who walk according to the Lord’s instruction!c
2 Happy are those who keep his decreesd
and seek him with all their heart.e
3 They do nothing wrong;f
they walk in his ways.
4 You have commanded that your preceptsg
be diligently kept.
to keeping your statutes!h
6 Then I would not be ashamedi
when I think about all your commands.
7 I will praise you with an upright heartj
when I learn your righteous judgments.
never abandon me.k
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
10 I have sought you with all my heart;m
don’t let me wander from your commands.n
11 I have treasured your word in my hearto
so that I may not sin against you.
teach me your statutes.p
all the judgments from your mouth.q
14 I rejoice in the way revealed by your decreesr
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your preceptss
and think about your ways.t
16 I will delight in your statutes;u
I will not forget your word.
17 Deal generously with your servantv
so that I might live;
then I will keep your word.
wondrous things from your instruction.
19 I am a resident alien on earth;w
do not hide your commands from me.
with longing for your judgments.x
the ones under a curse,y
who wander from your commands.z
22 Take insult and contempt away from me,aa
for I have kept your decrees.
23 Though princes sit together speaking against me,ab
your servant will think about your statutes;ac
and my counselors.ad
25 My life is down in the dust;ae
give me lifeaf through your word.
and you answered me;
teach me your statutes.ag
the meaning of your precepts
so that I can meditate on your wonders.ah
28 I am wearyC from grief;
strengthen me through your word.ai
and graciously give me your instruction.
I have set your ordinances before me.aj
Lord, do not put me to shame.ak
33 Teach me, Lord, the meaningE of your statutes,
34 Help me understand your instruction,an
and I will obey it
and follow it with all my heart.a
35 Help me stay on the path of your commands,b
for I take pleasure in it.c
36 Turn my heart to your decreesd
and not to dishonest profit.e
from looking at what is worthless;f
38 Confirm what you said to your servant,h
for it produces reverence for you.
39 Turn away the disgrace I dread;i
indeed, your judgments are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!j
Give me life through your righteousness.
41 Let your faithful love come to me, Lord,k
your salvation, as you promised.l
42 Then I can answer the one who taunts me,m
for I trust in your word.
for I hope in your judgments.n
forever and ever.o
45 I will walk freely in an open placep
because I study your precepts.q
and not be ashamed.r
which I love.s
48 I will lift up my handst to your commands,
which I love,
and will meditate on your statutes.u
49 Remember your word to your servant;
you have given me hope through it.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction:v
Your promise has given me life.
but I do not turn away from your instruction.w
and find comfort.
53 Rage seizes mex because of the wicked
who reject your instruction.y
during my earthly life.B
and I obey your instruction.
I obey your precepts.ab
I have promised to keep your words.
58 I have sought your favorad with all my heart;
be gracious to meae according to your promise.
59 I thought about my waysaf
and turned my steps back to your decrees.
to keep your commands.
61 Though the ropes of the wickedag
were wrapped around me,
I did not forget your instruction.ah
62 I rise at midnight to thank youai
for your righteous judgments.aj
63 I am a friend to all who fear you,ak
to those who keep your precepts.
64 Lord, the earth is filled with your faithful love;al
teach me your statutes.am
65 Lord, you have treated your servant well,
just as you promised.
66 Teach me good judgment and discernment,an
for I rely on your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,ao
but now I keep your word.
teach me your statutes.
69 The arrogant have smeared me with lies,ar
but I obey your precepts with all my heart.as
70 Their hearts are hard and insensitive,at
but I delight in your instruction.au
71 It was good for me to be afflictedav
so that I could learn your statutes.
72 Instruction from your lipsaw is better for me
73 Your hands made me and formed me;a
give me understanding
so that I can learn your commands.b
74 Those who fear you will see me and rejoice,c
for I put my hope in your word.d
and that you have afflicted me fairly.e
as you promised your servant.
77 May your compassion come to mef
so that I may live,
for your instruction is my delight.g
78 Let the arrogant be put to shameh
for slandering me with lies;
I will meditate on your precepts.
those who know your decrees, turn to me.
80 May my heart be blameless regarding your statutesi
so that I will not be put to shame.
81 I long for your salvation;j
I put my hope in your word.k
looking for what you have promised;l
I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
I do not forget your statutes.
When will you execute judgment on my persecutors?m
85 The arrogant have dug pits for me;n
they violate your instruction.
people persecute me with lies—help me!o
but I did not abandon your precepts.
and I will obey the decree you have spoken.
89 Lord, your word is forever;p
it is firmly fixed in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness is for all generations;q
you established the earth, and it stands firm.r
91 Your judgments stand firm today,s
for all things are your servants.t
I would have died in my affliction.u
for you have given me life through them.v
94 I am yours; save me,w
for I have studied your precepts.x
95 The wicked hope to destroy me,y
but I contemplate your decrees.
but your command is without limit.
97 How I love your instruction!z
It is my meditation all day long.aa
98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies,ab
for they are always with me.
because your decrees are my meditation.ac
100 I understand more than the eldersad
because I obey your precepts.ae
101 I have kept my feet from every evil pathaf
to follow your word.
102 I have not turned from your judgments,ag
for you yourself have instructed me.
103 How sweet your word isah to my taste—
sweeter than honey in my mouth.
104 I gain understanding from your precepts;ai
therefore I hate every false way.aj
105 Your word is a lamp for my feetak
and a light on my path.
106 I have solemnly swornal
to keep your righteous judgments.
Lord, give me life according to your word.am
108 Lord, please accept my freewill offerings of praise,an
and teach me your judgments.ao
109 My life is constantly in danger,A
yet I do not forget your instruction.a
110 The wicked have set a trap for me,b
but I have not wandered from your precepts.c
indeed, they are the joy of my heart.d
113 I hate those who are double-minded,f
but I love your instruction.g
114 You are my shelter and my shield;h
I put my hope in your word.i
115 Depart from me,j you evil ones,
so that I may obey my God’s commands.k
116 Sustain me as you promised,l and I will live;
do not let me be ashamed of my hope.m
117 Sustain me so that I can be safen
and always be concerned about your statutes.o
118 You reject all who stray from your statutes,p
for their deceit is a lie.
therefore, I love your decrees.r
I fear your judgments.
121 I have done what is just and right;t
do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Guarantee your servant’s well-being;u
do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes grow wearyv looking for your salvation
and for your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant based on your faithful love;w
teach me your statutes.
so that I may know your decrees.
126 It is time for the Lord to act,z
for they have violated your instruction.
127 Since I love your commandsaa
more than gold, even the purest gold,
128 I carefully follow all your preceptsab
and hate every false way.ac
129 Your decrees are wondrous;ad
therefore I obey them.ae
130 The revelation of your wordsaf brings light
and gives understanding to the inexperienced.ag
131 I open my mouth and pantah
because I long for your commands.
The stanzas of this poem form an acrostic.
Or keeping it according to your
Or I weep
Lit you enlarge my heart
Or will keep it as my reward
Lit song in the house of my sojourning
Lit You are my portion, Lord
Lit in my hand
Or statutes; the reward is eternal
Lit My flesh shudders