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Psalm 119New Century Version (NCV)

The Word of God

119 Happy are those who live pure lives,
    who follow the Lord’s teachings.
Happy are those who keep his rules,
    who try to obey him with their whole heart.
They don’t do what is wrong;
    they follow his ways.
Lord, you gave your orders
    to be obeyed completely.
I wish I were more loyal
    in obeying your demands.
Then I would not be ashamed
    when I study your commands.
When I learned that your laws are fair,
    I praised you with an honest heart.
I will obey your demands,
    so please don’t ever leave me.

How can a young person live a pure life?
    By obeying your word.
10 With all my heart I try to obey you.
    Don’t let me break your commands.
11 I have taken your words to heart
    so I would not sin against you.
12 Lord, you should be praised.
    Teach me your demands.
13 My lips will tell about
    all the laws you have spoken.
14 I enjoy living by your rules
    as people enjoy great riches.
15 I think about your orders
    and study your ways.
16 I enjoy obeying your demands,
    and I will not forget your word.

17 Do good to me, your servant, so I can live,
    so I can obey your word.
18 Open my eyes to see
    the miracles in your teachings.
19 I am a stranger on earth.
    Do not hide your commands from me.
20 I wear myself out with desire
    for your laws all the time.
21 You scold proud people;
    those who ignore your commands are cursed.
22 Don’t let me be insulted and hated
    because I keep your rules.
23 Even if princes speak against me,
    I, your servant, will think about your demands.
24 Your rules give me pleasure;
    they give me good advice.

25 I am about to die.
    Give me life, as you have promised.
26 I told you about my life, and you answered me.
    Teach me your demands.
27 Help me understand your orders.
    Then I will think about your miracles.
28 I am sad and tired.
    Make me strong again as you have promised.
29 Don’t let me be dishonest;
    have mercy on me by helping me obey your teachings.
30 I have chosen the way of truth;
    I have obeyed your laws.
31 I hold on to your rules.
    Lord, do not let me be disgraced.
32 I will quickly obey your commands,
    because you have made me happy.

33 Lord, teach me your demands,
    and I will keep them until the end.
34 Help me understand, so I can keep your teachings,
    obeying them with all my heart.
35 Lead me in the path of your commands,
    because that makes me happy.
36 Make me want to keep your rules
    instead of wishing for riches.
37 Keep me from looking at worthless things.
    Let me live by your word.
38 Keep your promise to me, your servant,
    so you will be respected.
39 Take away the shame I fear,
    because your laws are good.
40 How I want to follow your orders.
    Give me life because of your goodness.

41 Lord, show me your love,
    and save me as you have promised.
42 I have an answer for people who insult me,
    because I trust what you say.
43 Never keep me from speaking your truth,
    because I depend on your fair laws.
44 I will obey your teachings
    forever and ever.
45 So I will live in freedom,
    because I want to follow your orders.
46 I will discuss your rules with kings
    and will not be ashamed.
47 I enjoy obeying your commands,
    which I love.
48 I praise your commands, which I love,
    and I think about your demands.

49 Remember your promise to me, your servant;
    it gives me hope.
50 When I suffer, this comforts me:
    Your promise gives me life.
51 Proud people always make fun of me,
    but I do not reject your teachings.
52 I remember your laws from long ago,
    and they comfort me, Lord.
53 I become angry with wicked people
    who do not keep your teachings.
54 I sing about your demands
    wherever I live.
55 Lord, I remember you at night,
    and I will obey your teachings.
56 This is what I do:
    I follow your orders.

57 Lord, you are my share in life;
    I have promised to obey your words.
58 I prayed to you with all my heart.
    Have mercy on me as you have promised.
59 I thought about my life,
    and I decided to follow your rules.
60 I hurried and did not wait
    to obey your commands.
61 Wicked people have tied me up,
    but I have not forgotten your teachings.
62 In the middle of the night, I get up to thank you
    because your laws are right.
63 I am a friend to everyone who fears you,
    to anyone who obeys your orders.
64 Lord, your love fills the earth.
    Teach me your demands.

