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who live according to the Lord’s instruction! h
2 Happy are those who keep His decrees i
and seek Him with all their heart. j
3 They do nothing wrong; k
they follow His ways.
4 You have commanded that Your precepts l
be diligently kept.
to keeping Your statutes! m
6 Then I would not be ashamed n
when I think about all Your commands.
7 I will praise You with a sincere heart o
when I learn Your righteous judgments.
never abandon me. p
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
10 I have sought You with all my heart; s
don’t let me wander from Your commands. t
11 I have treasured Your word in my heart u
so that I may not sin against You.
teach me Your statutes. v
all the judgments from Your mouth. w
14 I rejoice in the way revealed by Your decrees x
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts y
and think about Your ways. z
16 I will delight in Your statutes; a
I will not forget Your word.
17 Deal generously with Your servant b
so that I might live;
then I will keep Your word.
wonderful things from Your instruction.
19 I am a stranger on earth; c
do not hide Your commands from me.
with longing for Your judgments. d
the ones under a curse, e
who wander from Your commands. f
22 Take insult and contempt away from me, g
for I have kept Your decrees.
23 Though princes sit together speaking against me, h
Your servant will think about Your statutes; i
and my counselors. j
25 My life is down in the dust; k
give me life l through Your word.
and You listened to me;
teach me Your statutes. m
the meaning of Your precepts
so that I can meditate on Your wonders. n
28 I am weary o from grief;
strengthen me through Your word. p
and graciously give me Your instruction.
I have set Your ordinances before me. q
Lord, do not put me to shame. r
33 Teach me, Lord, the meaning u of Your statutes,
34 Help me understand Your instruction, x
and I will obey it
and follow it with all my heart. y
35 Help me stay on the path of Your commands, z
for I take pleasure in it. a
36 Turn my heart to Your decrees b
and not to material gain. c
from looking at what is worthless; d
38 Confirm what You said to Your servant, g
for it produces reverence for You.
39 Turn away the disgrace I dread; h
indeed, Your judgments are good.
40 How I long for Your precepts! i
Give me life through Your righteousness.
41 Let Your faithful love come to me, Lord, j
Your salvation, as You promised. k
42 Then I can answer the one who taunts me, l
for I trust in Your word.
for I hope in Your judgments. m
forever and ever. n
45 I will walk freely in an open place o
because I seek Your precepts. p
and not be ashamed. q
which I love. r
48 I will lift up my hands s to Your commands,
which I love,
and will meditate on Your statutes. t
49 Remember Your word to Your servant;
You have given me hope through it.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction: u
Your promise has given me life.
but I do not turn away from Your instruction. v
and find comfort.
53 Rage seizes me w because of the wicked
who reject Your instruction. x
during my earthly life. y
and I obey Your instruction.
I obey Your precepts. b
I have promised to keep Your words.
58 I have sought Your favor e with all my heart;
be gracious to me f according to Your promise.
59 I thought about my ways g
and turned my steps back to Your decrees.
to keep Your commands.
61 Though the ropes of the wicked h
were wrapped around me,
I did not forget Your instruction. i
62 I rise at midnight to thank You j
for Your righteous judgments. k
to those who keep Your precepts.
64 Lord, the earth is filled with Your faithful love; m
teach me Your statutes. n
65 Lord, You have treated Your servant well,
just as You promised.
66 Teach me good judgment and discernment, o
for I rely on Your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, p
but now I keep Your word.
teach me Your statutes.
69 The arrogant have smeared me with lies, s
but I obey Your precepts with all my heart. t
70 Their hearts are hard and insensitive, u
but I delight in Your instruction. v
71 It was good for me to be afflicted w
so that I could learn Your statutes.
72 Instruction from Your lips x is better for me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
73 Your hands made me and formed me; y
give me understanding
so that I can learn Your commands. z
74 Those who fear You will see me and rejoice, a
for I put my hope in Your word. b
and that You have afflicted me fairly. c
as You promised Your servant.
77 May Your compassion come to me d
so that I may live,
for Your instruction is my delight. e
78 Let the arrogant be put to shame f
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 statutes g
so that I will not be put to shame.
81 I long for Your salvation; h
I put my hope in Your word. i
looking for what You have promised; j
I ask, “When will You comfort me?”
I do not forget Your statutes.
When will You execute judgment on my persecutors? k
85 The arrogant have dug pits for me; l
they violate Your instruction.
people persecute me with lies—help me! m
but I did not abandon Your precepts.
and I will obey the decree You have spoken.
