Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet

Aleph

119 [a] Blessed are those whose (A)way is blameless,
    who (B)walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who (C)keep his (D)testimonies,
    who (E)seek him with their whole heart,
who also (F)do no wrong,
    but walk in his ways!
You have commanded your (G)precepts
    to be kept diligently.
Oh that my ways may (H)be steadfast
    in keeping your statutes!
(I)Then I shall not be put to shame,
    having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
I will praise you with an upright heart,
    when I learn (J)your righteous rules.[b]
I will keep your statutes;
    (K)do not utterly forsake me!

Beth

How can (L)a young man keep his way pure?
    By guarding it according to your word.
10 (M)With my whole heart I seek you;
    let me not (N)wander from your commandments!
11 I have (O)stored up your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord;
    (P)teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I (Q)declare
    all the rules[c] of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I (R)delight
    as much as in all (S)riches.
15 I will (T)meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your (U)ways.
16 I will (V)delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.

Gimel

17 (W)Deal bountifully with your servant,
    (X)that I may live and keep your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
    wondrous things out of your law.
19 I am (Y)a sojourner on the earth;
    (Z)hide not your commandments from me!
20 My soul is consumed with (AA)longing
    for your rules[d] at all times.
21 You rebuke (AB)the insolent, (AC)accursed ones,
    who (AD)wander from your commandments.
22 Take away from me (AE)scorn and contempt,
    (AF)for I have kept your testimonies.
23 Even though (AG)princes sit plotting against me,
    your servant will (AH)meditate on your statutes.
24 Your testimonies are my (AI)delight;
    they are my (AJ)counselors.

Daleth

25 (AK)My soul clings to the dust;
    (AL)give me life (AM)according to your word!
26 When (AN)I told of my ways, you answered me;
    (AO)teach me your statutes!
27 (AP)Make me understand the way of your precepts,
    and I will (AQ)meditate on your wondrous works.
28 (AR)My soul melts away for sorrow;
    strengthen me according to your word!
29 Put false ways far from me
    and graciously (AS)teach me your law!
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
    I (AT)set your rules before me.
31 I cling to your testimonies, O Lord;
    (AU)let me not be put to shame!
32 I will run in the way of your commandments
    when you (AV)enlarge my heart![e]

He

33 (AW)Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
    and I will keep it (AX)to the end.[f]
34 (AY)Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
    and observe it with my whole heart.
35 (AZ)Lead me in the path of your commandments,
    for I (BA)delight in it.
36 (BB)Incline my heart to your testimonies,
    and not to (BC)selfish gain!
37 (BD)Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
    and (BE)give me life in your ways.
38 (BF)Confirm to your servant your promise,
    (BG)that you may be feared.
39 Turn away the (BH)reproach that I dread,
    for your rules are good.
40 Behold, I (BI)long for your precepts;
    (BJ)in your righteousness give me life!

Waw

41 Let your (BK)steadfast love come to me, O Lord,
    your salvation (BL)according to your promise;
42 then (BM)shall I have an answer for him (BN)who taunts me,
    for I trust in your word.
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
    for my (BO)hope is in your rules.
44 I will keep your law continually,
    forever and ever,
45 and I shall walk (BP)in a wide place,
    for I have (BQ)sought your precepts.
46 I will also speak of your testimonies (BR)before kings
    and shall not be put to shame,
47 for I (BS)find my delight in your commandments,
    which I love.
48 I will (BT)lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,
    and I will (BU)meditate on your statutes.

Zayin

49 Remember (BV)your word to your servant,
    in which you have made me (BW)hope.
50 This is (BX)my comfort in my affliction,
    that your promise (BY)gives me life.
51 (BZ)The insolent utterly deride me,
    but I do not (CA)turn away from your law.
52 When I think of your rules from of old,
    I take comfort, O Lord.
53 (CB)Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
    who forsake your law.
54 Your statutes have been my songs
    in the house of my (CC)sojourning.
55 I (CD)remember your name in the night, O Lord,
    and keep your law.
56 This blessing has fallen to me,
    that (CE)I have kept your precepts.

Heth

57 (CF)The Lord is my portion;
    I promise to keep your words.
58 I (CG)entreat your favor with all my heart;
    be gracious to me (CH)according to your promise.
59 When I (CI)think on my ways,
    I turn my feet to your testimonies;
60 I hasten and do not delay
    to keep your commandments.
61 Though (CJ)the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
    I do not (CK)forget your law.
62 At (CL)midnight I rise to praise you,
    because of your (CM)righteous rules.
63 (CN)I am a companion of all who fear you,
    of those who keep your precepts.
64 (CO)The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love;
    (CP)teach me your statutes!

