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Psalm 119

Beati immaculati

Blessed are those that are undefiled in the way, and walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and seek him with their whole heart; for they who do no wickedness walk in his ways. Thou hast charged that we shall diligently keep thy commandments. O that my ways were made so direct, that I might keep thy statutes! So shall I not be confounded, while I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will thank thee with an unfeigned heart, when I shall have learned the judgements of thy righteousness. I will keep thy ceremonies; O forsake me not utterly.
In quo corrigit?
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? Even by ruling himself after thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee; O let me not go wrong out of thy commandments. Thy words have I hid within my heart, that I should not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord; O teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I been telling of all the judgements of thy mouth. I have had as great delight in the way of thy testimonies, as in all manner of riches. I will talk of thy commandments, and have respect unto thy ways. My delight shall be in thy statutes, and I will not forget thy word.
Retribue servo tuo
O do well unto thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Open thou mine eyes, that I may see the wondrous things of thy law. I am a stranger upon earth; O hide not thy commandments from me. My soul breaketh out for the very fervent desire that it hath always unto thy judgements. Thou hast rebuked the proud; and cursed are they that do err from thy commandments. O turn from me shame and rebuke; for I have kept thy testimonies. Princes also did sit and speak against me; but thy servant is occupied in thy statutes. For thy testimonies are my delight, and my counsellors.
Adhaesit pavimento
My soul cleaveth to the dust; O quicken thou me, according to thy word. I have acknowledged my ways, and thou heardest me; O teach me thy statutes. Make me to understand the way of thy commandments, and so shall I talk of thy wondrous works. My soul melteth away for very heaviness; comfort thou me according unto thy word. Take from me the way of lying, and cause thou me to make much of thy law. I have chosen the way of truth, and thy judgements have I laid before me. I have stuck unto thy testimonies; O Lord, confound me not. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou hast set my heart at liberty.
Legem pone
Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes, and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall keep it with my whole heart. Make me to goin the path of thy commandments; for therein is my desire. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. O stablish thy word in thy servant, that I may fear thee. Take away the rebuke that I am afraid of; for thy judgements are good. Behold, my delight is in thy commandments; O quicken me in thy righteousness.
Et veniat super me
Let thy loving mercy come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according unto thy word. So shall I make answer unto my blasphemers; for my trust is in thy word. O take not the word of thy truth utterly out of my mouth; for my hope is in thy judgements. So shall I always keep thy law, yea, for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty; for I seek thy commandments. I will speak of thy testimonies also, even before kings, and will not be ashamed. And my delight shall be in thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and my study shall be in thy statutes.
Memor esto servi tui
O think upon thy servant, as concerning thy word, wherein thou hast caused me to put my trust. The same is my comfort in my trouble; for thy word hath quickened me. The proud have had me exceedingly in derision; yet have I not shrinked from thy law. For I remembered thine everlasting judgements, O Lord, and received comfort.

I am horribly afraid for the ungodly that forsake thy law. Thy statutes have been my songs, in the house of my pilgrimage. I have thought upon thy Name, O Lord, in the night-season, and have kept thy law. This I had, because I kept thy commandments.

Prtio mea, Domine
Thou art my portion, O Lord; I have promised to keep thy law. I made my humble petition in thy presence with my whole heart; O be merciful unto me, according to thy word. I called mine own ways to remembrance, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and prolonged not the time, to keep thy commandments. The congregations of the ungodly have robbed me; but I have not forgotten thy law. At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee, because of thy righteous judgements.

I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and keep thy commandments. The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy; O teach me thy statutes.

Bonitatem fecisti
O Lord, thou hast dealt graciously with thy servant, according unto thy word. O learn me true understanding and knowledge; for I have believed thy commandments. Before I was troubled, I went wrong; but now have I kept thy word. Thou art good and gracious; O teach me thy statutes. The proud have imagined a lie against me; but I will keep thy commandments with my whole heart. Their heart is as fat as brawn; but my delight hath been in thy law. It is good for me that I have been in trouble, that I may learn thy statutes. The law of thy mouth is dearer unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
Manus tuae fecerunt me
Thy hands have made me and fashioned me; O give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. They that fear thee will be glad when they see me, because I have put my trust in thy word. I know, O Lord, that thy judgements are right, and that thou of very faithfulness hast caused me to be troubled. O let thy merciful kindness be my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. O let thy loving mercies come unto me, that I may live; for thy law is my delight. Let the proud be confounded, for they go wickedly about to destroy me; but I will be occupied in thy commandments. Let such as fear thee, and have known thy testimonies, be turned unto me. O let my heart be sound in thy statutes, that I be not ashamed.
Defecit anima mea
My soul hath longed for thy salvation, and I have a good hope because of thy word. Mine eyes long sore for thy word, saying, O when wilt thou comfort me? For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes. How many are the days of thy servant? When wilt thou be avenged of them that persecute me? The proud have dug pits for me, which are not after thy law.

All thy commandments are true. They persecute me falsely; O be thou my help. They had almost made an end of me upon earth; but I forsook not thy commandments. O quicken me after thy loving-kindness; and so shall I keep the testimonies of thy mouth.

