Passage: Psalms 119:97-130 (RSV)

Psalms 119

A Song of Ascents.

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.

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