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.
Don’t hide your commands from me!
with a desire for your regulations.
those who wander from your commands are cursed.
for I have obeyed your laws.
but I will meditate on your decrees.
they give me wise advice.
25 I lie in the dust;
revive me by your word.
Now teach me your decrees.
and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.
encourage me by your word.
give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.
I have determined to live by your regulations.
Lord, don’t let me be put to shame!
for you expand my understanding.
33 Teach me your decrees, O Lord;
I will keep them to the end.
I will put them into practice with all my heart.
for that is where my happiness is found.
rather than a love for money!
and give me life through your word.*
made to those who fear you.
for your regulations are good.
Renew my life with your goodness.
41 Lord, give me your unfailing love,
the salvation that you promised me.
for I trust in your word.
for your regulations are my only hope.
forever and ever.
for I have devoted myself to your commandments.
and I will not be ashamed.
How I love them!
I meditate on your decrees.
49 Remember your promise to me;
it is my only hope.
it comforts me in all my troubles.
but I do not turn away from your instructions.
O Lord, they comfort me.
because they reject your instructions.
wherever I have lived.
therefore, I obey your instructions.
obeying your commandments.
57 Lord, you are mine!
I promise to obey your words!
Be merciful as you promised.
and I turned to follow your laws.
to obey your commands.
but I am firmly anchored to your instructions.
for your just regulations.
anyone who obeys your commandments.
teach me your decrees.
65 You have done many good things for me, Lord,
just as you promised.
now teach me good judgment and knowledge.
but now I closely follow your word.
teach me your decrees.
but in truth I obey your commandments with all my heart.
but I delight in your instructions.
for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.
than millions in gold and silver.
73 You made me; you created me.
Now give me the sense to follow your commands.
for I have put my hope in your word.
you disciplined me because I needed it.
just as you promised me, your servant.
for your instructions are my delight.
meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments.
with those who know your laws.
then I will never be ashamed.
81 I am worn out waiting for your rescue,
but I have put my hope in your word.
When will you comfort me?
but I have not forgotten to obey your decrees.
When will you punish those who persecute me?
have dug deep pits to trap me.
Protect me from those who hunt me down without cause.
but I refused to abandon your commandments.
then I can continue to obey your laws.
89 Your eternal word, O Lord,
stands firm in heaven.
as enduring as the earth you created.
for everything serves your plans.
I would have died in my misery.
for by them you give me life.
For I have worked hard at obeying your commandments.
I will quietly keep my mind on your laws.
but your commands have no limit.
97 Oh, how I love your instructions!
I think about them all day long.
for they are my constant guide.
for I am always thinking of your laws.
for I have kept your commandments.
so that I may remain obedient to your word.
for you have taught me well.
they are sweeter than honey.
no wonder I hate every false way of life.
105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path.
I will obey your righteous regulations.
restore my life again as you promised.
and teach me your regulations.
but I will not stop obeying your instructions.
but I will not turn from your commandments.
they are my heart’s delight.
to the very end.
113 I hate those with divided loyalties,
but I love your instructions.
your word is my source of hope.
for I intend to obey the commands of my God.
Do not let my hope be crushed.
then I will meditate continually on your decrees.
They are only fooling themselves.
no wonder I love to obey your laws!
I stand in awe of your regulations.
121 Don’t leave me to the mercy of my enemies,
for I have done what is just and right.
Don’t let the arrogant oppress me!
to see the truth of your promise fulfilled.
and teach me your decrees.
then I will understand your laws.
for these evil people have violated your instructions.
more than gold, even the finest gold.
That is why I hate every false way.
129 Your laws are wonderful.
No wonder I obey them!
so even the simple can understand.
longing for your commands.
as you do for all who love your name.
so I will not be overcome by evil.
then I can obey your …
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.
119:37 Some manuscripts read in your ways.