Thomson(i) 1 An Alleluia. ALEPH. Happy the undefiled in the way! who walk in the law of the Lord. 2 Happy they who search his testimonies, and seek him with their whole 3 heart: for they are not workers of iniquity; they have walked in his ways. 4 Thou hast enjoined the strict observance of thy precepts. 5 O that my ways may be directed, that I may keep thy rules of rectitude. 6 Then I cannot be put to shame, when I have respect to all thy commandments. 7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I have learned thy righteous judgments. 8 I will keep thy judgments, forsake me not utterly. 9 BETH. By what can a youth make his way prosperous? By keeping thy words. 10 I have sought thee with my whole heart; let me not be driven from thy commandments. 11 I have hid thine oracles in my heart, that I may not sin against thee. 12 Lord, thou art blessed, teach me thy rules of rectitude. 13 With my lips I have declared all the judgments of thy mouth. 14 I have been delighted with the way of thy testimonies, as for all manner of riches. 15 I will talk continually of thy commandments, and be attentive to thy ways. 16 I will meditate on thy judgments and not forget thy words. 17 GIMEL. Make retribution to thy servant; that I may live and keep thy words. 18 Open mine eyes, that I may discern the wonderous things of thy law. 19 I am a sojourner in this land, hide not thy commandments from me. 20 My soul is engaged in a continual longing for thy judgments. 21 Thou hast rebuked the haughty; cursed are they who turn aside from thy commands. 22 Remove from me reproach and contempt, since I have earnestly sought thy testimonies. 23 For chiefs sat and spoke against me, but thy servant meditated on thy statutes; 24 for thy testimonies are my study, thy statutes, my counsellors. 25 DALETH. My soul cleaveth to the ground; keep me alive according to thy word. 26 I have declared thy ways and thou hast heard me; teach me thy rules of rectitude. 27 Instruct me in the way of thy statutes, and I will meditate on thy wonders; 28 my soul drooped with heaviness; strengthen me with thy words. 29 Remove from me the way of injustice, and graciously favour me with thy law. 30 I have chosen the way of truth, and have not forgotten thy judgments; 31 I have cleaved, O Lord, to thy testimonies; let me not be put to shame. 32 I ran in the way of thy commandments, when thou didst enlarge my heart. 33 HE. Teach me, Lord, the way of thy statutes, and in every occurrence I will seek it. 34 Give me understanding that I may search thy law, and keep it with my whole heart. 35 Lead me in the path of thy commandments; for I have delighted therein. 36 Incline my heart to thy testimonies and not to covetousness. 37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; keep me alive in thy way. 38 Confirm thine oracle to thy servant that thou mayst be feared. 39 Take away my reproach which I dreaded, because thy judgments are good. 40 Behold I have longed for thy precepts; quicken me by thy saving goodness. 41 VAU. Lord, let thy mercy come upon me; thy salvation according to thy word; 42 and to them who reproach me I will make answer, that I have trusted in thy words. 43 And take not the word of truth entirely from my mouth, for I have trusted in thy judgments; 44 and I will keep thy law continually forever and ever. 45 I indeed have walked in a roomy place, because I diligently sought thy precepts; 46 and I have spoken of thy testimonies before kings, and was not ashamed: 47 and have meditated on thy commandments, in which I took great delight; 48 and have held up my hands for thy precepts which I loved, and meditated on thy rules of rectitude. 49 ZAIN. Remember thy words to thy servant, for which thou hast caused me to hope; 50 this hath comforted me in mine affliction, for thine oracle kept me alive. 51 The haughty transgressed to a great degree, but from thy law I turned not aside. 52 Lord, I remembered thy judgments of old and was comforted. 53 Horror seized me on the account of sinners; of them who utterly forsake thy law. 54 Thy statutes were the subject of my songs, in the place of my pilgrimage. 55 I remembered thy name, Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law. 56 This was my condition, because I diligently sought thy statutes. 57 CHETH. Thou, Lord, art my portion; I have determined to keep thy law. 58 With my whole heart I have entreated thy favour, be gracious to me according to thy word. 59 I revolved thy ways in my mind, and turned my feet to thy testimonies. 60 I prepared myself and was not troubled, to keep thy commandments. 