Psalm 119

Delight in God’s Word

א Aleph

How[a] happy are those whose way is blameless,(A)
who walk according to the Lord’s instruction!(B)
Happy are those who keep his decrees(C)
and seek him with all their heart.(D)
They do nothing wrong;(E)
they walk in his ways.
You have commanded that your precepts(F)
be diligently kept.
If only my ways were committed
to keeping your statutes!(G)
Then I would not be ashamed(H)
when I think about all your commands.
I will praise you with an upright heart(I)
when I learn your righteous judgments.
I will keep your statutes;
never abandon me.(J)

ב Beth

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping your[b] word.(K)
10 I have sought you with all my heart;(L)
don’t let me wander from your commands.(M)
11 I have treasured your word in my heart(N)
so that I may not sin against you.
12 Lord, may you be blessed;
teach me your statutes.(O)
13 With my lips I proclaim
all the judgments from your mouth.(P)
14 I rejoice in the way revealed by your decrees(Q)
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts(R)
and think about your ways.(S)
16 I will delight in your statutes;(T)
I will not forget your word.

ג Gimel

17 Deal generously with your servant(U)
so that I might live;
then I will keep your word.
18 Open my eyes so that I may contemplate
wondrous things from your instruction.
19 I am a resident alien on earth;(V)
do not hide your commands from me.
20 I am continually overcome
with longing for your judgments.(W)
21 You rebuke the arrogant,
the ones under a curse,(X)
who wander from your commands.(Y)
22 Take insult and contempt away from me,(Z)
for I have kept your decrees.
23 Though princes sit together speaking against me,(AA)
your servant will think about your statutes;(AB)
24 your decrees are my delight
and my counselors.(AC)

ד Daleth

25 My life is down in the dust;(AD)
give me life(AE) through your word.
26 I told you about my life,
and you answered me;
teach me your statutes.(AF)
27 Help me understand
the meaning of your precepts
so that I can meditate on your wonders.(AG)
28 I am weary[c] from grief;
strengthen me through your word.(AH)
29 Keep me from the way of deceit
and graciously give me your instruction.
30 I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set your ordinances before me.(AI)
31 I cling to your decrees;
Lord, do not put me to shame.(AJ)
32 I pursue the way of your commands,
for you broaden my understanding.[d](AK)

ה He

33 Teach me, Lord, the meaning[e] of your statutes,
and I will always keep them.[f](AL)
34 Help me understand your instruction,(AM)
and I will obey it
and follow it with all my heart.(AN)
35 Help me stay on the path of your commands,(AO)
for I take pleasure in it.(AP)
36 Turn my heart to your decrees(AQ)
and not to dishonest profit.(AR)
37 Turn my eyes
from looking at what is worthless;(AS)
give me life in your ways.[g](AT)
38 Confirm what you said to your servant,(AU)
for it produces reverence for you.
39 Turn away the disgrace I dread;(AV)
indeed, your judgments are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!(AW)
Give me life through your righteousness.

ו Waw

41 Let your faithful love come to me, Lord,(AX)
your salvation, as you promised.(AY)
42 Then I can answer the one who taunts me,(AZ)
for I trust in your word.
43 Never take the word of truth from my mouth,
for I hope in your judgments.(BA)
44 I will always obey your instruction,
forever and ever.(BB)
45 I will walk freely in an open place(BC)
because I study your precepts.(BD)
46 I will speak of your decrees before kings
and not be ashamed.(BE)
47 I delight in your commands,
which I love.(BF)
48 I will lift up my hands(BG) to your commands,
which I love,
and will meditate on your statutes.(BH)

ז Zayin

49 Remember your word to your servant;
you have given me hope through it.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction:(BI)
Your promise has given me life.
51 The arrogant constantly ridicule me,
but I do not turn away from your instruction.(BJ)
52 Lord, I remember your judgments from long ago
and find comfort.
53 Fury seizes me(BK) because of the wicked
who reject your instruction.(BL)
54 Your statutes are the theme of my song
during my earthly life.[h]
55 Lord, I remember your name(BM) in the night,(BN)
and I obey your instruction.
56 This is my practice:
I obey your precepts.(BO)

ח Cheth

57 The Lord is my portion;[i](BP)
I have promised to keep your words.
58 I have sought your favor(BQ) with all my heart;
be gracious to me(BR) according to your promise.
59 I thought about my ways(BS)
and turned my steps back to your decrees.
60 I hurried, not hesitating
to keep your commands.
61 Though the ropes of the wicked(BT)
were wrapped around me,
I did not forget your instruction.(BU)
62 I rise at midnight to thank you(BV)
for your righteous judgments.(BW)
63 I am a friend to all who fear you,(BX)
to those who keep your precepts.
64 Lord, the earth is filled with your faithful love;(BY)
teach me your statutes.(BZ)