65 You have done good things for your servant,
    as you have promised, Lord.
66 Teach me wisdom and knowledge
    because I trust your commands.
67 Before I suffered, I did wrong,
    but now I obey your word.
68 You are good, and you do what is good.
    Teach me your demands.
69 Proud people have made up lies about me,
    but I will follow your orders with all my heart.
70 Those people have no feelings,
    but I love your teachings.
71 It was good for me to suffer
    so I would learn your demands.
72 Your teachings are worth more to me
    than thousands of pieces of gold and silver.

73 You made me and formed me with your hands.
    Give me understanding so I can learn your commands.
74 Let those who respect you rejoice when they see me,
    because I put my hope in your word.
75 Lord, I know that your laws are right
    and that it was right for you to punish me.
76 Comfort me with your love,
    as you promised me, your servant.
77 Have mercy on me so that I may live.
    I love your teachings.
78 Make proud people ashamed because they lied about me.
    But I will think about your orders.
79 Let those who respect you return to me,
    those who know your rules.
80 Let me obey your demands perfectly
    so I will not be ashamed.

81 I am weak from waiting for you to save me,
    but I hope in your word.
82 My eyes are tired from looking for your promise.
    When will you comfort me?
83 Even though I am like a wine bag going up in smoke,
    I do not forget your demands.
84 How long will I live?
    When will you judge those who are hurting me?
85 Proud people have dug pits to trap me.
    They have nothing to do with your teachings.
86 All of your commands can be trusted.
    Liars are hurting me. Help me!
87 They have almost put me in the grave,
    but I have not rejected your orders.
88 Give me life by your love
    so I can obey your rules.

89 Lord, your word is everlasting;
    it continues forever in heaven.
90 Your loyalty will go on and on;
    you made the earth, and it still stands.
91 All things continue to this day because of your laws,
    because all things serve you.
92 If I had not loved your teachings,
    I would have died from my sufferings.
93 I will never forget your orders,
    because you have given me life by them.
94 I am yours. Save me.
    I want to obey your orders.
95 Wicked people are waiting to destroy me,
    but I will think about your rules.
96 Everything I see has its limits,
    but your commands have none.

97 How I love your teachings!
    I think about them all day long.
98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies,
    because they are mine forever.
99 I am wiser than all my teachers,
    because I think about your rules.
100 I have more understanding than the elders,
    because I follow your orders.
101 I have avoided every evil way
    so I could obey your word.
102 I haven’t walked away from your laws,
    because you yourself are my teacher.
103 Your promises are sweet to me,
    sweeter than honey in my mouth!
104 Your orders give me understanding,
    so I hate lying ways.

105 Your word is like a lamp for my feet
    and a light for my path.
106 I will do what I have promised
    and obey your fair laws.
107 I have suffered for a long time.
    Lord, give me life by your word.
108 Lord, accept my willing praise
    and teach me your laws.
109 My life is always in danger,
    but I haven’t forgotten your teachings.
110 Wicked people have set a trap for me,
    but I haven’t strayed from your orders.
111 I will follow your rules forever,
    because they make me happy.
112 I will try to do what you demand
    forever, until the end.
113 I hate disloyal people,
    but I love your teachings.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield;
    I hope in your word.
115 Get away from me, you who do evil,
    so I can keep my God’s commands.
116 Support me as you promised so I can live.
    Don’t let me be embarrassed because of my hopes.
117 Help me, and I will be saved.
    I will always respect your demands.
118 You reject those who ignore your demands,
    because their lies mislead them.
119 You throw away the wicked of the world like trash.
    So I will love your rules.
120 I shake in fear of you;
    I respect your laws.

121 I have done what is fair and right.
    Don’t leave me to those who wrong me.
122 Promise that you will help me, your servant.
    Don’t let proud people wrong me.
123 My eyes are tired from looking for your salvation
    and for your good promise.
124 Show your love to me, your servant,
    and teach me your demands.
125 I am your servant. Give me wisdom
    so I can understand your rules.
126 Lord, it is time for you to do something,
    because people have disobeyed your teachings.
127 I love your commands
    more than the purest gold.
128 I respect all your orders,
    so I hate lying ways.

