Passage: Psalms 119:1-80 (RSV)

Psalms 119

A Song of Ascents.

1Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!
2Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,
3who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!
4Thou hast commanded thy precepts to be kept diligently.
5O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping thy statutes!
6Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all thy commandments.
7I will praise thee with an upright heart, when I learn thy righteous ordinances.
8I will observe thy statutes; O forsake me not utterly!
9How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word.
10With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from thy commandments!
11I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.
12Blessed be thou, O LORD; teach me thy statutes!
13With my lips I declare all the ordinances of thy mouth.
14In the way of thy testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.
15I will meditate on thy precepts, and fix my eyes on thy ways.
16I will delight in thy statutes; I will not forget thy word.
17Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live and observe thy word.
18Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
19I am a sojourner on earth; hide not thy commandments from me!
20My soul is consumed with longing for thy ordinances at all times.
21Thou dost rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from thy commandments;
22take away from me their scorn and contempt, for I have kept thy testimonies.
23Even though princes sit plotting against me, thy servant will meditate on thy statutes.
24Thy testimonies are my delight, they are my counselors.
25My soul cleaves to the dust; revive me according to thy word!
26When I told of my ways, thou didst answer me; teach me thy statutes!
27Make me understand the way of thy precepts, and I will meditate on thy wondrous works.
28My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to thy word!
29Put false ways far from me; and graciously teach me thy law!
30I have chosen the way of faithfulness, I set thy ordinances before me.
31I cleave to thy testimonies, O LORD; let me not be put to shame!
32I will run in the way of thy commandments when thou enlargest my understanding!
33Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I will keep it to the end.
34Give me understanding, that I may keep thy law and observe it with my whole heart.
35Lead me in the path of thy commandments, for I delight in it.
36Incline my heart to thy testimonies, and not to gain!
37Turn my eyes from looking at vanities; and give me life in thy ways.
38Confirm to thy servant thy promise, which is for those who fear thee.
39Turn away the reproach which I dread; for thy ordinances are good.
40Behold, I long for thy precepts; in thy righteousness give me life!
41Let thy steadfast love come to me, O LORD, thy salvation according to thy promise;
42then shall I have an answer for those who taunt me, for I trust in thy word.
43And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in thy ordinances.
44I will keep thy law continually, for ever and ever;
45and I shall walk at liberty, for I have sought thy precepts.
46I will also speak of thy testimonies before kings, and shall not be put to shame;
47for I find my delight in thy commandments, which I love.
48I revere thy commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on thy statutes.
49Remember thy word to thy servant, in which thou hast made me hope.
50This is my comfort in my affliction that thy promise gives me life.
51Godless men utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from thy law.
52When I think of thy ordinances from of old, I take comfort, O LORD.
53Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake thy law.
54Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
55I remember thy name in the night, O LORD, and keep thy law.
56This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept thy precepts.
57The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep thy words.
58I entreat thy favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to thy promise.
59When I think of thy ways, I turn my feet to thy testimonies;
60I hasten and do not delay to keep thy commandments.
61Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget thy law.
62At midnight I rise to praise thee, because of thy righteous ordinances.
63I am a companion of all who fear thee, of those who keep thy precepts.
64The earth, O LORD, is full of thy steadfast love; teach me thy statutes!
65Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according to thy word.
66Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in thy commandments.
67Before I was afflicted I went astray; but now I keep thy word.
68Thou art good and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
69The godless besmear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep thy precepts;
70their heart is gross like fat, but I delight in thy law.
71It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn thy statutes.
72The law of thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
73Thy hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn thy commandments.
74Those who fear thee shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in thy word.
75I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that in faithfulness thou hast afflicted me.
76Let thy steadfast love be ready to comfort me according to thy promise to thy servant.
77Let thy mercy come to me, that I may live; for thy law is my delight.
78Let the godless be put to shame, because they have subverted me with guile; as for me, I will meditate on thy precepts.
79Let those who fear thee turn to me, that they may know thy testimonies.
80May my heart be blameless in thy statutes, that I may not be put to shame!

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