[1] BLESSED are they that are perfect〖Or, upright in way.〗 in the way,

Who walk in the law of Jehovah.

[2] Blessed are they that keep his testimonies,

That seek him with the whole heart.

[3] Yea, they do no unrighteousness;

They walk in his ways.

[4] Thou hast commanded us thy precepts,

That we should observe them diligently.

[5] Oh that my ways were established

To observe thy statutes!

[6] Then shall I not be put to shame,

When I have respect unto all thy commandments.

[7] I will give thanks unto thee with uprightness of heart,

When I learn thy righteous judgments.

[8] I will observe thy statutes:

Oh forsake me not utterly.


[9] Wherewith shall a young man cleanse his way?

By taking heed thereto according to thy word.

[10] With my whole heart have I sought thee:

Oh let me not wander from thy commandments.

[11] Thy word have I laid up in my heart,

That I might not sin against thee.

[12] Blessed art thou, O Jehovah:

Teach me thy statutes.

[13] With my lips have I declared

All the ordinances of thy mouth.

[14] I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies,

As much as in all riches.

[15] I will meditate on thy precepts,

And have respect unto thy ways.

[16] I will delight myself in thy statutes:

I will not forget thy word.


[17] Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live;

So will I observe thy word.

[18] Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold

Wondrous things out of thy law.

[19] I am a sojourner in the earth:

Hide not thy commandments from me.

[20] My soul breaketh for the longing

That it hath unto thine ordinances at all times.

[21] Thou hast rebuked the proud that〖Or, Cursed are they that &c.〗 are cursed,

That do wander from thy commandments.

[22] Take away from me reproach and contempt;

For I have kept thy testimonies.

[23] Princes also sat and talked against me;

But thy servant did meditate on thy statutes.

[24] Thy testimonies also are my delight

And my〖Heb. the men of my counsel.〗 counsellors.


[25] My soul cleaveth unto the dust:

Quicken thou me according to thy word.

[26] I declared my ways, and thou answeredst me:

Teach me thy statutes.

[27] Make me to understand the way of thy precepts:

So shall I meditate on thy wondrous works.

[28] My soul melteth〖Heb. droppeth.〗 for heaviness:

Strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

[29] Remove from me the way of falsehood;

And grant me thy law graciously.

[30] I have chosen the way of faithfulness:

Thine ordinances have I set before me.

[31] I cleave unto thy testimonies:

O Jehovah, put me not to shame.

[32] I will run the way of thy commandments,

When thou shalt enlarge my heart.


[33] Teach me, O Jehovah, the way of thy statutes;

And I shall keep it unto 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 delight.

[36] Incline my heart unto thy testimonies,

And not to covetousness.

[37] Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity,

And quicken me in thy ways.

[38] Confirm unto thy servant thy word,

Which〖Or, Who is devoted to.〗 is in order unto the fear of thee.

[39] Turn away my reproach whereof I am afraid;

For thine ordinances are good.

[40] Behold, I have longed after thy precepts:

Quicken me in thy righteousness.


[41] Let thy lovingkindnesses also come unto me, O Jehovah,

Even thy salvation, according to thy word.

[42] So shall I have an answer for 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 thine ordinances.

[44] So shall I observe thy law continually

For ever and ever.

[45] And I shall walk at liberty;

For I have sought thy precepts.

[46] I will also speak of thy testimonies before kings,

And shall not be put to shame.

[47] And I will delight myself in thy commandments,

Which I have loved.

[48] I will lift up my hands also unto thy commandments, which I have loved;

And I will meditate on thy statutes.


[49] Remember the word unto thy servant,

Because〖Or, Wherein.〗 thou hast made me to hope.

[50] This is my comfort in my affliction;

For〖Or, That.〗 thy word hath quickened me.

[51] The proud have had me greatly in derision:

Yet have I not swerved from thy law.

[52] I have remembered thine ordinances of old, O Jehovah,

And have comforted myself.

[53] Hot〖Or, Horror.〗 indignation 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] I have remembered thy name, O Jehovah, in the night,

And have observed thy law.

[56] This I have had,

Because〖Or, That.〗 I have kept thy precepts.


[57] Jehovah〖Or, Jehovah is my portion, have I said: That I may observe &c.〗 is my portion:

I have said that I would observe thy words.

[58] I entreated thy favor with my whole heart:

Be merciful unto me according to thy word.

[59] I thought on my ways,

And turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

[60] I made haste, and delayed not,

To observe thy commandments.

[61] The cords of the wicked have wrapped me round;

But I have not forgotten thy law.

[62] At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee

Because of thy righteous ordinances.

[63] I am a companion of all them that fear thee,

And of them that observe thy precepts.