ט Teth

65 Lord, you have treated your servant well,
just as you promised.
66 Teach me good judgment and discernment,(CA)
for I rely on your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,(CB)
but now I keep your word.
68 You are good,(CC) and you do what is good;(CD)
teach me your statutes.
69 The arrogant have smeared me with lies,(CE)
but I obey your precepts with all my heart.(CF)
70 Their hearts are hard and insensitive,(CG)
but I delight in your instruction.(CH)
71 It was good for me to be afflicted(CI)
so that I could learn your statutes.
72 Instruction from your lips(CJ) is better for me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

י Yod

73 Your hands made me and formed me;(CK)
give me understanding
so that I can learn your commands.(CL)
74 Those who fear you will see me and rejoice,(CM)
for I put my hope in your word.(CN)
75 I know, Lord, that your judgments are just
and that you have afflicted me fairly.(CO)
76 May your faithful love comfort me
as you promised your servant.
77 May your compassion come to me(CP)
so that I may live,
for your instruction is my delight.(CQ)
78 Let the arrogant be put to shame(CR)
for slandering me with lies;
I will meditate on your precepts.
79 Let those who fear you,
those who know your decrees, turn to me.
80 May my heart be blameless regarding your statutes(CS)
so that I will not be put to shame.

כ Kaph

81 I long for your salvation;(CT)
I put my hope in your word.(CU)
82 My eyes grow weary
looking for what you have promised;(CV)
I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
83 Though I have become like a wineskin dried by smoke,
I do not forget your statutes.
84 How many days must your servant wait?
When will you execute judgment on my persecutors?(CW)
85 The arrogant have dug pits for me;(CX)
they violate your instruction.
86 All your commands are true;
people persecute me with lies—help me!(CY)
87 They almost ended my life on earth,
but I did not abandon your precepts.
88 Give me life in accordance with your faithful love,
and I will obey the decree you have spoken.

ל Lamed

89 Lord, your word is forever;(CZ)
it is firmly fixed in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness is for all generations;(DA)
you established the earth, and it stands firm.(DB)
91 Your judgments stand firm today,(DC)
for all things are your servants.(DD)
92 If your instruction had not been my delight,
I would have died in my affliction.(DE)
93 I will never forget your precepts,
for you have given me life through them.(DF)
94 I am yours; save me,(DG)
for I have studied your precepts.(DH)
95 The wicked hope to destroy me,(DI)
but I contemplate your decrees.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your command is without limit.

מ Mem

97 How I love your instruction!(DJ)
It is my meditation all day long.(DK)
98 Your command makes me wiser than my enemies,(DL)
for it is always with me.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers
because your decrees are my meditation.(DM)
100 I understand more than the elders(DN)
because I obey your precepts.(DO)
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path(DP)
to follow your word.
102 I have not turned from your judgments,(DQ)
for you yourself have instructed me.
103 How sweet your word is(DR) to my taste—
sweeter than honey in my mouth.
104 I gain understanding from your precepts;(DS)
therefore I hate every false way.(DT)

נ Nun

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet(DU)
and a light on my path.
106 I have solemnly sworn(DV)
to keep your righteous judgments.
107 I am severely afflicted;
Lord, give me life according to your word.(DW)
108 Lord, please accept my freewill offerings of praise,(DX)
and teach me your judgments.(DY)
109 My life is constantly in danger,[j]
yet I do not forget your instruction.(DZ)
110 The wicked have set a trap for me,(EA)
but I have not wandered from your precepts.(EB)
111 I have your decrees as a heritage forever;
indeed, they are the joy of my heart.(EC)
112 I am resolved to obey your statutes
to the very end.[k](ED)

ס Samek

113 I hate those who are double-minded,(EE)
but I love your instruction.(EF)
114 You are my shelter and my shield;(EG)
I put my hope in your word.(EH)
115 Depart from me,(EI) you evil ones,
so that I may obey my God’s commands.(EJ)
116 Sustain me as you promised,(EK) and I will live;
do not let me be ashamed of my hope.(EL)
117 Sustain me so that I can be safe(EM)
and always be concerned about your statutes.(EN)
118 You reject all who stray from your statutes,(EO)
for their deceit is a lie.
119 You remove all the wicked on earth
as if they were[l] dross from metal;(EP)
therefore, I love your decrees.(EQ)
120 I tremble[m] in awe of you;(ER)
I fear your judgments.

