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.

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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
  7. Psalm 119:84 Hebrew How many are the days of your servant?

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