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Psalms 119

1 Keepers of God's law


Blessed are the [a]undefiled in the way, Ps. 128:1Who walk in the law of the Lord.

2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, And that seek him with the whole heart.

3 1 John 3:9;& 5:18They also do no iniquity: They walk in his ways.

4 Thou hast commanded us To keep thy precepts diligently.

5 O that my ways were directed To keep thy statutes!

6 Job 22:26;1 John 2:28Then shall I not be ashamed, When I have respect unto all thy commandments.

7 ver. 171I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, When I shall have learned [b]thy righteous judgments.

8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

9 Purity, the fruit of the law

b  BETH.

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.

10 With my whole heart have I 2 Chr. 15:15sought thee: O let me not ver. 21,118wander from thy commandments.

11 Ps. 37:31;Luke 2:19Thy word have I hid in mine heart, That I might not sin against thee.

12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: ver. 26,33;Ps. 25:4Teach me thy statutes.

13 With my lips have I Ps. 34:11declared All the judgments of thy mouth.

14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, As much as in all riches.

15 I will ver. 23,48;Ps. 1:2meditate in thy precepts, And have respect unto thy ways.

16 I will Ps. 1:2delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

17 Eyes to see God's law


Ps. 116:7Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, And keep thy word.

18 [c]Open thou mine eyes, That I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

19 Gen. 47:9;1 Chr. 29:15;Ps. 39:12;2 Cor. 5:6;Heb. 11:13I am a stranger in the earth: Hide not thy commandments from me.

20 Ps. 42:1,2;& 63:1;& 84:2My soul breaketh for the longing That it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, Which do ver. 10,110err from thy commandments.

22 Ps. 39:8Remove from me reproach and contempt; For I have kept thy testimonies.

23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: But thy servant did ver. 15meditate in thy statutes.

24 ver. 77,92Thy testimonies also are my delight And [d]my counsellers.

25 Prayer for understanding the law


Ps. 44:25My soul cleaveth unto the dust: Ps. 143:11Quicken thou me according to thy word.

26 I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: Ps. 25:4;& 27:11;& 86:11Teach me thy statutes.

27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: So Ps. 145:5,6shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

28 Ps. 107:26My soul [e]melteth for heaviness: Strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

29 Remove from me the way of lying: And grant me thy law graciously.

30 I have chosen the way of truth: Thy judgments have I laid before me.

31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame.

32 I will run the way of thy commandments, When thou shalt 1 Ki. 4:29;Is. 60:5;2 Cor. 6:11enlarge my heart.

33 Living the Lord's way

h  HE.

ver. 12Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; And I shall keep it Mat. 10:22;Rev. 2:26unto the end.

34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; Yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; For therein do I ver. 16delight.

36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, And not to Ezek. 33:31;Mark 7:21;Luke 12:15;Heb. 13:5covetousness.

37 Is. 33:15[f]Turn away mine eyes from Prov. 23:5beholding vanity; And quicken thou me in thy way.

38 2 Sam. 7:25Stablish thy word unto thy servant, Who is devoted to thy fear.

39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: For thy judgments are good.

40 Behold, I have ver. 20longed after thy precepts: ver. 25,37Quicken me in thy righteousness.

41 Salvation through God's law

w  VAU.

ver. 77;Ps. 106:4Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, Even thy salvation, according to thy word.

42 [g]So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: For I trust in thy word.

43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; For I have hoped in thy judgments.

44 So shall I keep thy law continually For ever and ever.

45 And I will walk [h]at liberty: For I seek thy precepts.

46 Ps. 138:1;Mat. 10:18;Acts 26I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, And will not be ashamed.

47 And I will ver. 16delight myself in thy commandments, Which I have loved.

48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; And I will ver. 15meditate in thy statutes.

49 Comfort in God's law

z  ZAIN.

Remember the word unto thy servant, Upon which thou hast caused me to ver. 74,81hope.

