GOD’S WORD Translation
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57  You are my inheritance, O Lord

I promised to hold on to your words. 

58  With all my heart I want to win your favor. 

Be kind to me as you promised. 

59  I have thought about my life, 

and I have directed my feet back to your written instructions. 

60  Without any hesitation I hurry to obey your commandments. 

61  ⸤Though⸥ the ropes of wicked people are tied around me, 

I never forget your teachings. 

62  At midnight I wake up to give thanks to you 

for the regulations, which are based on your righteousness. 

63  I am a friend to everyone who fears you 

and to everyone who follows your guiding principles. 

64  Your mercy, O Lord, fills the earth. 

Teach me your laws. 

65  You have treated me well, O Lord

as you promised. 

66  Teach me ⸤to use⸥ good judgment and knowledge, 

because I believe in your commandments. 

67  Before you made me suffer, I used to wander off, 

but now I hold on to your word. 

68  You are good, and you do good things. 

Teach me your laws. 

69  Arrogant people have smeared me with lies, 

⸤yet⸥ I obey your guiding principles with all my heart. 

70  Their hearts are cold and insensitive, 

⸤yet⸥ I am happy with your teachings. 

71  It was good that I had to suffer 

in order to learn your laws. 

72  The teachings ⸤that come⸥ from your mouth are worth more to me 

than thousands in gold or silver. 

73  Your hands created me and made me what I am. 

Help me understand so that I may learn your commandments. 

74  Those who fear you will see me and rejoice, 

because my hope is based on your word. 

75  I know that your regulations are fair, O Lord

and that you were right to make me suffer. 

76  Let your mercy comfort me 

as you promised. 

77  Let your compassion reach me so that I may live, 

because your teachings make me happy. 

78  Let arrogant people be put to shame 

because they lied about me, 

⸤yet⸥ I reflect on your guiding principles. 

79  Let those who fear you turn to me 

so that they can come to know your written instructions. 

80  Let my heart be filled with integrity in regard to your laws 

so that I will not be put to shame. 

81  My soul is weak from waiting for you to save me. 

My hope is based on your word. 

82  My eyes have become strained from looking for your promise. 

I ask, “When will you comfort me?” 

83  Although I have become like a shriveled and dried out wineskin, 

I have not forgotten your laws. 

84  What is left of my life? 

When will you bring those who persecute me to justice? 

85  Arrogant people have dug pits to trap me 

in defiance of your teachings. 

86  (All your commandments are reliable.) 

Those people persecute me with lies. Help me! 

87  They almost wiped me off ⸤the face of⸥ the earth. 

But I did not abandon your guiding principles. 

88  Give me a new life through your mercy 

so that I may obey the written instructions, 

⸤which came⸥ from your mouth. 

89  O Lord, your word is established in heaven forever. 

90  Your faithfulness endures throughout every generation. 

You set the earth in place, and it continues to stand. 

91  All things continue to stand today because of your regulations, 

since they are all your servants. 

92  If your teachings had not made me happy, 

then I would have died in my misery. 

93  I will never forget your guiding principles, 

because you gave me a new life through them. 

94  I am yours. 

Save me, because I have searched for your guiding principles. 

95  The wicked people have waited for me in order to destroy me, 

⸤yet⸥ I want to understand your written instructions. 

96  I have seen a limit to everything else, 

⸤but⸥ your commandments have no limit

97  Oh, how I love your teachings! 

They are in my thoughts all day long. 

98  Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, 

because your commandments are always with me. 

99  I have more insight than all my teachers, 

because your written instructions are in my thoughts. 

100  I have more wisdom than those with many years of experience, 

because I have obeyed your guiding principles. 

101  I have kept my feet ⸤from walking⸥ on any evil path 

in order to obey your word. 

102  I have not neglected your regulations, 

because you have taught me. 

103  How sweet the taste of your promise is

It tastes sweeter than honey. 

104  From your guiding principles I gain understanding. 

That is why I hate every path that leads to lying. 


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




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