Psalm 119
Young's Literal Translation

Your Word is a Lamp to My Feet


1Aleph. O the happiness of those perfect in the way, They are walking in the law of Jehovah,

2O the happiness of those keeping His testimonies, With the whole heart they seek Him.

3Yea, they have not done iniquity, In His ways they have walked.

4Thou hast commanded us Thy precepts to keep diligently,

5O that my ways were prepared to keep Thy statutes,

6Then I am not ashamed In my looking unto all Thy commands.

7I confess Thee with uprightness of heart, In my learning the judgments of Thy righteousness.

8Thy statutes I keep, leave me not utterly!


9Beth. With what doth a young man purify his path? To observe -- according to Thy word.

10With all my heart I have sought Thee, Let me not err from Thy commands.

11In my heart I have hid Thy saying, That I sin not before Thee.

12Blessed art Thou, O Jehovah, teach me Thy statutes.

13With my lips I have recounted All the judgments of Thy mouth.

14In the way of Thy testimonies I have joyed, As over all wealth.

15In Thy precepts I meditate, And I behold attentively Thy paths.

16In Thy statutes I delight myself, I do not forget Thy word.


17Gimel. Confer benefits on Thy servant, I live, and I keep Thy word.

18Uncover mine eyes, and I behold wonders out of Thy law.

19A sojourner I am on earth, Hide not from me Thy commands.

20Broken hath my soul for desire Unto Thy judgments at all times.

21Thou hast rebuked the cursed proud, Who are erring from Thy commands.

22Remove from me reproach and contempt, For Thy testimonies I have kept.

23Princes also sat -- against me they spoke, Thy servant doth meditate in Thy statutes,

24Thy testimonies also are my delight, The men of my counsel!


25Daleth. Cleaved to the dust hath my soul, Quicken me according to Thy word.

26My ways I have recounted, And Thou answerest me, teach me Thy statutes,

27The way of Thy precepts cause me to understand, And I meditate in Thy wonders.

28My soul hath dropped from affliction, Establish me according to Thy word.

29The way of falsehood turn aside from me And with Thy law favour me.

30The way of faithfulness I have chosen, Thy judgments I have compared,

31I have adhered to Thy testimonies, O Jehovah, put me not to shame.

32The way of Thy commands I run, For Thou dost enlarge my heart!


33He. Show me, O Jehovah, the way of Thy statutes, And I keep it -- to the end.

34Cause me to understand, and I keep Thy law, And observe it with the whole heart.

35Cause me to tread in the path of Thy commands, For in it I have delighted.

36Incline my heart unto Thy testimonies, And not unto dishonest gain.

37Remove mine eyes from seeing vanity, In Thy way quicken Thou me.

38Establish to Thy servant Thy saying, That is concerning Thy fear.

39Remove my reproach that I have feared, For Thy judgments are good.

40Lo, I have longed for Thy precepts, In Thy righteousness quicken Thou me,


41Waw. And meet me doth Thy kindness, O Jehovah, Thy salvation according to Thy saying.

42And I answer him who is reproaching me a word, For I have trusted in Thy word.

43And Thou takest not utterly away From my mouth the word of truth, Because for Thy judgment I have hoped.

44And I keep Thy law continually, To the age and for ever.

45And I walk habitually in a broad place, For Thy precepts I have sought.

46And I speak of Thy testimonies before kings, And I am not ashamed.

47And I delight myself in Thy commands, That I have loved,

48And I lift up my hands unto Thy commands, That I have loved, And I do meditate on Thy statutes!


49Zain. Remember the word to Thy servant, On which Thou hast caused me to hope.

50This is my comfort in mine affliction, That Thy saying hath quickened me.

51The proud have utterly scorned me, From Thy law I have not turned aside.

52I remembered Thy judgments of old, O Jehovah, And I comfort myself.

53Horror hath seized me, Because of the wicked forsaking Thy law.

54Songs have been to me Thy statutes, In the house of my sojournings.

55I have remembered in the night Thy name, O Jehovah, And I do keep Thy law.

56This hath been to me, That Thy precepts I have kept!


57Cheth. My portion is Jehovah; I have said -- to keep Thy words,

58I appeased Thy face with the whole heart, Favour me according to Thy saying.

59I have reckoned my ways, And turn back my feet unto Thy testimonies.

60I have made haste, And delayed not, to keep Thy commands.

61Cords of the wicked have surrounded me, Thy law I have not forgotten.

