In Praise of the Law of the LORD 119 1Our LORD, you bless everyone who lives right and obeys your Law. 2You bless all those who follow your commands from deep in their hearts 3and who never do wrong or turn from you. 4You have ordered us always to obey your teachings; 5I don't ever want to stray from your laws. 6Thinking about your commands will keep me from doing some foolish thing. 7I will do right and praise you by learning to respect your perfect laws. 8I will obey all of them! Don't turn your back on me. 9Young people can live a clean life by obeying your word. 10I worship you with all my heart. Don't let me walk away from your commands. 11I treasure your word above all else; it keeps me from sinning against you. 12I praise you, LORD! Teach me your laws. 13With my own mouth, I tell others the laws that you have spoken. 14Obeying your instructions brings as much happiness as being rich. 15I will study your teachings and follow your footsteps. 16I will take pleasure in your laws and remember your words. 17Treat me with kindness, LORD, so that I may live and do what you say. 18Open my mind and let me discover the wonders of your Law. 19I live here as a stranger. Don't keep me from knowing your commands. 20What I want most and at all times is to honor your laws. 21You punish those boastful, worthless nobodies who turn from your commands. 22Don't let them sneer and insult me for following you. 23I keep thinking about your teachings, LORD, even if rulers plot against me. 24Your laws are my greatest joy! I follow their advice. 25I am at the point of death. Let your teachings breathe new life into me. 26When I told you my troubles, you answered my prayers. Now teach me your laws. 27Help me to understand your teachings, and I will think about your marvelous deeds. 28I am overcome with sorrow. Encourage me, as you have promised to do. 29Keep me from being deceitful, and be kind enough to teach me your Law. 30I am determined to be faithful and to respect your laws. 31I follow your rules, LORD. Don't let me be ashamed. 32I am eager to learn all that you want me to do; help me to understand more. 33Point out your rules, LORD, and I won't disobey even one of them. 34Help me to understand your Law; I promise to obey it with all my heart. 35Direct me by your commands! I love to do what you say. 36Make me want to obey you, rather than to be rich. 37Take away my foolish desires, and let me find life by walking with you. 38I am your servant! Do for me what you promised to those who worship you. 39Your wonderful teachings protect me from the insults that I hate so much. 40I long for your teachings. Be true to yourself and let me live. 41Show me your love and save me, LORD, as you have promised. 42Then I will have an answer for everyone who insults me for trusting your word. 43I rely on your laws! Don't take away my chance to speak your truth. 44I will keep obeying your Law forever and ever. 45I have gained perfect freedom by following your teachings, 46and I trust them so much that I tell them to kings. 47I love your commands! They bring me happiness. 48I love and respect them and will keep them in mind. 49Don't forget your promise to me, your servant. I depend on it. 50When I am hurting, I find comfort in your promise that leads to life. 51Conceited people sneer at me, but I obey your Law. 52I find true comfort, LORD, because your laws have stood the test of time. 53I get furious when evil people turn against your Law. 54No matter where I am, your teachings fill me with songs. 55Even in the night I think about you, LORD, and I obey your Law. 56You have blessed me because I have always followed your teachings. 57You, LORD, are my choice, and I will obey you. 58With all my heart I beg you to be kind to me, just as you have promised. 59I pay careful attention as you lead me, and I follow closely. 60As soon as you command, I do what you say. 61Evil people may set a trap, but I obey your Law. 62Your laws are so fair that I wake up and praise you in the middle of the night. 63I choose as my friends everyone who worships you and follows your teachings. 64Our LORD, your love is seen all over the world. Teach me your laws. 65I am your servant, LORD, and you have kept your promise to treat me with kindness. 66Give me wisdom and good sense. I trust your commands. 67Once you corrected me for not obeying you, but now I do obey. 68You are kindhearted, and you do good things, so teach me your laws. 69My reputation is being ruined by conceited liars, but with all my heart I follow your teachings. 70Those liars have no sense, but I find happiness in your Law. 71When you corrected me, it did me good because it taught me to study your laws. 72I would rather obey you than to have a thousand pieces of silver and gold. 73You created me and put me together. Make me wise enough to learn what you have commanded. 74Your worshipers will see me, and they will be glad that I trust your word. 75Your decisions are correct, and you were right to punish me. 76I serve you, LORD. Comfort me with your love, just as you have promised. 77I love to obey your Law! Have mercy and let me live. 78Put down those proud people who hurt me with their lies, because I have chosen to study your teachings. 79Let your worshipers come to me, so they will learn to obey your rules. 80Let me truly respect your laws, so I won't be ashamed. 81I long for you to rescue me! Your word is my only hope. 82I am worn out from waiting for you to keep your word. When will you have mercy? 83My life is wasting away like a dried-up wineskin,[D] but I have not forgotten your teachings. 84I am your servant! How long must I suffer? When will you punish those troublemakers? 85Those proud people reject your teachings, and they dig pits for me to fall in. 86Your laws can be trusted! Protect me from cruel liars. 87They have almost killed me, but I have been faithful to your teachings. 88Show that you love me and let me live, so that I may obey your commands. 89Our LORD, you are eternal! Your word will last as long as the heavens.