Delight in God’s Word
1How # The stanzas of this poem form an acrostic. happy are those whose way is blameless, # Ps 101:6; Pr 11:20
who live according to the Lord’s instruction! # Ps 128:1; Mc 4:2
2Happy are those who keep His decrees # Ps 25:10; 119:10,22,168
and seek Him with all their heart. # Dt 4:29; 10:12; 11:13; 13:3; 30:2
3They do nothing wrong; # 1Jn 3:9; 5:18
they follow His ways.
4You have commanded that Your precepts # Dt 4:13; Neh 9:13; Ps 19:8
be diligently kept.
5If only my ways were committed
to keeping Your statutes! # Dt 12:1; 2Ch 7:17; Pr 4:26
6Then I would not be ashamed # Jb 22:26; Ps 119:80
when I think about all Your commands.
7I will praise You with a sincere heart # Ps 119:62,106
when I learn Your righteous judgments.
8I will keep Your statutes;
never abandon me. # Ps 38:21; 71:9,18
9How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping Your # Or keeping it according to Your word. # 2Sm 22:31; Ps 12:6; 19:9-10; 119:140; Pr 20:11; 30:5; Php 4:8
10I have sought You with all my heart; # Ps 119:2
don’t let me wander from Your commands. # Ps 119:21,118
11I have treasured Your word in my heart # Ps 37:31; 40:8; Lk 2:19,51
so that I may not sin against You.
12Lord, may You be praised;
teach me Your statutes. # Ps 119:26,64,108,124,135,171
13With my lips I proclaim
all the judgments from Your mouth. # Ps 40:9; 119:72
14I rejoice in the way revealed by Your decrees # Ps 119:111,162; Pr 3:13-15; 8:10,11,18,19
as much as in all riches.
15I will meditate on Your precepts # Ps 1:2; 119:23,48,78,97,148
and think about Your ways. # Ps 25:4; 27:11; Is 58:2
16I will delight in Your statutes; # Ps 1:2; 119:24,47,70,77,92,143,174
I will not forget Your word.
17Deal generously with Your servant # Ps 13:6; 119:144
so that I might live;
then I will keep Your word.
18Open my eyes so that I may contemplate
wonderful things from Your instruction.
19I am a stranger on earth; # 1Ch 29:15; Ps 39:12; 119:54; Heb 11:13
do not hide Your commands from me.
20I am continually overcome
with longing for Your judgments. # Ps 42:1,2; 63:1; 84:2; 119:40,131
21You rebuke the proud,
the ones under a curse, # Dt 27:26
who wander from Your commands. # Ps 119:10,118
22Take insult and contempt away from me, # Ps 39:8; 119:39
for I have kept Your decrees.
23Though princes sit together speaking against me, # Ps 119:161
Your servant will think about Your statutes; # Ps 119:15,27-28
24Your decrees are my delight
and my counselors. # Ps 119:16; Rm 7:22
25My life is down in the dust; # Ps 44:25
give me life # Ps 119:37,40,88,93,107,149,154,156,159 through Your word.
26I told You about my life,
and You listened to me;
teach me Your statutes. # Ps 25:4; 86:11; 119:12,26,64,68,124,135,171
27Help me understand
the meaning of Your precepts
so that I can meditate on Your wonders. # Ps 105:2; 119:15,73,125; 145:5
28I am weary # Or I weep from grief;
strengthen me through Your word. # 1Pt 5:10
29Keep me from the way of deceit
and graciously give me Your instruction.