[64] The earth, O Jehovah, is full of thy lovingkindness:

Teach me thy statutes.


[65] Thou hast dealt well with thy servant,

O Jehovah, according unto thy word.

[66] Teach me good judgment and knowledge;

For I have believed in thy commandments.

[67] Before I was afflicted I went astray;

But now I observe thy word.

[68] Thou art good, and doest good;

Teach me thy statutes.

[69] The proud have forged a lie against me:

With my whole heart will I keep thy precepts.

[70] Their heart is as fat as grease;

But I delight in thy law.

[71] It is good for me that I have been afflicted;

That I may learn thy statutes.

[72] The law of thy mouth is better unto me

Than thousands of gold and silver.


[73] Thy hands have made me and fashioned〖Or, established.〗 me:

Give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

[74] They that fear thee shall see me and be glad,

Because I have hoped in thy word.

[75] I know, O Jehovah, that thy judgments are righteous,

And that in faithfulness thou hast afflicted me.

[76] Let, I pray thee, thy lovingkindness be for my comfort,

According to thy word unto thy servant.

[77] Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live;

For thy law is my delight.

[78] Let the proud be put to shame; for they have overthrown me wrongfully:〖Or, with falsehood.〗

But I will meditate on thy precepts.

[79] Let those that fear thee turn unto me;

And〖Another reading is, Even they that know.〗 they shall know thy testimonies.

[80] Let my heart be perfect in thy statutes,

That I be not put to shame.


[81] My soul fainteth for thy salvation;

But I hope in thy word.

[82] Mine eyes fail for thy word,

While I say, When wilt thou comfort me?

[83] For I am become like a wine-skin in the smoke;

Yet do I not forget thy statutes.

[84] How many are the days of thy servant?

When wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?

[85] The proud have digged pits for me,

Who are not according to thy law.

[86] All thy commandments are faithful:

They persecute me wrongfully;〖Or, with falsehood.〗 help thou me.

[87] They had almost consumed me upon earth;

But I forsook not thy precepts.

[88] Quicken me after thy lovingkindness;

So shall I observe the testimony of thy mouth.


[89] For ever, O Jehovah,

Thy word is settled in heaven.

[90] Thy faithfulness is unto all generations:

Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

[91] They〖Or, As for thine ordinances, they abide this day.〗 abide this day according to thine ordinances;

For all things are thy servants.

[92] Unless thy law had been my delight,

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] I have seen an end of all perfection;

But thy commandment is exceeding broad.


[97] Oh how love I thy law!

It is my meditation all the day.

[98] Thy〖Or, Thou through thy commandments makest.〗 commandments make me wiser than mine enemies;

For they are ever with me.

[99] I have more understanding than all my teachers;

For thy testimonies are my meditation.

[100] I understand more than the aged,

Because I have kept thy precepts.

[101] I have refrained my feet from every evil way,

That I might observe thy word.

[102] I have not turned aside from thine ordinances;

For thou hast taught me.

[103] How sweet are thy words unto my taste!〖Heb. palate.〗

Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

[104] Through thy precepts I get understanding:

Therefore I hate every false way.


[105] Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,

And light unto my path.

[106] I have sworn, and have confirmed it,

That I will observe thy righteous ordinances.

[107] I am afflicted very much:

Quicken me, O Jehovah, according unto thy word.

[108] Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill-offerings of my mouth, O Jehovah,

And teach me thine ordinances.

[109] My soul is continually in my hand;

Yet do I not forget thy law.

[110] The wicked have laid a snare for me;

Yet have I not gone astray from thy precepts.

[111] Thy testimonies have I taken as a heritage for ever;

For they are the rejoicing of my heart.

[112] I have inclined my heart to perform thy statutes

For ever, even unto the end.


[113] I hate them that are of a double mind;

But thy law do I love.

[114] Thou art my hiding-place and my shield:

I hope in thy word.

[115] Depart from me, ye evil-doers,

That I may keep the commandments of my God.

[116] Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live;

And let me not be ashamed of my hope.

[117] Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe,

And shall have respect unto thy statutes continually.

[118] Thou hast set at nought all them that err from thy statutes;

For their deceit is falsehood〖Or, vain.〗

[119] Thou puttest〖Heb. causest to cease.〗 away all the wicked of the earth like dross:

Therefore I love thy testimonies.

[120] My flesh trembleth for fear of thee;

And I am afraid of thy judgments.


[121] I have done justice and righteousness:

Leave me not to mine oppressors.

[122] Be surety for thy servant for good:

Let not the proud oppress me.

[123] Mine eyes fail for thy salvation,

And for thy righteous word.

[124] Deal with thy servant according unto thy lovingkindness,

And teach me thy statutes.

