1 HappyI are those whose wayII is blameless,III
who walkIV in the lawV of the Lord.VI
2 Happy are those who keepVII his decrees,VIII
who seekIX him with their wholeX heart,XI
3 who alsoXII doXIII no wrong,XIV
but walk in his ways.
4 You have commandedXV your preceptsXVI
to be keptXVII diligently.XVIII
5 O thatXIX my ways may be steadfastXX
in keepingXXI your statutes!XXII
6 Then I shall not be put to shame,XXIII
having my eyes fixedXXIV on allXXV your commandments.XXVI
7 I will praiseXXVII you with an uprightXXVIII heart,XXIX
when I learnXXX your righteousXXXI ordinances.XXXII
8 I will observeXXXIII your statutes;
do not utterlyXXXIV forsakeXXXV me.
9 How can young peopleXXXVI keep their wayXXXVII pure?XXXVIII
By guardingXXXIX it according to your word.XL
10 With my whole heartXLI I seek you;
do not let me strayXLII from your commandments.
11 I treasureXLIII your wordXLIV in my heart,XLV
so that I may not sinXLVI against you.
12 BlessedXLVII are you, O Lord;
teachXLVIII me your statutes.
13 With my lipsXLIX I declareL
all the ordinances of your mouth.LI
14 I delightLII in the wayLIII of your decreesLIV
as much as in all riches.LV
15 I will meditateLVI on your precepts,
and fix my eyes on your ways.LVII
16 I will delightLVIII in your statutes;LIX
I will not forgetLX your word.LXI
17 Deal bountifullyLXII with your servant,LXIII
so that I may liveLXIV and observe your word.LXV
18 OpenLXVI my eyes,LXVII so that I may beholdLXVIII
wondrous thingsLXIX out of your law.
19 I live as an alienLXX in the land;LXXI
do not hideLXXII your commandments from me.
20 My soulLXXIII is consumedLXXIV with longingLXXV
for your ordinances at all times.LXXVI
21 You rebukeLXXVII the insolent,LXXVIII accursed ones,
who wanderLXXIX from your commandments;
22 take awayLXXX from me their scornLXXXI and contempt,LXXXII
for I have keptLXXXIII your decrees.LXXXIV
23 Even though princesLXXXV sitLXXXVI plottingLXXXVII against me,
your servant will meditate on your statutes.LXXXVIII
24 Your decreesLXXXIX are my delight,XC
theyXCI are my counselors.XCII
25 My soul clingsXCIII to the dust;XCIV
reviveXCV me according to your word.XCVI
26 When I toldXCVII of my ways,XCVIII you answeredXCIX me;
teach me your statutes.C
27 Make me understandCI the wayCII of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous works.CIII
28 My soul meltsCIV away for sorrow;CV
strengthenCVI me according to your word.CVII
29 Put falseCVIII waysCIX farCX from me;
and graciously teachCXI me your law.
30 I have chosenCXII the wayCXIII of faithfulness;CXIV
I setCXV your ordinances before me.
31 I cling to your decrees,CXVI O Lord;
let me not be put to shame.
32 I runCXVII the wayCXVIII of your commandments,
for you enlargeCXIX my understanding.CXX
33 TeachCXXI me, O Lord, the wayCXXII of your statutes,CXXIII
and I will observeCXXIV it to the end.CXXV
34 Give me understanding,CXXVI that I may keepCXXVII your law
and observeCXXVIII it with my whole heart.CXXIX
35 LeadCXXX me in the pathCXXXI of your commandments,
for I delightCXXXII in it.
36 TurnCXXXIII my heartCXXXIV to your decrees,CXXXV
and not to selfish gain.CXXXVI
37 TurnCXXXVII my eyes from lookingCXXXVIII at vanities;CXXXIX
give me lifeCXL in your ways.CXLI
38 ConfirmCXLII to your servant your promise,CXLIII
which is for those who fearCXLIV you.
