Psalm 119:1-18

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Psalm 119This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet; moreover, the verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. 1א Aleph Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD .

2Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart—

3they do no wrong but follow his ways.

4You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed.

5Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!

6Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands.

7I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.

8I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me. ב Beth

9How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.

10I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.

11I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

12Praise be to you, LORD ; teach me your decrees.

13With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.

14I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.

15I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.

16I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. ג Gimel

17Be good to your servant while I live, that I may obey your word.

18Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.