Kaph

81 My soul (A)longs for your salvation;
    I (B)hope in your word.
82 My (C)eyes long for your promise;
    I ask, (D)“When will you comfort me?”
83 For I have (E)become like a (F)wineskin in the smoke,
    yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
84 (G)How long must your servant endure?[a]
    (H)When will you judge those who persecute me?
85 (I)The insolent have (J)dug pitfalls for me;
    they do not live according to your law.
86 All your commandments are (K)sure;
    they persecute me (L)with falsehood; (M)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 (N)give me life,
    that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

Lamedh

89 Forever, O Lord, your (O)word
    is firmly fixed in the heavens.
90 Your (P)faithfulness endures to all generations;
    you have (Q)established the earth, and it (R)stands fast.
91 By your (S)appointment they stand this day,
    for all things are your servants.
92 If your law had not been my (T)delight,
    I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget your precepts,
    for by them you have (U)given me life.
94 I am yours; save me,
    (V)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 (W)broad.

Mem

97 Oh how (X)I love your law!
    It is my (Y)meditation all the day.
98 Your commandment makes me (Z)wiser than my enemies,
    for it is ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
    for (AA)your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than (AB)the aged,[b]
    for I (AC)keep your precepts.
101 I (AD)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 (AE)sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through your precepts I get understanding;
    therefore (AF)I hate every false way.

Nun

105 (AG)Your word is a lamp to my feet
    and a light to my path.
106 I have (AH)sworn an oath and confirmed it,
    to keep your (AI)righteous rules.
107 I am severely (AJ)afflicted;
    (AK)give me life, O Lord, according to your word!
108 Accept (AL)my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord,
    and (AM)teach me your rules.
109 I hold my life (AN)in my hand continually,
    but I do not (AO)forget your law.
110 The wicked have laid (AP)a snare for me,
    but (AQ)I do not stray from your precepts.
111 Your testimonies are (AR)my heritage forever,
    for they are (AS)the joy of my heart.
112 I (AT)incline my heart to perform your statutes
    forever, (AU)to the end.[c]

Samekh

113 I hate (AV)the double-minded,
    but I love (AW)your law.
114 You are my (AX)hiding place and my (AY)shield;
    I (AZ)hope in your word.
115 (BA)Depart from me, you evildoers,
    that I may (BB)keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me (BC)according to your promise, that I may live,
    and let me not be (BD)put to shame in my (BE)hope!
117 (BF)Hold me up, that I may be safe
    and have regard for your statutes continually!
118 You (BG)spurn all who (BH)go astray from your statutes,
    for their cunning is in vain.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like (BI)dross,
    therefore (BJ)I love your testimonies.
120 My flesh (BK)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 (BL)a pledge of good;
    let not (BM)the insolent oppress me.
123 My (BN)eyes long for your salvation
    and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,
    and (BO)teach me your statutes.
125 I am your (BP)servant; (BQ)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 (BR)love your commandments
    above gold, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;
    I hate every (BS)false way.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 119:84 Hebrew How many are the days of your servant?
  2. Psalm 119:100 Or the elders
  3. Psalm 119:112 Or statutes; the reward is eternal

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