Psalms 119 - New International Version (NIV) (2024)

Psalm 119

א Aleph

1Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,

who walk according to the law of the Lord.

2Blessed are those who keep his statutes

and seek him with all their heart –

3they do no wrong

but follow his ways.

4You have laid down precepts

that are to be fully obeyed.

5Oh, that my ways were steadfast

in obeying your decrees!

6Then I would not be put to shame

when I consider all your commands.

7I will praise you with an upright heart

as I learn your righteous laws.

8I will obey your decrees;

do not utterly forsake me.

ב Beth

9How can a young person stay on the path of purity?

By living according to your word.

10I seek you with all my heart;

do not let me stray from your commands.

11I have hidden your word in my heart

that I might not sin against you.

12Praise be to you, Lord;

teach me your decrees.

13With my lips I recount

all the laws that come from your mouth.

14I rejoice in following your statutes

as one rejoices in great riches.

15I meditate on your precepts

and consider your ways.

16I delight in your decrees;

I will not neglect your word.

ג Gimel

17Be good to your servant while I live,

that I may obey your word.

18Open my eyes that I may see

wonderful things in your law.

19I am a stranger on earth;

do not hide your commands from me.

20My soul is consumed with longing

for your laws at all times.

21You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed,

those who stray from your commands.

22Remove from me scorn and contempt,

for I keep your statutes.

23Though rulers sit together and slander me,

your servant will meditate on your decrees.

24Your statutes are my delight;

they are my counsellors.

ד Daleth

25I am laid low in the dust;

preserve my life according to your word.

26I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;

teach me your decrees.

27Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,

that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.

28My soul is weary with sorrow;

strengthen me according to your word.

29Keep me from deceitful ways;

be gracious to me and teach me your law.

30I have chosen the way of faithfulness;

I have set my heart on your laws.

31I hold fast to your statutes, Lord;

do not let me be put to shame.

32I run in the path of your commands,

for you have broadened my understanding.

ה He

33Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,

that I may follow it to the end.

34Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law

and obey it with all my heart.

35Direct me in the path of your commands,

for there I find delight.

36Turn my heart towards your statutes

and not towards selfish gain.

37Turn my eyes away from worthless things;

preserve my life according to your word.

38Fulfil your promise to your servant,

so that you may be feared.

39Take away the disgrace I dread,

for your laws are good.

40How I long for your precepts!

In your righteousness preserve my life.

ו Waw

41May your unfailing love come to me, Lord,

your salvation, according to your promise;

42then I can answer anyone who taunts me,

for I trust in your word.

43Never take your word of truth from my mouth,

for I have put my hope in your laws.

44I will always obey your law,

for ever and ever.

45I will walk about in freedom,

for I have sought out your precepts.

46I will speak of your statutes before kings

and will not be put to shame,

47for I delight in your commands

because I love them.

48I reach out for your commands, which I love,

that I may meditate on your decrees.

ז Zayin

49Remember your word to your servant,

for you have given me hope.

50My comfort in my suffering is this:

your promise preserves my life.

51The arrogant mock me unmercifully,

but I do not turn from your law.

52I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,

and I find comfort in them.

53Indignation grips me because of the wicked,

who have forsaken your law.

54Your decrees are the theme of my song

wherever I lodge.

55In the night, Lord, I remember your name,

that I may keep your law.

56This has been my practice:

I obey your precepts.

ח Heth

57You are my portion, Lord;

I have promised to obey your words.

58I have sought your face with all my heart;

be gracious to me according to your promise.

59I have considered my ways

and have turned my steps to your statutes.

60I will hasten and not delay

to obey your commands.

61Though the wicked bind me with ropes,

I will not forget your law.

62At midnight I rise to give you thanks

for your righteous laws.

63I am a friend to all who fear you,

to all who follow your precepts.

64The earth is filled with your love, Lord;

teach me your decrees.

ט Teth

65Do good to your servant

according to your word, Lord.

66Teach me knowledge and good judgment,

for I trust your commands.

67Before I was afflicted I went astray,

but now I obey your word.

68You are good, and what you do is good;

teach me your decrees.

69Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,

I keep your precepts with all my heart.

70Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,

but I delight in your law.

71It was good for me to be afflicted

so that I might learn your decrees.

72The law from your mouth is more precious to me

than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

י Yodh

73Your hands made me and formed me;

give me understanding to learn your commands.

74May those who fear you rejoice when they see me,

for I have put my hope in your word.

75I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous,

and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

76May your unfailing love be my comfort,

according to your promise to your servant.

77Let your compassion come to me that I may live,

for your law is my delight.

78May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause;

but I will meditate on your precepts.

79May those who fear you turn to me,

those who understand your statutes.

80May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees,

that I may not be put to shame.

כ Kaph

81My soul faints with longing for your salvation,

but I have put my hope in your word.

82My eyes fail, looking for your promise;

I say, ‘When will you comfort me?’

83Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,

I do not forget your decrees.

84How long must your servant wait?

When will you punish my persecutors?

