Tehillim (Psa) 119
1How happy are those whose way of life is blameless,
who live by the Torah of Adonai!
2How happy are those who observe his instruction,
who seek him wholeheartedly!
3They do nothing wrong
but live by his ways.
4You laid down your precepts
for us to observe with care.
5May my ways be steady
in observing your laws.
6Then I will not be put to shame,
since I will have fixed my sight on all your mitzvot.
7I thank you with a sincere heart
as I learn your righteous rulings.
8I will observe your laws;
don’t completely abandon me!
9How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
10I seek you with all my heart;
don’t let me stray from your mitzvot.
11I treasure your word in my heart,
so that I won’t sin against you.
12Blessed are you, Adonai!
Teach me your laws.
13I proclaim with my mouth
all the rulings you have spoken.
14I rejoice in the way of your instruction
more than in any kind of wealth.
15I will meditate on your precepts
and keep my eyes on your ways.
16I will find my delight in your regulations.
I will not forget your word.
17Deal generously with your servant;
then I will live and observe your word.
18Open my eyes, so that I will see
wonders from your Torah.
19Though I’m just a wanderer on the earth,
don’t hide your mitzvot from me.
20I am continually consumed
with longing for your rulings.
21You rebuke the proud, the cursed,
who stray from your mitzvot.
22Remove scorn and contempt from me,
because I observe your instruction.
23Even when princes sit and plot against me,
your servant meditates on your laws.
24Also your instructions are my delight;
they are my counselors.
25I lie prostrate in the dust;
revive me, in keeping with your word.
26I told you of my ways, and you answered me;
teach me your laws.
27Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wonders.
28I am melting away from anxiety and grief;
renew my strength, in keeping with your word.
29Keep deceitful ways far from me,
and favor me with your Torah.
30I choose the way of trust;
I set your rulings [before me].
31I cling to your instruction;
Adonai, don’t let me be put to shame!
32I will run the way of your mitzvot,
for you have broadened my understanding.
33Teach me, Adonai, the way of your laws;
keeping them will be its own reward for me.
34Give me understanding; then I will keep your Torah;
I will observe it with all my heart.
35Guide me on the path of your mitzvot,
for I take pleasure in it.
36Bend my heart toward your instructions
and not toward selfish gain.
37Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
with your ways, give me life.
38Fulfill your promise, which you made to your servant,
which you made to those who fear you.
39Avert the disgrace which I dread,
for your rulings are good.
40See how I long for your precepts;
in your righteousness, give me life!
41May your grace come to me, Adonai,
your salvation, as you promised;
42then I will have an answer for those who taunt me;
for I trust in your word.
43Don’t take away completely my power to speak the truth;
for I put my hope in your rulings;
44and I will keep your Torah always,
forever and ever.
45I will go wherever I like,
for I have sought your precepts.
46I will speak of your instructions even to kings
without being ashamed.
47I will delight myself in your mitzvot,
which I have loved.
48I will lift my hands to your mitzvot, which I love;
and I will meditate on your laws.
49Remember your promise to your servant,
through which you have given me hope.
50In my distress my comfort is this:
that your promise gives me life.
51Though the arrogant scorn me completely,
I have not turned away from your Torah.
52Adonai, I keep in mind your age-old rulings;
in them I take comfort.
53Fury seizes me when I think of the wicked,
because they abandon your Torah.
54Your laws have become my songs
wherever I make my home.
55I remember your name, Adonai, at night;
and I observe your Torah.
56This [comfort] has come to me,
because I observe your precepts.
57Adonai, I say that my task
is to observe your words.
58I beg your favor with my whole heart;
show pity to me, in keeping with your promise.
59I thought about my ways
and turned my feet toward your instruction.
60I hurry, I don’t delay,
to observe your mitzvot.
61Even when the cords of the wicked close around me,
I don’t forget your Torah.
62At midnight I rise to give you thanks
because of your righteous rulings.
63I am a friend of all who fear you,
of those who observe your precepts.
64The earth, Adonai, is full of your grace;
teach me your laws.
65You have treated your servant well,
Adonai, in keeping with your word.
66Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
because I trust in your mitzvot.
67Before I was humbled, I used to go astray;
but now I observe your word.
68You are good, and you do good;
teach me your laws.
69The arrogant are slandering me,
but I will wholeheartedly keep your precepts.
70Their hearts are as thick as fat,
but I take delight in your Torah.
71It is for my good that I have been humbled;
it was so that I would learn your laws.
72The Torah you have spoken means more to me
than a fortune in gold and silver.
73Your hands made and formed me;
give me understanding, so I can learn your mitzvot.
74Those who fear you rejoice at the sight of me,
because I put my hope in your word.
75I know, Adonai, that your rulings are righteous,
that even when you humble me you are faithful.
76Let your grace comfort me,
in keeping with your promise to your servant.
77Show me pity, and I will live,
for your Torah is my delight.
78Let the proud be ashamed, because they wrong me with lies;
as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
79Let those who fear you turn to me,
along with those who know your instruction.
80Let my heart be pure in your laws,
so that I won’t be put to shame.
81I am dying to know your salvation;
my hope is in your word.
82My eyes fail from watching for your promise;
I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
83For I have shriveled like a wineskin in a smoky room;
still, I don’t forget your laws.
84How long can your servant stay alive?
When will you bring judgment on my persecutors?
85The arrogant have dug pits for me to fall in;
this is not in keeping with your Torah!
86All your mitzvot [show your] faithfulness;
they are hounding me with lies; help me!
87They have nearly ended my life on earth,
but I have not abandoned your precepts.
88In keeping with your grace, revive me;
and I will observe your spoken instructions.
89Your word continues forever, Adonai,
firmly fixed in heaven;
90your faithfulness through all generations;
you established the earth, and it stands.