50 This is my Rom. 15:4comfort in my affliction: For thy word hath quickened me.

51 The proud have had me greatly Jer. 20:7in derision: Yet have I not ver. 157;Job 23:11;Ps. 44:18declined from thy law.

52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; And have comforted myself.

53 Ezra 9:3Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked That forsake thy law.

54 Thy statutes have been my songs In the house of my pilgrimage.

55 Ps. 63:6I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, And have kept thy law.

56 This I had, Because I kept thy precepts.

57 The Lord our portion


Ps. 16:5;Jer. 10:16;Lam. 3:24Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.

58 I intreated thy [i]favour with my whole heart: Be merciful unto me ver. 41according to thy word.

59 I Luke 15:17thought on my ways, And turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

60 I made haste, and delayed not To keep thy commandments.

61 The [j]bands of the wicked have robbed me: But I have not forgotten thy law.

62 Acts 16:25At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee Because of thy righteous judgments.

63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, And of them that keep thy precepts.

64 Ps. 33:5The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: ver. 12,26Teach me thy statutes.

65 God's law taught by affliction

f  TETH.

Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word.

66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: For I have believed thy commandments.

67 ver. 71;Jer. 31:18;Heb. 12:11Before I was afflicted I went astray: But now have I kept thy word.

68 Thou art Ps. 106:1;& 107:1;Mat. 19:17good, and doest good; ver. 12,26Teach me thy statutes.

69 The proud have Job 13:4;Ps. 109:2forged a lie against me: But I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.

70 Ps. 17:10;Is. 6:10;Acts 28:27Their heart is as fat as grease; But I ver. 35delight in thy law.

71 ver. 67;Heb. 12:10It is good for me that I have been afflicted; That I might learn thy statutes.

72 Ps. 19:10;Prov. 8:10,11,19The law of thy mouth is better unto me Than thousands of gold and silver.

73 Confidence in the law

y  JOD.

Job 10:8;Ps. 100:3;& 138:8;& 139:14Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: ver. 34,144Give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

74 Ps. 34:2They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; Because ver. 49,147I have hoped in thy word.

75 I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are [k]right, And Heb. 12:10that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be [l]for my comfort, According to thy word unto thy servant.

77 ver. 41Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: For ver. 24,47thy law is my delight.

78 Let the proud Ps. 25:3be ashamed; ver. 86for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: But I will ver. 23meditate in thy precepts.

79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, And those that have known thy testimonies.

80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; That I be not ashamed.

81 A longing for comfort

k  CAPH.

Ps. 73:26;& 84:2My soul fainteth for thy salvation: But ver. 74,114I hope in thy word.

82 ver. 123;Ps. 69:3Mine eyes fail for thy word, Saying, When wilt thou comfort me?

83 For Job 30:30I am become like a bottle in the smoke; Yet do I not forget thy statutes.

84 Ps. 39:4How many are the days of thy servant? Rev. 6:10When wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?

85 Ps. 35:7;Prov. 16:27The proud have digged pits for me, Which are not after thy law.

86 All thy commandments are [m]faithful: ver. 78They persecute me Ps. 35:19wrongfully; help thou me.

87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; But I forsook not thy precepts.

88 ver. 40Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; So shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.

89 God's unchangeable law


Ps. 89:2;Mat. 24:34;1 Pet. 1:25For ever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven.

90 Thy faithfulness is [n]unto all generations: Thou hast established the earth, and it [o]abideth.

91 They continue this day according to Jer. 33:25thine ordinances: For all are thy servants.

92 Unless ver. 24thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

93 I will never forget thy precepts: For with them thou hast quickened me.

94 I am thine, save me; For I have sought thy precepts.

95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: But I will consider thy testimonies.

96 Mat. 5:18I have seen an end of all perfection: But thy commandment is exceeding broad.

97 The love of God's law

m  MEM.

O how love I thy law! Ps. 1:2It is my meditation all the day.

98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me Deut. 4:6wiser than mine enemies: For [p]they are ever with me.