61 The cords of sinners entangled me; but I did not forget thy law. 62 At midnight I arose to give thee thanks; because of thy righteous judgments. 63 I am a companion of all them who fear thee; and of them who keep thy commandments. 64 Lord the earth is full of thy mercy, teach me thy statutes. 65 TETH. Lord, thou hast dealt kindly with thy servant; according to thy word. 66 Teach me kindness and discipline and knowledge; because I have believed thy commandments. 67 Before I was afflicted, I transgressed; for this cause I have kept thy word. 68 Thou, Lord, art good; in thy goodness teach me thy statutes. 69 The iniquity of the proud was multiplied against me: but I with my whole heart will search thy precepts. 70 Their heart was curdled like milk: but I meditated on thy law. 71 It is good for me that thou hast humbled me: that I might learn thy rules of rectitude. 72 The law of thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver. 73 JOD. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: instruct me that I may learn thy commandments. 74 They who fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have trusted in thy words. 75 I know, Lord, that thy judgments are just: and that thou with truth hast humbled me! 76 let thy mercy be my comfort, according to thy word to thy servant. 77 Let thy tender mercies come to me that I may live; for thy law is my delight. 78 Let the proud be ashamed, because they have unjustly injured me. But let me meditate on thy precepts. 79 Let them who fear thee turn to me; and them who know thy testimonies. 80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes, that I may not be shamed. 81 CAPH. My soul fainteth for thy salvation; I trusted in thy words. 82 Mine eyes failed for thy promise, saying, When wilt thou comfort me? 83 Though I became like a leathern bag in frost; I did not forget thy statutes. 84 How many are the days of thy servant? When wilt thou avenge me of my persecutors? 85 Transgressors told me idle tales: but thy law O Lord, taught me otherwise. 86 All thy commandments are truth. They persecuted me without cause, do thou assist me. 87 They have almost finished me on the earth; but I did not forsake thy precepts. 88 According to thy mercy quicken me: that I may keep the testimonies of thy mouth. 89 LAMED. Lord, thy word will endure in heaven forever; 90 thy truth to all generations. Thou hast established the earth and it shall continue. 91 By thy arrangement day shall continue: for all things are in subjection to thee. 92 Had not thy law been my study, I should have perished in my affliction. 93 Let me never forget thy rules of rectitude: for by them thou hast kept me alive. 94 I am thine, save me: for I have diligently sought thy statutes. 95 Sinners lay in wait for me to destroy me: I understood thy testimonies. 96 Of all perfection I saw a limit; thy command is very broad. 97 MEM. O! how I have loved thy law, Lord! It is my meditation all the day. 98 Thou hast given me a knowledge of thy law above mine enemies; because it is mine forever. 99 I had more understanding than all my teachers: because thy testimonies are my study. 100 I understood more than elders: because I diligently sought thy commandments. 101 From every evil way I restrained my feet; that I might keep thy words. 102 I have not turned aside from thy judgments: because thou didst instruct me. 103 How sweet are thine oracles to my taste! They are sweeter than honey to my mouth. 104 From thy precepts I got understanding: Therefore I hated every wicked way. 105 NUN. Thy law is a lamp to my feet; and a light to my paths. 106 I have sworn and determined to keep thy righteous judgments. 107 I have been exceedingly afflicted: quicken me, Lord, according to thy word. 108 Accept, O Lord, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth: and teach me thy judgments. 109 My life is continually in thy hands; and I have not forgotten thy law. 110 The wicked laid a snare for me: but I erred not from thy precepts. 111 I have taken thy testimonies for an everlasting inheritance: for they are the joy of my heart. 112 I inclined my heart to perform thy statutes; for the sake of an everlasting reward. 113 SAMECH. I have hated transgressors and loved thy law. 114 Thou art my helper and my protector: I have hoped for thy words. 115 Away from me ye evil doers, for I will diligently seek the commandments of my God. 116 Uphold me according to thy word and keep me alive; and let me not be shamed for mine expectation. 117 Help me and I shall be saved; and I will meditate continually on thy statutes. 118 Thou hast set at naught all who apostatize from thy statutes; because their inward thought is wicked. 