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1Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk according to the law of Yahweh.
  2Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart.
  3Yea, they do not commit injustice; they walk in his ways.
  4You yourself have commanded your precepts, that we are to diligently keep.
  5Oh that my roads might be steady to keep your statutes!
  6Then I will not be ashamed when I look upon all of your commandments.
  7I will give thanks to you with an upright heart when I learn your righteous judgments.
  8I will keep your statutes. Do not utterly abandon me!


9How can a young man keep his path pure? By keeping it according to your word.
  10With my whole heart I have sought you; do not let me wander astray from your commandments!
  11I have hidden your speech in my heart, so that I might not sin against you.
  12Blessed are you, O Yahweh; teach me your statutes!
  13With my lips I have declared all the judgments of your mouth.
  14I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies as much as in all wealth.
  15I will meditate on your precepts and look upon your paths.
  16I will delight myself in your regulations; I will not forget your word.


17Treat your servant well so that I may live and I will keep your word.
  18Uncover my eyes, that I may look upon wonderful things in your law.
  19I am a stranger on the earth; Do not hide your commandments from me!
  20My soul is worn down with longing for your judgments at all times.
  21You have rebuked the insolent, the cursed, who wander astray from your commandments.
  22Take reproach and contempt away from me, for I have guarded your testimonies.
  23Even though rulers sit and conspire against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.
  24Indeed your testimonies are my delight; my counselors.


25My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word!
  26I declared my roads and you answered me. Teach me your statutes!
  27Make me understand the way of your precepts! Then I will meditate on your wonderful acts.
  28My soul has wept from grief; strengthen me to stand according to your word!
  29Take the deceitful road away from me and graciously give me your instruction!
  30I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have considered your judgments.
  31I cling to your testimonies, O Yahweh. Do not put me to shame!
  32I will run on the road of your commandments, for you will broaden my understanding.


33Teach me, O Yahweh, the way of your statutes, that I may guard it as a reward.
  34Give me understanding so that I may observe your law, yes, that I may keep it with my whole heart.
  35Lead me on the pathway of your commandments, for I delight in them.
  36Incline my heart toward your testimonies and not toward dishonest gain!
  37Avert my eyes from looking upon any worthless thing, and give me life in your roads!
  38Fulfill what you say to your servant, which brings you reverence.
  39Turn away the reproach that I dread; for your judgments are good.
  40Behold, I long for your precepts. Revive me by your righteousness!


41Let your covenant faithfulness also come to me, O Yahweh, your deliverance, just as you have spoken.
  42So I will answer him who reproaches me, for I trust in your word.
  43And do not forcefully snatch the faithful word out of my mouth, for I put my hope in your judgments.
  44So I will continually keep your law, forever and ever.
  45And I will walk about in the broad place, for I have sought your precepts.
  46I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and I will not be put to shame.
  47And I will take pleasure in your commandments, which I love.
  48Yes, I will lift up my hands for your commandments, which I love; and I will meditate on your statutes.


49Remember the word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.
  50This is my comfort in my affliction: that your utterance has revived me.
  51The insolent deride me excessively, but I have not deviated from your law.
  52I have remembered your judgments of old, O Yahweh, and I comfort myself.
  53Rage has seized me because of the wicked who forsake your law.
  54Your statutes have become my songs in the house where I sojourn.
  55I have remembered your name, O Yahweh, in the night, and I keep your law.
  56This law has become my own, so that I observe your precepts.


57Yahweh is my portion. I have promised to keep your words.
  58I have entreated your face with my whole heart. Show me favor according to your utterance!
  59I have considered my roads and I turned my feet toward your testimonies.
  60I have made haste and did not delay to keep your commandments.
  61The cords of the wicked encircle me, but I have not forgotten your law.
  62In the middle of the night I will rise to thank you because of your righteous judgments.
  63I am a friend to all those who fear you, yes, to those who keep your precepts.
  64The earth is full of your covenant faithfulness, O Yahweh; teach me your statutes!


65You have treated your servant well, O Yahweh, according to your word.
  66Teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I trust in your commandments.
  67Before I was afflicted, I was going astray; but now I observe your utterance.
  68You are good and you do good; teach me your statutes!
  69The insolent have smeared me with lies. With my whole heart I will guard your precepts.
  70Their hearts are insensitive, as if covered with fat, but I have delighted in your law.
  71It is good for me that I have been afflicted, in order that I would learn your statutes.
  72Instruction from your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.


73Your hands created me and formed me; give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.
  74Let those who fear you see me and be glad, because I have put my hope in your word.
  75O Yahweh, I know that your judgments are righteous, and that in your fidelity you have humbled me.
  76O let your covenant faithfulness be my comfort, according to what you said to your servant.
  77Let your tender mercies come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight.
  78Let the insolent be put to shame, for they have oppressed me with falsehood; I will meditate on your precepts.
  79Let those who fear you turn to me; yes, those who know your testimonies.
  80May my heart be blameless in your statutes, so that I will not be put to shame.


81My soul languishes for your deliverance; I hope in your word.
  82My eyes languish for your utterance, I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
  83Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, I did not forget your statutes.
  84How many are the days of your servant? When will you execute judgment on those who persecute me?
  85The insolent have dug pits for me, those who are not in accord with your law.
  86All of your commandments are faithful. People have persecuted me with falsehood. Help me!
  87They had almost destroyed me on the earth; but as for me, I did not forsake your precepts.
  88Revive me according to your covenant faithfulness, so that I may keep the testimony of your mouth.


