Psalm 119 - Meditations and Prayers Relating to the Law of God

Psalm 119

Meditations and Prayers Relating to the Law of God.


1 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!


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


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


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.


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.


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 command-


For You will enlarge my heart.


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


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.


41 May Your lovingkindnesses also come

to me, O LORD,

Your salvation according to Your word;

42 So I will have an answer for him who

reproaches me,

For I trust in Your word.

43 And do not take the word of truth utterly

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


Which I love;

And I will meditate on Your statutes.


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 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.


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 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,


Teach me Your statutes.


65 You have dealt well with Your servant,

O LORD, according to Your word.

66 Teach me good discernment and


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


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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


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 I hate every false way.


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 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.


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


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.


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 I love Your commandments

Above gold, yes, above fine gold.

128 Therefore I esteem right all Your precepts

concerning everything,

I hate every false way.


129 Your testimonies are wonderful;

Therefore 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.


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


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.


145 I cried with all my heart; answer me,


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


Revive me, O LORD, according to Your


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


That You have founded them forever.


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


Yet I do not turn aside from Your


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


160 The sum of Your word is truth,

And every one of Your righteous ordinances

is everlasting.


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


For all my ways are before You.


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


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.

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