Psalm 119
New American Standard Bible
Meditations and Prayers Relating to the Law of God.


1How blessed are those whose way is blameless,
            Who walk in the law of the LORD.

      2How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
            Who seek Him with all their heart.

      3They also do no unrighteousness;
            They walk in His ways.

      4You have ordained Your precepts,
            That we should keep them diligently.

      5Oh that my ways may be established
            To keep Your statutes!

      6Then I shall not be ashamed
            When I look upon all Your commandments.

      7I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart,
            When I learn Your righteous judgments.

      8I shall keep Your statutes;
            Do not forsake me utterly!


9How can a young man keep his way pure?
            By keeping it according to Your word.

      10With all my heart I have sought You;
            Do not let me wander from Your commandments.

      11Your word I have treasured in my heart,
            That I may not sin against You.

      12Blessed are You, O LORD;
            Teach me Your statutes.

      13With my lips I have told of
            All the ordinances of Your mouth.

      14I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
            As much as in all riches.

      15I will meditate on Your precepts
            And regard Your ways.

      16I shall delight in Your statutes;
            I shall not forget Your word.


17Deal bountifully with Your servant,
            That I may live and keep Your word.

      18Open my eyes, that I may behold
            Wonderful things from Your law.

      19I am a stranger in the earth;
            Do not hide Your commandments from me.

      20My soul is crushed with longing
            After Your ordinances at all times.

      21You rebuke the arrogant, the cursed,
            Who wander from Your commandments.

      22Take away reproach and contempt from me,
            For I observe Your testimonies.

      23Even though princes sit and talk against me,
            Your servant meditates on Your statutes.

      24Your testimonies also are my delight;
            They are my counselors.


25My soul cleaves to the dust;
            Revive me according to Your word.

      26I have told of my ways, and You have answered me;
            Teach me Your statutes.

      27Make me understand the way of Your precepts,
            So I will meditate on Your wonders.

      28My soul weeps because of grief;
            Strengthen me according to Your word.

      29Remove the false way from me,
            And graciously grant me Your law.

      30I have chosen the faithful way;
            I have placed Your ordinances before me.

      31I cling to Your testimonies;
            O LORD, do not put me to shame!

      32I shall run the way of Your commandments,
            For You will enlarge my heart.


33Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes,
            And I shall observe it to the end.

      34Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law
            And keep it with all my heart.

      35Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
            For I delight in it.

      36Incline my heart to Your testimonies
            And not to dishonest gain.

      37Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity,
            And revive me in Your ways.

      38Establish Your word to Your servant,
            As that which produces reverence for You.

      39Turn away my reproach which I dread,
            For Your ordinances are good.

      40Behold, I long for Your precepts;
            Revive me through Your righteousness.


41May Your lovingkindnesses also come to me, O LORD,
            Your salvation according to Your word;

      42So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me,
            For I trust in Your word.

      43And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
            For I wait for Your ordinances.

      44So I will keep Your law continually,
            Forever and ever.

      45And I will walk at liberty,
            For I seek Your precepts.

      46I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings
            And shall not be ashamed.

      47I shall delight in Your commandments,
            Which I love.

      48And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments,
            Which I love;
            And I will meditate on Your statutes.


49Remember the word to Your servant,
            In which You have made me hope.

      50This is my comfort in my affliction,
            That Your word has revived me.

      51The arrogant utterly deride me,
            Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.

      52I have remembered Your ordinances from of old, O LORD,
            And comfort myself.

      53Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked,
            Who forsake Your law.

      54Your statutes are my songs
            In the house of my pilgrimage.

      55O LORD, I remember Your name in the night,
            And keep Your law.

      56This has become mine,
            That I observe Your precepts.


57The LORD is my portion;
            I have promised to keep Your words.

      58I sought Your favor with all my heart;
            Be gracious to me according to Your word.

      59I considered my ways
            And turned my feet to Your testimonies.