30I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set Your ordinances before me. # Ps 16:8
31I cling to Your decrees;
Lord, do not put me to shame. # Ps 119:116
32I pursue the way of Your commands,
for You broaden my understanding. # Lit You enlarge my heart # 1Kg 4:29; 2Co 6:11,13
33Teach me, Lord, the meaning # Lit way of Your statutes,
and I will always keep them. # Or will keep it as my reward # Ps 119:112; Mt 10:22; Heb 3:6; Rv 2:26
34Help me understand Your instruction, # Ps 119:125,144,169
and I will obey it
and follow it with all my heart. # 1Ch 22:12; Ps 119:2,69
35Help me stay on the path of Your commands, # Ps 25:4; Is 40:14
for I take pleasure in it. # Ps 119:16
36Turn my heart to Your decrees # 1Kg 8:58
and not to material gain. # Ezk 33:31; Mk 7:21,22; Lk 12:15; Heb 13:5
37Turn my eyes
from looking at what is worthless; # Is 33:15
give me life in Your ways. # Some Hb mss, Tg read word # Ps 119:25
38Confirm what You said to Your servant, # 2Sm 7:25
for it produces reverence for You.
39Turn away the disgrace I dread; # Ps 119:22
indeed, Your judgments are good.
40How I long for Your precepts! # Ps 119:20
Give me life through Your righteousness.
41Let Your faithful love come to me, Lord, # Ps 119:77
Your salvation, as You promised. # Ps 119:58,76,116,170
42Then I can answer the one who taunts me, # Ps 102:8; Pr 27:11
for I trust in Your word.
43Never take the word of truth from my mouth,
for I hope in Your judgments. # Ps 119:49,74,81,114,147
44I will always obey Your instruction,
forever and ever. # Ps 119:33
45I will walk freely in an open place # Pr 4:12
because I seek Your precepts. # Ps 119:94,155
46I will speak of Your decrees before kings
and not be ashamed. # Mt 10:18; Ac 26:1,2
47I delight in Your commands,
which I love. # Ps 119:16,97,127,159
48I will lift up my hands # Ps 63:4 to Your commands,
which I love,
and will meditate on Your statutes. # Ps 119:15
49Remember Your word to Your servant;
You have given me hope through it.
50This is my comfort in my affliction: # Rm 15:4
Your promise has given me life.
51The arrogant constantly ridicule me,
but I do not turn away from Your instruction. # Jb 23:11; Ps 44:18
52Lord, I remember Your judgments from long ago
and find comfort.
53Rage seizes me # Ezr 9:3; Neh 13:25; Ps 119:158 because of the wicked
who reject Your instruction. # Ps 89:30
54Your statutes are the theme of my song
during my earthly life. # Lit song in the house of my sojourning
55Yahweh, I remember Your name # Ps 63:6 in the night, # Ps 42:8; 92:2; Is 26:9; Ac 16:25
and I obey Your instruction.
56This is my practice:
I obey Your precepts. # Ps 119:22,69,100
57The Lord is my portion; # Lit You are my portion, Lord # Ps 16:5; Lm 3:24
I have promised to keep Your words.
58I have sought Your favor # 1Kg 13:6 with all my heart;
be gracious to me # Ps 41:4; 56:1; 57:1 according to Your promise.
59I thought about my ways # Lk 15:17
and turned my steps back to Your decrees.
60I hurried, not hesitating
to keep Your commands.
61Though the ropes of the wicked # Jb 36:8; Ps 140:5
were wrapped around me,
I did not forget Your instruction. # Ps 119:83,141,153,176
62I rise at midnight to thank You # Ps 119:55
for Your righteous judgments. # Ps 119:7
63I am a friend to all who fear You, # Ps 101:6
to those who keep Your precepts.
64Lord, the earth is filled with Your faithful love; # Ps 33:5
teach me Your statutes. # Ps 119:12
65Lord, You have treated Your servant well,
just as You promised.
66Teach me good judgment and discernment, # Php 1:9,10
for I rely on Your commands.
67Before I was afflicted I went astray, # Ps 119:71,75; Jr 31:18,19; Heb 12:5-11
but now I keep Your word.
68You are good, # Ps 100:5; 106:1; 107:1 and You do what is good; # Ps 125:4
teach me Your statutes.
