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Psalm 119:1-24

Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet

Aleph

11 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,

who walk in the law of the Lord!

2Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,

who seek him with their whole heart,

3who also do no wrong,

but walk in his ways!

4You have commanded your precepts

to be kept diligently.

5Oh that my ways may be steadfast

in keeping your statutes!

6Then I shall not be put to shame,

having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.

7I will praise you with an upright heart,

when I learn your righteous rules.2

8I will keep your statutes;

do not utterly forsake me!

Beth

9How can a young man keep his way pure?

By guarding it according to your word.

10With my whole heart I seek you;

let me not wander from your commandments!

11I have stored up your word in my heart,

that I might not sin against you.

12Blessed are you, O Lord;

teach me your statutes!

13With my lips I declare

all the rules3 of your mouth.

14In the way of your testimonies I delight

as much as in all riches.

15I will meditate on your precepts

and fix my eyes on your ways.

16I will delight in your statutes;

I will not forget your word.

Gimel

17Deal bountifully with your servant,

that I may live and keep your word.

18Open my eyes, that I may behold

wondrous things out of your law.

19I am a sojourner on the earth;

hide not your commandments from me!

20My soul is consumed with longing

for your rules4 at all times.

21You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,

who wander from your commandments.

22Take away from me scorn and contempt,

for I have kept your testimonies.

23Even though princes sit plotting against me,

your servant will meditate on your statutes.

24Your testimonies are my delight;

they are my counselors.

Footnotes

  • 1 119:1 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
  • 2 119:7 Or your just and righteous decrees; also verses 62, 106, 160, 164
  • 3 119:13 Or all the just decrees
  • 4 119:20 Or your just decrees; also verses 30, 39, 43, 52, 75, 102, 108, 137, 156, 175