New International Version
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 The heavens(A) declare(B) the glory of God;(C)
the skies(D) proclaim the work of his hands.(E)
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.(F)
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.(G)
In the heavens God has pitched a tent(H) for the sun.(I)
5 It is like a bridegroom(J) coming out of his chamber,(K)
like a champion(L) rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens(M)
and makes its circuit to the other;(N)
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
7 The law of the Lord(O) is perfect,(P)
refreshing the soul.(Q)
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,(R)
making wise the simple.(S)
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,(T)
giving joy(U) to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.(V)
9 The fear of the Lord(W) is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.(X)
10 They are more precious than gold,(Y)
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,(Z)
than honey from the honeycomb.(AA)
11 By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.(AB)
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;(AC)
may they not rule over me.(AD)
Then I will be blameless,(AE)
innocent of great transgression.
New International Version
1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,(A)
who walk(B) according to the law of the Lord.(C)
2 Blessed(D) are those who keep his statutes(E)
and seek him(F) with all their heart—(G)
3 they do no wrong(H)
but follow his ways.(I)
4 You have laid down precepts(J)
that are to be fully obeyed.(K)
5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!(L)
6 Then I would not be put to shame(M)
when I consider all your commands.(N)
7 I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.(O)
8 I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.(P)
9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?(Q)
By living according to your word.(R)
10 I seek you with all my heart;(S)
do not let me stray from your commands.(T)
11 I have hidden your word in my heart(U)
that I might not sin(V) against you.
12 Praise be(W) to you, Lord;
teach me(X) your decrees.(Y)
13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.(Z)
14 I rejoice in following your statutes(AA)
as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts(AB)
and consider your ways.
16 I delight(AC) in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
17 Be good to your servant(AD) while I live,
that I may obey your word.(AE)
18 Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.
19 I am a stranger on earth;(AF)
do not hide your commands from me.
20 My soul is consumed(AG) with longing
for your laws(AH) at all times.
21 You rebuke the arrogant,(AI) who are accursed,(AJ)
those who stray(AK) from your commands.
22 Remove from me their scorn(AL) and contempt,
for I keep your statutes.(AM)
23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,
your servant will meditate on your decrees.
24 Your statutes are my delight;
they are my counselors.
25 I am laid low in the dust;(AN)
preserve my life(AO) according to your word.(AP)
26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;
teach me your decrees.(AQ)
27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,
that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.(AR)
28 My soul is weary with sorrow;(AS)
strengthen me(AT) according to your word.(AU)
29 Keep me from deceitful ways;(AV)
be gracious to me(AW) and teach me your law.
30 I have chosen(AX) the way of faithfulness;(AY)
I have set my heart(AZ) on your laws.
31 I hold fast(BA) to your statutes, Lord;
do not let me be put to shame.
32 I run in the path of your commands,
for you have broadened my understanding.
33 Teach me,(BB) Lord, the way of your decrees,
that I may follow it to the end.[b]
34 Give me understanding,(BC) so that I may keep your law(BD)
and obey it with all my heart.(BE)
35 Direct me(BF) in the path of your commands,(BG)
for there I find delight.(BH)
36 Turn my heart(BI) toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.(BJ)
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life(BK) according to your word.[c](BL)
38 Fulfill your promise(BM) to your servant,
so that you may be feared.
39 Take away the disgrace(BN) I dread,
for your laws are good.
40 How I long(BO) for your precepts!
In your righteousness preserve my life.(BP)
41 May your unfailing love(BQ) come to me, Lord,
your salvation, according to your promise;(BR)
42 then I can answer(BS) anyone who taunts me,(BT)
for I trust in your word.
43 Never take your word of truth from my mouth,(BU)
for I have put my hope(BV) in your laws.
44 I will always obey your law,(BW)
for ever and ever.
45 I will walk about in freedom,
for I have sought out your precepts.(BX)
46 I will speak of your statutes before kings(BY)
and will not be put to shame,(BZ)
47 for I delight(CA) in your commands
because I love them.(CB)
48 I reach out for your commands, which I love,
that I may meditate(CC) on your decrees.
49 Remember your word(CD) to your servant,
for you have given me hope.(CE)
50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.(CF)
51 The arrogant mock me(CG) unmercifully,
but I do not turn(CH) from your law.
52 I remember,(CI) Lord, your ancient laws,
and I find comfort in them.
53 Indignation grips me(CJ) because of the wicked,
who have forsaken your law.(CK)
54 Your decrees are the theme of my song(CL)
wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, Lord, I remember(CM) your name,
that I may keep your law.(CN)
56 This has been my practice:
I obey your precepts.(CO)
57 You are my portion,(CP) Lord;
I have promised to obey your words.(CQ)
58 I have sought(CR) your face with all my heart;
be gracious to me(CS) according to your promise.(CT)
59 I have considered my ways(CU)
and have turned my steps to your statutes.
