Psalm 117

Praise the Lord,(A) all you nations;(B)
    extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love(C) toward us,
    and the faithfulness of the Lord(D) endures forever.

Praise the Lord.[a]


  1. Psalm 117:2 Hebrew Hallelu Yah

כ Kaph

81 My soul faints(A) with longing for your salvation,(B)
    but I have put my hope(C) in your word.
82 My eyes fail,(D) looking for your promise;(E)
    I say, “When will you comfort me?”
83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,
    I do not forget(F) your decrees.
84 How long(G) must your servant wait?
    When will you punish my persecutors?(H)
85 The arrogant(I) dig pits(J) to trap me,
    contrary to your law.
86 All your commands are trustworthy;(K)
    help me,(L) for I am being persecuted(M) without cause.(N)
87 They almost wiped me from the earth,
    but I have not forsaken(O) your precepts.
88 In your unfailing love(P) preserve my life,(Q)
    that I may obey the statutes(R) of your mouth.

ל Lamedh

89 Your word, Lord, is eternal;(S)
    it stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness(T) continues through all generations;(U)
    you established the earth, and it endures.(V)
91 Your laws endure(W) to this day,
    for all things serve you.(X)
92 If your law had not been my delight,(Y)
    I would have perished in my affliction.(Z)
93 I will never forget(AA) your precepts,
    for by them you have preserved my life.(AB)
94 Save me,(AC) for I am yours;
    I have sought out your precepts.(AD)
95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me,(AE)
    but I will ponder your statutes.(AF)
96 To all perfection I see a limit,
    but your commands are boundless.(AG)

מ Mem

97 Oh, how I love your law!(AH)
    I meditate(AI) on it all day long.
98 Your commands are always with me
    and make me wiser(AJ) than my enemies.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
    for I meditate on your statutes.(AK)
100 I have more understanding than the elders,
    for I obey your precepts.(AL)
101 I have kept my feet(AM) from every evil path
    so that I might obey your word.(AN)
102 I have not departed from your laws,(AO)
    for you yourself have taught(AP) me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey(AQ) to my mouth!(AR)
104 I gain understanding(AS) from your precepts;
    therefore I hate every wrong path.(AT)

נ Nun

105 Your word is a lamp(AU) for my feet,
    a light(AV) on my path.
106 I have taken an oath(AW) and confirmed it,
    that I will follow your righteous laws.(AX)
107 I have suffered much;
    preserve my life,(AY) Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,(AZ)
    and teach me your laws.(BA)
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,(BB)
    I will not forget(BC) your law.
110 The wicked have set a snare(BD) for me,
    but I have not strayed(BE) from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
    they are the joy of my heart.(BF)
112 My heart is set(BG) on keeping your decrees
    to the very end.[a](BH)

ס Samekh

113 I hate double-minded people,(BI)
    but I love your law.(BJ)
114 You are my refuge and my shield;(BK)
    I have put my hope(BL) in your word.
115 Away from me,(BM) you evildoers,
    that I may keep the commands of my God!
116 Sustain me,(BN) my God, according to your promise,(BO) and I will live;
    do not let my hopes be dashed.(BP)
117 Uphold me,(BQ) and I will be delivered;(BR)
    I will always have regard for your decrees.(BS)
118 You reject all who stray(BT) from your decrees,
    for their delusions come to nothing.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross;(BU)
    therefore I love your statutes.(BV)
120 My flesh trembles(BW) in fear of you;(BX)
    I stand in awe(BY) of your laws.

ע Ayin

121 I have done what is righteous and just;(BZ)
    do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Ensure your servant’s well-being;(CA)
    do not let the arrogant oppress me.(CB)
123 My eyes fail,(CC) looking for your salvation,(CD)
    looking for your righteous promise.(CE)
124 Deal with your servant according to your love(CF)
    and teach me your decrees.(CG)
125 I am your servant;(CH) give me discernment
    that I may understand your statutes.(CI)
126 It is time for you to act, Lord;
    your law is being broken.(CJ)
127 Because I love your commands(CK)
    more than gold,(CL) more than pure gold,(CM)
128 and because I consider all your precepts right,(CN)
    I hate every wrong path.(CO)

פ Pe

129 Your statutes are wonderful;(CP)
    therefore I obey them.(CQ)
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;(CR)
    it gives understanding to the simple.(CS)
131 I open my mouth and pant,(CT)
    longing for your commands.(CU)
132 Turn to me(CV) and have mercy(CW) on me,
    as you always do to those who love your name.(CX)
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;(CY)
    let no sin rule(CZ) over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,(DA)
    that I may obey your precepts.(DB)
135 Make your face shine(DC) on your servant
    and teach me your decrees.(DD)
136 Streams of tears(DE) flow from my eyes,
    for your law is not obeyed.(DF)

צ Tsadhe

137 You are righteous,(DG) Lord,
    and your laws are right.(DH)
138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;(DI)
    they are fully trustworthy.(DJ)
139 My zeal wears me out,(DK)
    for my enemies ignore your words.
140 Your promises(DL) have been thoroughly tested,(DM)
    and your servant loves them.(DN)
141 Though I am lowly and despised,(DO)
    I do not forget your precepts.(DP)
142 Your righteousness is everlasting
    and your law is true.(DQ)
143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,
    but your commands give me delight.(DR)
144 Your statutes are always righteous;
    give me understanding(DS) that I may live.