In aeternum, Domine
O Lord, thy word endureth for ever in heaven. Thy truth also remaineth from one generation to another; thou hast laid the foundation of the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinance; for all things serve thee. If my delight had not been in thy law, I should have perished in my trouble. I will never forget thy commandments; for with them thou hast quickened me. I am thine; O save me, for I have sought thy commandments. The ungodly laid wait for me to destroy me; but I will consider thy testimonies. I see that all things come to an end; but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
Quomodo dilexi!
Lord, what love have I unto thy law! All the day long is my study in it. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies; for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than my teachers; for thy testimonies are my study. I am wiser than the aged, because I keep thy commandments.

I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep thy word. I have not shrunk from thy judgements; for thou teachest me. O how sweet are thy words unto my throat, yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth! Through thy commandments I get understanding; therefore I hate all evil ways.

Lucerna pedibus meis
Thy word is a lantern unto my feet, and a light unto my paths. I have sworn, and am steadfastly purposed, to keep thy righteous judgements. I am troubled above measure; quicken me, O Lord, according to thy word. Let the free-will offerings of my mouth please thee, O Lord, and teach me thy judgements. My soul is always in my hand; yet do I not forget thy law. The ungodly have laid a snare for me; but yet I swerved not from thy commandments. Thy testimonies have I claimed as mine heritage for ever; and why? they are the very joy of my heart. I have applied my heart to fulfil thy statutes always, even unto the end.
Iniquos odio habui
I hate them that imagine evil things; but thy law do I love. Thou art my defence and shield; and my trust is in thy word. Away from me, ye wicked; I will keep the commandments of my God. O stablish me according to thy word, that I may live; and let me not be disappointed of my hope. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe; yea, my delight shall be ever in thy statutes. Thou hast trodden down all them that depart from thy statutes; for they imagine but deceit. Thou puttest away all the ungodly of the earth like dross; therefore I love thy testimonies. My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgements.
Feci judicium
I deal with the thing that is lawful and right; O give me not over unto mine oppressors. Be thou surety for thy servant to do him good, that the proud do me no wrong. Mine eyes are wasted away with looking for thy health, and for the word of thy righteousness. O deal with thy servant according unto thy loving mercy, and teach me thy statutes. I am thy servant; O grant me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies. It is time for thee, Lord, to lay to thine hand; for they have destroyed thy law. For I love thy commandments above gold and precious stones. Therefore hold I straight all thy commandments; and all false ways I utterly abhor.
Thy testimonies are wonderful; therefore doth my soul keep them. When thy word goeth forth, it giveth light and understanding unto the simple. I opened my mouth, and drew in my breath; for my delight was in thy commandments. O look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy Name. Order my steps in thy word; and so shall no wickedness have dominion over me. O deliver me from the wrongful dealings of men; and so shall I keep thy commandments. Show the light of thy countenance upon thy servant, and teach me thy statutes. Mine eyes gush out with water, because men keep not thy law.
Justus es, Domine
Righteous art thou, O Lord; and true is thy judgement. The testimonies that thou hast commanded are exceeding righteous and true. My zeal hath even consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. Thy word is tried to the uttermost, and thy servant loveth it. I am small, and of no reputation; yet do I not forget thy commandments. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Trouble and heaviness have taken hold upon me; yet is my delight in thy commandments. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting; O grant me understanding, and I shall live.
Clamavi in toto corde meo
I call with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord. I will keep thy statutes. Yea, even unto thee do I call; help me, and I shall keep thy testimonies. Early in the morning do I cry unto thee; for in thy word is my trust. Mine eyes prevent the night-watches; that I might be occupied in thy words. Hear my voice, O Lord, according unto thy loving-kindness; quicken me, as thou art wont. They draw nigh that of malice persecute me, and are far from thy law. Be thou nigh at hand, O Lord; for all thy commandments are true. As concerning thy testimonies, I have known long since that thou hast grounded them for ever.
Vide humilitatem
O consider mine adversity, and deliver me, for I do not forget thy law. Avenge thou my cause, and deliver me; quicken me, according to thy word. Health is far from the ungodly; for they regard not thy statutes. Great is thy mercy, O Lord; quicken me, as thou art wont. Many there are that trouble me, and persecute me; yet do I not swerve from thy testimonies. It grieveth me when I see the transgressors, because they keep not thy law. Consider, O Lord, how I love thy commandments; O quicken me, according to thy loving-kindness. Thy word is true from everlasting; all the judgements of thy righteousness endure for evermore.
Principes persecuti sunt
Princes have persecuted me without a cause; but my heart standeth in awe of thy word. I am as glad of thy word, as one that findeth great spoils. As for lies, I hate and abhor them; but thy law do I love. Seven times a day do I praise thee, because of thy righteous judgements. Great is the peace that they have who love thy law; and they are not offended at it. Lord, I have looked for thy saving health, and done after thy commandments. My soul hath kept thy testimonies, and loved them exceedingly. I have kept thy commandments and testimonies; for all my ways are before thee.
Appropinquet deprecatio
Let my complaint come before thee, O Lord; give me understanding, according to thy word. Let my supplication come before thee; deliver me, according to thy word. My lips shall speak of thy praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. Yea, my tongue shall sing of thy word; for all thy commandments are righteous. Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy commandments. I have longed for thy saving health, O Lord; and in thy law is my delight. O let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and thy judgements shall help me. I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; O seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments.
The coverdale translation edited by W.S. Peterson and Valerie Macys — used with permission.