I am drowning in tears. Strengthen me as you promised.
29Turn me away from a life of lies. Graciously provide me with your teachings.
30I have chosen a life of faithfulness. I have set your regulations in front of me.
31I have clung tightly to your written instructions. O LORD, do not let me be put to shame.
32I will eagerly pursue your commandments because you continue to increase my understanding.
33Teach me, O LORD, how to live by your laws, and I will obey them to the end.
34Help me understand so that I can follow your teachings. I will guard them with all my heart.
35Lead me on the path of your commandments, because I am happy with them.
36Direct my heart toward your written instructions rather than getting rich in underhanded ways.
37Turn my eyes away from worthless things. Give me a new life in your ways.
38Keep your promise to me so that I can fear you.
39Take away insults, which I dread, because your regulations are good.
40I long for your guiding principles. Give me a new life in your righteousness.
41Let your blessings reach me, O LORD. Save me as you promised.
42Then I will have an answer for the one who insults me since I trust your word.
43Do not take so much as a single word of truth from my mouth. My hope is based on your regulations.
44I will follow your teachings forever and ever.
45I will walk around freely because I sought out your guiding principles.
46I will speak about your written instructions in the presence of kings and not feel ashamed.
47Your commandments, which I love, make me happy.
48I lift my hands [in prayer] because of your commandments, which I love. I will reflect on your laws.
49Remember the word [you gave] me. Through it you gave me hope.
50This is my comfort in my misery: Your promise gave me a new life.
51Arrogant people have mocked me with cruelty, yet I have not turned away from your teachings.
52I remembered your regulations from long ago, O LORD, and I found comfort [in them].
53I am burning with anger because of wicked people, who abandon your teachings.
54Your laws have become like psalms to me in this place where I am only a foreigner.
55At night I remember your name, O LORD, and I follow your teachings.
56This has happened to me because I have obeyed your guiding principles.
57You are my inheritance, O LORD. I promised to hold on to your words.
58With all my heart I want to win your favor. Be kind to me as you promised.
59I have thought about my life, and I have directed my feet back to your written instructions.
60Without any hesitation I hurry to obey your commandments.
61[Though] the ropes of wicked people are tied around me, I never forget your teachings.
62At midnight I wake up to give thanks to you for the regulations, which are based on your righteousness.
63I am a friend to everyone who fears you and to everyone who follows your guiding principles.
64Your mercy, O LORD, fills the earth. Teach me your laws.
65You have treated me well, O LORD, as you promised.
66Teach me [to use] good judgment and knowledge, because I believe in your commandments.
67Before you made me suffer, I used to wander off, but now I hold on to your word.
68You are good, and you do good things. Teach me your laws.
69Arrogant people have smeared me with lies, [yet] I obey your guiding principles with all my heart.
70Their hearts are cold and insensitive, [yet] I am happy with your teachings.
71It was good that I had to suffer in order to learn your laws.
72The teachings [that come] from your mouth are worth more to me than thousands in gold or silver.
73Your hands created me and made me what I am. Help me understand so that I may learn your commandments.
74Those who fear you will see me and rejoice, because my hope is based on your word.
75I know that your regulations are fair, O LORD, and that you were right to make me suffer.
76Let your mercy comfort me as you promised.
77Let your compassion reach me so that I may live, because your teachings make me happy.
78Let arrogant people be put to shame because they lied about me, [yet] I reflect on your guiding principles.
79Let those who fear you turn to me so that they can come to know your written instructions.
80Let my heart be filled with integrity in regard to your laws so that I will not be put to shame.
81My soul is weak from waiting for you to save me. My hope is based on your word.
82My eyes have become strained from looking for your promise. I ask, "When will you comfort me?"
83Although I have become like a shriveled and dried out wineskin, I have not forgotten your laws.
84What is left of my life? When will you bring those who persecute me to justice?
85Arrogant people have dug pits to trap me in defiance of your teachings.
86(All your commandments are reliable.) Those people persecute me with lies. Help me!
87They almost wiped me off [the face of] the earth. But I did not abandon your guiding principles.
88Give me a new life through your mercy so that I may obey the written instructions, [which came] from your mouth.