60 I will hasten and not delay
to obey your commands.(CV)
61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
I will not forget(CW) your law.
62 At midnight(CX) I rise to give you thanks
for your righteous laws.(CY)
63 I am a friend to all who fear you,(CZ)
to all who follow your precepts.(DA)
64 The earth is filled with your love,(DB) Lord;
teach me your decrees.(DC)
65 Do good(DD) to your servant
according to your word,(DE) Lord.
66 Teach me knowledge(DF) and good judgment,
for I trust your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted(DG) I went astray,(DH)
but now I obey your word.(DI)
68 You are good,(DJ) and what you do is good;
teach me your decrees.(DK)
69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,(DL)
I keep your precepts with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are callous(DM) and unfeeling,
but I delight in your law.
71 It was good for me to be afflicted(DN)
so that I might learn your decrees.
72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me
than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.(DO)
73 Your hands made me(DP) and formed me;
give me understanding to learn your commands.
74 May those who fear you rejoice(DQ) when they see me,
for I have put my hope in your word.(DR)
75 I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous,(DS)
and that in faithfulness(DT) you have afflicted me.
76 May your unfailing love(DU) be my comfort,
according to your promise(DV) to your servant.
77 Let your compassion(DW) come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.(DX)
78 May the arrogant(DY) be put to shame for wronging me without cause;(DZ)
but I will meditate on your precepts.
79 May those who fear you turn to me,
those who understand your statutes.(EA)
80 May I wholeheartedly follow(EB) your decrees,(EC)
that I may not be put to shame.(ED)
81 My soul faints(EE) with longing for your salvation,(EF)
but I have put my hope(EG) in your word.
82 My eyes fail,(EH) looking for your promise;(EI)
I say, “When will you comfort me?”
83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,
I do not forget(EJ) your decrees.
84 How long(EK) must your servant wait?
When will you punish my persecutors?(EL)
85 The arrogant(EM) dig pits(EN) to trap me,
contrary to your law.
86 All your commands are trustworthy;(EO)
help me,(EP) for I am being persecuted(EQ) without cause.(ER)
87 They almost wiped me from the earth,
but I have not forsaken(ES) your precepts.
88 In your unfailing love(ET) preserve my life,(EU)
that I may obey the statutes(EV) of your mouth.
89 Your word, Lord, is eternal;(EW)
it stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness(EX) continues through all generations;(EY)
you established the earth, and it endures.(EZ)
91 Your laws endure(FA) to this day,
for all things serve you.(FB)
92 If your law had not been my delight,(FC)
I would have perished in my affliction.(FD)
93 I will never forget(FE) your precepts,
for by them you have preserved my life.(FF)
94 Save me,(FG) for I am yours;
I have sought out your precepts.(FH)
95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me,(FI)
but I will ponder your statutes.(FJ)
96 To all perfection I see a limit,
but your commands are boundless.(FK)
97 Oh, how I love your law!(FL)
I meditate(FM) on it all day long.
98 Your commands are always with me
and make me wiser(FN) than my enemies.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.(FO)
100 I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.(FP)
101 I have kept my feet(FQ) from every evil path
so that I might obey your word.(FR)
102 I have not departed from your laws,(FS)
for you yourself have taught(FT) me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey(FU) to my mouth!(FV)
104 I gain understanding(FW) from your precepts;
therefore I hate every wrong path.(FX)
105 Your word is a lamp(FY) for my feet,
a light(FZ) on my path.
106 I have taken an oath(GA) and confirmed it,
that I will follow your righteous laws.(GB)
107 I have suffered much;
preserve my life,(GC) Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,(GD)
and teach me your laws.(GE)
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,(GF)
I will not forget(GG) your law.
110 The wicked have set a snare(GH) for me,
but I have not strayed(GI) from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.(GJ)
112 My heart is set(GK) on keeping your decrees
to the very end.[d](GL)
113 I hate double-minded people,(GM)
but I love your law.(GN)
114 You are my refuge and my shield;(GO)
I have put my hope(GP) in your word.
115 Away from me,(GQ) you evildoers,
that I may keep the commands of my God!
116 Sustain me,(GR) my God, according to your promise,(GS) and I will live;
do not let my hopes be dashed.(GT)
117 Uphold me,(GU) and I will be delivered;(GV)
I will always have regard for your decrees.(GW)
118 You reject all who stray(GX) from your decrees,
for their delusions come to nothing.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross;(GY)
therefore I love your statutes.(GZ)
120 My flesh trembles(HA) in fear of you;(HB)
I stand in awe(HC) of your laws.