ק Qoph

145 I call with all my heart;(DT) answer me, Lord,
    and I will obey your decrees.(DU)
146 I call out to you; save me(DV)
    and I will keep your statutes.
147 I rise before dawn(DW) and cry for help;
    I have put my hope in your word.
148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,(DX)
    that I may meditate on your promises.
149 Hear my voice(DY) in accordance with your love;(DZ)
    preserve my life,(EA) Lord, according to your laws.
150 Those who devise wicked schemes(EB) are near,
    but they are far from your law.
151 Yet you are near,(EC) Lord,
    and all your commands are true.(ED)
152 Long ago I learned from your statutes(EE)
    that you established them to last forever.(EF)

ר Resh

153 Look on my suffering(EG) and deliver me,(EH)
    for I have not forgotten(EI) your law.
154 Defend my cause(EJ) and redeem me;(EK)
    preserve my life(EL) according to your promise.(EM)
155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
    for they do not seek out(EN) your decrees.
156 Your compassion, Lord, is great;(EO)
    preserve my life(EP) according to your laws.(EQ)
157 Many are the foes who persecute me,(ER)
    but I have not turned(ES) from your statutes.
158 I look on the faithless with loathing,(ET)
    for they do not obey your word.(EU)
159 See how I love your precepts;
    preserve my life,(EV) Lord, in accordance with your love.
160 All your words are true;
    all your righteous laws are eternal.(EW)

ש Sin and Shin

161 Rulers persecute me(EX) without cause,
    but my heart trembles(EY) at your word.
162 I rejoice(EZ) in your promise
    like one who finds great spoil.(FA)
163 I hate and detest(FB) falsehood
    but I love your law.(FC)
164 Seven times a day I praise you
    for your righteous laws.(FD)
165 Great peace(FE) have those who love your law,
    and nothing can make them stumble.(FF)
166 I wait for your salvation,(FG) Lord,
    and I follow your commands.
167 I obey your statutes,
    for I love them(FH) greatly.
168 I obey your precepts(FI) and your statutes,(FJ)
    for all my ways are known(FK) to you.

ת Taw

169 May my cry come(FL) before you, Lord;
    give me understanding(FM) according to your word.(FN)
170 May my supplication come(FO) before you;
    deliver me(FP) according to your promise.(FQ)
171 May my lips overflow with praise,(FR)
    for you teach me(FS) your decrees.
172 May my tongue sing(FT) of your word,
    for all your commands are righteous.(FU)
173 May your hand be ready to help(FV) me,
    for I have chosen(FW) your precepts.
174 I long for your salvation,(FX) Lord,
    and your law gives me delight.(FY)
175 Let me live(FZ) that I may praise you,
    and may your laws sustain me.
176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.(GA)
    Seek your servant,
    for I have not forgotten(GB) your commands.

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  1. Psalm 119:112 Or decrees / for their enduring reward

The elder,(A)

To the lady chosen by God(B) and to her children, whom I love in the truth(C)—and not I only, but also all who know the truth(D) because of the truth,(E) which lives in us(F) and will be with us forever:

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ,(G) the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth,(H) just as the Father commanded us. And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning.(I) I ask that we love one another. And this is love:(J) that we walk in obedience to his commands.(K) As you have heard from the beginning,(L) his command is that you walk in love.

I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ(M) as coming in the flesh,(N) have gone out into the world.(O) Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.(P) Watch out that you do not lose what we[a] have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.(Q) Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ(R) does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.(S) 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.(T) 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares(U) in their wicked work.

12 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face,(V) so that our joy may be complete.(W)

13 The children of your sister, who is chosen by God,(X) send their greetings.


  1. 2 John 1:8 Some manuscripts you

The elder,(A)

To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy when some believers(B) came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.(C) I have no greater joy than to hear that my children(D) are walking in the truth.(E)

Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters,[a](F) even though they are strangers to you.(G) They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way(H) in a manner that honors(I) God. It was for the sake of the Name(J) that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans.(K) We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.

I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. 10 So when I come,(L) I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers.(M) He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.(N)

11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.(O) Anyone who does what is good is from God.(P) Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.(Q) 12 Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone(R)—and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.(S)

13 I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.(T)

15 Peace to you.(U) The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.(V)


  1. 3 John 1:5 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family.

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