Psalm 119

Words: The Scottish Psalter

Common Metre Tunes

  1  Blessed are they that undefiled,
        and straight are in the way;
     Who in the Lord's most holy law
        do walk, and do not stray.

  2   Blessed are they who to observe
         his statutes are inclined;
      And who do seek the living God
         with their whole heart and mind.

  3  Such in his ways do walk, and they
        do no iniquity.
  4  Thou hast commanded us to keep
        thy precepts carefully.

  5  O that thy statutes to observe
        thou would'st my ways direct!
  6  Then shall I not be shamed, when I
        thy precepts all respect.

  7  Then with integrity of heart
        thee will I praise and bless,
     When I the judgments all have learned
        of thy pure righteousness.

  8  That I will keep thy statutes all
        firmly resolved have I:
     O do not then, most gracious God,
        forsake me utterly.


  9  By what means shall a young man learn
        his way to purify?
     If he according to thy word
        thereto attentive be.

 10  Unfeignedly thee have I sought
        with all my soul and heart:
     O let me not from the right path
        of thy commands depart.

 11  Thy word I in my heart have hid,
        that I offend not thee.
 12  O Lord, thou ever blessed art,
        thy statutes teach thou me.

 13  The judgments of thy mouth each one
        my lips declared have:
 14  More joy thy testimonies' way
        than riches all me gave.

 15  I will thy holy precepts make
        my meditation;
     And carefully I'll have respect
        unto thy ways each one.

 16  Upon thy statutes my delight
        shall constantly be set:
     And, by thy grace, I never will
        thy holy word forget.

 17  With me thy servant, in thy grace,
        deal bountifully, Lord;
     That by thy favor I may live,
        and duly keep thy word.

 18  Open mine eyes, that of thy law
        the wonders I may see.
 19  I am a stranger on this earth,
        hide not thy laws from me.

 20  My soul within me breaks, and doth
        much fainting still endure,
     Through longing that it hath all times
        unto thy judgments pure.

 21  Thou hast rebuked the cursed proud,
        who from thy precepts swerve.
 22  Reproach and shame remove from me,
        for I thy laws observe.

 23  Against me princes spake with spite,
        while they in council sat:
     But I thy servant did upon
        thy statutes meditate.

 24  My comfort, and my heart's delight,
        thy testimonies be;
     And they, in all my doubts and fears,
        are counselors to me


 25  My soul to dust cleaves: quicken me,
        according to thy word.
 26  My ways I showed, and me thou heard'st:
        teach me thy statutes, Lord.

 27  The way of thy commandements
        make me aright to know;
     So all thy works that wondrous are
        I shall to others show.

 28  My soul doth melt, and drop away,
        for heaviness and grief:
     To me, according to thy word,
        give strength, and send relief.

 29  From me the wicked way of lies
        let far removed be;
     And graciously thy holy law
        do thou grant unto me.

 30  I chosen have the perfect way
        of truth and verity:
     Thy judgments that most righteous are
        before me laid have I.

 31  I to thy testimonies cleave;
        shame do not on me cast.
32   I'll run thy precepts' way, when thou
        my heart enlarged hast.

 33  Teach me, O Lord, the perfect way
        of thy precepts divine,
     And to observe it to the end
        I shall my heart incline.

 34  Give understanding unto me,
        so keep thy law shall I;
     Yea, ev'n with my whole heart I shall
        observe it carefully.

 35  In thy law's path make me to go;
        for I delight therein.
 36  My heart unto thy testimonies,
        and not to greed, incline.

 37  Turn thou away my sight and eyes
        from viewing vanity;
     And in thy good and holy way
        be pleased to quicken me.

 38  Confirm to me thy gracious word,
        which I did gladly hear,
     Ev'n to thy servant, Lord, who is
        devoted to thy fear.

 39  Turn thou away my fear'd reproach;
        for good thy judgments be.
 40  Lo, for thy precepts I have long'd;
        in thy truth quicken me.


 41  Let thy sweet mercies also come
        and visit me, O Lord;
     Ev'n thy benign salvation,
        according to thy word.

 42  So shall I have wherewith I may
        give him an answer just,
     Who spitefully reproacheth me;
        for in thy word I trust.