69The arrogant have smeared me with lies, # Jb 13:4; Ps 109:2
but I obey Your precepts with all my heart. # Ps 119:56
70Their hearts are hard and insensitive, # Ps 17:10
but I delight in Your instruction. # Ps 119:16
71It was good for me to be afflicted # Ps 119:67,75
so that I could learn Your statutes.
72Instruction from Your lips # Ps 19:10; 119:127; Pr 8:10,11,19 is better for me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
73Your hands made me and formed me; # Jb 10:8; 31:15; Ps 100:3; 139:15-16
give me understanding
so that I can learn Your commands. # Ps 119:34
74Those who fear You will see me and rejoice, # Ps 34:2; 107:42
for I put my hope in Your word. # Ps 119:43
75I know, Lord, that Your judgments are just
and that You have afflicted me fairly. # Ps 119:138; Heb 12:10
76May Your faithful love comfort me
as You promised Your servant.
77May Your compassion come to me # Ps 119:41
so that I may live,
for Your instruction is my delight. # Ps 119:16
78Let the arrogant be put to shame # Jr 50:32
for slandering me with lies;
I will meditate on Your precepts.
79Let those who fear You,
those who know Your decrees, turn to me.
80May my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes # Ps 119:1
so that I will not be put to shame.
81I long for Your salvation; # Ps 84:2
I put my hope in Your word. # Ps 119:43
82My eyes grow weary
looking for what You have promised; # Ps 69:3; 119:123; Is 38:14
I ask, “When will You comfort me? ”
83Though I have become like a wineskin dried by smoke,
I do not forget Your statutes.
84How many days must Your servant wait?
When will You execute judgment on my persecutors? # Rv 6:10
85The arrogant have dug pits for me; # Ps 35:7; 57:6; Jr 18:22
they violate Your instruction.
86All Your commands are true;
people persecute me with lies — help me! # Ps 35:19; 109:26; 119:78
87They almost ended my life on earth,
but I did not abandon Your precepts.
88Give me life in accordance with Your faithful love,
and I will obey the decree You have spoken.
89Lord, Your word is forever; # Ps 89:2; 119:160; Is 40:8; Mt 24:35; 1Pt 1:25
it is firmly fixed in heaven.
90Your faithfulness is for all generations; # Ps 89:1,2
You established the earth, and it stands firm. # Ps 148:6; Ec 1:4
91They stand today in accordance with Your judgments, # Jr 31:35
for all things are Your servants. # Ps 104:2-4
92If Your instruction had not been my delight,
I would have died in my affliction. # Ps 119:16,50
93I will never forget Your precepts,
for You have given me life through them. # Ps 119:16,25
94I am Yours; save me, # Ps 119:146
for I have sought Your precepts. # Ps 119:45
95The wicked hope to destroy me, # Ps 40:14
but I contemplate Your decrees.
96I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but Your command is without limit.
97How I love Your instruction! # Ps 119:47,127,163,165
It is my meditation all day long. # Ps 1:2; 119:15
98Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, # Dt 4:6; Ps 119:130
for they are always with me.
99I have more insight than all my teachers
because Your decrees are my meditation. # Ps 119:15
100I understand more than the elders # Jb 32:7-9
because I obey Your precepts. # Ps 119:56
101I have kept my feet from every evil path # Pr 1:15
to follow Your word.
102I have not turned from Your judgments, # Dt 17:20; Jos 23:6; 1Kg 15:5
for You Yourself have instructed me.
103How sweet Your word is # Ps 19:10; Pr 8:11; 24:13,14 to my taste —
sweeter than honey in my mouth.
104I gain understanding from Your precepts; # Ps 119:130
therefore I hate every false way. # Ps 119:128
105Your word is a lamp for my feet # Pr 6:23
and a light on my path.
106I have solemnly sworn # Neh 10:29
to keep Your righteous judgments.