89Forever, O Yahweh, your word stands firm in the heavens.
  90Your fidelity endures from generation to generation; you established the earth, and it stands.
  91According to your judgments they stand to this day, for all things are your servants.
  92If your law had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my affliction.
  93I will never forget your precepts, for with them you have revived me.
  94I am yours, deliver me, for I have sought your precepts.
  95The wicked have waited for me, to destroy me; I will direct my attention to your testimonies.
  96I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is extremely broad.


97O how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long.
  98Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for it is always mine.
  99I have more insight than all my teachers, because your testimonies are my meditation.
  100I have more understanding than the elders, because I have maintained your precepts.
  101I have restrained my feet from every evil path, in order that I may keep your word.
  102I have not turned aside from your judgments, for you yourself have taught me.
  103How sweet are your utterances to my taste, more than honey to my mouth!
  104Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every deceptive path.


105Your word is a lamp to my feet, yes, a light for my path.
  106I have sworn an oath and have confirmed it, to keep your righteous judgments.
  107I am sorely afflicted; O Yahweh, revive me according to your word.
  108Please accept the willing offerings of my mouth, O Yahweh, and teach me your judgments.
  109My soul is continually in danger, but I have not forgotten your law.
  110The wicked have set a trap for me, but I have not wandered astray from your precepts.
  111I have inherited your testimonies forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
  112I have inclined my heart to perform your statutes; the reward is everlasting.


113I hate those with divided loyalties, but I love your law.
  114You are my hiding place and my shield; I put my hope in your word.
  115Depart from me, O evildoers, that I may guard the commandments of my God.
  116Sustain me according to your utterance, so that I may live; and do not let me be put to shame because of my hope!
  117Support me that I may be delivered, then I will pay attention to your statutes continually.
  118You treat all those who wander astray from your statutes as worthless, because their thoughts are unrighteous.a
  119You destroy all the wicked of the earth like dross; therefore I love your testimonies.
  120My flesh trembles for fear of you, yes, I am afraid of your judgments.


121I have performed justice and righteousness; do not leave me to my oppressors.
  122Intervene for the good of your servant; do not let the presumptuous oppress me.
  123My eyes languish while looking for your deliverance, yes, for the utterance of your righteousness.
  124Deal with your servant according to your covenant faithfulness and teach me your statutes!
  125I am your servant; give me understanding that I may know your testimonies.
  126It is time to act, O Yahweh; they have broken your law.
  127Therefore I love your commandments more than gold, yes, more than pure gold.
  128Therefore I carefully observe all of your precepts. I hate every false path.


129Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.
  130The opening of your words gives light. It gives understanding to the naïve.
  131I open wide my mouth and I pant, for I desire your commandments.
  132Turn to me and show me favor, according to your judgment toward those who love your name.
  133Establish my steps within your utterance; and do not let any wickedness have power over me.
  134Redeem me from human oppression so that I may keep your precepts.
  135Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes.
  136My eyes run with streams of tears, because they do not keep your law.


137You are righteous, O Yahweh, yes, your judgments are upright.
  138You have commanded your testimonies in righteousness, yes, in exceeding fidelity.
  139My zeal has consumed me, because my foes have forgotten your words.
  140Your utterance has been greatly tested, so your servant loves it.
  141I am insignificant and despised, but I do not forget your precepts.
  142Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, your law is truth.
  143Distress and anguish have found me, yet your commandments are my delight.
  144Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live!


145I called out with my whole heart; answer me, O Yahweh! I will guard your statutes.
  146I called out to you; deliver me and I will keep your statutes.
  147I rose up before dawn and cried out for help; I put my hope in your words.
  148My eyes anticipate the night watches, that I might meditate on your utterance.
  149Hear my voice according to your covenant faithfulness; revive me, O Yahweh, according to your judgments!
  150Those who pursue wickedness have drawn near; they are far from your law.
  151You yourself are near, O Yahweh; and all your commandments are truth.
  152Long ago I learned from your testimonies that you have established them forever.


153Look upon my affliction and deliver me, because I have not forgotten your law.
  154Plead my cause and redeem me; revive me according to your utterance!
  155Deliverance is far from the wicked, for they do not seek your statutes.
  156Your tender mercies are many, O Yahweh; revive me according to your judgments.
  157My persecutors and my foes are many; yet I have not deviated from your testimonies.
  158I look at the unfaithful and I am in disgust, because they do not keep your utterance.
  159See how I love your precepts; revive me, O Yahweh, according to your covenant faithfulness!
  160The essence of your word is truth; and every one of your righteous judgments is everlasting.


161Leaders have persecuted me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.
  162I am rejoicing at your utterance, like one who finds great spoil.
  163I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law.
  164Seven times a day I praise you, because of your righteous judgments.
  165Great peace comes to those who love your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.
  166I have hoped for your deliverance, O Yahweh, and I have performed your commandments.
  167My soul has kept your testimonies; yes, I love them exceedingly.
  168I have kept your precepts and your testimonies, for all my roads are before you.


169Let my cry come before you, O Yahweh; give me understanding according to your word!
  170Let my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your utterance!
  171Let my lips pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes.
  172Let my tongue sing of your utterance, for all your commandments are righteousness.
  173Let your hand be ready to aid me, for I have chosen your precepts.
  174I have longed for your deliverance, O Yahweh, yes, your law is my delight.
  175Let my soul live, that it may praise you, and let your ordinances aid me.
  176I have wandered like a stray sheep; seek your servant, since I have not forgotten your commandments.

The Hebrew is unclear; the REV more closely follows the LXX

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