GOD’S WORD Translation
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105  Your word is a lamp for my feet 

and a light for my path. 

106  I took an oath, and I will keep it. 

I took an oath to follow your regulations, 

which are based on your righteousness. 

107  I have suffered so much. 

Give me a new life, O Lord, as you promised. 

108  Please accept the praise I gladly give you, O Lord

and teach me your regulations. 

109  I always take my life into my own hands, 

but I never forget your teachings. 

110  Wicked people have set a trap for me, 

but I have never wandered away from your guiding principles. 

111  Your written instructions are mine forever. 

They are the joy of my heart. 

112  I have decided to obey your laws. 

They offer a reward that never ends. 

113  I hate two-faced people, 

but I love your teachings. 

114  You are my hiding place and my shield. 

My hope is based on your word. 

115  Get away from me, you evildoers, 

so that I can obey the commandments of my God. 

116  Help me God, as you promised, so that I may live. 

Do not turn my hope into disappointment. 

117  Hold me, and I will be safe, 

and I will always respect your laws. 

118  You reject all who wander away from your laws, 

because their lies mislead them. 

119  You get rid of all wicked people on earth as if they were rubbish. 

That is why I love your written instructions. 

120  My body shudders in fear of you, 

and I am afraid of your regulations. 

121  I have done what is fair and right. 

Do not leave me at the mercy of those who oppress me. 

122  Guarantee my well-being. 

Do not let arrogant people oppress me. 

123  My eyes are strained from looking for you to save me 

and from looking for the fulfillment of your righteous promise. 

124  Treat me with kindness, 

and teach me your laws. 

125  I am your servant. 

Help me understand 

so that I may come to know your written instructions. 

126  It is time for you to act, O Lord.c

Even though people have abolished your teachings, 

127  I love your commandments more than gold, more than pure gold. 

128  I follow the straight paths of your guiding principles. 

I hate every pathway that leads to lying. 

129  Your written instructions are miraculous. 

That is why I obey them. 

130  Your word is a doorway that lets in light, 

and it helps gullible people understand. 

131  I open my mouth and pant 

because I long for your commandments. 

132  Turn toward me, and have pity on me 

as you have pledged to do for those who love your name. 

133  Make my steps secure through your promise, 

and do not let any sin control me. 

134  Save me from human oppression 

so that I may obey your guiding principles. 

135  Smile on me, 

and teach me your laws. 

136  Streams of tears flow from my eyes 

because others do not follow your teachings. 

137  You are righteous, O Lord

and your regulations are fair. 

138  You have issued your written instructions. 

They are fair and completely dependable. 

139  My devotion ⸤for your words⸥ consumes me, 

because my enemies have forgotten your words. 

140  Your promise has been thoroughly tested, 

and I love it. 

141  I am unimportant and despised, 

⸤yet⸥ I never forget your guiding principles. 

142  Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, 

and your teachings are reliable. 

143  Trouble and hardship have found me, 

but your commandments ⸤still⸥ make me happy. 

144  Your written instructions are always right. 

Help me understand ⸤them⸥ so that I will live. 

145  I have called out with all my heart. Answer me, O Lord

I want to obey your laws. 

146  I have called out. 

Save me, so that I can obey your written instructions. 

147  I got up before dawn, and I cried out for help. 

My hope is based on your word. 

148  My eyes are wide-open throughout the nighttime hours 

to reflect on your word. 

149  In keeping with your mercy, hear my voice. 

O Lord, give me a new life guided by your regulations. 

150  Those who carry out plots against me are near, 

⸤yet⸥ they are far away from your teachings. 

151  You are near, O Lord

and all your commandments are reliable. 


About GOD’S WORD Translation

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) communicates the saving, life-changing Good News about Jesus in clear, natural English. Translated directly from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek by a committee of scholars, GOD’S WORD is an exceptional Bible that consciously combines scholarly fidelity with natural English.

By implementing the translation principles of Closest Natural Equivalence, the translation committee seeks to translate the best available texts into English with the closest possible accuracy. This commitment to accurately translating the Bible includes expressing the meaning naturally and in a style that preserves the characteristics of the source text.

The combination of accuracy and readability makes GOD’S WORD ideally suited for the following:

Devotional reading and in-depth study

Preaching, teaching, and worship




Scripture references from GOD’S WORD are used by permission. Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. All rights reserved.

Up to 500 verses from GOD’S WORD may be quoted in any form (printed, written, visual, electronic, or audio) without written permission, provided that no more than half of any one book is quoted, and the verses quoted do not amount to more than 25% of the text of the work in which they are quoted.

The designation (GOD’S WORD) must always appear after each quotation. In addition, if the quotation is used in a work that is not for sale, the work must bear the following notice either on the title page or reverse thereof of each copy, or in a location where it can be readily perceived by the reader:

GOD’S WORD is a copyrighted work of God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. Quotations are used by permission.

If used in a work that is for sale, the following copyright notice must be used:

GOD’S WORD is a copyrighted work of God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. Quotations are used by permission. Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. All rights reserved.

For quotation of over 500 verses and/or questions about these policies, contact God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society, P.O. Box 26343, Cleveland, Ohio 44126-0343, U.S.A.

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