62At midnight I rise to give thanks to Thee, For the judgments of Thy righteousness.

63A companion I am to all who fear Thee, And to those keeping Thy precepts.

64Of Thy kindness, O Jehovah, the earth is full, Thy statutes teach Thou me!


65Teth. Good Thou didst with Thy servant, O Jehovah, According to Thy word.

66The goodness of reason and knowledge teach me, For in Thy commands I have believed.

67Before I am afflicted, I -- I am erring, And now Thy saying I have kept.

68Good Thou art, and doing good, Teach me Thy statutes.

69Forged against me falsehood have the proud, I with the whole heart keep Thy precepts.

70Insensate as fat hath been their heart, I -- in Thy law I have delighted.

71Good for me that I have been afflicted, That I might learn Thy statutes.

72Better to me is the law of Thy mouth Than thousands of gold and silver!


73Yod. Thy hands made me and establish me, Cause me to understand, and I learn Thy commands.

74Those fearing Thee see me and rejoice, Because for Thy word I have hoped.

75I have known, O Jehovah, That righteous are Thy judgments, And in faithfulness Thou hast afflicted me.

76Let, I pray Thee, Thy kindness be to comfort me, According to Thy saying to Thy servant.

77Meet me do Thy mercies, and I live, For Thy law is my delight.

78Ashamed are the proud, For with falsehood they dealt perversely with me. I meditate in Thy precepts.

79Those fearing Thee turn back to me, And those knowing Thy testimonies.

80My heart is perfect in Thy statutes, So that I am not ashamed.


81Kaph. Consumed for Thy salvation hath been my soul, For Thy word I have hoped.

82Consumed have been mine eyes for Thy word, Saying, 'When doth it comfort me?'

83For I have been as a bottle in smoke, Thy statutes I have not forgotten.

84How many are the days of Thy servant? When dost Thou execute Against my pursuers judgment?

85The proud have digged for me pits, That are not according to Thy law.

86All Thy commands are faithfulness, With falsehood they have pursued me, Help Thou me.

87Almost consumed me on earth have they, And I -- I have not forsaken Thy precepts.

88According to Thy kindness quicken Thou me, And I keep the testimony of Thy mouth!


89Lamed. To the age, O Jehovah, Thy word is set up in the heavens.

90To all generations Thy faithfulness, Thou didst establish earth, and it standeth.

91According to Thine ordinances They have stood this day, for the whole are Thy servants.

92Unless Thy law were my delights, Then had I perished in mine affliction.

93To the age I forget not Thy precepts, For by them Thou hast quickened me.

94I am Thine, save Thou me, For Thy precepts I have sought.

95Thy wicked waited for me to destroy me, Thy testimonies I understand.

96Of all perfection I have seen an end, Broad is Thy command -- exceedingly!


97Mem. O how I have loved Thy law! All the day it is my meditation.

98Than mine enemies Thy command maketh me wiser, For it is before me to the age.

99Above all my teachers I have acted wisely. For Thy testimonies are my meditation.

100Above elders I understand more, For Thy precepts I have kept.

101From every evil path I restrained my feet, So that I keep Thy word.

102From Thy judgments I turned not aside, For Thou -- Thou hast directed me.

103How sweet to my palate hath been Thy saying, Above honey to my mouth.

104From Thy precepts I have understanding, Therefore I have hated every false path!


105Nun. A lamp to my foot is Thy word, And a light to my path.

106I have sworn, and I confirm it, To keep the judgments of Thy righteousness.

107I have been afflicted very much, O Jehovah, quicken me, according to Thy word.

108Free-will-offerings of my mouth, Accept, I pray Thee, O Jehovah, And Thy judgments teach Thou me.

109My soul is in my hand continually, And Thy law I have not forgotten.

110The wicked have laid a snare for me, And from thy precepts I wandered not.

111I have inherited Thy testimonies to the age, For the joy of my heart are they.

112I have inclined my heart To do Thy statutes, to the age -- to the end!


113Samech. Doubting ones I have hated, And Thy law I have loved.

114My hiding place and my shield art Thou, For Thy word I have hoped.

115Turn aside from me, ye evil-doers, And I keep the commands of my God.

116Sustain me according to Thy saying, And I live, and Thou puttest me not to shame Because of my hope.

117Support Thou me, and I am saved, And I look on Thy statutes continually.

118Thou hast trodden down All going astray from Thy statutes, For falsehood is their deceit.