119 All the sinners of the land I accounted transgressors; therefore I loved thy testimonies. 120 Penetrate my flesh with the dread of thee; for I am terrified at thy judgments. 121 AIN. I have done what is right and just; deliver me not up to mine oppressors. 122 Be surety for thy servant for good; let not the proud oppress me. 123 Mine eyes have failed looking for thy salvation, and for the promise of thy saving goodness. 124 Deal with thy servant according to thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes. 125 I am thy servant, give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies. 126 It is time to act for the Lord; they have made void thy law. 127 For this cause I loved thy commandments more than gold or the topaz. 128 For this cause I directed my course to all thy commandments: I hated every evil way. 129 PE. Thy testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul sought them diligently. 130 The manifestation of thy words will enlighten, and make the simple wise. 131 I opened my mouth and panted, because I longed for thy commandments. 132 Look down upon me, and be gracious to me, as thou art to them who love thy name. 133 Order my steps according to thy word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me. 134 Deliver me from the oppression of men, and I will keep thy precepts. 135 Let thy countenance shine on thy servant; and teach me thy statutes. 136 Mine eyes poured down streams of water, because I did not keep thy law. 137 TSADDI. Thou, Lord, art righteous; and thy judgments are right. 138 Thou hast strictly enjoined as thy testimonies, righteousness and truth. 139 My zeal for thee hath consumed me; because mine enemies forgot thy words. 140 Thy word is very pure; and thy servant hath loved it. 141 Young and despised as I am, I have not forgot thy precepts. 142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is truth. 143 When affliction and distress found me, thy commandments were my study; 144 thy testimonies are everlasting righteousness; give me understanding and I shall live. 145 KOPH. I have cried with my whole heart, O Lord, hear me; I 146 will diligently seek thy statutes. I have cried to thee, save 147 me; and I will keep thy testimonies. I awoke before the dawn of the morning, and cried; on thy words I placed my hope. 148 Mine eyes were awake before the morning dawn, that I might 149 meditate on thine oracles. Hear my voice, Lord, according to thy mercy; according to thy judgment keep me alive. 150 They, who persecute me unjustly, drew near; but they were 151 far removed from thy law. Thou, Lord, art near, and all 152 thy ways are truth. I knew of old from thy testimonies, that thou hast founded them forever. 153 RESH Behold my affliction, and deliver me; for I have not forgotten thy law. 154 Plead my cause and deliver me; on account of thy word keep me alive. 155 Salvation is far from sinners, because they did not seek thy statutes. 156 Thy tender mercies, Lord, are many; quicken me according to thy judgment. 157 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet from thy testimonies I have not declined. 158 I beheld transgressors and was grieved; because they did not keep thy words. 159 Consider, O Lord, that I have loved thy commandments: in thy mercy keep me alive. 160 The beginning of thy words was truth, and all thy righteous judgments endure forever. 161 SCHIN. Chiefs persecuted me undeservedly: but my heart stood in awe of thy words. 162 Let me exult with joy for thine oracles; as one who findeth great spoils. 163 I have hated and abominated iniquity: but thy law I have loved. 164 Seven times a day have I praised thee, for thy righteous judgments. 165 Great peace have they who love thy law: and for them there is no stumbling block. 166 I have waited, Lord, for thy salvation; and have loved thy commandments. 167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies and hath loved them exceedingly. 168 I have kept thy commandments and thy testimonies: for all my ways, Lord, are before thee. 169 TAU. Lord, let my prayer come before thee: give me understanding according to thy word. 170 Let my supplication come before thee, Lord. According to thy word deliver me. 171 Let my lips solemnly utter a hymn; when thou hast taught me thy statutes. 172 Let my tongue resound thine oracles; for all thy commandments are righteous. 173 Let thy hand be near to save me: because I have chosen thy statutes. 174 Lord, I have longed earnestly for thy salvation: and thy law is my study. 175 Let my soul live and praise thee; and thy judgments be my support. 176 Like a lost sheep I have gone astray: O seek thy servant; since I have not forgotten thy commandments.