129 Your rules are wonderful.
    That is why I keep them.
130 Learning your words gives wisdom
    and understanding for the foolish.
131 I am nearly out of breath.
    I really want to learn your commands.
132 Look at me and have mercy on me
    as you do for those who love you.
133 Guide my steps as you promised;
    don’t let any sin control me.
134 Save me from harmful people
    so I can obey your orders.
135 Show your kindness to me, your servant.
    Teach me your demands.
136 Tears stream from my eyes,
    because people do not obey your teachings.

137 Lord, you do what is right,
    and your laws are fair.
138 The rules you commanded are right
    and completely trustworthy.
139 I am so upset I am worn out,
    because my enemies have forgotten your words.
140 Your promises are proven,
    so I, your servant, love them.
141 I am unimportant and hated,
    but I have not forgotten your orders.
142 Your goodness continues forever,
    and your teachings are true.
143 I have had troubles and misery,
    but I love your commands.
144 Your rules are always good.
    Help me understand so I can live.

145 Lord, I call to you with all my heart.
    Answer me, and I will keep your demands.
146 I call to you.
    Save me so I can obey your rules.
147 I wake up early in the morning and cry out.
    I hope in your word.
148 I stay awake all night
    so I can think about your promises.
149 Listen to me because of your love;
    Lord, give me life by your laws.
150 Those who love evil are near,
    but they are far from your teachings.
151 But, Lord, you are also near,
    and all your commands are true.
152 Long ago I learned from your rules
    that you made them to continue forever.

153 See my suffering and rescue me,
    because I have not forgotten your teachings.
154 Argue my case and save me.
    Let me live by your promises.
155 Wicked people are far from being saved,
    because they do not want your demands.
156 Lord, you are very kind;
    give me life by your laws.
157 Many enemies are after me,
    but I have not rejected your rules.
158 I see those traitors, and I hate them,
    because they do not obey what you say.
159 See how I love your orders.
    Lord, give me life by your love.
160 Your words are true from the start,
    and all your laws will be fair forever.

161 Leaders attack me for no reason,
    but I fear your law in my heart.
162 I am as happy over your promises
    as if I had found a great treasure.
163 I hate and despise lies,
    but I love your teachings.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
    for your fair laws.
165 Those who love your teachings will find true peace,
    and nothing will defeat them.
166 I am waiting for you to save me, Lord.
    I will obey your commands.
167 I obey your rules,
    and I love them very much.
168 I obey your orders and rules,
    because you know everything I do.

169 Hear my cry to you, Lord.
    Let your word help me understand.
170 Listen to my prayer;
    save me as you promised.
171 Let me speak your praise,
    because you have taught me your demands.
172 Let me sing about your promises,
    because all your commands are fair.
173 Give me your helping hand,
    because I have chosen your commands.
174 I want you to save me, Lord.
    I love your teachings.
175 Let me live so I can praise you,
    and let your laws help me.
176 I have wandered like a lost sheep.
    Look for your servant, because I have not forgotten your commands.

New Century Version (NCV)

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Psalm 119New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 119[a]

א Aleph

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
    who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes
    and seek him with all their heart—
they do no wrong
    but follow his ways.
You have laid down precepts
    that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
    in obeying your decrees!
Then I would not be put to shame
    when I consider all your commands.
I will praise you with an upright heart
    as I learn your righteous laws.
I will obey your decrees;
    do not utterly forsake me.

ב Beth

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
    teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
    all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
    as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
    and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
    I will not neglect your word.

ג Gimel

17 Be good to your servant while I live,
    that I may obey your word.
18 Open my eyes that I may see
    wonderful things in your law.
19 I am a stranger on earth;
    do not hide your commands from me.
20 My soul is consumed with longing
    for your laws at all times.
21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed,
    those who stray from your commands.
22 Remove from me their scorn and contempt,
    for I keep your statutes.
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.

ד Daleth

25 I am laid low in the dust;
    preserve my life according to your word.
26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;
    teach me your decrees.
27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,
    that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.
28 My soul is weary with sorrow;
    strengthen me according to your word.
29 Keep me from deceitful ways;
    be gracious to me and teach me your law.
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
    I have set my heart on your laws.
31 I hold fast 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.