99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: 2 Tim. 3:15For thy testimonies are my meditation.

100 Job 32:7-9I understand more than the ancients, Because I keep thy precepts.

101 I have Prov. 1:15refrained my feet from every evil way, That I might keep thy word.

102 I have not departed from thy judgments: For thou hast taught me.

103 Ps. 19:10;Prov. 8:11How sweet are thy words unto my [q]taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: Therefore ver. 128I hate every false way.

105 God's law a lamp to the feet

n  NUN.

Prov. 6:23Thy word is a [r]lamp unto my feet, And a light unto my path.

106 Neh. 10:29I have sworn, and I will perform it, That I will keep thy righteous judgments.

107 I am afflicted very much: ver. 88Quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.

108 Accept, I beseech thee, Hos. 14:2;Heb. 13:15the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, And ver. 12,26teach me thy judgments.

109 Job 13:14My soul is continually in my hand: Yet do I not forget thy law.

110 Ps. 140:5The wicked have laid a snare for me: Yet I ver. 10,21erred not from thy precepts.

111 Deut. 33:4Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: For ver. 77,92they are the rejoicing of my heart.

112 I have inclined mine heart [s]to perform thy statutes Alway, ver. 33even unto the end.

113 God's law a hiding place


I hate vain thoughts: But thy law do I love.

114 Ps. 32:7Thou art my hiding place and my shield: ver. 81I hope in thy word.

115 Ps. 6:8;Mat. 7:23Depart from me, ye evildoers: For I will keep the commandments of my God.

116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: And let me not Ps. 25:2;Rom. 5:5be ashamed of my hope.

117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: And I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

118 Thou hast trodden down all them that ver. 21err from thy statutes: For their deceit is falsehood.

119 Thou [t]puttest away all the wicked of the earth Ezek. 22:18like dross: Therefore I love thy testimonies.

120 Hab. 3:16My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; And I am afraid of thy judgments.

121 The psalmist loves God's law

[  AIN.

I have done judgment and justice: Leave me not to mine oppressors.

122 Be Heb. 7:22surety for thy servant for good: Let not the proud oppress me.

123 ver. 81,82Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, And for the word of thy righteousness.

124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, And ver. 12teach me thy statutes.

125 Ps. 116:16I am thy servant; give me understanding, That I may know thy testimonies.

126 It is time for thee, Lord, to work: For they have made void thy law.

127 Ps. 19:10Therefore I love thy commandments Above gold; yea, above fine gold.

128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; And I ver. 104hate every false way.

129 The psalmist keeps God's law

p  PE.

Thy testimonies are wonderful: Therefore doth my soul keep them.

130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; Ps. 19:7It giveth understanding unto the simple.

131 I opened my mouth, and panted: For I ver. 20longed for thy commandments.

132 Ps. 106:4Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, 2 Thes. 1:6[u]As thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.

133 Ps. 17:5Order my steps in thy word: And Ps. 19:13;Rom. 6:12let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

134 Luke 1:74Deliver me from the oppression of man: So will I keep thy precepts.

135 Ps. 4:6Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; And ver. 12,26teach me thy statutes.

136 Jer. 9:1;Ezek. 9:4Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, Because they keep not thy law.

137 God's law is true


Neh. 9:33Righteous art thou, O Lord, And upright are thy judgments.

138 Ps. 19:7-9Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are [v]righteous And very [w]faithful.

139 Ps. 69:9;John 2:17My zeal hath [x]consumed me, Because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.

140 Ps. 12:6Thy word is very [y]pure: Therefore thy servant loveth it.

141 I am small and despised: Yet do not I forget thy precepts.

142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And thy law is Ps. 19:9the truth.

143 Trouble and anguish have [z]taken hold on me: Yet thy commandments are ver. 77my delights.

144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: ver. 34,73Give me understanding, and I shall live.

145 A cry for salvation

q  KOPH.

I cried with my whole heart; Hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.

