1 ALEPH. Blessed are those who walk in the perfect way, who walk in the law of the LORD. 2 Blessed are those that keep his testimonies and that seek him with their whole heart. 3 For those who do no iniquity walk in his ways. 4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. 5 O that my ways were ordered to keep thy statutes! 6 Then I shall not be ashamed, when I have insight unto all thy commandments. 7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. 8 I will keep thy statutes; O do not utterly forsake me.
9 BETH. With what shall a young man cleanse his way? when he shall keep thy word. 10 With my whole heart I have sought thee; O let me not err from thy commandments. 11 Thy spoken word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee. 12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. 13 With my lips I have declared all the judgments of thy mouth. 14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies as above all riches. 15 I will meditate in thy precepts and consider thy ways. 16 I will delight myself in thy statutes; I will not forget thy words.
17 GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy slave that I may live and keep thy word. 18 Open my eyes, and I shall behold the wonders of thy law. 19 I am a stranger in the earth; hide not thy commandments from me. 20 My soul is broken from desiring thy judgments at all times. 21 Thou hast reprehended the proud; cursed are those who err from thy commandments. 22 Remove from me reproach and contempt, for I have kept thy testimonies. 23 Princes also sat and spoke against me as thy slave spoke according to thy statutes. 24 For thy testimonies are my delight and my counsellors.
25 DALETH. My soul cleaves unto the dust; quicken me according to thy word. 26 I have declared my ways, and thou didst hear me; teach me thy statutes. 27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts; so I shall meditate of thy wondrous works. 28 My soul melts for heaviness; strengthen me according to thy word. 29 Remove from me the way of lying, and from thy law grant me mercy. 30 I have chosen the way of truth; I have laid thy judgments before me. 31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies; O LORD, put me not to shame. 32 I will run the way of thy commandments when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
33 HE. Teach me, O LORD, 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 my eyes from beholding vanity, and cause me to live in thy way. 38 Confirm thy word unto thy slave, who is devoted to thy fear. 39 Turn away my reproach which I have feared, for thy judgments are good. 40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts; cause me to live in thy righteousness.
41 VAU. Let thy mercy come unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy spoken word. 42 And I shall answer him that reproaches me, by saying that I trust in thy word. 43 And take not at any time the word of truth out of my mouth; for I wait for thy judgment. 44 So shall I keep thy law continually from age to age. 45 And I will walk at liberty, for I sought thy commandments. 46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings and will not be ashamed. 47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. 48 I will lift up My hands unto thy commandments, which I have loved, and I will meditate in thy statutes.
49 ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy slave, in which thou hast caused me to wait. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction; for thy spoken word has caused me to live. 51 The proud have had me greatly in derision; yet I have not deviated from thy law. 52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD, and have consoled myself. 53 Horror has 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 LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law. 56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.
57 CHETH My portion, O LORD, I have said, will be to keep thy words. 58 I intreated thy presence with my whole heart; be merciful unto me according to thy word. 59 I considered my ways and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. 60 I made haste and did not delay to keep thy commandments. 61 The company of the wicked have robbed me, but I have not forgotten thy law. 62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of the judgments of thy righteousness. 63 I am a companion of all those that fear thee and of those that keep thy precepts. 64 The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy and teaches me thy statutes.
65 TETH. Thou hast dealt well with thy slave, O LORD, according unto thy word, 66 which teaches me discernment and knowledge, for I have believed thy commandments. 67 Before I was humbled, I went into error, but now I keep thy spoken word. 68 Thou art good and doest good; teach me thy statutes. 69 The proud have forged a lie against me, but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart. 70 Their heart became fat like grease, but I delight in thy law. 71 It was good for me that I have been humbled, that I might learn thy statutes. 72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
73 JOD. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, and I shall learn thy commandments. 74 Those that fear thee will be glad when they see me because I have waited on thy word. 75 I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. 76 Let, I pray thee, thy mercy be for my comfort, according to thy spoken word unto thy slave. 77 Let thy mercy come unto me, that I may live, for thy law is my delight. 78 Let the proud be ashamed, for they dealt perversely with me without a cause, but I will meditate in thy precepts. 79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me and those that have known thy testimonies. 80 Let my heart be perfect in thy statutes that I not be ashamed.
81 CAPH. My soul faints with desire for thy salvation as I await thy word. 82 Mine eyes fail for thy spoken word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me? 83 For I am become like a wine skin in the smoke; yet I have not forgotten thy statutes. 84 How many are the days of thy slave? When wilt thou execute judgment on those that persecute me? 85 The proud have dug pits for me, but they do not proceed according to thy law. 86 All thy commandments are of the same truth; they persecute me wrongfully; help me. 87 They have almost consumed me upon earth, but I have not forsaken thy precepts. 88 Cause me to live according to thy mercy, so I shall keep the testimony of thy mouth.