107I am severely afflicted;
Lord, give me life through Your word. # Ps 119:25,50
108Lord, please accept my willing offerings of praise, # Hs 14:2; Heb 13:15
and teach me Your judgments. # Ps 119:12
109My life is constantly in danger, # Lit in my hand
yet I do not forget Your instruction. # Ps 119:16
110The wicked have set a trap for me, # Ps 140:5; 141:9
but I have not wandered from Your precepts. # Ps 119:10
111I have Your decrees as a heritage forever;
indeed, they are the joy of my heart. # Ps 119:14,162
112I am resolved to obey Your statutes
to the very end. # Or statutes; the reward is eternal # Ps 119:33,36
113I hate those who are double-minded, # 1Kg 18:21; Jms 1:8; 4:8
but I love Your instruction. # Ps 119:47
114You are my shelter and my shield; # Gn 15:1; Dt 33:29; Ps 3:3; 28:7; 115:9-11; 144:2; Pr 2:7
I put my hope in Your word. # Ps 119:74
115Depart from me, # Ps 6:8; 139:19; Mt 4:10 you evil ones,
so that I may obey my God’s commands. # Ps 119:22
116Sustain me as You promised, # Ps 54:4 and I will live;
do not let me be ashamed of my hope. # Ps 25:20; 31:1; Rm 9:33; Php 1:20
117Sustain me so that I can be safe # Pr 29:25
and always be concerned about Your statutes. # Ps 119:15
118You reject all who stray from Your statutes, # Ps 119:10,21
for their deceit is a lie.
119You remove all the wicked on earth
as if they were # Some Hb mss, DSS, LXX, Aq, Sym, Jer read All the wicked of the earth You count as dross; # Is 1:25; Ezk 22:18,19
therefore, I love Your decrees. # Ps 119:47
120I tremble # Lit My flesh shudders in awe of You; # Jb 4:14; Hab 3:16
I fear Your judgments.
121I have done what is just and right; # Jb 29:14
do not leave me to my oppressors.
122Guarantee Your servant’s well-being; # Ps 119:134
do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123My eyes grow weary # Ps 119:82 looking for Your salvation
and for Your righteous promise.
124Deal with Your servant based on Your faithful love; # Ps 51:1; 109:26; 119:88,149,159
teach me Your statutes.
125I am Your servant; # Ps 116:16 give me understanding # Ps 119:27
so that I may know Your decrees.
126It is time for the Lord to act, # Jr 18:23
for they have violated Your instruction.
127Since I love Your commands # Ps 19:10; 119:47
more than gold, even the purest gold,
128I carefully follow # Lit I therefore follow carefully all Your precepts # Ps 19:8
and hate every false way. # Ps 119:104
129Your decrees are wonderful; # Ps 119:18
therefore I obey them. # Ps 119:22
130The revelation of Your words # Pr 6:23 brings light
and gives understanding to the inexperienced. # Ps 19:7
131I open my mouth and pant # Ps 42:1
because I long for Your commands.
132Turn to me and be gracious to me, # Ps 25:16
as is Your practice toward those who love Your name.
133Make my steps steady through Your promise; # Ps 17:5
don’t let any sin dominate me. # Ps 19:13; Rm 6:12
134Redeem me from human oppression, # Ps 142:6; Lk 1:74
and I will keep Your precepts.
135Show favor to Your servant, # Ps 31:16; 80:3,7,19
and teach me Your statutes. # Ps 119:12
136My eyes pour out streams of tears # Jr 9:1; 14:17; Lm 3:48
because people do not follow Your instruction.
137You are righteous, Lord, # Neh 9:33; Ps 129:4; 145:17; Lm 1:18
and Your judgments are just.
138The decrees You issue are righteous
and altogether trustworthy. # Ps 19:7-9; 119:86,90,144,172
139My anger overwhelms me
because my foes forget Your words. # Ps 69:9; Jn 2:17
140Your word is completely pure, # Ps 12:6; 19:9
and Your servant loves it. # Ps 119:47
141I am insignificant and despised, # Ps 22:6
but I do not forget Your precepts. # Ps 119:61
142Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
and Your instruction is true. # Ps 119:151,160
143Trouble and distress have overtaken me,
but Your commands are my delight. # Ps 119:24
144Your decrees are righteous forever. # Ps 19:9
Give me understanding, and I will live.