ה He

33 Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
    that I may follow it to the end.[b]
34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law
    and obey it with all my heart.
35 Direct me in the path of your commands,
    for there I find delight.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
    and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
    preserve my life according to your word.[c]
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
    so that you may be feared.
39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
    for your laws are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!
    In your righteousness preserve my life.

ו Waw

41 May your unfailing love come to me, Lord,
    your salvation, according to your promise;
42 then I can answer anyone who taunts me,
    for I trust in your word.
43 Never take your word of truth from my mouth,
    for I have put my hope in your laws.
44 I will always obey your law,
    for ever and ever.
45 I will walk about in freedom,
    for I have sought out your precepts.
46 I will speak of your statutes before kings
    and will not be put to shame,
47 for I delight in your commands
    because I love them.
48 I reach out for your commands, which I love,
    that I may meditate on your decrees.

ז Zayin

49 Remember your word to your servant,
    for you have given me hope.
50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
    Your promise preserves my life.
51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
    but I do not turn from your law.
52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,
    and I find comfort in them.
53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked,
    who have forsaken your law.
54 Your decrees are the theme of my song
    wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, Lord, I remember your name,
    that I may keep your law.
56 This has been my practice:
    I obey your precepts.

ח Heth

57 You are my portion, Lord;
    I have promised to obey your words.
58 I have sought your face with all my heart;
    be gracious to me according to your promise.
59 I have considered my ways
    and have turned my steps to your statutes.
60 I will hasten and not delay
    to obey your commands.
61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
    I will not forget your law.
62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks
    for your righteous laws.
63 I am a friend to all who fear you,
    to all who follow your precepts.
64 The earth is filled with your love, Lord;
    teach me your decrees.

ט Teth

65 Do good to your servant
    according to your word, Lord.
66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment,
    for I trust your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
    but now I obey your word.
68 You are good, and what you do is good;
    teach me your decrees.
69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,
    I keep your precepts with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,
    but I delight in your law.
71 It was good for me to be afflicted
    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.

י Yodh

73 Your hands made me and formed me;
    give me understanding to learn your commands.
74 May those who fear you rejoice when they see me,
    for I have put my hope in your word.
75 I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous,
    and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76 May your unfailing love be my comfort,
    according to your promise to your servant.
77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
    for your law is my delight.
78 May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause;
    but I will meditate on your precepts.
79 May those who fear you turn to me,
    those who understand your statutes.
80 May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees,
    that I may not be put to shame.

כ Kaph

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

ל Lamedh

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

מ Mem

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

נ Nun

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

ס Samekh

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

ע Ayin

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

פ Pe

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

צ Tsadhe

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

ק Qoph

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

ר Resh

153 Look on my suffering and deliver me,
    for I have not forgotten your law.
154 Defend my cause and redeem me;
    preserve my life according to your promise.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
    for they do not seek out your decrees.
156 Your compassion, Lord, is great;
    preserve my life according to your laws.
157 Many are the foes who persecute me,
    but I have not turned from your statutes.
158 I look on the faithless with loathing,
    for they do not obey your word.
159 See how I love your precepts;
    preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love.
160 All your words are true;
    all your righteous laws are eternal.

ש Sin and Shin

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

ת Taw

169 May my cry come before you, Lord;
    give me understanding according to your word.
170 May my supplication come before you;
    deliver me according to your promise.
171 May my lips overflow with praise,
    for you teach me your decrees.
172 May my tongue sing of your word,
    for all your commands are righteous.
173 May your hand be ready to help me,
    for I have chosen your precepts.
174 I long for your salvation, Lord,
    and your law gives me delight.
175 Let me live that I may praise you,
    and may your laws sustain me.
176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.
    Seek your servant,
    for I have not forgotten your commands.

Footnotes:

  1. 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.
  2. Psalm 119:33 Or follow it for its reward
  3. Psalm 119:37 Two manuscripts of the Masoretic Text and Dead Sea Scrolls; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text life in your way
  4. Psalm 119:112 Or decrees / for their enduring reward
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