89 Lord, Your word is forever; n
it is firmly fixed in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness is for all generations; o
You established the earth, and it stands firm. p
91 They stand today in accordance with Your judgments, q
for all things are Your servants. r
I would have died in my affliction. s
for You have given me life through them. t
94 I am Yours; save me, u
for I have sought Your precepts. v
95 The wicked hope to destroy me, w
but I contemplate Your decrees.
but Your command is without limit.
97 How I love Your instruction! x
It is my meditation all day long. y
98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, z
for they are always with me.
because Your decrees are my meditation. a
100 I understand more than the elders b
because I obey Your precepts. c
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path d
to follow Your word.
102 I have not turned from Your judgments, e
for You Yourself have instructed me.
103 How sweet Your word is f to my taste—
sweeter than honey in my mouth.
104 I gain understanding from Your precepts; g
therefore I hate every false way. h
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet i
and a light on my path.
106 I have solemnly sworn j
to keep Your righteous judgments.
Lord, give me life through Your word. k
108 Lord, please accept my willing offerings of praise, l
and teach me Your judgments. m
109 My life is constantly in danger, n
yet I do not forget Your instruction. o
110 The wicked have set a trap for me, p
but I have not wandered from Your precepts. q
indeed, they are the joy of my heart. r
113 I hate those who are double-minded, u
but I love Your instruction. v
114 You are my shelter and my shield; w
I put my hope in Your word. x
115 Depart from me, y you evil ones,
so that I may obey my God’s commands. z
116 Sustain me as You promised, a and I will live;
do not let me be ashamed of my hope. b
117 Sustain me so that I can be safe c
and always be concerned about Your statutes. d
118 You reject all who stray from Your statutes, e
for their deceit is a lie.
therefore, I love Your decrees. h
I fear Your judgments.
121 I have done what is just and right; k
do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Guarantee Your servant’s well-being; l
do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes grow weary m looking for Your salvation
and for Your righteous promise.
124 Deal with Your servant based on Your faithful love; n
teach me Your statutes.
so that I may know Your decrees.
126 It is time for the Lord to act, q
for they have violated Your instruction.
127 Since I love Your commands r
more than gold, even the purest gold,
and hate every false way. u
129 Your decrees are wonderful; v
therefore I obey them. w
130 The revelation of Your words x brings light
and gives understanding to the inexperienced. y
131 I open my mouth and pant z
because I long for Your commands.
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me, a
as is Your practice toward those who love Your name.
133 Make my steps steady through Your promise; b
don’t let any sin dominate me. c
134 Redeem me from human oppression, d
and I will keep Your precepts.
135 Show favor to Your servant, e
and teach me Your statutes. f
136 My eyes pour out streams of tears g
because people do not follow Your instruction.
137 You are righteous, Lord, h
and Your judgments are just.
and altogether trustworthy. i
because my foes forget Your words. j
140 Your word is completely pure, k
and Your servant loves it. l
141 I am insignificant and despised, m
but I do not forget Your precepts. n
and Your instruction is true. o
but Your commands are my delight. p
144 Your decrees are righteous forever. q
Give me understanding, and I will live.
145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord.
I will obey Your statutes. r
and I will keep Your decrees. s
147 I rise before dawn and cry out for help; t
I put my hope in Your word.
to meditate on Your promise. u
Lord, give me life in keeping with Your justice. v
they are far from Your instruction.
151 You are near, Lord, y
and all Your commands are true. z
that You have established them forever. a
153 Consider my affliction and rescue me, b
for I have not forgotten Your instruction. c
154 Defend my cause and redeem me; d
give me life as You promised.
because they do not seek Your statutes. e
156 Your compassions are many, Lord; f
give me life according to Your judgments.
157 My persecutors and foes are many. g
I have not turned from Your decrees. h
because they do not keep Your word.
Lord, give me life according to Your faithful love. k
and all Your righteous judgments endure forever. l
161 Princes have persecuted me without cause,
but my heart fears only Your word. m
162 I rejoice over Your promise n
like one who finds vast treasure.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood, o
but I love Your instruction. p
for Your righteous judgments. q
165 Abundant peace belongs to those r
who love Your instruction;
nothing makes them stumble. s
166 Lord, I hope for Your salvation t
and carry out Your commands.
and love them greatly. u
for all my ways are before You. v
169 Let my cry reach You, Lord; w
give me understanding according to Your word. x
170 Let my plea reach You; y
rescue me according to Your promise. z
171 My lips pour out praise, a
for You teach me Your statutes. b
172 My tongue sings about Your promise, c
for all Your commands are righteous. d
173 May Your hand be ready to help me, e
for I have chosen Your precepts. f
and Your instruction is my delight. g
175 Let me live, and I will praise You; h
may Your judgments help me.
176 I wander like a lost sheep; i
seek Your servant, j
for I do not forget Your commands. k
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