85The arrogant dig pits to trap me,

contrary to your law.

86All your commands are trustworthy;

help me, for I am being persecuted without cause.

87They almost wiped me from the earth,

but I have not forsaken your precepts.

88In your unfailing love preserve my life,

that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.

ל Lamedh

89Your word, Lord, is eternal;

it stands firm in the heavens.

90Your faithfulness continues through all generations;

you established the earth, and it endures.

91Your laws endure to this day,

for all things serve you.

92If your law had not been my delight,

I would have perished in my affliction.

93I will never forget your precepts,

for by them you have preserved my life.

94Save me, for I am yours;

I have sought out your precepts.

95The wicked are waiting to destroy me,

but I will ponder your statutes.

96To all perfection I see a limit,

but your commands are boundless.

מ Mem

97Oh, how I love your law!

I meditate on it all day long.

98Your commands are always with me

and make me wiser than my enemies.

99I have more insight than all my teachers,

for I meditate on your statutes.

100I have more understanding than the elders,

for I obey your precepts.

101I have kept my feet from every evil path

so that I might obey your word.

102I have not departed from your laws,

for you yourself have taught me.

103How sweet are your words to my taste,

sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104I gain understanding from your precepts;

therefore I hate every wrong path.

נ Nun

105Your word is a lamp for my feet,

a light on my path.

106I have taken an oath and confirmed it,

that I will follow your righteous laws.

107I have suffered much;

preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.

108Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,

and teach me your laws.

109Though I constantly take my life in my hands,

I will not forget your law.

110The wicked have set a snare for me,

but I have not strayed from your precepts.

111Your statutes are my heritage for ever;

they are the joy of my heart.

112My heart is set on keeping your decrees

to the very end.

ס Samekh

113I hate double-minded people,

but I love your law.

114You are my refuge and my shield;

I have put my hope in your word.

115Away from me, you evildoers,

that I may keep the commands of my God!

116Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I shall live;

do not let my hopes be dashed.

117Uphold me, and I shall be delivered;

I shall always have regard for your decrees.

118You reject all who stray from your decrees,

for their delusions come to nothing.

119All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross;

therefore I love your statutes.

120My flesh trembles in fear of you;

I stand in awe of your laws.

ע Ayin

121I have done what is righteous and just;

do not leave me to my oppressors.

122Ensure your servant’s well-being;

do not let the arrogant oppress me.

123My eyes fail, looking for your salvation,

looking for your righteous promise.

124Deal with your servant according to your love

and teach me your decrees.

125I am your servant; give me discernment

that I may understand your statutes.

126It is time for you to act, Lord;

your law is being broken.

127Because I love your commands

more than gold, more than pure gold,

128and because I consider all your precepts right,

I hate every wrong path.

פ Pe

129Your statutes are wonderful;

therefore I obey them.

130The unfolding of your words gives light;

it gives understanding to the simple.

131I open my mouth and pant,

longing for your commands.

132Turn to me and have mercy on me,

as you always do to those who love your name.

133Direct my footsteps according to your word;

let no sin rule over me.

134Redeem me from human oppression,

that I may obey your precepts.

135Make your face shine on your servant

and teach me your decrees.

136Streams of tears flow from my eyes,

for your law is not obeyed.

צ Tsadhe

137You are righteous, Lord,

and your laws are right.

138The statutes you have laid down are righteous;

they are fully trustworthy.

139My zeal wears me out,

for my enemies ignore your words.

140Your promises have been thoroughly tested,

and your servant loves them.

141Though I am lowly and despised,

I do not forget your precepts.

142Your righteousness is everlasting

and your law is true.

143Trouble and distress have come upon me,

but your commands give me delight.

144Your statutes are always righteous;

give me understanding that I may live.

ק Qoph

145I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord,

and I will obey your decrees.

146I call out to you; save me

and I will keep your statutes.

147I rise before dawn and cry for help;

I have put my hope in your word.

148My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,

that I may meditate on your promises.

149Hear my voice in accordance with your love;

preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws.

150Those who devise wicked schemes are near,

but they are far from your law.

151Yet you are near, Lord,

and all your commands are true.

152Long ago I learned from your statutes

that you established them to last for ever.

ר Resh

153Look on my suffering and deliver me,

for I have not forgotten your law.

154Defend my cause and redeem me;

preserve my life according to your promise.

155Salvation is far from the wicked,

for they do not seek out your decrees.

156Your compassion, Lord, is great;

preserve my life according to your laws.

157Many are the foes who persecute me,

but I have not turned from your statutes.

158I look on the faithless with loathing,

for they do not obey your word.

159See how I love your precepts;

preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love.

160All your words are true;

all your righteous laws are eternal.

ש Sin and Shin

161Rulers persecute me without cause,

but my heart trembles at your word.

162I rejoice in your promise

like one who finds great spoil.

163I hate and detest falsehood

but I love your law.

164Seven times a day I praise you

for your righteous laws.

165Great peace have those who love your law,

and nothing can make them stumble.

166I wait for your salvation, Lord,

and I follow your commands.