[125] I am thy servant; give me understanding,

That I may know thy testimonies.

[126] It is time for Jehovah to work;

For they have made void thy law.

[127] Therefore 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 hate every false way.


[129] Thy testimonies are wonderful;

Therefore doth my soul keep them.

[130] The opening of thy words giveth light;

It giveth understanding unto the simple.

[131] I opened wide my mouth, and panted;

For I longed for thy commandments.

[132] Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me,

As thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.

[133] Establish my footsteps in thy word;

And let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

[134] Redeem me from the oppression of man:

So will I observe thy precepts

[135] Make thy face to shine upon thy servant;

And teach me thy statutes.

[136] Streams of water run down mine eyes,

Because they observe not thy law.


[137] Righteous art thou, O Jehovah,

And upright are〖Or, in thy judgments.〗 thy judgments.

[138] Thou hast commanded thy testimonies in righteousness

And very faithfulness.

[139] My zeal hath consumed〖Heb. cut me off.〗 me,

Because mine adversaries have forgotten thy words.

[140] Thy word is very pure;〖Heb. triedOr, refined.〗

Therefore thy servant loveth it.

[141] I am small and despised;

Yet do I not forget thy precepts.

[142] Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,

And thy law is truth.

[143] Trouble and anguish have taken〖Or, found me.〗 hold on me;

Yet thy commandments are my delight.

[144] Thy testimonies are righteous for ever:

Give me understanding, and I shall live.


[145] I have called with my whole heart; answer me, O Jehovah: I will keep thy statutes.

[146] I have called unto thee; save me,

And I shall observe thy testimonies.

[147] I anticipated the dawning of the morning, and cried:

I hoped in thy words.

[148] Mine eyes anticipated the night-watches,

That I might meditate on thy word.

[149] Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness:

Quicken me, O Jehovah, according〖Or, as thou art wont.〗 to thine ordinances.

[150] They draw nigh that〖Or, that persecute me with wickedness.〗 follow after wickedness;

They are far from thy law.

[151] Thou art nigh, O Jehovah;

And all thy commandments are truth.

[152] Of old have I known from thy testimonies,

That thou hast founded them for ever.


[153] Consider mine affliction, and deliver me;

For I do not forget thy law.

[154] Plead thou my cause, and redeem me:

Quicken me according to thy word.

[155] Salvation is far from the wicked;

For they seek not thy statutes.

[156] Great are thy tender mercies, O Jehovah:

Quicken me according to thine ordinances.

[157] Many are my persecutors and mine adversaries;

Yet have I not swerved from thy testimonies.

[158] I beheld the treacherous, and was〖Or, loathed them.〗 grieved,

Because they observe not thy word.

[159] Consider how I love thy precepts:

Quicken me, O Jehovah, according to thy lovingkindness.

[160] The sum of thy word is truth;

And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever.


[161] Princes have persecuted me without a cause;

But my heart standeth in awe of thy words.

[162] I rejoice at thy word,

As one that findeth great spoil.

[163] I hate and abhor falsehood;

But thy law do I love.

[164] Seven times a day do I praise thee,

Because of thy righteous ordinances.

[165] Great peace have they that love thy law;

And they have no occasion of stumbling.

[166] I have hoped for thy salvation, O Jehovah,

And have done thy commandments.

[167] My soul hath observed thy testimonies;

And I love them exceedingly.

[168] I have observed thy precepts and thy testimonies;

For all my ways are before thee.


[169] Let my cry come near before thee, O Jehovah:

Give me understanding according to thy word.

[170] Let my supplication come before thee:

Deliver me according to thy word.

[171] Let my lips utter praise;

For thou teachest me thy statutes.

[172] Let my tongue sing of thy word;

For all thy commandments are righteousness.

[173] Let thy hand be ready to help me;

For I have chosen thy precepts.

[174] I have longed for thy salvation, O Jehovah;

And thy law is my delight.

[175] Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee;

And let thine ordinances help me.

[176] I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant;

For I do not forget thy commandments.



A Song of Ascents.

[1] IN my distress I cried unto Jehovah,

And he answered me.

[2] Deliver my soul, O Jehovah, from lying lips,

And from a deceitful tongue.

[3] What shall be given unto thee, and what shall be done more unto thee,

Thou deceitful tongue?

[4] Sharp〖Or It is as the sharp arrows of the mighty man〗 arrows of the mighty,

With coals of juniper.〖Or, broom.〗

[5] Woe is me, that I sojourn in Meshech,

That I dwell among the tents of Kedar!

[6] My soul hath long had her dwelling

With him that hateth peace.

[7] I am for peace:

But when I speak, they are for war.

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