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Psalm 119:25-48 Good News Translation (GNT)

Determination to Obey the Law of the Lord

25 I lie defeated in the dust;
    revive me, as you have promised.
26 I confessed all I have done, and you answered me;
    teach me your ways.
27 Help me to understand your laws,
    and I will meditate on your wonderful teachings.[a]
28 I am overcome by sorrow;
    strengthen me, as you have promised.
29 Keep me from going the wrong way,
    and in your goodness teach me your law.
30 I have chosen to be obedient;
    I have paid attention to your judgments.
31 I have followed your instructions, Lord;
    don't let me be put to shame.
32 I will eagerly obey your commands,
    because you will give me more understanding.

A Prayer for Understanding

33 Teach me, Lord, the meaning of your laws,
    and I will obey them at all times.
34 Explain your law to me, and I will obey it;
    I will keep it with all my heart.
35 Keep me obedient to your commandments,
    because in them I find happiness.
36 Give me the desire to obey your laws
    rather than to get rich.
37 Keep me from paying attention to what is worthless;
    be good to me, as you have promised.
38 Keep your promise to me, your servant—
    the promise you make to those who obey you.
39 Save me from the insults I fear;
    how wonderful are your judgments!
40 I want to obey your commands;
    give me new life, for you are righteous.

Trusting the Law of the Lord

41 Show me how much you love me, Lord,
    and save me according to your promise.
42 Then I can answer those who insult me
    because I trust in your word.
43 Enable me to speak the truth at all times,
    because my hope is in your judgments.
44 I will always obey your law,
    forever and ever.
45 I will live in perfect freedom,
    because I try to obey your teachings.
46 I will announce your commands to kings
    and I will not be ashamed.
47 I find pleasure in obeying your commands,
    because I love them.
48 I respect and love your commandments;
    I will meditate on your instructions.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 119:27 teachings; or deeds.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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Psalm 119:25-48 New International Version (NIV)

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.[a]
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.[b]
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.

Footnotes:

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