89 LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in the heavens. 90 Thy truth is from generation to generation; thou hast established the earth, and it perseveres. 91 They persevere unto this day by thy ordinance; for they are all thy slaves. 92 Unless thy law had been my delight, I should have perished in my affliction. 93 I will never forget thy precepts; for with them thou hast caused me to live. 94 I am thine, keep 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 MEM. O how I love thy law! it is my meditation all the day. 98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies, for they are eternal unto me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for thy testimonies have been my meditation. 100 I understand more than the elders because I keep thy precepts. 101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. 102 I have not departed from thy judgments, for thou hast taught me. 103 How sweet have been thy spoken words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 Through thy precepts I have obtained understanding; therefore I have hated every false way.
105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my way. 106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep the judgments of thy righteousness. 107 I am afflicted very much; cause me to live, O LORD, according to thy word. 108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments. 109 My soul is continually in my hand; yet I do not forget thy law. 110 The wicked have laid a snare for me; yet did not I err from thy precepts. 111 I have taken thy testimonies as a heritage for ever; for they are the rejoicing of my heart. 112 I have inclined my heart to perform thy statutes always, even unto the end.
113 SAMECH. I hate vain thoughts; but I love thy law. 114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield; I have waited for thy word. 115 Depart from me, ye evildoers; for I will keep the commandments of my God. 116 Uphold me according unto thy word, and I shall live; and let me not be ashamed of my hope. 117 Hold me up, and I shall be saved, and I shall delight in thy statutes continually. 118 Thou hast trodden down all those that err from thy statutes; for their deceit is falsehood. 119 Thou dost cause all the wicked of the earth to come undone like dross; therefore I have loved thy testimonies. 120 My flesh trembles for fear of thee, and I am afraid of thy judgments.
121 AIN. I have complied with judgment and righteousness; do not leave me to my oppressors. 122 Be surety for thy slave for good; do not let the proud do violence unto me. 123 Mine eyes fail for thy saving health and for the spoken word of thy righteousness. 124 Deal with thy slave according to thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes. 125 I am thy slave; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies. 126 It is time for thee, O LORD, to act; for they have dissipated thy law. 127 Therefore I have loved thy commandments above gold, yea, above fine gold. 128 Therefore I have esteemed all thy precepts concerning all things to be right and I have hated every false way.
129 PE. Thy testimonies are wonderful; therefore does my soul keep them. 130 The exposition of thy words gives light; it gives understanding unto the simple. 131 I opened my mouth and panted; for I longed for thy commandments. 132 Look thou upon me and be merciful unto me, as thou didst use to do unto those that love thy name. 133 Order my steps with thy word; and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. 134 Ransom me from the violence of men, and I will keep thy precepts. 135 Make thy face to shine upon thy slave and teach me thy statutes. 136 Rivers of waters ran down my eyes because they did not keep thy law.
137 TZADDI. Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. 138 Thou hast commanded righteousness, which consists of thy testimonies and thy truth. 139 My zeal has consumed me, because my enemies have forgotten thy words. 140 Thy word is very pure; therefore thy slave loves it. 141 I am small and despised; yet I have not forgotten thy precepts. 142 Thy righteousness is eternal righteousness, and thy law is the truth. 143 Trouble and anguish found me; but thy commandments were my delights. 144 Thy testimonies are eternal righteousness; give me understanding, and I shall live.
145 KOPH. I cried with my whole heart; answer me, O LORD, and I will keep thy statutes. 146 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies. 147 I arose before the dawning of the morning and cried: I waited in thy word. 148 My eyes anticipate the night watches that I might meditate in thy spoken word. 149 Hear my voice according to thy mercy; O LORD, cause me to live according to thy judgment. 150 Those that persecute me draw near unto evil; they have strayed from thy law. 151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth. 152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
153 RESH. Consider my affliction and deliver me; for I have not forgotten thy law. 154 Plead my cause and redeem me; quicken me according to thy spoken word. 155 Saving health is far from the wicked, for they do not seek thy statutes. 156 Many are thy tender mercies, O LORD: cause me to live according to thy judgments. 157 Many are my persecutors and my enemies; yet I do not deviate from thy testimonies. 158 I beheld the transgressors and was grieved because they did not keep thy words. 159 Consider, O LORD, that I love thy precepts; cause me to live according to thy mercy. 160 The beginning of thy word is truth, and every one of the judgments of thy righteousness is eternal.
161 SCHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause, but my heart stands in awe of thy words. 162 I rejoice at thy spoken word, as one that finds great spoil. 163 I hate and abhor lying, but I love thy law. 164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of the judgments of thy righteousness. 165 Those who love thy law have great peace, and nothing shall cause them to stumble. 166 LORD, I have waited for thy saving health and done thy commandments. 167 My soul has kept thy testimonies, and I have loved them exceedingly. 168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies, for all my ways are before thee.
169 TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD; give me understanding according to thy word. 170 Let my supplication come before thee; deliver me according to thy spoken word. 171 My lips shall overflow with praise when thou hast taught me thy statutes. 172 My tongue shall speak thy words; for all thy commandments are righteousness. 173 Let thine hand help me, for I have chosen thy precepts. 174 I have longed for thy saving health, O LORD, and thy law is my delight. 175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee, and let thy judgments help me. 176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy slave; for I have not forgotten thy commandments.