Psalms 119
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119
The Word of God
1Happy are the people who live pure lives.
They follow the Lord’s teachings.
2Happy are the people who keep his rules.
They ask him for help with their whole heart.
3They don’t do what is wrong.
They follow his ways.
4Lord, you gave your orders
to be followed completely.
5I wish I were more loyal
in meeting your demands.
6Then I would not be ashamed
when I think of your commands.
7When I learned that your laws are fair,
I praised you with an honest heart.
8I will meet your demands.
So please don’t ever leave me.
9How can a young person live a pure life?
He can do it by obeying your word.
10With all my heart I try to obey you, God.
Don’t let me break your commands.
11I have taken your words to heart
so I would not sin against you.
12Lord, you should be praised.
Teach me your demands.
13My lips will tell about
all the laws you have spoken.
14I enjoy living by your rules
as people enjoy great riches.
15I think about your orders
and study your ways.
16I enjoy obeying your demands.
And I will not forget your word.
17Do good to me, your servant, so I can live,
so I can obey your word.
18Open my eyes to see the wonderful things
in your teachings.
19I am a stranger on earth.
Do not hide your commands from me.
20I want to study
your laws all the time.
21You scold proud people.
Those who ignore your commands are cursed.
22Don’t let me be insulted and hated
because I obey your rules.
23Even if princes speak against me,
I, your servant, will think about your demands.
24Your rules give me pleasure.
They give me good advice.
25I am about to die.
Give me life, as you have promised.
26I told you about my life, and you answered me.
Teach me your demands.
27Help me understand your orders.
Then I will think about your miracles.
28I am sad and tired.
Make me strong again as you have promised.
29Don’t let me be dishonest.
Be kind to me by helping me obey your teachings.
30I have chosen to obey you.
I have obeyed your laws.
31I hold on to your rules.
Lord, do not let me be disgraced.
32I will obey your commands
because you have made me happy.
33Lord, teach me your demands.
Then I will obey them until the end.
34Help me understand, so I can obey your teachings.
I will obey them with all my heart.
35Help me obey your commands
because that makes me happy.
36Help me want to obey your rules
instead of selfishly wanting riches.
37Keep me from looking at worthless things.
Let me live by your word.
38Keep your promise to me, your servant,
so you will be feared.
39Take away the shame I fear.
Your laws are good.
40How I want to follow your orders.
Give me life because of your goodness.
41Lord, show me your love.
Save me as you have promised.
42Then I will have an answer for people who insult me.
I trust what you say.
43Never keep me from speaking your truth.
I depend on your fair laws.
44I will obey your teachings
forever and ever.
45So I will live in freedom
because I want to follow your orders.
46I will discuss your rules with kings.
And I will not be ashamed.
47I enjoy obeying your commands.
I love them.
48I praise your commands, which I love.
And I think about your demands.
49Remember your promise to me, your servant.
It gives me hope.
50When I suffer, this comforts me:
Your promise gives me life.
51Proud people make fun of me all the time.
But I do not reject your teachings.
52I remember your laws from long ago.
They comfort me, Lord.
53I become angry with wicked people.
They have not kept your teachings.
54I sing about your demands
wherever I live.
55Lord, I remember you at night.
I will obey your teachings.
56This is what I do:
I follow your orders.
57Lord, you are my share in life.
I have promised to obey your words.
58I prayed to you with all my heart.
Be kind to me as you have promised.
59I thought about my life,
and I decided to obey your rules.
60I hurried and did not wait
to obey your commands.
61Wicked people have surrounded me.
But I have not forgotten your teachings.
62In the middle of the night, I get up to thank you
because your laws are right.
63I am a friend to everyone who fears you.
I am a friend to anyone who follows your orders.
64Lord, your love fills the earth.
Teach me your demands.
65You have done good things for me, your servant,
as you have promised, Lord.
66Teach me wisdom and knowledge
because I trust your commands.
67Before I suffered, I did wrong.
But now I obey your word.
68You are good, and you do what is good.
Teach me your demands.
69Proud people have made up lies about me.
But I will follow your orders with all my heart.
70Those people have no feelings,
but I love your teachings.
71It was good for me to suffer
so I would learn your demands.
72Your teachings are worth more to me
than thousands of pieces of gold and silver.
73You made me and formed me with your hands.
Give me understanding so I can learn your commands.
74Let those who fear you rejoice when they see me
because I put my hope in your word.
75Lord, I know that your laws are right.
And it was right for you to punish me.
76Comfort me with your love,
as you promised me, your servant.
77Have mercy on me so that I may live.
I love your teachings.
78Make the proud people ashamed because they lied about me.
But I will think about your orders.
79Let those who fear you come to me.
They know your rules.
80Let me obey your demands perfectly.
Then I will not be ashamed.
81I am weak from waiting for you to save me.
But I trust your word.
82My eyes are tired from looking for your promise.
When will you comfort me?
83Even though I am like a leather wine bag going up in smoke,
I do not forget your demands.
84How long will I live?
When will you judge those who are hurting me?
85Proud people have dug pits to trap me.
They have nothing to do with your teachings.
86All of your commands can be trusted.
Liars are hurting me. Help me!
87They have almost put me in the grave.
But I have not rejected your orders.
