Delight in God’s Word
א Alef
1How # The stanzas of this poem form an acrostic. happy are those whose way is blameless, #Ps 101:6Pr 11:20
who live according to the Lord’s instruction! #Ps 128:1Mc 4:2
2Happy are those who keep His decrees #Ps 25:10|NoBook| 119:10
and seek Him with all their heart. #Dt 4:29|NoBook| 10:12|NoBook| 11:13|NoBook| 13:3|NoBook| 30:2
3They do nothing wrong; #1Jn 3:9|NoBook| 5:18
they follow His ways.
4You have commanded that Your precepts #Dt 4:13Neh 9:13Ps 19:8
be diligently kept.
5If only my ways were committed
to keeping Your statutes! #Dt 12:12Ch 7:17Pr 4:26
6Then I would not be ashamed #Jb 22:26Ps 119:80
when I think about all Your commands.
7I will praise You with a sincere heart #Ps 119:62
when I learn Your righteous judgments.
8I will keep Your statutes;
never abandon me. #Ps 38:21|NoBook| 71:9
ב Bet
9How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping Your # Or keeping it according to Your word. #2Sm 22:31Ps 12:619:9-10|NoBook| 119:140Pr 20:11|NoBook| 30:5Php 4:8
10I have sought You with all my heart; #Ps 119:2
don’t let me wander from Your commands. #Ps 119:21
11I have treasured Your word in my heart #Ps 37:31|NoBook| 40:8Lk 2:19
so that I may not sin against You.
12Lord, may You be praised;
teach me Your statutes. #Ps 119:26
13With my lips I proclaim
all the judgments from Your mouth. #Ps 40:9|NoBook| 119:72
14I rejoice in the way revealed by Your decrees #Ps 119:111Pr 3:13-15|NoBook| 8:10
as much as in all riches.
15I will meditate on Your precepts #Ps 1:2|NoBook| 119:23
and think about Your ways. #Ps 25:4|NoBook| 27:11Is 58:2
16I will delight in Your statutes; #Ps 1:2|NoBook| 119:24
I will not forget Your word.
ג Gimel
17Deal generously with Your servant #Ps 13:6|NoBook| 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 29:15Ps 39:12|NoBook| 119:54Heb 11:13
do not hide Your commands from me.
20I am continually overcome
with longing for Your judgments. #Ps 42:1|NoBook| 63:1|NoBook| 84:2|NoBook| 119:40
21You rebuke the proud,
the ones under a curse, #Dt 27:26
who wander from Your commands. #Ps 119:10
22Take insult and contempt away from me, #Ps 39:8|NoBook| 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
24Your decrees are my delight
and my counselors. #Ps 119:16Rm 7:22
ד Dalet
25My life is down in the dust; #Ps 44:25
give me life #Ps 119:37 through Your word.
26I told You about my life,
and You listened to me;
teach me Your statutes. #Ps 25:4|NoBook| 86:11|NoBook| 119:12
27Help me understand
the meaning of Your precepts
so that I can meditate on Your wonders. #Ps 105:2|NoBook| 119:15|NoBook| 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 4:292Co 6:11
ה He
33Teach me, Lord, the meaning # Lit way of Your statutes,
and I will always keep them. # Or will keep it as my reward #Ps 119:112Mt 10:22Heb 3:6Rv 2:26
34Help me understand Your instruction, #Ps 119:125
and I will obey it
and follow it with all my heart. #1Ch 22:12Ps 119:2
35Help me stay on the path of Your commands, #Ps 25:4Is 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 33:31Mk 7:21Lk 12:15Heb 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.
ו Vav
41Let Your faithful love come to me, Lord, #Ps 119:77
Your salvation, as You promised. #Ps 119:58
42Then I can answer the one who taunts me, #Ps 102:8Pr 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
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
46I will speak of Your decrees before kings
and not be ashamed. #Mt 10:18Ac 26:1
47I delight in Your commands,
which I love. #Ps 119:16
48I will lift up my hands #Ps 63:4 to Your commands,
which I love,
and will meditate on Your statutes. #Ps 119:15
ז Zayin
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 23:11Ps 44:18
52Lord, I remember Your judgments from long ago
and find comfort.
53Rage seizes me #Ezr 9:3Neh 13:25Ps 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|NoBook| 92:2Is 26:9Ac 16:25
and I obey Your instruction.
56This is my practice:
I obey Your precepts. #Ps 119:22
ח Khet
57The Lord is my portion; # Lit You are my portion, Lord #Ps 16:5Lm 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|NoBook| 56:1|NoBook| 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 36:8Ps 140:5
were wrapped around me,
I did not forget Your instruction. #Ps 119:83
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
ט Tet
65Lord, You have treated Your servant well,
just as You promised.
66Teach me good judgment and discernment, #Php 1:9
for I rely on Your commands.
67Before I was afflicted I went astray, #Ps 119:71Jr 31:18Heb 12:5-11
but now I keep Your word.
68You are good, #Ps 100:5|NoBook| 106:1|NoBook| 107:1 and You do what is good; #Ps 125:4
teach me Your statutes.
69The arrogant have smeared me with lies, #Jb 13:4Ps 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
so that I could learn Your statutes.
72Instruction from Your lips #Ps 19:10|NoBook| 119:127Pr 8:10 is better for me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
י Yod
73Your hands made me and formed me; #Jb 10:8|NoBook| 31:15Ps 100:3139:15-16
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|NoBook| 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 119:138Heb 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.