Teth

65 You have dealt well with your servant,
    O Lord, (CQ)according to your word.
66 Teach me (CR)good judgment and knowledge,
    for I believe in your commandments.
67 (CS)Before I was afflicted I went astray,
    but now I keep your word.
68 (CT)You are good and do good;
    (CU)teach me your statutes.
69 (CV)The insolent (CW)smear me with lies,
    but with my whole heart I (CX)keep your precepts;
70 their heart is unfeeling (CY)like fat,
    but I (CZ)delight in your law.
71 It is (DA)good for me that I was afflicted,
    that I might learn your statutes.
72 (DB)The law of your mouth is better to me
    than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Yodh

73 (DC)Your hands have made and fashioned me;
    (DD)give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
74 Those who fear you shall see me and (DE)rejoice,
    because I have (DF)hoped in your word.
75 I know, O Lord, that your rules are (DG)righteous,
    and that in (DH)faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76 Let your steadfast love comfort me
    according to your promise to your servant.
77 Let your (DI)mercy come to me, that I may live;
    for your law is my (DJ)delight.
78 Let (DK)the insolent be put to (DL)shame,
    because they have (DM)wronged me with falsehood;
    as for me, I will (DN)meditate on your precepts.
79 Let those who fear you (DO)turn to me,
    that they may know your testimonies.
80 May my heart be (DP)blameless in your statutes,
    (DQ)that I may not be put to shame!

Kaph

81 My soul (DR)longs for your salvation;
    I (DS)hope in your word.
82 My (DT)eyes long for your promise;
    I ask, (DU)“When will you comfort me?”
83 For I have (DV)become like a (DW)wineskin in the smoke,
    yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
84 (DX)How long must your servant endure?[g]
    (DY)When will you judge those who persecute me?
85 (DZ)The insolent have (EA)dug pitfalls for me;
    they do not live according to your law.
86 All your commandments are (EB)sure;
    they persecute me (EC)with falsehood; (ED)help me!
87 They have almost made an end of me on earth,
    but I have not forsaken your precepts.
88 In your steadfast love (EE)give me life,
    that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

Lamedh

89 Forever, O Lord, your (EF)word
    is firmly fixed in the heavens.
90 Your (EG)faithfulness endures to all generations;
    you have (EH)established the earth, and it (EI)stands fast.
91 By your (EJ)appointment they stand this day,
    for all things are your servants.
92 If your law had not been my (EK)delight,
    I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget your precepts,
    for by them you have (EL)given me life.
94 I am yours; save me,
    (EM)for I have sought your precepts.
95 The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
    but I consider your testimonies.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
    but your commandment is exceedingly (EN)broad.

Mem

97 Oh how (EO)I love your law!
    It is my (EP)meditation all the day.
98 Your commandment makes me (EQ)wiser than my enemies,
    for it is ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
    for (ER)your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than (ES)the aged,[h]
    for I (ET)keep your precepts.
101 I (EU)hold back my feet from every evil way,
    in order to keep your word.
102 I do not turn aside from your rules,
    for you have taught me.
103 How (EV)sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through your precepts I get understanding;
    therefore (EW)I hate every false way.

Nun

105 (EX)Your word is a lamp to my feet
    and a light to my path.
106 I have (EY)sworn an oath and confirmed it,
    to keep your (EZ)righteous rules.
107 I am severely (FA)afflicted;
    (FB)give me life, O Lord, according to your word!
108 Accept (FC)my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord,
    and (FD)teach me your rules.
109 I hold my life (FE)in my hand continually,
    but I do not (FF)forget your law.
110 The wicked have laid (FG)a snare for me,
    but (FH)I do not stray from your precepts.
111 Your testimonies are (FI)my heritage forever,
    for they are (FJ)the joy of my heart.
112 I (FK)incline my heart to perform your statutes
    forever, (FL)to the end.[i]

Samekh

113 I hate (FM)the double-minded,
    but I love (FN)your law.
114 You are my (FO)hiding place and my (FP)shield;
    I (FQ)hope in your word.
115 (FR)Depart from me, you evildoers,
    that I may (FS)keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me (FT)according to your promise, that I may live,
    and let me not be (FU)put to shame in my (FV)hope!
117 (FW)Hold me up, that I may be safe
    and have regard for your statutes continually!
118 You (FX)spurn all who (FY)go astray from your statutes,
    for their cunning is in vain.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like (FZ)dross,
    therefore (GA)I love your testimonies.
120 My flesh (GB)trembles for fear of you,
    and I am afraid of your judgments.