39 Turn away the disgraceCXLV that I dread,CXLVI
for your ordinances are good.CXLVII
40 See,CXLVIII I have longedCXLIX for your precepts;
in your righteousnessCL give me life.
41 Let your steadfast loveCLI comeCLII to me, O Lord,
your salvationCLIII according to your promise.
42 Then I shall haveCLIV an answerCLV for those who tauntCLVI me,
for I trustCLVII in your word.CLVIII
43 Do not takeCLIX the wordCLX of truthCLXI utterly out of my mouth,
for my hope is inCLXII your ordinances.
44 I will keepCLXIII your law continually,CLXIV
foreverCLXV and ever.CLXVI
45 I shall walk at liberty,CLXVII
for I have sought your precepts.
46 I will also speakCLXVIII of your decreesCLXIX beforeCLXX kings,CLXXI
and shall not be put to shame;
47 I find my delightCLXXII in your commandments,
because I loveCLXXIII them.
48 I revereCLXXIV your commandments, which I love,
and I will meditate on your statutes.CLXXV
49 RememberCLXXVI your wordCLXXVII to your servant,
in which you have made me hope.CLXXVIII
50 This is my comfortCLXXIX in my distress,CLXXX
that your promise gives me life.
51 The arrogantCLXXXI utterly derideCLXXXII me,
but I do not turn awayCLXXXIII from your law.
52 When I thinkCLXXXIV of your ordinances from of old,CLXXXV
I take comfort,CLXXXVI O Lord.
53 Hot indignationCLXXXVII seizesCLXXXVIII me because of the wicked,CLXXXIX
those who forsake your law.
54 Your statutesCXC have beenCXCI my songsCXCII
wherever I make my home.CXCIII
55 I remember your nameCXCIV in the night,CXCV O Lord,
and keepCXCVI your law.
56 This blessing has fallenCXCVII to me,
for I have keptCXCVIII your precepts.
57 The Lord is my portion;CXCIX
I promiseCC to keepCCI your words.CCII
58 I imploreCCIII your favorCCIV with all my heart;CCV
be graciousCCVI to me according to your promise.CCVII
59 When I thinkCCVIII of your ways,CCIX
I turnCCX my feetCCXI to your decrees;CCXII
60 I hurryCCXIII and do not delayCCXIV
to keep your commandments.
61 Though the cordsCCXV of the wicked ensnare me,
I do not forget your law.
62 At midnightCCXVI I riseCCXVII to praise you,
because of your righteous ordinances.
63 I am a companionCCXVIII of all who fearCCXIX you,
of those who keepCCXX your precepts.
64 The earth,CCXXI O Lord, is fullCCXXII of your steadfast love;
teachCCXXIII me your statutes.CCXXIV
65 You have dealtCCXXV wellCCXXVI with your servant,
O Lord, according to your word.CCXXVII
66 TeachCCXXVIII me goodCCXXIX judgmentCCXXX and knowledge,CCXXXI
for I believeCCXXXII in your commandments.
67 Before I was humbledCCXXXIII I went astray,CCXXXIV
but now I keepCCXXXV your word.CCXXXVI
68 You are goodCCXXXVII and do good;CCXXXVIII
teachCCXXXIX me your statutes.CCXL
69 The arrogant smearCCXLI me with lies,CCXLII
but with my whole heartCCXLIII I keepCCXLIV your precepts.
70 Their heartsCCXLV are fatCCXLVI and gross,CCXLVII
but I delightCCXLVIII in your law.
71 It is goodCCXLIX for me that I was humbled,
so that I might learnCCL your statutes.CCLI
72 The law of your mouth is betterCCLII to me
than thousandsCCLIII of goldCCLIV and silver pieces.CCLV
73 Your handsCCLVI have madeCCLVII and fashionedCCLVIII me;
give me understanding that I may learnCCLIX your commandments.
