

98 Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies , For they are ever mine. 99 I have more insight than all my teachers , For Your testimonies are my meditation . 100 I understand more than the aged , Because I have observed Your precepts .

101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way , That I may keep Your word .

102 I have not turned aside from Your ordinances , For You Yourself have taught me.

103 How sweet are Your words to my taste ! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth ! 104 From Your precepts I get understanding ; Therefore e I hate every false way . Nun.

105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path .

106 I have sworn and I will confirm it, That I will keep Your righteous ordinances .

107 I am exceedingly e afflicted ; Revive me, O Lord , according to Your word .

108 O accept the freewill offerings of my mouth , O Lord , And teach me Your ordinances .

109 My life is continually in my hand , Yet I do not forget Your law . 110 The wicked have laid a snare for me, Yet I have not gone astray from Your precepts .

111 I have inherited Your testimonies forever , For they are the joy of my heart . 112 I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes Forever , even to the end . Samekh.

113 I hate those who are double-minded , But I love Your law .

114 You are my hiding place and my shield ; I wait for Your word .

115 Depart from me, evildoers , That I may observe the commandments of my God .

116 Sustain me according to Your word , that I may live ; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope . 117 Uphold me that I may be safe , That I may have regard for Your statutes continually .

118 You have rejected all those who wander from Your statutes , For their deceitfulness is useless . 119 You have removed all the wicked of the earth like dross ; Therefore I love Your testimonies . 120 My flesh trembles for fear of You, And I am afraid of Your judgments . Ayin.

121 I have done justice and righteousness ; Do not leave me to my oppressors . 122 Be surety for Your servant for good ; Do not let the arrogant oppress me.

123 My eyes fail with longing for Your salvation And for Your righteous word .

124 Deal with Your servant according to Your lovingkindness 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 they have broken Your law .

127 Therefore e I love Your commandments Above gold , yes, above fine gold . 128 Therefore e I esteem right all Your precepts concerning everything , I hate every false way . Pe.

129 Your testimonies are wonderful ; Therefore e my soul observes them.

130 The unfolding of Your words gives light ; It gives understanding to the simple .

131 I opened my mouth wide and panted , For I longed for Your commandments .

132 Turn to me and be gracious to me, After Your manner with those who love Your name .

133 Establish my footsteps in Your word , And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.

134 Redeem me from the oppression of man , 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 water , Because they do not keep Your law . Tsadhe.

137 Righteous are You, O Lord , And upright are Your judgments . 138 You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness And exceeding faithfulness .

139 My zeal has consumed me, Because my adversaries have forgotten Your words .

140 Your word is very pure , Therefore Your servant loves it.

141 I am small and despised , Yet I do not forget Your precepts .

142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness , And Your law is truth .

143 Trouble and anguish have come upon me, Yet Your commandments are my delight . 144 Your testimonies are righteous forever ; Give me understanding that I may live . Qoph.

145 I cried with all my heart ; answer me, O Lord ! I will observe Your statutes . 146 I cried to You; save me And I shall keep Your testimonies .

147 I rise before dawn and cry for help ; I wait for Your words . 148 My eyes anticipate the night watches , That I may meditate on Your word .

149 Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness ; Revive me, O Lord , according to Your ordinances .

150 Those who follow after wickedness draw near ; They are far from Your law . 151 You are near , O Lord , And all Your commandments are truth .

152 Of old I have known from Your testimonies That You have founded them forever . Resh.

153 Look upon my affliction and rescue me, For I do not forget Your law . 154 Plead my cause and redeem me; Revive me according to Your word .

155 Salvation is far from the wicked , For they do not seek Your statutes .

156 Great are Your mercies , O Lord ; Revive me according to Your ordinances .

157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries , Yet I do not turn aside from Your testimonies .

158 I behold the treacherous and loathe them, Because they do not keep Your word .

159 Consider how I love Your precepts ; Revive me, O Lord , according to Your lovingkindness .

160 The sum of Your word is truth , And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting . Shin.

161 Princes persecute me without cause , But my heart stands in awe of Your words .

162 I rejoice at Your word , As one who finds great spoil .

163 I hate and despise falsehood , But I love Your law .

164 Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous ordinances .

165 Those who love Your law have great peace , And nothing causes them to stumble .

166 I hope for Your salvation , O Lord , And do Your commandments .

167 My soul keeps Your testimonies , And I love them exceedingly . 168 I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies , For all my ways are before You. Tav.

169 Let my cry come before You, O Lord ; Give me understanding according to Your word . 170 Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word .

171 Let my lips utter praise , For You teach me Your statutes .

172 Let my tongue sing of Your word , For all Your commandments are righteousness .

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 that it may praise You, And let Your ordinances help me.

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