91Yes, it stands today, in keeping with your rulings;
for all things are your servants.
92If your Torah had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my distress.
93I will never forget your precepts,
for with them you have made me alive.
94I am yours; save me
because I seek your precepts.
95The wicked hope to destroy me,
but I focus on your instruction.
96I see the limits of all perfection,
but your mitzvah has no bounds.
97How I love your Torah!
I meditate on it all day.
98I am wiser than my foes,
because your mitzvot are mine forever.
99I have more understanding than all my teachers,
because I meditate on your instruction.
100I understand more than my elders,
because I keep your precepts.
101I keep my feet from every evil way,
in order to observe your word.
102I don’t turn away from your rulings,
because you have instructed me.
103How sweet to my tongue is your promise,
truly sweeter than honey in my mouth!
104From your precepts I gain understanding;
this is why I hate every false way.
105Your word is a lamp for my foot
and light on my path.
106I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
that I will observe your righteous rulings.
107I am very much distressed;
Adonai, give me life, in keeping with your word.
108Please accept my mouth’s voluntary offerings, Adonai;
and teach me your rulings.
109I am continually taking my life in my hands,
yet I haven’t forgotten your Torah.
110The wicked have set a trap for me,
yet I haven’t strayed from your precepts.
111I take your instruction as a permanent heritage,
because it is the joy of my heart.
112I have resolved to obey your laws
forever, at every step.
113I hate doubleminded people,
but I love your Torah.
114You are my hiding-place and shield;
I put my hope in your word.
115Leave me alone, you evildoers,
so that I can keep my God’s mitzvot.
116Uphold me, as you promised; and I will live;
don’t disappoint me in my hope.
117Support me; and I will be saved,
always putting my attention on your laws.
118You reject all who stray from your laws,
for what they deceive themselves with is false.
119You discard the wicked of the earth like slag;
this is why I love your instruction.
120My body trembles for fear of you;
your rulings make me afraid.
121I have done what is just and right;
don’t abandon me to my oppressors.
122Guarantee your servant’s well-being;
don’t let the arrogant oppress me.
123My eyes fail from watching for your salvation
and for [the fulfillment of] your righteous promise.
124Deal with your servant in accordance with your grace,
and teach me your laws.
125I am your servant; give me understanding,
so that I can know your instruction.
126The time has come for Adonai to act,
because they are breaking your Torah.
127Therefore I love your mitzvot
more than gold, more than fine gold.
128Thus I direct my steps by [your] precepts;
every false way I hate.
129Your instruction is a wonder;
this is why I follow it.
130Your words are a doorway that lets in light,
giving understanding to the thoughtless.
131My mouth is wide open, as I pant
with longing for your mitzvot.
132Turn to me, and show me your favor;
in keeping with [your] judgment for those who love your name.
133Guide my footsteps by your word;
don’t let any kind of sin rule me.
134Redeem me from human oppression,
and I will observe your precepts.
135Make your face shine on your servant,
and teach me your laws.
136Rivers of tears flow down from my eyes,
because they don’t observe your Torah.
137You are righteous, Adonai;
and your rulings are upright.
138You have commanded your instructions
in righteousness and great faithfulness.
139My zeal is destroying me,
because my foes have forgotten your words.
140Your word is refined to complete purity,
and your servant loves it.
141I may be small and despised,
but I do not forget your precepts.
142Your righteousness is eternal righteousness,
and your Torah is truth.
143Trouble and distress have overtaken me,
but your mitzvot are my delight.
144Your instruction is righteous forever;
give me understanding, and I will live.
145Wholeheartedly I am calling on you;
answer me, Adonai; I will keep your laws.
146I am calling on you; save me;
and I will observe your instruction.
147I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I put my hope in your word.
148My eyes are open before the night watches,
so that I can meditate on your promise.
149In your grace, hear my voice;
Adonai, in keeping with your justice, revive me.
150The pursuers of carnality are getting close;
they are distancing themselves from your Torah.
151You are close by, Adonai;
and all your mitzvot are truth.
152Long ago I learned from your instruction
that you established it forever.
153Look at my distress, and rescue me,
for I do not forget your Torah.
154Plead my cause, and redeem me;
in keeping with your promise, revive me.
155Salvation is far away from the wicked,
because they don’t seek your laws.
156Great is your compassion, Adonai;
in keeping with your rulings, revive me.
157Although my persecutors and foes are many,
I have not turned away from your instruction.
158I look at traitors with disgust,
because they don’t keep your word.
159See how I love your precepts, Adonai;
in keeping with your grace, revive me.
160The main thing about your word is that it’s true;
and all your just rulings last forever.
161Princes persecute me for no reason,
but my heart stands in awe of your words.
162I take joy in your promise,
like someone who finds much booty.
163I hate falsehood, I detest it;
but I love your Torah.
164I praise you seven times a day
because of your righteous rulings.
165Those who love your Torah have great peace;
nothing makes them stumble.
166I hope for your deliverance, Adonai;
I obey your mitzvot.
167My soul observes your instruction,
and I love it so much!
168I observe your precepts and instruction,
for all my ways lie open before you.
169Let my cry come before you, Adonai;
in keeping with your word, give me understanding.
170Let my prayer come before you;
in keeping with your promise, rescue me.
171Let my lips speak praise,
because you teach me your laws.
172Let my tongue sing of your promise,
because all your mitzvot are righteous.
173Let your hand be ready to help me,
because I choose your precepts.
174I long for your deliverance, Adonai;
and your Torah is my delight.
175Let me live, and I will praise you;
let your rulings help me.
176I strayed like a lost sheep; seek out your servant;
for I do not forget your mitzvot.
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