74 Those who fearCCLX you shall seeCCLXI me and rejoice,CCLXII
because I have hoped in your word.CCLXIII
75 I know,CCLXIV O Lord, that your judgmentsCCLXV are right,CCLXVI
and that in faithfulness you have humbled me.
76 LetCCLXVII your steadfast love becomeCCLXVIII my comfortCCLXIX
according to your promiseCCLXX to your servant.
77 Let your mercyCCLXXI come to me, that I may live;
for your law is my delight.CCLXXII
78 Let the arrogant be put to shame,
because they have subvertedCCLXXIII me with guile;CCLXXIV
as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
79 Let those who fearCCLXXV you turnCCLXXVI to me,
so that they may know your decrees.CCLXXVII
80 May my heartCCLXXVIII be blameless in your statutes,CCLXXIX
so that I may not be put to shame.
81 My soul languishesCCLXXX for your salvation;
I hope in your word.CCLXXXI
82 My eyes failCCLXXXII with watching for your promise;CCLXXXIII
I ask,CCLXXXIV “When will you comfortCCLXXXV me?”
83 For I have become like a wineskinCCLXXXVI in the smoke,CCLXXXVII
yet I have not forgotten your statutes.CCLXXXVIII
84 How longCCLXXXIX must your servant endure?
When will you judgeCCXC those who persecuteCCXCI me?
85 The arrogant have dugCCXCII pitfallsCCXCIII for me;
they floutCCXCIV your law.
86 All your commandments are enduring;CCXCV
I am persecuted without cause;CCXCVI helpCCXCVII me!
87 They have almostCCXCVIII made an endCCXCIX of me on earth;
but I have not forsaken your precepts.
88 In your steadfast love spare my life,CCC
so that I may keepCCCI the decreesCCCII of your mouth.
89 The Lord exists forever;
your wordCCCIII is firmly fixedCCCIV in heaven.CCCV
90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations;CCCVI
you have establishedCCCVII the earth, and it stands fast.CCCVIII
91 By your appointmentCCCIX they standCCCX today,CCCXI
for all things are your servants.
92 If your law had not been my delight,CCCXII
I would have perishedCCCXIII in my misery.CCCXIV
93 I will neverCCCXV forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.
94 I am yours; saveCCCXVI me,
for I have sought your precepts.
95 The wicked lie in waitCCCXVII to destroyCCCXVIII me,
but I considerCCCXIX your decrees.CCCXX
96 I have seen a limitCCCXXI to all perfection,CCCXXII
but your commandment is exceedinglyCCCXXIII broad.CCCXXIV
97 Oh, how I love your law!
It is my meditationCCCXXV all day long.
98 Your commandment makes me wiserCCCXXVI than my enemies,CCCXXVII
for it is alwaysCCCXXVIII with me.
99 I have more understandingCCCXXIX than all my teachers,CCCXXX
for your decreesCCCXXXI are my meditation.
100 I understandCCCXXXII more than the aged,CCCXXXIII
for I keepCCCXXXIV your precepts.
101 I hold backCCCXXXV my feet from everyCCCXXXVI evilCCCXXXVII way,CCCXXXVIII
in order to keepCCCXXXIX your word.CCCXL
102 I do not turn awayCCCXLI from your ordinances,
for you have taughtCCCXLII me.
103 How sweet areCCCXLIII your wordsCCCXLIV to my taste,CCCXLV
sweeter than honeyCCCXLVI to my mouth!
104 Through your precepts I get understanding;CCCXLVII
thereforeCCCXLVIII I hateCCCXLIX every false way.CCCL
105 Your wordCCCLI is a lampCCCLII to my feet
and a lightCCCLIII to my path.
106 I have sworn an oathCCCLIV and confirmed it,
to observeCCCLV your righteous ordinances.
107 I am severelyCCCLVI afflicted;CCCLVII
give me life, O Lord, according to your word.CCCLVIII
108 AcceptCCCLIX, CCCLX my offeringsCCCLXI of praise,CCCLXII O Lord,
and teachCCCLXIII me your ordinances.