167I obey your statutes,

for I love them greatly.

168I obey your precepts and your statutes,

for all my ways are known to you.

ת Taw

169May my cry come before you, Lord;

give me understanding according to your word.

170May my supplication come before you;

deliver me according to your promise.

171May my lips overflow with praise,

for you teach me your decrees.

172May my tongue sing of your word,

for all your commands are righteous.

173May your hand be ready to help me,

for I have chosen your precepts.

174I long for your salvation, Lord,

and your law gives me delight.

175Let me live that I may praise you,

and may your laws sustain me.

176I have strayed like a lost sheep.

Seek your servant,

for I have not forgotten your commands.

Psalms 119 - New International Version (NIV) (2024)


What is the good news version of Psalm 119? ›

119You treat all the wicked like rubbish, and so I love your instructions. 120Because of you I am afraid; I am filled with fear because of your judgements.

Why is Psalm 119 different? ›

The psalmist uses eight different words to describe God's word (law, word, judgments, testimonies, etc.), and he uses at least one of them in every verse except two (verses 122 and 132). And the third way this psalm is unique is its length. You may have heard that Psalm 119 is the “longest chapter” in the Bible.

Why is Psalm 119 divided by Hebrew letters? ›

In its simplest form, each verse would begin with a letter of the alphabet in sequence. Psalms use alphabetical acrostics a lot. In Psalm 119 there are eight verses starting with each letter of the alphabet. In addition to giving the work a poetic sound, acrostics were useful as memory aides.

What is the main theme of Psalm 119? ›

Psalm 119 reminds us that our path is illuminated by God's word (v. 105). The way of life, the way of following Jesus, is hard but we can see it clearly in God's word. It points us to Jesus.

What are the most important verses in Psalm 119? ›

The Beauty of God's Word (Psalm 119)
  • “If your law had not been my delight, I would've perished in my affliction.” ...
  • “I've seen the limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.” ...
  • “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.”
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What does Beth mean in Psalm 119? ›

B. Beth ב: Purity of life and meditation on God's word. Each line of this second section of Psalm 119 begins with the Hebrew letter Beth, which also means “a house.” Some have suggested that this section tells us how to make our heart a home for the word of God.

What is God's word in Psalm 119? ›

Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.

What is the law in Psalm 119? ›

The will of God as expressed in God's law is also an eternal law. The psalmist says pointedly that the Lord's word is firmly fixed in the heavens (119:89). Equally, God's faithfulness endures for all generations; this is as certain as God's establishment of the created order (119:90).

What does Zayin mean in Psalm 119? ›

Which explains the meaning of its name, in Hebrew: in the Bible “zayin” means “weapon." Hence sages and kabbalists see zayin as signifying power: It's seventh and is shaped like a weapon. The letters petition God.

What does Cheth mean in Psalm 119? ›

Let's take a closer look at the letter that marks today's stanza, namely, “Cheth.” It means a “portion” or “share”, hence, the literal translation: “My portion.”

What does daleth mean in Psalm 119? ›

This section of “Daleth” is often given the title of “God's word revives and restores”. So, as we come to Psalm 119:25‑32, we enter the section headed “Daleth”. This is generally taken to mean “door” but also has a sense of weak or needy and the Hebrew symbol of it seems to be like a needy person who is bent over.

What makes Psalm 119 unique? ›

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses. It has a similar length to some of the Bible's shorter books like Philippians, James, or Ruth! 3. The structure of Psalm 119 is comprised of 22 stanzas, each starting with a different letter in the Hebrew alphabet.

What does Resh mean in Psalm 119? ›

In Hebrew each letter of the alphabet has a meaning as well as a sound, and for resh, the twentieth letter of the alphabet, that meaning is poor, or evil, or a bowed head, in much the same sense as we would speak about hanging one's head in shame.

What does mem mean in Psalm 119? ›

The Hebrew letter that every verse in this section, Psalm 119:97‑104) starts with is called Mem, and it carries the meaning of water. Water is a well-known picture of God's word.

What is the good news referred to in the Bible? ›

“The good news” (or “gospel” = “good spiel”) is a literal translation of the Greek word euangelion. New Testament authors use this term to mean the news of salvation, or liberation from sin, brokenness, and estrangement from God.

What is the TPT version of Psalm 119? ›

119The wicked are thrown away, discarded and valueless. That's why I will keep loving all of your laws! 120My body trembles in holy awe of you, leaving me speechless, for I'm frightened of your righteous judgments.

What is the good news version of the Lord's Prayer? ›

This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven: May your holy name be honoured; may your Kingdom come; may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need. Forgive us the wrongs we have done, as we forgive the wrongs that others have done to us.

What is the good news verse in the Bible? ›

Bible Verses about Good News
  • Mark 1:14-15. Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. ...
  • Luke 8:1. ...
  • Matthew 24:14. ...
  • Luke 2:10. ...
  • Luke 4:43. ...
  • John 12:50. ...
  • Acts 13:32. ...
  • Romans 1:16.


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