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!

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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

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