 43  The word of truth out of my mouth
        take thou not utterly;
     For on thy judgments righteous
        my hope doth still rely.

 44  So shall I keep for evermore
        thy law continually.
 45  And, sith that I thy precepts seek,
        I'll walk at liberty.

 46  I'll speak thy word to kings, and I
        with shame shall not be moved;
 47  And will delight myself always
        in thy laws, which I loved.

 48  To thy commandements, which I loved,
        my hands lift up I will;
     And I will also meditate
        upon thy statutes still


 49  Remember, Lord, thy gracious word
        thou to thy servant spake,
     Which, for a ground of my sure hope,
        thou causedst me to take.

 50  This word of thine my comfort is
        in mine affliction:
     For in my straits I am revived
        by this thy word alone.

 51  The men whose hearts with pride are stuffed
        did greatly me deride;
     Yet from thy straight commandements
        I have not turned aside.

 52  Thy judgments righteous, O Lord,
        which thou of old forth gave,
     I did remember, and myself
        by them comforted have.

 53  Horror took hold on me, because
        ill men thy law forsake.
 54  I in my house of pilgrimage
        thy laws my songs do make.

 55  Thy name by night, Lord, I did mind,
        and I have kept thy law.
 56  And this I had, because thy word
        I kept, and stood in awe.


 57  Thou my sure portion art alone,
         which I did choose, O Lord:
     I have resolved, and said, that I
        would keep thy holy word.

 58  With my whole heart I did entreat
        thy face and favor free:
     According to thy gracious word
        be merciful to me.

 59  I thought upon my former ways,
        and did my life well try;
     And to thy testimonies pure
        my feet then turned I.

 60  I did not stay, nor linger long,
        as those that slothful are;
     But hastily thy laws to keep
        myself I did prepare.

 61  Bands of ill men me robbed; yet I
        thy precepts did not slight.
 62  I'll rise at midnight thee to praise,
        ev'n for thy judgments right.

 63  I am companion to all those
        who fear, and thee obey.
 64  O Lord, thy mercy fills the earth:
        teach me thy laws, I pray.


 65  Well hast thou with thy servant dealt,
        as thou didst promise give.
 66  Good judgment me, and knowledge teach,
        for I thy word believe.

 67  Ere I afflicted was I strayed;
        but now I keep thy word.
 68  Both good thou art, and good thou do'st:
        teach me thy statutes, Lord.

 69  The men that are puffed up with pride
        against me forged a lie;
     Yet thy commandements observe
       with my whole heart will I.

 70  Their hearts, through worldly ease and wealth,
        as fat as grease they be:
     But in thy holy law I take
        delight continually.

 71  It hath been very good for me
        that I afflicted was,
     That I might well instructed be,
        and learn thy holy laws.

 72  The word that cometh from thy mouth
        is better unto me
     Than many thousands and great sums
        of gold and silver be.


 73  Thou mad'st and fashion'dst me: thy laws
        to know give wisdom, Lord.
 74  So who thee fear shall joy to see
        me trusting in thy word.

 75  That very right thy judgments are
        I know, and do confess;
     And that thou hast afflicted me
        in truth and faithfulness.

 76  O let thy kindness merciful,
        I pray thee, comfort me,
     As to thy servant faithfully
        was promised by thee.

 77  And let thy tender mercies come
        to me, that I may live;
     Because thy holy laws to me
        sweet delectation give.

 78  Lord, let the proud ashamed be;
        for they, without a cause,
     With me perversely dealt: but I
        will muse upon thy laws.

 79  Let such as fear thee, and have known
        thy statutes, turn to me.
 80  My heart let in thy laws be sound,
        that shamed I never be.


 81  My soul for thy salvation faints;
        yet I thy word believe.
 82  Mine eyes fail for thy word: I say,
        When wilt thou comfort give?

 83  For like a bottle I'm become,
        that in the smoke is set:
     I'm black, and parched with grief; yet I
        thy statutes not forget.

 84  How many are thy servant's days?
        when wilt thou execute
     Just judgment on these wicked men
        that do me persecute?

 85  The proud have digged pits for me,
        which is against thy laws.
 86  Thy words all faithful are: help me,
        pursued without a cause.

 87  They so consumed me, that on earth
        my life they scarce did leave:
     Thy precepts yet forsook I not,
        but close to them did cleave.