כ Kaf
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|NoBook| 119:123Is 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|NoBook| 57:6Jr 18:22
they violate Your instruction.
86All Your commands are true;
people persecute me with lies — help me! #Ps 35:19|NoBook| 109:26|NoBook| 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.
ל Lamed
89Lord, Your word is forever; #Ps 89:2|NoBook| 119:160Is 40:8Mt 24:351Pt 1:25
it is firmly fixed in heaven.
90Your faithfulness is for all generations; #Ps 89:1
You established the earth, and it stands firm. #Ps 148:6Ec 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
93I will never forget Your precepts,
for You have given me life through them. #Ps 119:16
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.
מ Mem
97How I love Your instruction! #Ps 119:47
It is my meditation all day long. #Ps 1:2|NoBook| 119:15
98Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, #Dt 4:6Ps 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 17:20Jos 23:61Kg 15:5
for You Yourself have instructed me.
103How sweet Your word is #Ps 19:10Pr 8:11|NoBook| 24:13 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
נ Nun
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
108Lord, please accept my willing offerings of praise, #Hs 14:2Heb 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|NoBook| 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
112I am resolved to obey Your statutes
to the very end. # Or statutes; the reward is eternal #Ps 119:33
ס Samek
113I hate those who are double-minded, #1Kg 18:21Jms 1:8|NoBook| 4:8
but I love Your instruction. #Ps 119:47
114You are my shelter and my shield; #Gn 15:1Dt 33:29Ps 3:3|NoBook| 28:7115:9-11|NoBook| 144:2Pr 2:7
I put my hope in Your word. #Ps 119:74
115Depart from me, #Ps 6:8|NoBook| 139:19Mt 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|NoBook| 31:1Rm 9:33Php 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
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 1:25Ezk 22:18
therefore, I love Your decrees. #Ps 119:47
120I tremble # Lit My flesh shudders in awe of You; #Jb 4:14Hab 3:16
I fear Your judgments.
ע Ayin
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|NoBook| 109:26|NoBook| 119:88
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|NoBook| 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
פ Pe
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 19:13Rm 6:12
134Redeem me from human oppression, #Ps 142:6Lk 1:74
and I will keep Your precepts.
135Show favor to Your servant, #Ps 31:16|NoBook| 80:3
and teach me Your statutes. #Ps 119:12
136My eyes pour out streams of tears #Jr 9:1|NoBook| 14:17Lm 3:48
because people do not follow Your instruction.
צ Tsade
137You are righteous, Lord, #Neh 9:33Ps 129:4|NoBook| 145:17Lm 1:18
and Your judgments are just.
138The decrees You issue are righteous
and altogether trustworthy. #Ps 19:7-9|NoBook| 119:86
139My anger overwhelms me
because my foes forget Your words. #Ps 69:9Jn 2:17
140Your word is completely pure, #Ps 12:6|NoBook| 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
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.
ק Qof
145I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord.
I will obey Your statutes. #Ps 119:10
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
150Those who pursue evil plans # Some Hb mss, LXX, Sym, Jer read who maliciously persecute me #Pr 6:17|NoBook| 12:20|NoBook| 14:22|NoBook| 24:8 come near;
they are far from Your instruction.
151You are near, Lord, #Ps 34:18|NoBook| 145:18Is 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 119:89Lk 21:33
ר Resh
153Consider my affliction and rescue me, #Ps 119:50Lm 5:1
for I have not forgotten Your instruction. #Ps 119:16Hs 4:6
154Defend my cause and redeem me; #1Sm 24:15Ps 35:1Mc 7:9
give me life as You promised.
155Salvation is far from the wicked
because they do not seek Your statutes. #Ps 119:45
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
160The entirety of Your word is truth,
and all Your righteous judgments endure forever. #Ps 119:89
Sin / שׁ Shin
161Princes have persecuted me without cause,
but my heart fears only Your word. #Ps 119:23
162I rejoice over Your promise #Ps 119:14
like one who finds vast treasure.
163I hate and abhor falsehood, #Ps 119:104Pr 13:5
but I love Your instruction. #Ps 119:47
164I praise You seven times a day
for Your righteous judgments. #Ps 119:7
165Abundant peace belongs to those #Pr 3:1Is 26:3|NoBook| 32:17
who love Your instruction;
nothing makes them stumble. #Pr 3:23Is 63:13
166Lord, I hope for Your salvation #Gn 49:18Ps 119:81
and carry out Your commands.
167I obey Your decrees
and love them greatly. #Ps 119:47
168I obey Your precepts and decrees,
for all my ways are before You. #Ps 139:3Pr 5:21
ת Tav
169Let my cry reach You, Lord; #Ps 18:6|NoBook| 102:1|NoBook| 140:6
give me understanding according to Your word. #Ps 119:144
170Let my plea reach You; #Ps 28:2|NoBook| 130:2|NoBook| 143:1
rescue me according to Your promise. #Ps 22:20|NoBook| 59:1
171My lips pour out praise, #Ps 51:15|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 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
175Let me live, and I will praise You; #Ps 119:25
may Your judgments help me.
176I wander like a lost sheep; #Is 53:6Jr 50:6
seek Your servant, #Mt 18:12Lk 15:4
for I do not forget Your commands. #Ps 119:16
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