1How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Law of Yahweh! 2Blessed are those who observe his instructions, who seek him with all their hearts, 3and, doing no evil, who walk in his ways. 4You lay down your precepts to be careful y kept. 5May my ways be steady in doing your wil . 6Then I shal not be shamed, if my gaze is fixed on your commandments. 7I thank you with a sincere heart for teaching me your upright judgements. 8I shal do your will; do not ever abandon me whol y. 9How can a young man keep his way spotless? By keeping your words. 10With al my heart I seek you, do not let me stray from your commandments. 11In my heart I treasure your promises, to avoid sinning against you. 12Blessed are you, Yahweh, teach me your wil ! 13With my lips I have repeated al the judgements you have given. 14In the way of your instructions lies my joy, a joy beyond al wealth. 15I will ponder your precepts and fix my gaze on your paths. 16I find my delight in your wil , I do not forget your words. 17Be generous to your servant and I shal live, and shal keep your words. 18Open my eyes and I shal fix my gaze on the wonders of your Law. 19Wayfarer though I am on the earth, do not hide your commandments from me. 20My heart is pining away with longing at all times for your judgements. 21You have rebuked the arrogant, the accursed, who stray from your commandments. 22Set me free from taunts and contempt since I observe your instructions. 23Though princes sit plotting against me, your servant keeps pondering your wil . 24Your instructions are my delight, your wishes my counsellors. 25Down in the dust I lie prostrate; true to your word, revive me. 26I tell you my ways and you answer me; teach me your wishes. 27Show me the way of your precepts, that I may reflect on your wonders. 28I am melting away for grief; true to your word, raise me up. 29Keep me far from the way of deceit, grant me the grace of your Law. 30I have chosen the way of constancy, I have moulded myself to your judgements. 31I cling to your instructions, Yahweh, do not disappoint me. 32I run the way of your commandments, for you have given me freedom of heart. 33Teach me, Yahweh, the way of your will, and I wil observe it. 34Give me understanding and I will observe your Law, and keep it wholeheartedly. 35Guide me in the way of your commandments, for my delight is there. 36Bend my heart to your instructions, not to selfish gain. 37Avert my eyes from pointless images, by your word give me life. 38Keep your promise to your servant so that al may hold you in awe. 39Avert the taunts that I dread, for your judgements are generous. 40See how I yearn for your precepts; in your saving justice give me life. 41Let your faithful love come to me, Yahweh, true to your promise, save me! 42Give me an answer to the taunts against me, since I rely on your word. 43Do not deprive me of that faithful word, since my hope lies in your judgements. 44I shal keep your Law without fail for ever and ever. 45I shal live in all freedom because I have sought your precepts. 46I shal speak of your instructions before kings and wil not be shamed. 47Your commandments fill me with delight, I love them dearly. 48I stretch out my hands to your commandments that I love, and I ponder your judgements. 49Keep in mind your promise to your servant on which I have built my hope. 50It is my comfort in distress, that your promise gives me life. 51Endlessly the arrogant have jeered at me, but I have not swerved from your Law. 52I have kept your age -- old judgements in mind, Yahweh, and I am comforted. 53Fury grips me when I see the wicked who abandon your Law. 54Your judgements are my song where I live in exile. 55Al night, Yahweh, I hold your name in mind, I keep your Law. 56This is what it means to me, observing your precepts. 57My task, I have said, Yahweh, is to keep your word. 58Wholeheartedly I entreat your favour; true to your promise, take pity on me! 59I have reflected on my ways, and I turn my steps to your instructions. 60I hurry without delay to keep your commandments. 61Though caught in the snares of the wicked, I do not forget your Law. 62At midnight I rise to praise you for your upright judgements. 63I am a friend to all who fear you and keep your precepts. 64Your faithful love fil s the earth, Yahweh, teach me your judgements. 65You have been generous to your servant, Yahweh, true to your promise. 66Teach me judgement and knowledge, for I rely on your commandments. 67Before I was punished I used to go astray, but now I keep to your promise. 68You are generous and act generously, teach me your wil . 69The arrogant blacken me with lies though I wholeheartedly observe your precepts. 70Their hearts are gross like rich fat, but my delight is in your Law. 71It was good for me that I had to suffer, the better to learn your judgements. 72The Law you have uttered is more precious to me than al the wealth in the world. 73Your hands have made me and held me firm, give me understanding and I shal learn yourcommandments. 74Those who fear you rejoice at the sight of me since I put my hope in your word. 75I know, Yahweh, that your judgements are upright, and in punishing me you show your constancy. 76Your faithful love must be my consolation, as you have promised your servant. 77Treat me with tenderness and I shall live, for your Law is my delight. 78Let the arrogant who tell lies against me be shamed, while I ponder your precepts. 79Let those who fear you rally to me, those who understand your instructions. 80My heart shall be faultless towards your wil ; then I shall not be ashamed. 81I shal wear myself out for your salvation, for your word is my hope. 82My eyes, too, are worn out waiting for your promise, when wil you have pity on me? 83For I am like a smoked wineskin, but I do not forget your wil . 84How long has your servant to live? When wil you bring my persecutors to judgement? 85The arrogant have dug pitfalls for me in defiance of your Law. 86Al your commandments show constancy. Help me when they pursue me dishonestly. 87They have almost annihilated me on earth, but I have not deserted your precepts. 88True to your faithful love, give me life, and I shal keep the instructions you have laid down. 89For ever, Yahweh, your word is planted firm in heaven. 