146 I cried unto thee; save me, [aa]And I shall keep thy testimonies.

147 Ps. 5:3I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: ver. 74I hoped in thy word.

148 Ps. 63:1,6Mine eyes prevent the night watches, That I might meditate in thy word.

149 Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O Lord, ver. 40quicken me according to thy judgment.

150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: They are far from thy law.

151 Thou art Ps. 145:18near, O Lord; ver. 142And all thy commandments are truth.

152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old That thou hast founded them Luke 21:33for ever.

153 Keeping God's law in adversity

r  RESH.

Lam. 5:1Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: For I do not forget thy law.

154 1 Sam. 24:15Plead my cause, and deliver me: ver. 40Quicken me according to thy word.

155 Job 5:4Salvation is far from the wicked: For they seek not thy statutes.

156 [ab]Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: ver. 149Quicken me according to thy judgments.

157 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; Yet do I not Ps. 44:18decline from thy testimonies.

158 I beheld the transgressors, and Ezek. 9:4was grieved; Because they kept not thy word.

159 Consider how I love thy precepts: ver. 88Quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.

160 [ac]Thy word is true from the beginning: And every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

161 Peace in keeping God's law


1 Sam. 24:11Princes have persecuted me without a cause: But my heart standeth in awe of thy word.

162 I rejoice at thy word, As one that findeth great spoil.

163 I hate and abhor lying: But thy law do I love.

164 Seven times a day do I praise thee Because of thy righteous judgments.

165 Prov. 3:2;Is. 32:17Great peace have they which love thy law: And [ad]nothing shall offend them.

166 Gen. 49:18Lord, I have hoped for thy salvation, And done thy commandments.

167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; And I love them exceedingly.

168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: Prov. 5:21For all my ways are before thee.

169 A prayer for understanding

t  TAU.

Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord: ver. 144Give me understanding according to thy word.

170 Let my supplication come before thee: Deliver me according to thy word.

171 ver. 7My lips shall utter praise, When thou hast taught me thy statutes.

172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: For all thy commandments are righteousness.

173 Let thine hand help me; For Josh. 24:22I have chosen thy precepts.

174 ver. 166I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; And ver. 16,24thy law is my delight.

175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; And let thy judgments help me.

176 Is. 53:6I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; For I do not forget thy commandments.

177 A prayer for deliverance


a. Psalms 119:1 Or, perfect, or, sincere
b. Psalms 119:7 Heb. judgments of thy righteousness
c. Psalms 119:18 Heb. Reveal
d. Psalms 119:24 Heb. men of my counsel
e. Psalms 119:28 Heb. droppeth
f. Psalms 119:37 Heb. Make to pass
g. Psalms 119:42 Or, So shall I answer him that reproveth me in a thing
h. Psalms 119:45 Heb. at large
i. Psalms 119:58 Heb. face
j. Psalms 119:61 Or, companies
k. Psalms 119:75 Heb. righteousness
l. Psalms 119:76 Heb. to comfort me
m. Psalms 119:86 Heb. faithfulness
n. Psalms 119:90 Heb. to generation and generation
o. Psalms 119:90 Heb. standeth
p. Psalms 119:98 Heb. it is ever with me
q. Psalms 119:103 Heb. palate
r. Psalms 119:105 Or, candle
s. Psalms 119:112 Heb. to do
t. Psalms 119:119 Heb. causest to cease
u. Psalms 119:132 Heb. According to the custom towards those, etc.
v. Psalms 119:138 Heb. righteousness
w. Psalms 119:138 Heb. faithfulness
x. Psalms 119:139 Heb. cut me off
y. Psalms 119:140 Heb. tried, or, refined
z. Psalms 119:143 Heb. found me
aa. Psalms 119:146 Or, That I may keep
ab. Psalms 119:156 Or, Many
ac. Psalms 119:160 Heb. The beginning of thy word is true
ad. Psalms 119:165 Heb. they shall have no stumblingblock