 88  After thy loving-kindness, Lord,
        me quicken, and preserve:
     The testimony of thy mouth
        so shall I still observe.


 89  Thy word for ever is, O Lord,
        in heaven settled fast;
 90  Unto all generations
        thy faithfulness doth last:

     The earth thou hast established,
        and it abides by thee.
 91  This day they stand as thou ordain'dst;
        for all thy servants be.

 92  Unless in thy most perfect law
        my soul delights had found,
     I should have perished, when as
        my troubles did abound.

 93  Thy precepts I will ne'er forget;
        they quick'ning to me brought.
 94  Lord, I am thine; O save thou me:
        thy precepts I have sought.

 95  For me the wicked have laid wait,
        me seeking to destroy:
     But I thy testimonies true
        consider will with joy.

 96  An end of all perfection
        here have I seen, O God:
     But as for thy commandment,
        it is exceeding broad.


 97  O how love I thy law! it is
        my study all the day:
 98  It makes me wiser than my foes;
        for it doth with me stay.

 99  Than all my teachers now I have
        more understanding far;
     Because my meditation
        thy testimonies are.

100  In understanding I excel
        those that are ancients;
     For I endeavored to keep
        all thy commandements.

101  My feet from each ill way I stayed,
        that I may keep thy word.
102  I from thy judgments have not swerved;
        for thou hast taught me, Lord.

103   How sweet unto my taste, O Lord,
          are all thy words of truth!
      Yea, I do find them sweeter far
          than honey to my mouth.

104  I through thy precepts, that are pure,
        do understanding get;
     I therefore ev'ry way that's false
        with all my heart do hate


105  Thy word is to my feet a lamp,
        and to my path a light.
106  I sworn have, and I will perform,
        to keep thy judgments right.

107  I am with sore affliction
        ev'n overwhelmed, O Lord:
     In mercy raise and quicken me,
        according to thy word.

108  The free-will-off 'rings of my mouth
        accept, I thee beseech:
     And unto me thy servant, Lord,
        thy judgments clearly teach.

109  Though still my soul be in my hand,
        thy laws I'll not forget.
110  I erred not from them, though for me
        the wicked snares did set.

111  I of thy testimonies have
        above all things made choice,
     To be my heritage for aye;
        for they my heart rejoice.

112  I carefully inclined have
        my heart still to attend;
     That I thy statutes may perform
        alway unto the end.


113  I hate the thoughts of vanity,
        but love thy law do I.
114  My shield and hiding-place thou art:
        I on thy word rely.

115  All ye that evil-doers are
        from me depart away;
     For the commandements of my God
        I purpose to obey.

116  According to thy faithful word
        uphold and stablish me,
     That I may live, and of my hope
        ashamed never be.

117  Hold thou me up, so shall I be
        in peace and safety still;
     And to thy statutes have respect
        continually I will.

118  Thou tread'st down all that love to stray;
        false their deceit doth prove.
119  Lewd men, like dross, away thou putt'st;
        therefore thy law I love.

120  For fear of thee my very flesh
        doth tremble, all dismayed;
     And of thy righteous judgments, Lord,
        my soul is much afraid.


121  To all men I have judgment done,
        performing justice right;
     Then let me not be left unto
        my fierce oppressors' might.

122  For good unto thy servant, Lord,
        thy servant's surety be:
     From the oppression of the proud
        do thou deliver me.

123  Mine eyes do fail with looking long
        for thy salvation,
     The word of thy pure righteousness
        while I do wait upon.

124  In mercy with thy servant deal,
        thy laws me teach and show.
125  I am thy servant, wisdom give,
        that I thy laws may know.

126  'Tis time thou work, Lord; for they have
        made void thy law divine.
127  Therefore thy precepts more I love
        than gold, yea, gold most fine.

128  Concerning all things thy commands
        all right I judge therefore;
     And ev'ry false and wicked way
        I perfectly abhor.

129  Thy statutes, Lord, are wonderful,
        my soul them keeps with care.
130  The entrance of thy words gives light,
        makes wise who simple are.

131  My mouth I have wide opened,
        and panted earnestly,
     While after thy commandements
        I longed exceedingly.