90Your constancy endures from age to age; you established the earth and it stands firm. 91Through your judgements al stands firm to this day, for al creation is your servant. 92Had your Law not been my delight, I would have perished in my misery. 93I shal never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. 94I am yours, save me, for I seek your precepts. 95The wicked may hope to destroy me, but al my thought is of your instructions. 96I have seen that al perfection is finite, but your commandment has no limit. 97How I love your Law! I ponder it al day long. 98You make me wiser than my enemies by your commandment which is mine for ever. 99I am wiser than al my teachers because I ponder your instructions. 100I have more understanding than the aged because I keep your precepts. 101I restrain my foot from evil paths to keep your word. 102I do not turn aside from your judgements, because you yourself have instructed me. 103How pleasant your promise to my palate, sweeter than honey in my mouth! 104From your precepts I learn wisdom, so I hate all deceptive ways. 105Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. 106I have sworn -- and shal maintain it -- to keep your upright judgements. 107I am utterly wretched, Yahweh; true to your promise, give me life. 108Accept, Yahweh, the tribute from my mouth, and teach me your judgements. 109My life is in your hands perpetual y, I do not forget your Law. 110The wicked have laid out a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts. 111Your instructions are my eternal heritage, they are the joy of my heart. 112I devote myself to obeying your statutes, their recompense is eternal. 113I hate a divided heart, I love your Law. 114You are my refuge and shield, I put my hope in your word. 115Leave me alone, you wicked, I shal observe the commandments of my God. 116True to your word, support me and I shal live; do not disappoint me of my hope. 117Uphold me and I shall be saved, my gaze fixed on your wil . 118You shake off al who stray from your wil ; deceit fills their horizon. 119In your sight al the wicked of the earth are like rust, so I love your instructions. 120My whole body trembles before you, your judgements fill me with fear. 121Al my conduct has been just and upright, do not hand me over to my oppressors. 122Guarantee the wel -being of your servant, do not let the proud oppress me. 123My eyes are languishing for your salvation and for the saving justice you have promised. 124Show your faithful love to your servant, teach me your judgements. 125Your servant am I; give me understanding and I shal know your instructions. 126It is time to take action, Yahweh, your Law is being broken. 127So I love your commandments more than gold, purest gold. 128So I rule my life by your precepts, I hate al deceptive paths. 129Wonderful are your instructions, so I observe them. 130As your word unfolds it gives light, and even the simple understand. 131I open wide my mouth, panting eagerly for your commandments. 132Turn to me, pity me; those who love your name deserve it. 133Keep my steps firm in your promise; that no evil may triumph over me. 134Rescue me from human oppression, and I wil observe your precepts. 135Let your face shine on your servant, teach me your wil . 136My eyes stream with tears because your Law is disregarded. 137You are upright, Yahweh, and your judgements are honest. 138You impose uprightness as a witness to yourself, it is constancy itself. 139My zeal is burning me up because my oppressors forget your word. 140Your promise is wel tested, your servant holds it dear. 141Puny and despised as I am, I do not forget your precepts. 142Your saving justice is for ever just, and your Law is trustworthy. 143Though anguish and distress grip me your commandments are my delight. 144Your instructions are upright for ever, give me understanding and I shal live. 145I cal with al my heart; answer me, Yahweh, and I wil observe your judgements. 146I cal to you; save me, and I wil keep your instructions. 147I am awake before dawn to cry for help, I put my hope in your word. 148My eyes are awake before each watch of the night, to ponder your promise. 149In your faithful love, Yahweh, listen to my voice, let your judgements give me life. 150My pursuers are coming closer to their wicked designs, and further from your Law. 151You are close to me, Yahweh, and all your commandments are true. 152Long have I known that your instructions were laid down to last for ever. 153Look at my suffering and rescue me, for I do not forget your Law. 154Plead my cause and defend me; as you promised, give me life. 155Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek your will. 156Your kindnesses to me are countless, Yahweh; true to your judgements, give me life. 157Though my enemies and oppressors are countless, I do not turn aside from your instructions. 158The sight of these renegades appals me; they do not observe your promise. 159See how I love your precepts; true to your faithful love, give me life. 160Faithfulness is the essence of your word, your upright judgements hold good for ever. 161Though princes hound me unprovoked, what fil s me with awe is your word. 162I rejoice in your promise like one who finds a vast treasure. 163Falsehood I hate and detest, my love is for your Law. 164Seven times a day I praise you for your upright judgements. 165Great peace for those who love your Law; no stumbling-blocks for them! 166I am waiting for your salvation, Yahweh, I fulfil your commandments. 167I observe your instructions, I love them dearly. 168I observe your precepts, your judgements, for al my ways are before you. 169May my cry approach your presence, Yahweh; by your word give me understanding. 170May my prayer come into your presence, rescue me as you have promised. 171May my lips proclaim your praise, for you teach me your will. 172May my tongue recite your promise, for al your commandments are upright. 173May your hand be there to help me, since I have chosen your precepts. 174I long for your salvation, Yahweh, your Law is my delight. 175May I live only to praise you, may your judgements be my help. 176I am wandering like a lost sheep, come and look for your servant, for I have not forgotten yourcommandments.
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