English Standard Version
Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet
119 [a] Blessed are those whose (A)way is blameless,
who (B)walk in the law of the Lord!
2 Blessed are those who (C)keep his (D)testimonies,
who (E)seek him with their whole heart,
3 who also (F)do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
4 You have commanded your (G)precepts
to be kept diligently.
5 Oh that my ways may (H)be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!
6 (I)Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
7 I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn (J)your righteous rules.[b]
8 I will keep your statutes;
(K)do not utterly forsake me!
9 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.
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.
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]
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!
- 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
- Psalm 119:7 Or your just and righteous decrees; also verses 62, 106, 160, 164
- Psalm 119:13 Or all the just decrees
- Psalm 119:20 Or your just decrees; also verses 30, 39, 43, 52, 75, 102, 108, 137, 156, 175
- Psalm 119:32 Or for you set my heart free
- Psalm 119:33 Or keep it as my reward