Ayin

121 I have done what is just and right;
    do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Give your servant (GC)a pledge of good;
    let not (GD)the insolent oppress me.
123 My (GE)eyes long for your salvation
    and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,
    and (GF)teach me your statutes.
125 I am your (GG)servant; (GH)give me understanding,
    that I may know your testimonies!
126 It is time for the Lord to act,
    for your law has been broken.
127 Therefore I (GI)love your commandments
    above gold, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;
    I hate every (GJ)false way.

Pe

129 Your testimonies are (GK)wonderful;
    therefore my soul (GL)keeps them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it imparts (GM)understanding to the simple.
131 I (GN)open my mouth and (GO)pant,
    because I (GP)long for your commandments.
132 (GQ)Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    as is your way with those who love your name.
133 (GR)Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
    and let no iniquity (GS)get dominion over me.
134 (GT)Redeem me from man's oppression,
    that I may keep your precepts.
135 (GU)Make your face shine upon your servant,
    and (GV)teach me your statutes.
136 My eyes (GW)shed streams of tears,
    because people (GX)do not keep your law.

Tsadhe

137 (GY)Righteous are you, O Lord,
    and right are your rules.
138 You have appointed your testimonies in (GZ)righteousness
    and in all (HA)faithfulness.
139 My (HB)zeal consumes me,
    because my foes forget your words.
140 Your promise is well (HC)tried,
    and your servant (HD)loves it.
141 I am small and despised,
    yet I do not (HE)forget your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is righteous forever,
    and your law is (HF)true.
143 Trouble and anguish have found me out,
    but your commandments are my (HG)delight.
144 Your testimonies are righteous forever;
    (HH)give me understanding that I may (HI)live.

Qoph

145 With my (HJ)whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord!
    I will (HK)keep your statutes.
146 I call to you; save me,
    that I may observe your testimonies.
147 I rise before (HL)dawn and cry for help;
    I (HM)hope in your words.
148 My eyes are awake before (HN)the watches of the night,
    that I may meditate on your promise.
149 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;
    O Lord, (HO)according to your justice (HP)give me life.
150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;
    they are far from your law.
151 But (HQ)you are near, O Lord,
    and all your commandments are (HR)true.
152 Long have I known from your testimonies
    that you have (HS)founded them forever.

Resh

153 Look on my (HT)affliction and deliver me,
    for (HU)I do not forget your law.
154 (HV)Plead my cause and redeem me;
    (HW)give me life according to your promise!
155 (HX)Salvation is far from the wicked,
    (HY)for they do not seek your statutes.
156 (HZ)Great is your mercy, O Lord;
    (IA)give me life according to your rules.
157 (IB)Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
    but I do not (IC)swerve from your testimonies.
158 I look at (ID)the faithless with (IE)disgust,
    because they do not keep your commands.
159 Consider how I (IF)love your precepts!
    (IG)Give me life according to your steadfast love.
160 (IH)The sum of your word is (II)truth,
    and every one of your (IJ)righteous rules endures forever.

Sin and Shin

161 (IK)Princes persecute me (IL)without cause,
    but my heart (IM)stands in awe of your words.
162 I (IN)rejoice at your word
    like one who (IO)finds great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood,
    but I love (IP)your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
    for your (IQ)righteous rules.
165 Great (IR)peace have those who love your law;
    (IS)nothing can make them stumble.
166 I (IT)hope for your salvation, O Lord,
    and I do your commandments.
167 My soul keeps your testimonies;
    I (IU)love them exceedingly.
168 I keep your precepts and testimonies,
    (IV)for all my ways are before you.

Taw

169 Let my (IW)cry come before you, O Lord;
    (IX)give me understanding (IY)according to your word!
170 Let my plea come before you;
    (IZ)deliver me according to your word.
171 My lips will (JA)pour forth praise,
    for you (JB)teach me your statutes.
172 My tongue will sing of your word,
    for (JC)all your commandments are right.
173 Let your hand be ready to help me,
    for I have (JD)chosen your precepts.
174 I (JE)long for your salvation, O Lord,
    and your law is my (JF)delight.
175 Let my soul live and praise you,
    and let your rules help me.
176 I have (JG)gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
    for I do not (JH)forget your commandments.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 119:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem of twenty-two stanzas, following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet; within a stanza, each verse begins with the same Hebrew letter
  2. Psalm 119:7 Or your just and righteous decrees; also verses 62, 106, 160, 164
  3. Psalm 119:13 Or all the just decrees
  4. Psalm 119:20 Or your just decrees; also verses 30, 39, 43, 52, 75, 102, 108, 137, 156, 175
  5. Psalm 119:32 Or for you set my heart free
  6. Psalm 119:33 Or keep it as my reward
  7. Psalm 119:84 Hebrew How many are the days of your servant?
  8. Psalm 119:100 Or the elders
  9. Psalm 119:112 Or statutes; the reward is eternal

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