109 I hold my lifeCCCLXIV in my handCCCLXV continually,
but I do not forget your law.
110 The wicked have laidCCCLXVI a snareCCCLXVII for me,
but I do not strayCCCLXVIII from your precepts.
111 Your decreesCCCLXIX are my heritageCCCLXX forever;
they are the joyCCCLXXI of my heart.CCCLXXII
112 I inclineCCCLXXIII my heartCCCLXXIV to performCCCLXXV your statutesCCCLXXVI
forever, to the end.
113 I hate the double-minded,CCCLXXVII
but I love your law.
114 You are my hiding placeCCCLXXVIII and my shield;CCCLXXIX
I hope in your word.CCCLXXX
115 Go awayCCCLXXXI from me, you evildoers,CCCLXXXII
that I may keepCCCLXXXIII the commandments of my God.CCCLXXXIV
116 UpholdCCCLXXXV me according to your promise,CCCLXXXVI that I may live,
and let me not be put to shame in my hope.CCCLXXXVII
117 Hold me up,CCCLXXXVIII that I may be safeCCCLXXXIX
and have regardCCCXC for your statutesCCCXCI continually.
118 You spurnCCCXCII all who go astrayCCCXCIII from your statutes;CCCXCIV
for their cunningCCCXCV is in vain.CCCXCVI
119 All the wicked of the earth you countCCCXCVII as dross;CCCXCVIII
therefore I love your decrees.CCCXCIX
120 My fleshCD tremblesCDI for fearCDII of you,
and I am afraid of your judgments.CDIII
121 I have doneCDIV what is justCDV and right;
do notCDVI leaveCDVII me to my oppressors.CDVIII
122 GuaranteeCDIX your servant’s well-being;CDX
do not let the godlessCDXI oppress me.
123 My eyes fail from watching for your salvation,CDXII
and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.CDXIII
124 DealCDXIV with your servant according to your steadfast love,
and teachCDXV me your statutes.CDXVI
125 I am your servant; give me understanding,
so that I may know your decrees.CDXVII
126 It is time for the Lord to act,CDXVIII
for your law has been broken.CDXIX
127 TrulyCDXX I love your commandments
more than gold, more than fine gold.CDXXI
128 Truly I direct my stepsCDXXII by all your precepts;
I hate every false way.CDXXIII
129 Your decreesCDXXIV are wonderful;CDXXV
therefore my soul keepsCDXXVI them.
130 The unfoldingCDXXVII of your wordsCDXXVIII gives light;CDXXIX
it imparts understandingCDXXX to the simple.CDXXXI
131 With openCDXXXII mouth I pant,CDXXXIII
because I longCDXXXIV for your commandments.
132 TurnCDXXXV to me and be gracious to me,
as is your customCDXXXVI toward those who love your name.
133 Keep my stepsCDXXXVII steadyCDXXXVIII according to your promise,CDXXXIX
and never letCDXL iniquityCDXLI have dominionCDXLII over me.
134 RedeemCDXLIII me from humanCDXLIV oppression,CDXLV
that I may keepCDXLVI your precepts.
135 Make your faceCDXLVII shineCDXLVIII upon your servant,
and teachCDXLIX me your statutes.CDL
136 My eyes shedCDLI streamsCDLII of tearsCDLIII
because your law is not kept.CDLIV
137 You are righteous,CDLV O Lord,
and your judgmentsCDLVI are right.CDLVII
138 You have appointedCDLVIII your decreesCDLIX in righteousness
and in allCDLX faithfulness.
139 My zealCDLXI consumesCDLXII me
because my foesCDLXIII forget your words.CDLXIV
140 Your promiseCDLXV is wellCDLXVI tried,CDLXVII
and your servant loves it.
141 I am smallCDLXVIII and despised,CDLXIX
yet I do not forget your precepts.
