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Psalms 119

1 Keepers of God's law

1 a  ALEPH.

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

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

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

4 Thou hast commanded us 4 To keep thy precepts diligently.

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

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

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

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

9 Purity, the fruit of the law

9 b  BETH.

9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? 9 By taking heed thereto according to thy word.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17 Eyes to see God's law

17 g  GIMEL.

17 Ps. 116:7Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, 17 And keep thy word.

18 [c]Open thou mine eyes, 18 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: 19 Hide not thy commandments from me.

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

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

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

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

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

25 Prayer for understanding the law

25 d  DALETH.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

33 Living the Lord's way

33 h  HE.

33 ver. 12Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; 33 And I shall keep it Mat. 10:22;Rev. 2:26unto the end.

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

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

36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, 36 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; 37 And quicken thou me in thy way.

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

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

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

41 Salvation through God's law

41 w  VAU.

41 ver. 77;Ps. 106:4Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, 41 Even thy salvation, according to thy word.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

49 Comfort in God's law

49 z  ZAIN.

49 Remember the word unto thy servant, 49 Upon which thou hast caused me to ver. 74,81hope.

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

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

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

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

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

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

56 This I had, 56 Because I kept thy precepts.

57 The Lord our portion

57 j  CHETH.

57 Ps. 16:5;Jer. 10:16;Lam. 3:24Thou art my portion, O Lord: 57 I have said that I would keep thy words.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

65 God's law taught by affliction

65 f  TETH.

65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, 65 O Lord, according unto thy word.

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

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

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

69 The proud have Job 13:4;Ps. 109:2forged a lie against me: 69 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; 70 But I ver. 35delight in thy law.

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

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

73 Confidence in the law

73 y  JOD.

73 Job 10:8;Ps. 100:3;& 138:8;& 139:14Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: 73 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; 74 Because ver. 49,147I have hoped in thy word.

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

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

77 ver. 41Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: 77 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: 78 But I will ver. 23meditate in thy precepts.

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

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

81 A longing for comfort

81 k  CAPH.

81 Ps. 73:26;& 84:2My soul fainteth for thy salvation: 81 But ver. 74,114I hope in thy word.

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

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

84 Ps. 39:4How many are the days of thy servant? 84 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, 85 Which are not after thy law.

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

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

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

89 God's unchangeable law

89 l  LAMED.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

97 The love of God's law

97 m  MEM.

97 O how love I thy law! 97 Ps. 1:2It is my meditation all the day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

105 God's law a lamp to the feet

105 n  NUN.

105 Prov. 6:23Thy word is a [r]lamp unto my feet, 105 And a light unto my path.

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

107 I am afflicted very much: 107 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, 108 And ver. 12,26teach me thy judgments.

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

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

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

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

113 God's law a hiding place

113 s  SAMECH.

113 I hate vain thoughts: 113 But thy law do I love.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

121 The psalmist loves God's law

121 [  AIN.

121 I have done judgment and justice: 121 Leave me not to mine oppressors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

129 The psalmist keeps God's law

129 p  PE.

129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: 129 Therefore doth my soul keep them.

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

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

132 Ps. 106:4Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, 132 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: 133 And Ps. 19:13;Rom. 6:12let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

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

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

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

137 God's law is true

137 x  TZADDI.

137 Neh. 9:33Righteous art thou, O Lord, 137 And upright are thy judgments.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

145 A cry for salvation

145 q  KOPH.

145 I cried with my whole heart; 145 Hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

153 Keeping God's law in adversity

153 r  RESH.

153 Lam. 5:1Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: 153 For I do not forget thy law.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

161 Peace in keeping God's law

161 `  SCHIN.

161 1 Sam. 24:11Princes have persecuted me without a cause: 161 But my heart standeth in awe of thy word.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

169 A prayer for understanding

169 t  TAU.

169 Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord: 169 ver. 144Give me understanding according to thy word.

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

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

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

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

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

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

176 Is. 53:6I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; 176 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