      60I hastened and did not delay
            To keep Your commandments.

      61The cords of the wicked have encircled me,
            But I have not forgotten Your law.

      62At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You
            Because of Your righteous ordinances.

      63I am a companion of all those who fear You,
            And of those who keep Your precepts.

      64The earth is full of Your lovingkindness, O LORD;
            Teach me Your statutes.


65You have dealt well with Your servant,
            O LORD, according to Your word.

      66Teach me good discernment and knowledge,
            For I believe in Your commandments.

      67Before I was afflicted I went astray,
            But now I keep Your word.

      68You are good and do good;
            Teach me Your statutes.

      69The arrogant have forged a lie against me;
            With all my heart I will observe Your precepts.

      70Their heart is covered with fat,
            But I delight in Your law.

      71It is good for me that I was afflicted,
            That I may learn Your statutes.

      72The law of Your mouth is better to me
            Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.


73Your hands made me and fashioned me;
            Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.

      74May those who fear You see me and be glad,
            Because I wait for Your word.

      75I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are righteous,
            And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.

      76O may Your lovingkindness comfort me,
            According to Your word to Your servant.

      77May Your compassion come to me that I may live,
            For Your law is my delight.

      78May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me with a lie;
            But I shall meditate on Your precepts.

      79May those who fear You turn to me,
            Even those who know Your testimonies.

      80May my heart be blameless in Your statutes,
            So that I will not be ashamed.


81My soul languishes for Your salvation;
            I wait for Your word.

      82My eyes fail with longing for Your word,
            While I say, “When will You comfort me?”

      83Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
            I do not forget Your statutes.

      84How many are the days of Your servant?
            When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?

      85The arrogant have dug pits for me,
            Men who are not in accord with Your law.

      86All Your commandments are faithful;
            They have persecuted me with a lie; help me!

      87They almost destroyed me on earth,
            But as for me, I did not forsake Your precepts.

      88Revive me according to Your lovingkindness,
            So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.


89Forever, O LORD,
            Your word is settled in heaven.

      90Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations;
            You established the earth, and it stands.

      91They stand this day according to Your ordinances,
            For all things are Your servants.

      92If Your law had not been my delight,
            Then I would have perished in my affliction.

      93I will never forget Your precepts,
            For by them You have revived me.

      94I am Yours, save me;
            For I have sought Your precepts.

      95The wicked wait for me to destroy me;
            I shall diligently consider Your testimonies.

      96I have seen a limit to all perfection;
            Your commandment is exceedingly broad.


97O how I love Your law!
            It is my meditation all the day.

      98Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
            For they are ever mine.

      99I have more insight than all my teachers,
            For Your testimonies are my meditation.

      100I understand more than the aged,
            Because I have observed Your precepts.

      101I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
            That I may keep Your word.

      102I have not turned aside from Your ordinances,
            For You Yourself have taught me.

      103How sweet are Your words to my taste!
            Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

      104From Your precepts I get understanding;
            Therefore I hate every false way.


105Your word is a lamp to my feet
            And a light to my path.

      106I have sworn and I will confirm it,
            That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.

      107I am exceedingly afflicted;
            Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.

      108O accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD,
            And teach me Your ordinances.

      109My life is continually in my hand,
            Yet I do not forget Your law.

      110The wicked have laid a snare for me,
            Yet I have not gone astray from Your precepts.

      111I have inherited Your testimonies forever,
            For they are the joy of my heart.

      112I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
            Forever, even to the end.


113I hate those who are double-minded,
            But I love Your law.

      114You are my hiding place and my shield;
            I wait for Your word.

      115Depart from me, evildoers,
            That I may observe the commandments of my God.

      116Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live;
            And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.

      117Uphold me that I may be safe,
            That I may have regard for Your statutes continually.

      118You have rejected all those who wander from Your statutes,
            For their deceitfulness is useless.

      119You have removed all the wicked of the earth like dross;
            Therefore I love Your testimonies.