142 Your righteousnessCDLXX is an everlastingCDLXXI righteousness,CDLXXII
and your law is the truth.
143 TroubleCDLXXIII and anguishCDLXXIV have come uponCDLXXV me,
but your commandments are my delight.CDLXXVI
144 Your decreesCDLXXVII are righteousCDLXXVIII forever;
give me understanding that I may live.
145 With my whole heartCDLXXIX I cry;CDLXXX answer me, O Lord.
I will keepCDLXXXI your statutes.CDLXXXII
146 I cry to you; save me,
that I may observeCDLXXXIII your decrees.CDLXXXIV
147 I rise before dawnCDLXXXV and cry for help;CDLXXXVI
I put my hope in your words.CDLXXXVII
148 My eyes are awakeCDLXXXVIII before each watch of the night,CDLXXXIX
that I may meditate on your promise.CDXC
149 In your steadfast love hearCDXCI my voice;CDXCII
O Lord, in your justiceCDXCIII preserve my life.CDXCIV
150 Those who persecute me with evil purposeCDXCV draw near;CDXCVI
they are farCDXCVII from your law.
151 Yet you are near,CDXCVIII O Lord,
and all your commandments are true.CDXCIX
152 Long agoD I learnedDI from your decreesDII
that you have establishedDIII them forever.
153 Look on my misery and rescueDIV me,
for I do not forget your law.
154 PleadDV my causeDVI and redeemDVII me;
give me life according to your promise.DVIII
155 SalvationDIX is farDX from the wicked,
for they do not seek your statutes.DXI
156 GreatDXII is your mercy, O Lord;
give me life according to your justice.
157 ManyDXIII are my persecutorsDXIV and my adversaries,DXV
yet I do not swerveDXVI from your decrees.DXVII
158 I look at the faithlessDXVIII with disgust,DXIX
because they do not keepDXX your commands.DXXI
159 ConsiderDXXII how I love your precepts;
DXXIIIpreserve my life according to your steadfast love.
160 The sumDXXIV of your wordDXXV is truth;
and every one of your righteousDXXVI ordinances endures forever.
161 Princes persecute me without cause,DXXVII
but my heartDXXVIII stands in aweDXXIX of your words.DXXX
162 I rejoiceDXXXI at your wordDXXXII
like one who findsDXXXIII great spoil.DXXXIV
163 I hate and abhorDXXXV falsehood,DXXXVI
but I love your law.
164 Seven timesDXXXVII a day I praiseDXXXVIII you
for your righteousDXXXIX ordinances.
165 Great peaceDXL have those who love your law;
nothing can make them stumble.DXLI
166 I hopeDXLII for your salvation,DXLIII O Lord,
and I fulfillDXLIV your commandments.
167 My soul keepsDXLV your decrees;DXLVI
I love them exceedingly.
168 I keepDXLVII your precepts and decrees,DXLVIII
for all my waysDXLIX are before you.
169 Let my cryDL comeDLI beforeDLII you, O Lord;
give me understanding according to your word.DLIII
170 Let my supplicationDLIV comeDLV beforeDLVI you;
deliverDLVII me according to your promise.DLVIII
171 My lips will pour forthDLIX praise,DLX
because you teachDLXI me your statutes.DLXII
172 My tongueDLXIII will singDLXIV of your promise,DLXV
for all your commandments are right.DLXVI
173 Let your handDLXVII be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.
174 I longDLXVIII for your salvation,DLXIX O Lord,
and your law is my delight.DLXX
175 Let meDLXXI live that I may praiseDLXXII you,
and let your ordinances help me.
176 I have gone astrayDLXXIII like a lostDLXXIV sheep;DLXXV seekDLXXVI out your servant,
for I do not forget your commandments.
Image credit: “Close-up of paleo-Hebrew Leviticus scroll, now at the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem.” Photo by Shai Halevi on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, 2000.