119Dross! Thou hast caused to cease All the wicked of the earth; Therefore I have loved Thy testimonies.

120Trembled from Thy fear hath my flesh, And from Thy judgments I have been afraid!


121Ain. I have done judgment and righteousness, Leave me not to mine oppressors.

122Make sure Thy servant for good, Let not the proud oppress me.

123Mine eyes have been consumed for Thy salvation. And for the saying of Thy righteousness.

124Do with Thy servant according to Thy kindness. And Thy statutes teach Thou me.

125Thy servant am I -- cause me to understand, And I know Thy testimonies.

126Time for Jehovah to work! they have made void Thy law.

127Therefore I have loved Thy commands Above gold -- even fine gold.

128Therefore all my appointments I have declared wholly right, Every path of falsehood I have hated!


129Pe. Wonderful are Thy testimonies, Therefore hath my soul kept them.

130The opening of Thy words enlighteneth, Instructing the simple.

131My mouth I have opened, yea, I pant, For, for Thy commands I have longed.

132Look unto me, and favour me, As customary to those loving Thy name.

133My steps establish by Thy saying, And any iniquity doth not rule over me.

134Ransom me from the oppression of man, And I observe Thy precepts,

135Thy face cause to shine on Thy servant, And teach me Thy statutes.

136Rivulets of waters have come down mine eyes, Because they have not kept Thy law!


137Tzade. Righteous art Thou, O Jehovah, And upright are Thy judgments.

138Thou hast appointed Thy testimonies, Righteous and exceeding faithful,

139Cut me off hath my zeal, For mine adversaries forgot Thy words.

140Tried is thy saying exceedingly, And Thy servant hath loved it.

141Small I am, and despised, Thy precepts I have not forgotten.

142Thy righteousness is righteousness to the age, And Thy law is truth.

143Adversity and distress have found me, Thy commands are my delights.

144The righteousness of Thy testimonies is to Cause me to understand, and I live!


145Koph. I have called with the whole heart, Answer me, O Jehovah, Thy statutes I keep,

146I have called Thee, save Thou me, And I do keep Thy testimonies.

147I have gone forward in the dawn, and I cry, For Thy word I have hoped.

148Mine eyes have gone before the watches, To meditate in Thy saying.

149My voice hear, according to Thy kindness, Jehovah, according to Thy judgment quicken me.

150Near have been my wicked pursuers, From Thy law they have been far off.

151Near art Thou, O Jehovah, And all Thy commands are truth.

152Of old I have known Thy testimonies, That to the age Thou hast founded them!


153Resh. See my affliction, and deliver Thou me, For Thy law I have not forgotten.

154Plead my plea, and redeem me, According to Thy saying quicken me.

155Far from the wicked is salvation, For Thy statutes they have not sought.

156Thy mercies are many, O Jehovah, According to Thy judgments quicken me.

157Many are my pursuers, and adversaries, From Thy testimonies I have not turned aside.

158I have seen treacherous ones, And grieve myself, Because Thy saying they have not kept.

159See, for thy precepts I have loved, Jehovah, According to Thy kindness quicken me.

160The sum of Thy word is truth, And to the age is every judgment of Thy righteousness!


161Shin. Princes have pursued me without cause, And because of Thy words was my heart afraid.

162I do rejoice concerning Thy saying, As one finding abundant spoil.

163Falsehood I have hated, yea I abominate it, Thy law I have loved.

164Seven times in a day I have praised Thee, Because of the judgments of Thy righteousness.

165Abundant peace have those loving Thy law, And they have no stumbling-block.

166I have waited for Thy salvation, O Jehovah, And Thy commands I have done.

167Kept hath my soul Thy testimonies, And I do love them exceedingly.

168I have kept Thy precepts and Thy testimonies, For all my ways are before Thee!


169Taw. My loud cry cometh near before Thee, O Jehovah; According to Thy word cause me to understand.

170My supplication cometh in before Thee, According to Thy saying deliver Thou me.

171My lips do utter praise, For Thou dost teach me Thy statutes.

172My tongue doth sing of Thy saying, For all Thy commands are righteous.

173Thy hand is for a help to me, For Thy commands I have chosen.

174I have longed for Thy salvation, O Jehovah, And Thy law is my delight.

175My soul liveth, and it doth praise Thee, And Thy judgments do help me.

176I wandered as a lost sheep, seek Thy servant, For Thy precepts I have not forgotten!

Young's Literal Translation

Section Headings Courtesy Berean Study Bible

Psalm 118
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