88Give me life by your love
so I can obey your rules.
89Lord, your word is everlasting.
It continues forever in heaven.
90Your loyalty will continue from now on.
You made the earth, and it still stands.
91All things continue to this day because of your laws.
All things serve you.
92If I had not loved your teachings,
I would have died from my sufferings.
93I will never forget your orders
because you have given me life by them.
94I am yours. Save me.
I have wanted to know your orders.
95Wicked people are waiting to destroy me.
But I will think about your rules.
96Everything I see has its limits.
But your commands have none.
97How I love your teachings!
I think about them all day long.
98Your commands make me wiser than my enemies
because they are mine forever.
99I am wiser than all my teachers
because I think about your rules.
100I have more understanding than the elders
because I follow your orders.
101I have avoided every evil way
so I could obey your word.
102I haven’t stopped obeying your laws
because you yourself are my teacher.
103Your promises are so sweet to me.
They are like honey to my mouth!
104Your orders give me understanding.
So I hate lying ways.
105Your word is like a lamp for my feet
and a light for my way.
106I will do what I have promised
and obey your fair laws.
107I have suffered for a long time.
Lord, give me life by your word.
108Lord, accept my willing praise.
And teach me your laws.
109My life is always in danger.
But I haven’t forgotten your teachings.
110Wicked people have set a trap for me.
But I haven’t disobeyed your orders.
111I will follow your rules forever.
They make me happy.
112I will try to do what you demand
forever, until the end.
113I hate people who are not completely loyal to you.
But I love your teachings.
114You are my hiding place and my shield.
I trust your word.
115Get away from me, you people who do evil,
so I can keep my God’s commands.
116Support me as you promised so I can live.
Don’t let me be embarrassed because of my hopes.
117Help me, and I will be saved.
I will always respect your demands.
118You reject everyone who ignores your demands.
Their lies mislead them.
119You throw away the wicked of the world like trash.
So I will love your rules.
120I shake in fear of you.
I fear your laws.
121I have done what is fair and right.
Don’t leave me to my enemies.
122Promise that you will help me, your servant.
Don’t let proud people hurt me.
123My eyes are tired from looking for your salvation
and for your good promise.
124Show your love to me, your servant.
Teach me your demands.
125I am your servant. Give me wisdom
so I can understand your rules.
126Lord, it is time for you to do something.
People have disobeyed your teachings.
127I love your commands
more than the purest gold.
128I respect all your orders.
So I hate lying ways.
129Your rules are wonderful.
That is why I obey them.
130Learning your words gives wisdom
and understanding for the foolish.
131I want to learn your commands.
I am like a person breathing hard and waiting impatiently.
132Look at me and have mercy on me
as you do for those who love you.
133Guide my steps as you promised.
Don’t let any sin control me.
134Save me from harmful people.
Then I will obey your orders.
135Show your kindness to me, your servant.
Teach me your demands.
136Tears stream from my eyes
because people do not obey your teachings.
137Lord, you do what is right.
And your laws are fair.
138The rules you commanded are right
and completely trustworthy.
139I am so upset I am worn out.
This is because my enemies have forgotten your words.
140Your promises are proven.
I, your servant, love them.
141I am unimportant and hated.
But I have not forgotten your orders.
142Your goodness continues forever.
And your teachings are true.
143I have had troubles and misery.
But I love your commands.
144Your rules are good forever.
Help me understand so I can live.
145Lord, I call to you with all my heart.
Answer me,
and I will keep your demands.
146I call to you. Save me
so I can obey your rules.
147I wake up early in the morning and cry out.
I trust your word.
148I stay awake all night
so I can think about your promises.
149Listen to me because of your love.
Lord, give me life by your laws.
150Those who love evil are near.
They are far from your teachings.
151But, Lord, you are also near.
And all your commands are true.
152Long ago I learned from your rules
that you made them to continue forever.
153See my suffering and save me
because I have not forgotten your teachings.
154Argue my case and save me.
Let me live by your promises.
155Wicked people are far from being saved
because they do not want to obey your demands.
156Lord, you are very kind.
Give me life by your laws.
157Many enemies are after me.
But I have not rejected your rules.
158I see those traitors, and I hate them
because they do not obey what you say.
159See how I love your orders.
Lord, give me life by your love.
160Your words are true from the start.
And all your laws will be fair forever.
161Leaders attack me for no reason.
But I fear your law in my heart.
162I am as happy over your promises
as if I had found a great treasure.
163I hate and despise lies.
But I love your teachings.
164Seven times a day I praise you
for your fair laws.
165Those who love your teachings will find true peace.
Nothing will defeat them.
166I am waiting for you to save me, Lord.
I will obey your commands.
167I keep your rules.
I love them very much.
168I keep your orders and rules.
You know everything I do.
169Hear my cry to you, Lord.
Let your word help me understand.
170Listen to my prayer.
Save me as you promised.
171Let me speak your praise.
You have taught me your demands.
172Let me sing about your promises.
All your commands are fair.
173Always be ready to help me
because I have chosen to obey your commands.
174I want you to save me, Lord.
I love your teachings.
175Let me live so I can praise you.
Your laws will help me.
176I have wandered like a lost sheep.
Look for your servant because I have not forgotten your commands.
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