      120My flesh trembles for fear of You,
            And I am afraid of Your judgments.


121I have done justice and righteousness;
            Do not leave me to my oppressors.

      122Be surety for Your servant for good;
            Do not let the arrogant oppress me.

      123My eyes fail with longing for Your salvation
            And for Your righteous word.

      124Deal with Your servant according to Your lovingkindness
            And teach me Your statutes.

      125I am Your servant; give me understanding,
            That I may know Your testimonies.

      126It is time for the LORD to act,
            For they have broken Your law.

      127Therefore I love Your commandments
            Above gold, yes, above fine gold.

      128Therefore I esteem right all Your precepts concerning everything,
            I hate every false way.


129Your testimonies are wonderful;
            Therefore my soul observes them.

      130The unfolding of Your words gives light;
            It gives understanding to the simple.

      131I opened my mouth wide and panted,
            For I longed for Your commandments.

      132Turn to me and be gracious to me,
            After Your manner with those who love Your name.

      133Establish my footsteps in Your word,
            And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.

      134Redeem me from the oppression of man,
            That I may keep Your precepts.

      135Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
            And teach me Your statutes.

      136My eyes shed streams of water,
            Because they do not keep Your law.


137Righteous are You, O LORD,
            And upright are Your judgments.

      138You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness
            And exceeding faithfulness.

      139My zeal has consumed me,
            Because my adversaries have forgotten Your words.

      140Your word is very pure,
            Therefore Your servant loves it.

      141I am small and despised,
            Yet I do not forget Your precepts.

      142Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
            And Your law is truth.

      143Trouble and anguish have come upon me,
            Yet Your commandments are my delight.

      144Your testimonies are righteous forever;
            Give me understanding that I may live.


145I cried with all my heart; answer me, O LORD!
            I will observe Your statutes.

      146I cried to You; save me
            And I shall keep Your testimonies.

      147I rise before dawn and cry for help;
            I wait for Your words.

      148My eyes anticipate the night watches,
            That I may meditate on Your word.

      149Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness;
            Revive me, O LORD, according to Your ordinances.

      150Those who follow after wickedness draw near;
            They are far from Your law.

      151You are near, O LORD,
            And all Your commandments are truth.

      152Of old I have known from Your testimonies
            That You have founded them forever.


153Look upon my affliction and rescue me,
            For I do not forget Your law.

      154Plead my cause and redeem me;
            Revive me according to Your word.

      155Salvation is far from the wicked,
            For they do not seek Your statutes.

      156Great are Your mercies, O LORD;
            Revive me according to Your ordinances.

      157Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
            Yet I do not turn aside from Your testimonies.

      158I behold the treacherous and loathe them,
            Because they do not keep Your word.

      159Consider how I love Your precepts;
            Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness.

      160The sum of Your word is truth,
            And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.


161Princes persecute me without cause,
            But my heart stands in awe of Your words.

      162I rejoice at Your word,
            As one who finds great spoil.

      163I hate and despise falsehood,
            But I love Your law.

      164Seven times a day I praise You,
            Because of Your righteous ordinances.

      165Those who love Your law have great peace,
            And nothing causes them to stumble.

      166I hope for Your salvation, O LORD,
            And do Your commandments.

      167My soul keeps Your testimonies,
            And I love them exceedingly.

      168I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,
            For all my ways are before You.


169Let my cry come before You, O LORD;
            Give me understanding according to Your word.

      170Let my supplication come before You;
            Deliver me according to Your word.

      171Let my lips utter praise,
            For You teach me Your statutes.

      172Let my tongue sing of Your word,
            For all Your commandments are righteousness.

      173Let Your hand be ready to help me,
            For I have chosen Your precepts.

      174I long for Your salvation, O LORD,
            And Your law is my delight.

      175Let my soul live that it may praise You,
            And let Your ordinances help me.

      176I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant,
            For I do not forget Your commandments.

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