Psalm 119:89-176Contemporary English Version (CEV)
89 Our Lord, you are eternal! Your word will last as long as the heavens.[a] 90 You remain faithful in every generation, and the earth you created will keep standing firm. 91 All things are your servants, and the laws you made are still in effect today. 92 If I had not found happiness in obeying your Law, I would have died in misery. 93 I won’t ever forget your teachings, because you give me new life by following them. 94 I belong to you, and I have respected your laws, so keep me safe. 95 Brutal enemies are waiting to ambush and destroy me, but I obey your rules. 96 Nothing is completely perfect, except your teachings.
97 I deeply love your Law! I think about it all day. 98 Your laws never leave my mind, and they make me much wiser than my enemies. 99 Thinking about your teachings gives me better understanding than my teachers, 100 and obeying your laws makes me wiser than those who have lived a long time. 101 I obey your word instead of following a way that leads to trouble. 102 You have been my teacher, and I won’t reject your instructions. 103 Your teachings are sweeter than honey. 104 They give me understanding and make me hate all lies.
105 Your word is a lamp that gives light wherever I walk. 106 Your laws are fair, and I have given my word to respect them all. 107 I am in terrible pain! Save me, Lord, as you said you would. 108 Accept my offerings of praise and teach me your laws. 109 I never forget your teachings, although my life is always in danger. 110 Some merciless people are trying to trap me, but I never turn my back on your teachings. 111 They will always be my most prized possession and my source of joy. 112 I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever, no matter what.
113 I hate anyone whose loyalty is divided, but I love your Law. 114 You are my place of safety and my shield. Your word is my only hope.
115 All of you worthless people, get away from me! I am determined to obey the commands of my God.
116 Be true to your word, Lord. Keep me alive and strong; don’t let me be ashamed because of my hope. 117 Keep me safe and secure, so that I will always respect your laws. 118 You reject all deceitful liars because they refuse your teachings. 119 As far as you are concerned, all evil people are[b] garbage, and so I follow your rules. 120 I tremble all over when I think of you and the way you judge.
121 I did what was fair and right! Don’t hand me over to those who want to mistreat me. 122 Take good care of me, your servant, and don’t let me be harmed by those conceited people. 123 My eyes are weary from waiting to see you keep your promise to come and save me. 124 Show your love for me, your servant, and teach me your laws. 125 I serve you, so let me understand your teachings. 126 Do something, Lord! They have broken your Law. 127 Your laws mean more to me than the finest gold. 128 I follow all of your commands,[c] but I hate anyone who leads me astray.
129 Your teachings are wonderful, and I respect them all. 130 Understanding your word brings light to the minds of ordinary people. 131 I honestly want to know everything you teach. 132 Think about me and be kind, just as you are to everyone who loves your name. 133 Keep your promise and don’t let me stumble or let sin control my life. 134 Protect me from abuse, so I can obey your laws. 135 Smile on me, your servant, and teach me your laws. 136 When anyone disobeys you, my eyes overflow with tears.
137 Our Lord, you always do right, and your decisions are fair. 138 All of your teachings are true and trustworthy. 139 It upsets me greatly when my enemies neglect your teachings. 140 Your word to me, your servant, is like pure gold; I treasure what you say. 141 Everyone calls me a nobody, but I remember your laws. 142 You will always do right, and your teachings are true. 143 I am in deep distress, but I love your teachings. 144 Your rules are always fair. Help me to understand them and live.
145 I pray to you, Lord! Please answer me. I promise to obey your laws. 146 I beg you to save me, so I can follow your rules. 147 Even before sunrise, I pray for your help, and I put my hope in what you have said. 148 I lie awake at night, thinking of your promises. 149 Show that you love me, Lord, and answer my prayer. Please do the right thing and save my life. 150 People who disobey your Law have made evil plans and want to hurt me, 151 but you are with me, and all of your commands can be trusted. 152 From studying your laws, I found out long ago that you made them to last forever.
153 I have not forgotten your Law! Look at the trouble I am in, and rescue me. 154 Be my defender and protector! Keep your promise and save my life. 155 Evil people won’t obey you, and so they have no hope of being saved. 156 You are merciful, Lord! Please do the right thing and save my life. 157 I have a lot of brutal enemies, but still I never turn from your laws. 158 All of those unfaithful people who refuse to obey you are disgusting to me. 159 Remember how I love your laws, and show your love for me by keeping me safe. 160 All you say can be trusted; your teachings are true and will last forever.
161 Rulers are cruel to me for no reason. But with all my heart I respect your words, 162 because they bring happiness like treasures taken in war. 163 I can’t stand liars, but I love your Law. 164 I praise you seven times a day because your laws are fair. 165 You give peace of mind to all who love your Law. Nothing can make them fall. 166 You are my only hope for being saved, Lord, and I do all you command. 167 I love and obey your laws with all my heart. 168 You know everything I do. You know I respect every law you have given.
169 Please, Lord, hear my prayer and give me the understanding that comes from your word. 170 Listen to my concerns and keep me safe, just as you have promised. 171 If you will teach me your laws, I will praise you 172 and sing about your promise, because all of your teachings are what they ought to be. 173 Be ready to protect me because I have chosen to obey your laws. 174 I am waiting for you to save me, Lord. Your Law makes me happy. 175 Keep me alive, so I can praise you, and let me find help in your teachings. 176 I am your servant, but I have wandered away like a lost sheep. Please come after me, because I have not forgotten your teachings.
119.89Our. . . heavens: Or “Our Lord, your word is eternal. It will last as long as the heavens.”
119.119As far as. . . are: A few Hebrew manuscripts and ancient translations. Most Hebrew manuscripts have “You get rid of evil people as if they were.”
119.128I. . . commands: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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