121 I have done what is righteous and just;(HD)
do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Ensure your servant’s well-being;(HE)
do not let the arrogant oppress me.(HF)
123 My eyes fail,(HG) looking for your salvation,(HH)
looking for your righteous promise.(HI)
124 Deal with your servant according to your love(HJ)
and teach me your decrees.(HK)
125 I am your servant;(HL) give me discernment
that I may understand your statutes.(HM)
126 It is time for you to act, Lord;
your law is being broken.(HN)
127 Because I love your commands(HO)
more than gold,(HP) more than pure gold,(HQ)
128 and because I consider all your precepts right,(HR)
I hate every wrong path.(HS)
129 Your statutes are wonderful;(HT)
therefore I obey them.(HU)
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;(HV)
it gives understanding to the simple.(HW)
131 I open my mouth and pant,(HX)
longing for your commands.(HY)
132 Turn to me(HZ) and have mercy(IA) on me,
as you always do to those who love your name.(IB)
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;(IC)
let no sin rule(ID) over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,(IE)
that I may obey your precepts.(IF)
135 Make your face shine(IG) on your servant
and teach me your decrees.(IH)
136 Streams of tears(II) flow from my eyes,
for your law is not obeyed.(IJ)
137 You are righteous,(IK) Lord,
and your laws are right.(IL)
138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;(IM)
they are fully trustworthy.(IN)
139 My zeal wears me out,(IO)
for my enemies ignore your words.
140 Your promises(IP) have been thoroughly tested,(IQ)
and your servant loves them.(IR)
141 Though I am lowly and despised,(IS)
I do not forget your precepts.(IT)
142 Your righteousness is everlasting
and your law is true.(IU)
143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,
but your commands give me delight.(IV)
144 Your statutes are always righteous;
give me understanding(IW) that I may live.
145 I call with all my heart;(IX) answer me, Lord,
and I will obey your decrees.(IY)
146 I call out to you; save me(IZ)
and I will keep your statutes.
147 I rise before dawn(JA) and cry for help;
I have put my hope in your word.
148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,(JB)
that I may meditate on your promises.
149 Hear my voice(JC) in accordance with your love;(JD)
preserve my life,(JE) Lord, according to your laws.
150 Those who devise wicked schemes(JF) are near,
but they are far from your law.
151 Yet you are near,(JG) Lord,
and all your commands are true.(JH)
152 Long ago I learned from your statutes(JI)
that you established them to last forever.(JJ)
153 Look on my suffering(JK) and deliver me,(JL)
for I have not forgotten(JM) your law.
154 Defend my cause(JN) and redeem me;(JO)
preserve my life(JP) according to your promise.(JQ)
155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
for they do not seek out(JR) your decrees.
156 Your compassion, Lord, is great;(JS)
preserve my life(JT) according to your laws.(JU)
157 Many are the foes who persecute me,(JV)
but I have not turned(JW) from your statutes.
158 I look on the faithless with loathing,(JX)
for they do not obey your word.(JY)
159 See how I love your precepts;
preserve my life,(JZ) Lord, in accordance with your love.
160 All your words are true;
all your righteous laws are eternal.(KA)
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161 Rulers persecute me(KB) without cause,
but my heart trembles(KC) at your word.
162 I rejoice(KD) in your promise
like one who finds great spoil.(KE)
163 I hate and detest(KF) falsehood
but I love your law.(KG)
164 Seven times a day I praise you
for your righteous laws.(KH)
165 Great peace(KI) have those who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.(KJ)
166 I wait for your salvation,(KK) Lord,
and I follow your commands.
167 I obey your statutes,
for I love them(KL) greatly.
168 I obey your precepts(KM) and your statutes,(KN)
for all my ways are known(KO) to you.
169 May my cry come(KP) before you, Lord;
give me understanding(KQ) according to your word.(KR)
170 May my supplication come(KS) before you;
deliver me(KT) according to your promise.(KU)
171 May my lips overflow with praise,(KV)
for you teach me(KW) your decrees.
172 May my tongue sing(KX) of your word,
for all your commands are righteous.(KY)
173 May your hand be ready to help(KZ) me,
for I have chosen(LA) your precepts.
174 I long for your salvation,(LB) Lord,
and your law gives me delight.(LC)
175 Let me live(LD) that I may praise you,
and may your laws sustain me.
176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.(LE)
Seek your servant,
for I have not forgotten(LF) your commands.
- Psalm 119:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet; moreover, the verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
- Psalm 119:33 Or follow it for its reward
- Psalm 119:37 Two manuscripts of the Masoretic Text and Dead Sea Scrolls; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text life in your way
- Psalm 119:112 Or decrees / for their enduring reward