119 Our Lord, you bless everyone who lives right and obeys your Law. 2 You bless all of those who follow your commands from deep in their hearts 3 and who never do wrong or turn from you. 4 You have ordered us always to obey your teachings; 5 I don’t ever want to stray from your laws. 6 Thinking about your commands will keep me from doing some foolish thing. 7 I will do right and praise you by learning to respect your perfect laws. 8 I will obey all of them! Don’t turn your back on me.
9 Young people can live a clean life by obeying your word. 10 I worship you with all my heart. Don’t let me walk away from your commands. 11 I treasure your word above all else; it keeps me from sinning against you. 12 I praise you, Lord! Teach me your laws. 13 With my own mouth, I tell others the laws that you have spoken. 14 Obeying your instructions brings as much happiness as being rich. 15 I will study your teachings and follow your footsteps. 16 I will take pleasure in your laws and remember your words.
17 Treat me with kindness, Lord, so that I may live and do what you say. 18 Open my mind and let me discover the wonders of your Law. 19 I live here as a stranger. Don’t keep me from knowing your commands. 20 What I want most of all and at all times is to honor your laws. 21 You punish those boastful, worthless nobodies who turn from your commands. 22 Don’t let them sneer and insult me for following you. 23 I keep thinking about your teachings, Lord, even if rulers plot against me. 24 Your laws are my greatest joy! I follow their advice.
25 I am at the point of death. Let your teachings breathe new life into me. 26 When I told you my troubles, you answered my prayers. Now teach me your laws. 27 Help me to understand your teachings, and I will think about your marvelous deeds. 28 I am overcome with sorrow. Encourage me, as you have promised to do. 29 Keep me from being deceitful, and be kind enough to teach me your Law. 30 I am determined to be faithful and to respect your laws. 31 I follow your rules, Lord. Don’t let me be ashamed. 32 I am eager to learn all that you want me to do; help me to understand more and more.
33 Point out your rules to me, and I won’t disobey even one of them. 34 Help me to understand your Law; I promise to obey it with all my heart. 35 Direct me by your commands! I love to do what you say. 36 Make me want to obey you, rather than to be rich. 37 Take away my foolish desires, and let me find life by walking with you. 38 I am your servant! Do for me what you promised to those who worship you. 39 Your wonderful teachings protect me from the insults that I hate so much. 40 I long for your teachings. Be true to yourself and let me live.
41 Show me your love and save me, Lord, as you have promised. 42 Then I will have an answer for everyone who insults me for trusting your word. 43 I rely on your laws! Don’t take away my chance to speak your truth. 44 I will keep obeying your Law forever and ever. 45 I have gained perfect freedom by following your teachings, 46 and I trust them so much that I tell them to kings. 47 I love your commands! They bring me happiness. 48 I love and respect them and will keep them in mind.
49 Don’t forget your promise to me, your servant. I depend on it. 50 When I am hurting, I find comfort in your promise that leads to life. 51 Conceited people sneer at me, but I obey your Law. 52 I find true comfort, Lord, because your laws have stood the test of time. 53 I get furious when evil people turn against your Law. 54 No matter where I am, your teachings fill me with songs. 55 Even in the night I think about you, Lord, and I obey your Law. 56 You have blessed me because I have always followed your teachings.
57 You, Lord, are my choice, and I will obey you. 58 With all my heart I beg you to be kind to me, just as you have promised. 59 I pay careful attention as you lead me, and I follow closely. 60 As soon as you command, I do what you say. 61 Evil people may set a trap, but I obey your Law. 62 Your laws are so fair that I wake up and praise you in the middle of the night. 63 I choose as my friends everyone who worships you and follows your teachings. 64 Our Lord, your love is seen all over the world. Teach me your laws.
65 I am your servant, Lord, and you have kept your promise to treat me with kindness. 66 Give me wisdom and good sense. I trust your commands. 67 Once you corrected me for not obeying you, but now I obey. 68 You are kindhearted, and you do good things, so teach me your laws. 69 My reputation is being ruined by conceited liars, but with all my heart I follow your teachings. 70 Those liars have no sense, but I find happiness in your Law. 71 When you corrected me, it did me good because it taught me to study your laws. 72 I would rather obey you than to have a thousand pieces of silver and gold.
73 You created me and put me together. Make me wise enough to learn what you have commanded. 74 Your worshipers will see me, and they will be glad that I trust your word. 75 Your decisions are correct, and you were right to punish me. 76 I serve you, Lord. Comfort me with your love, just as you have promised. 77 I love to obey your Law! Have mercy and let me live. 78 Put down those proud people who hurt me with their lies, because I have chosen to study your teachings. 79 Let your worshipers come to me, so they will learn to obey your rules. 80 Let me truly respect your laws, so I won’t be ashamed.
81 I long for you to rescue me! Your word is my only hope. 82 I am worn out from waiting for you to keep your word. When will you have mercy? 83 My life is wasting away like a dried-up wineskin,[a] but I have not forgotten your teachings. 84 I am your servant! How long must I suffer? When will you punish those troublemakers? 85 Those proud people reject your teachings, and they dig pits for me to fall in. 86 Your laws can be trusted! Protect me from cruel liars. 87 They have almost killed me, but I have been faithful to your teachings. 88 Show that you love me and let me live, so that I may obey all of your commands.
119.83a dried-up wineskin: The Hebrew text has “a wineskin in the smoke.” In ancient times bags were made from animal skins to hold wine, but when the bags dried up they cracked and could no longer be used.
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