145I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord.
I will obey Your statutes. # Ps 119:10,55
146I call to You; save me,
and I will keep Your decrees. # Ps 3:7
147I rise before dawn and cry out for help; # Ps 5:3
I put my hope in Your word.
148I am awake through each watch of the night
to meditate on Your promise. # Ps 119:15
149In keeping with Your faithful love, hear my voice.
Lord, give me life in keeping with Your justice. # Ps 119:25,124
150Those who pursue evil plans # Some Hb mss, LXX, Sym, Jer read who maliciously persecute me # Pr 6:17,18; 12:20; 14:22; 24:8 come near;
they are far from Your instruction.
151You are near, Lord, # Ps 34:18; 145:18; Is 50:8
and all Your commands are true. # Ps 119:142
152Long ago I learned from Your decrees
that You have established them forever. # Ps 119:89; Lk 21:33
153Consider my affliction and rescue me, # Ps 119:50; Lm 5:1
for I have not forgotten Your instruction. # Ps 119:16; Hs 4:6
154Defend my cause and redeem me; # 1Sm 24:15; Ps 35:1; Mc 7:9
give me life as You promised.
155Salvation is far from the wicked
because they do not seek Your statutes. # Ps 119:45,94
156Your compassions are many, Lord; # 2Sm 24:14
give me life according to Your judgments.
157My persecutors and foes are many. # Ps 7:1
I have not turned from Your decrees. # Ps 119:51
158I have seen the disloyal # Pr 14:14 and feel disgust # Ps 139:21
because they do not keep Your word.
159Consider how I love Your precepts;
Lord, give me life according to Your faithful love. # Ps 119:25,47
160The entirety of Your word is truth,
and all Your righteous judgments endure forever. # Ps 119:89,142,152
שׂ Sin / שׁ Shin
161Princes have persecuted me without cause,
but my heart fears only Your word. # Ps 119:23,120
162I rejoice over Your promise # Ps 119:14,111
like one who finds vast treasure.
163I hate and abhor falsehood, # Ps 119:104,128; Pr 13:5
but I love Your instruction. # Ps 119:47
164I praise You seven times a day
for Your righteous judgments. # Ps 119:7,160
165Abundant peace belongs to those # Pr 3:1,2; Is 26:3; 32:17
who love Your instruction;
nothing makes them stumble. # Pr 3:23; Is 63:13
166Lord, I hope for Your salvation # Gn 49:18; Ps 119:81,174
and carry out Your commands.
167I obey Your decrees
and love them greatly. # Ps 119:47,129
168I obey Your precepts and decrees,
for all my ways are before You. # Ps 139:3; Pr 5:21
169Let my cry reach You, Lord; # Ps 18:6; 102:1; 140:6
give me understanding according to Your word. # Ps 119:144
170Let my plea reach You; # Ps 28:2; 130:2; 143:1
rescue me according to Your promise. # Ps 22:20; 59:1
171My lips pour out praise, # Ps 51:15; 63:3
for You teach me Your statutes. # Ps 119:12
172My tongue sings about Your promise, # Ps 51:14
for all Your commands are righteous. # Ps 119:138
173May Your hand be ready to help me, # Ps 37:24; 73:23
for I have chosen Your precepts. # Jos 24:22
174I long for Your salvation, Lord,
and Your instruction is my delight. # Ps 119:16,24,166
175Let me live, and I will praise You; # Ps 119:25
may Your judgments help me.
176I wander like a lost sheep; # Is 53:6; Jr 50:6
seek Your servant, # Mt 18:12; Lk 15:4
for I do not forget Your commands. # Ps 119:16