1 Joyful are people of integrity,
who follow the instructions of the Lord.
and search for him with all their hearts.
and they walk only in his paths.
to keep your commandments carefully.
reflect your decrees!
when I compare my life with your commands.
I will thank you by living as I should!
Please don’t give up on me!
9 How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word.
don’t let me wander from your commands.
that I might not sin against you.
teach me your decrees.
all the regulations you have given us.
as much as in riches.
and reflect on your ways.
and not forget your word.
17 Be good to your servant,
that I may live and obey your word.
the wonderful truths in your instructions.
119 This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; there are twenty-two stanzas, one for each successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each of the eight verses within each stanza begins with the Hebrew letter named in its heading.