Passage: Psalms 119:81-176 (RSV)

Psalms 119

A Song of Ascents.

81My soul languishes for thy salvation; I hope in thy word.
82My eyes fail with watching for thy promise; I ask, "When wilt thou comfort me?"
83For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten thy statutes.
84How long must thy servant endure? When wilt thou judge those who persecute me?
85Godless men have dug pitfalls for me, men who do not conform to thy law.
86All thy commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
87They have almost made an end of me on earth; but I have not forsaken thy precepts.
88In thy steadfast love spare my life, that I may keep the testimonies of thy mouth.
89For ever, O LORD, thy word is firmly fixed in the heavens.
90Thy faithfulness endures to all generations; thou hast established the earth, and it stands fast.
91By thy appointment they stand this day; for all things are thy servants.
92If thy law had not been my delight, I should have perished in my affliction.
93I will never forget thy precepts; for by them thou hast given me life.
94I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.
95The wicked lie in wait to destroy me; but I consider thy testimonies.
96I have seen a limit to all perfection, but thy commandment is exceedingly broad.
97Oh, how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.
98Thy commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.
99I have more understanding than all my teachers, for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100I understand more than the aged, for I keep thy precepts.
101I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep thy word.
102I do not turn aside from thy ordinances, for thou hast taught me.
103How sweet are thy words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104Through thy precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.
105Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
106I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to observe thy righteous ordinances.
107I am sorely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to thy word!
108Accept my offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me thy ordinances.
109I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget thy law.
110The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from thy precepts.
111Thy testimonies are my heritage for ever; yea, they are the joy of my heart.
112I incline my heart to perform thy statutes for ever, to the end.
113I hate double-minded men, but I love thy law.
114Thou art my hiding place and my shield; I hope in thy word.
115Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God.
116Uphold me according to thy promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
117Hold me up, that I may be safe and have regard for thy statutes continually!
118Thou dost spurn all who go astray from thy statutes; yea, their cunning is in vain.
119All the wicked of the earth thou dost count as dross; therefore I love thy testimonies.
120My flesh trembles for fear of thee, and I am afraid of thy judgments.
121I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors.
122Be surety for thy servant for good; let not the godless oppress me.
123My eyes fail with watching for thy salvation, and for the fulfilment of thy righteous promise.
124Deal with thy servant according to thy steadfast love, and teach me thy statutes.
125I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies!
126It is time for the LORD to act, for thy law has been broken.
127Therefore I love thy commandments above gold, above fine gold.
128Therefore I direct my steps by all thy precepts; I hate every false way.
129Thy testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.
130The unfolding of thy words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
131With open mouth I pant, because I long for thy commandments.
132Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is thy wont toward those who love thy name.
133Keep steady my steps according to thy promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
134Redeem me from man's oppression, that I may keep thy precepts.
135Make thy face shine upon thy servant, and teach me thy statutes.
136My eyes shed streams of tears, because men do not keep thy law.
137Righteous art thou, O LORD, and right are thy judgments.
138Thou hast appointed thy testimonies in righteousness and in all faithfulness.
139My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget thy words.
140Thy promise is well tried, and thy servant loves it.
141I am small and despised, yet I do not forget thy precepts.
142Thy righteousness is righteous for ever, and thy law is true.
143Trouble and anguish have come upon me, but thy commandments are my delight.
144Thy testimonies are righteous for ever; give me understanding that I may live.
145With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD! I will keep thy statutes.
146I cry to thee; save me, that I may observe thy testimonies.
147I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in thy words.
148My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate upon thy promise.
149Hear my voice in thy steadfast love; O LORD, in thy justice preserve my life.
150They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from thy law.
151But thou art near, O LORD, and all thy commandments are true.
152Long have I known from thy testimonies that thou hast founded them for ever.
153Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget thy law.
154Plead my cause and redeem me; give me life according to thy promise!
155Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek thy statutes.
156Great is thy mercy, O LORD; give me life according to thy justice.
157Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from thy testimonies.
158I look at the faithless with disgust, because they do not keep thy commands.
159Consider how I love thy precepts! Preserve my life according to thy steadfast love.
160The sum of thy word is truth; and every one of thy righteous ordinances endures for ever.
161Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of thy words.
162I rejoice at thy word like one who finds great spoil.
163I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love thy law.
164Seven times a day I praise thee for thy righteous ordinances.
165Great peace have those who love thy law; nothing can make them stumble.
166I hope for thy salvation, O LORD, and I do thy commandments.
167My soul keeps thy testimonies; I love them exceedingly.
168I keep thy precepts and testimonies, for all my ways are before thee.
169Let my cry come before thee, O LORD; give me understanding according to thy word!
170Let my supplication come before thee; deliver me according to thy word.
171My lips will pour forth praise that thou dost teach me thy statutes.
172My tongue will sing of thy word, for all thy commandments are right.
173Let thy hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen thy precepts.
174I long for thy salvation, O LORD, and thy law is my delight.
175Let me live, that I may praise thee, and let thy ordinances help me.
176I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments.

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