132  Look on me, Lord, and merciful
        do thou unto me prove,
     As thou art wont to do to those
        thy name who truly love.

133  O let my footsteps in thy word
        aright still ordered be:
      Let no iniquity obtain
         dominion over me.

134  From man's oppression save thou me;
        so keep thy laws I will.
135  Thy face make on thy servant shine;
        teach me thy statutes still.

136  Rivers of waters from mine eyes
        did run down, when I saw
     How wicked men run on in sin,
        and do not keep thy law.


137  O Lord, thou art most righteous;
        thy judgments are upright.
138  Thy testimonies thou command'st
        most faithful are and right.

139  My zeal hath ev'n consumed me,
        because mine enemies
     Thy holy words forgotten have,
        and do thy laws despise.

140  Thy word's most pure, therefore on it
        thy servant's love is set.
141  Small, and despised I am, yet I
        thy precepts not forget.

142  Thy righteousness is righteousness
        which ever doth endure:
     Thy holy law, Lord, also is
        the very truth most pure.

143  Trouble and anguish have me found,
        and taken hold on me:
     Yet in my trouble my delight
        thy just commandements be.

144  Eternal righteousness is in
        thy testimonies all:
     Lord, to me understanding give,
        and ever live I shall.


145  With my whole heart I cried, Lord, hear;
        I will thy word obey.
146  I cried to thee; save me, and I
        will keep thy laws alway.

147  I of the morning did prevent
        the dawning, and did cry:
     For all mine expectation
        did on thy word rely.

148  Mine eyes did timeously prevent
        the watches of the night,
     That in thy word with careful mind
        then meditate I might.

149  After thy loving-kindness hear
        my voice, that calls on thee:
     According to thy judgment, Lord,
        revive and quicken me.

150  Who follow mischief they draw nigh;
        they from thy law are far:
151  But thou art near, Lord; most firm truth
        all thy commandements are.

152  As for thy testimonies all,
        of old this have I tried,
     That thou hast surely founded them
        for ever to abide.


153  Consider mine affliction,
        in safety do me set:
     Deliver me, O Lord, for I
        thy law do not forget.

154  After thy word revive thou me:
        save me, and plead my cause.
155  Salvation is from sinners far;
        for they seek not thy laws.

156  O Lord, both great and manifold
        thy tender mercies be:
     According to thy judgments just,
        revive and quicken me.

157  My persecutors many are,
        and foes that do combine;
     Yet from thy testimonies pure
        my heart doth not decline.

158  I saw transgressors, and was grieved;
        for they keep not thy word.
159  See how I love thy law! as thou
        art kind, me quicken, Lord.

160  From the beginning all thy word
        hath been most true and sure:
     Thy righteous judgments ev'ry one
        for evermore endure.


161  Princes have persecuted me,
        although no cause they saw:
     But still of thy most holy word
        my heart doth stand in awe.

162  I at thy word rejoice, as one
        of spoil that finds great store.
163  Thy law I love; but lying all
        I hate and do abhor.

164  Sev'n times a-day it is my care
        to give due praise to thee;
     Because of all thy judgments, Lord,
        which righteous ever be.

165  Great peace have they who love thy law;
        offence they shall have none.
166  I hoped for thy salvation, Lord,
        and thy commands have done.

167  My soul thy testimonies pure
        observ-ed carefully;
     On them my heart is set, and them
        I love exceedingly.

168  Thy testimonies and thy laws
        I kept with special care;
     For all my works and ways each one
        before thee open are.


169  O let my earnest pray'r and cry
        come near before thee, Lord:
     Give understanding unto me,
        according to thy word.

170  Let my request before thee come:
        after thy word me free.
171  My lips shall utter praise, when thou
        hast taught thy laws to me.

172  My tongue of thy most blessed word
        shall speak, and it confess;
     Because all thy commandements
        are perfect righteousness.

173  Let thy strong hand make help to me:
        thy precepts are my choice.
174  I longed for thy salvation, Lord,
        and in thy law rejoice.

175  O let my soul live, and it shall
        give praises unto thee;
     And let thy judgments gracious
        be helpful unto me.

176  I, like a lost sheep, went astray;
        thy servant seek, and find:
     For thy commands I suffered not
        to slip out of my mind.

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