[E] 90You remain faithful in every generation, and the earth you created will keep standing firm. 91All things are your servants, and the laws you made are still in effect today. 92If I had not found happiness in obeying your Law, I would have died in misery. 93I won't ever forget your teachings, because you give me new life when I follow them. 94I belong to you, and I have respected your laws, so keep me safe. 95Brutal enemies are waiting to ambush and destroy me, but I obey your rules. 96Nothing is completely perfect, except your teachings. 97I deeply love your Law! I think about it all day. 98Your laws never leave my mind, and they make me much wiser than my enemies. 99Thinking about your teachings gives me better understanding than my teachers, 100and obeying your laws makes me wiser than those who have lived a long time. 101I obey your word instead of following a way that leads to trouble. 102You have been my teacher, and I won't reject your instructions. 103Your teachings are sweeter than honey. 104They give me understanding and make me hate all lies. 105Your word is a lamp that gives light wherever I walk. 106Your laws are fair, and I have given my word to respect them all. 107I am in terrible pain! Save me, LORD, as you have promised. 108Accept my offerings of praise and teach me your laws. 109I never forget your teachings, although my life is always in danger. 110Some merciless people are trying to trap me, but I never turn my back on your teachings. 111They will always be my most prized possession and my source of joy. 112I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever, no matter what. 113I hate anyone whose loyalty is divided, but I love your Law. 114You are my place of safety and my shield. Your word is my only hope. 115All you worthless people, get away from me! I am determined to obey the commands of my God. 116Be true to your word, LORD. Keep me alive and strong; don't let me be ashamed because of my hope. 117Keep me safe and secure, so that I will always respect your laws. 118You reject all deceitful liars because they refuse your teachings. 119As far as you are concerned, evil people are[F] garbage, and so I follow your rules. 120I tremble all over when I think of you and the way you judge. 121I did what was fair and right! Don't hand me over to those who want to mistreat me. 122Take good care of me, your servant, and don't let me be harmed by those conceited people. 123My eyes are weary from waiting to see you keep your promise to come and save me. 124Show your love for me, your servant, and teach me your laws. 125I serve you, so let me understand your teachings. 126Do something, LORD! They have broken your Law. 127Your laws mean more to me than the finest gold. 128I follow all your commands,[G] but I hate anyone who leads me astray. 129Your teachings are wonderful, and I respect them all. 130Understanding your word brings light to the minds of ordinary people. 131I honestly want to know everything you teach. 132Think about me and be kind, just as you are to everyone who loves your name. 133Keep your promise and don't let me stumble or let sin control my life. 134Protect me from abuse, so I can obey your laws. 135Smile on me, your servant, and teach me your laws. 136When anyone disobeys you, my eyes overflow with tears. 137Our LORD, you always do right, and your decisions are fair. 138All your teachings are true and trustworthy. 139It upsets me greatly when my enemies neglect your teachings. 140Your word to me, your servant, is like pure gold; I treasure what you say. 141Everyone calls me a nobody, but I remember your laws. 142You will always do right, and your teachings are true. 143I am in deep distress, but I love your teachings. 144Your rules are always fair. Help me to understand them and live. 145I pray to you, LORD! Please answer me. I promise to obey your laws. 146I beg you to save me, so I can follow your rules. 147Even before sunrise, I pray for your help, and I put my hope in what you have said. 148I lie awake at night, thinking of your promises. 149Show that you love me, LORD, and answer my prayer. Please do the right thing and save my life. 150People who disobey your Law have made evil plans and want to hurt me, 151but you are with me, and all your commands can be trusted. 152From studying your laws, I found out long ago you made them to last forever. 153I have not forgotten your Law! Look at the trouble I am in, and rescue me. 154Be my defender and protector! Remember your promise and save my life. 155Evil people won't obey you, and so they have no hope of being saved. 156You are merciful, LORD! Please do the right thing and save my life. 157I have a lot of brutal enemies, but still I never turn from your laws. 158Those unfaithful people who refuse to obey you are disgusting to me. 159Remember how I love your laws, and show your love for me by keeping me safe. 160All you say can be trusted; your teachings are true and will last forever. 161Rulers are cruel to me for no reason. But with all my heart I respect your words, 162because they bring happiness like treasures taken in war. 163I can't stand liars, but I love your Law. 164I praise you seven times a day because your laws are fair. 165You give peace of mind to all who love your Law. Nothing can make them fall. 166You are my only hope for being saved, LORD, and I do all you command. 167I love and obey your laws with all my heart. 168You know everything I do. You know I respect every law you have given. 169Please, LORD, hear my prayer and give me the understanding that comes from your word. 170Listen to my concerns and keep me safe, just as you have promised. 171If you will teach me your laws, I will praise you 172 172 and sing about your promise, because all your teachings are what they ought to be. 173Be ready to protect me because I have chosen to obey your laws. 174I am waiting for you to save me, LORD. Your Law makes me happy. 175Keep me alive, so I can praise you, and let me find help in your teachings. 176I am your servant, but I have wandered away like a lost sheep. Please come after me, because I have not forgotten your teachings.
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