ע Ayin

121 I have done what is just and right;(ES)
do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Guarantee your servant’s well-being;(ET)
do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes grow weary(EU) looking for your salvation
and for your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant based on your faithful love;(EV)
teach me your statutes.
125 I am your servant;(EW) give me understanding(EX)
so that I may know your decrees.
126 It is time for the Lord to act,(EY)
for they have violated your instruction.
127 Since I love your commands(EZ)
more than gold, even the purest gold,
128 I carefully follow all your precepts(FA)
and hate every false way.(FB)

פ Pe

129 Your decrees are wondrous;(FC)
therefore I obey them.(FD)
130 The revelation of your words(FE) brings light
and gives understanding to the inexperienced.(FF)
131 I open my mouth and pant(FG)
because I long for your commands.
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,(FH)
as is your practice toward those who love your name.
133 Make my steps steady through your promise;(FI)
don’t let any sin dominate me.(FJ)
134 Redeem me from human oppression,(FK)
and I will keep your precepts.
135 Make your face shine on your servant,(FL)
and teach me your statutes.(FM)
136 My eyes pour out streams of tears(FN)
because people do not follow your instruction.

צ Tsade

137 You are righteous, Lord,(FO)
and your judgments are just.
138 The decrees you issue are righteous
and altogether trustworthy.(FP)
139 My anger overwhelms me
because my foes forget your words.(FQ)
140 Your word is completely pure,(FR)
and your servant loves it.(FS)
141 I am insignificant and despised,(FT)
but I do not forget your precepts.(FU)
142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
and your instruction is true.(FV)
143 Trouble and distress have overtaken me,
but your commands are my delight.(FW)
144 Your decrees are righteous forever.(FX)
Give me understanding, and I will live.

ק Qoph

145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord.
I will obey your statutes.(FY)
146 I call to you; save me,
and I will keep your decrees.(FZ)
147 I rise before dawn and cry out for help;(GA)
I put my hope in your word.
148 I am awake through each watch of the night
to meditate on your promise.(GB)
149 In keeping with your faithful love, hear my voice.
Lord, give me life in keeping with your justice.(GC)
150 Those who pursue evil plans[n](GD) come near;
they are far from your instruction.
151 You are near, Lord,(GE)
and all your commands are true.(GF)
152 Long ago I learned from your decrees
that you have established them forever.(GG)

ר Resh

153 Consider my affliction and rescue me,(GH)
for I have not forgotten your instruction.(GI)
154 Champion my cause and redeem me;(GJ)
give me life as you promised.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked
because they do not study your statutes.(GK)
156 Your compassions are many, Lord;(GL)
give me life according to your judgments.
157 My persecutors and foes are many.(GM)
I have not turned from your decrees.(GN)
158 I have seen the disloyal(GO) and feel disgust(GP)
because they do not keep your word.
159 Consider how I love your precepts;
Lord, give me life according to your faithful love.(GQ)
160 The entirety of your word is truth,
each of your righteous judgments endures forever.(GR)

שׂ Sin

161 Princes have persecuted me without cause,
but my heart fears only your word.(GS)
162 I rejoice over your promise(GT)
like one who finds vast treasure.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood,(GU)
but I love your instruction.(GV)
164 I praise you seven times a day
for your righteous judgments.(GW)
165 Abundant peace belongs to those(GX)
who love your instruction;
nothing makes them stumble.(GY)
166 Lord, I hope for your salvation(GZ)
and carry out your commands.
167 I obey your decrees
and love them greatly.(HA)
168 I obey your precepts and decrees,
for all my ways are before you.(HB)

ת Taw

169 Let my cry reach you, Lord;(HC)
give me understanding according to your word.(HD)
170 Let my plea reach you;(HE)
rescue me according to your promise.(HF)
171 My lips pour out praise,(HG)
for you teach me your statutes.(HH)
172 My tongue sings about your promise,(HI)
for all your commands are righteous.(HJ)
173 May your hand be ready to help me,(HK)
for I have chosen your precepts.(HL)
174 I long for your salvation, Lord,
and your instruction is my delight.(HM)
175 Let me live, and I will praise you;(HN)
may your judgments help me.
176 I wander like a lost sheep;(HO)
seek your servant,(HP)
for I do not forget your commands.(HQ)


  1. 119:1 The stanzas of this poem form an acrostic.
  2. 119:9 Or keeping it according to your
  3. 119:28 Or I weep
  4. 119:32 Lit you enlarge my heart
  5. 119:33 Lit way
  6. 119:33 Or will keep it as my reward
  7. 119:37 Some Hb mss, Tg read word
  8. 119:54 Lit song in the house of my sojourning
  9. 119:57 Lit You are my portion, Lord
  10. 119:109 Lit in my hand
  11. 119:112 Or statutes; the reward is eternal
  12. 119:119 Some Hb mss, DSS, LXX, Aq, Sym, Jer read All the wicked of the earth you count as
  13. 119:120 Lit My flesh shudders
  14. 119:150 Some Hb mss, LXX, Sym, Jer read who maliciously persecute me

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