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Daily Reader for Day 294: Psalms 119 -


by Dave Moore

Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem on a grand scale.  It is broken up into sets of eight verses, and each of those eight begins with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  Each of the first eight verses begin with the letter aleph, the second eight begin with bet… all the way to tav in the final eight.  Since most Bibles introduce each stanza with a heading, you could use Psalm 119 to learn the Hebrew alphabet.  I challenge you to produce just such a hymn of praise in your own language!

But this is not a random collection of praise verses; the artist has something to say.  I’ll say little more than this: the word “law,” or synonyms such as statutes, commandments, testimonies, rules, precepts, word and ways appear at least 161 times in this Psalm.  That’s almost one per verse. 

Psalm 119 isn’t just something to get through or marvel at.  It’s a glimpse of someone who both promises to keep the LORD’s statutes, and who finds his delight in [the LORD’s] commandments, which [he] loves...  Whose soul is consumed with longing for Your rules at all times… Who will also speak of Your testimonies before kings, and shall not be put to shame…

Why does he take such delight in the law of the LORD?  It’s in there.  Come, sit and listen and even pray with the Psalmist: Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

Our verses for this week are Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 119.  Now let’s read it!

Psalms 119 -

119:1    Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
    who walk in the law of the LORD!
  Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
    who seek him with their whole heart,
  who also do no wrong,
    but walk in his ways!
  You have commanded your precepts
    to be kept diligently.
  Oh that my ways may be steadfast
    in keeping your statutes!
  Then I shall not be put to shame,
    having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
  I will praise you with an upright heart,
    when I learn your righteous rules.
  I will keep your statutes;
    do not utterly forsake me!

  How can a young man keep his way pure?
    By guarding it according to your word.
  With my whole heart I seek you;
    let me not wander from your commandments!
  I have stored up your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you.
  Blessed are you, O LORD;
    teach me your statutes!
  With my lips I declare
    all the rules of your mouth.
  In the way of your testimonies I delight
    as much as in all riches.
  I will meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your ways.
  I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.

  Deal bountifully with your servant,
    that I may live and keep your word.
  Open my eyes, that I may behold
    wondrous things out of your law.
  I am a sojourner on the earth;
    hide not your commandments from me!
  My soul is consumed with longing
    for your rules at all times.
  You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
    who wander from your commandments.
  Take away from me scorn and contempt,
    for I have kept your testimonies.
  Even though princes sit plotting against me,
    your servant will meditate on your statutes.
  Your testimonies are my delight;
    they are my counselors.

  My soul clings to the dust;
    give me life according to your word!
  When I told of my ways, you answered me;
    teach me your statutes!
  Make me understand the way of your precepts,
    and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
  My soul melts away for sorrow;
    strengthen me according to your word!
  Put false ways far from me
    and graciously teach me your law!
  I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
    I set your rules before me.
  I cling to your testimonies, O LORD;
    let me not be put to shame!
  I will run in the way of your commandments
    when you enlarge my heart!

  Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes;
    and I will keep it to the end.
  Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
    and observe it with my whole heart.
  Lead me in the path of your commandments,
    for I delight in it.
  Incline my heart to your testimonies,
    and not to selfish gain!
  Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
    and give me life in your ways.
  Confirm to your servant your promise,
    that you may be feared.
  Turn away the reproach that I dread,
    for your rules are good.
  Behold, I long for your precepts;
    in your righteousness give me life!

  Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD,
    your salvation according to your promise;
  then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me,
    for I trust in your word.
  And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
    for my hope is in your rules.
  I will keep your law continually,
    forever and ever,
  and I shall walk in a wide place,
    for I have sought your precepts.
  I will also speak of your testimonies before kings
    and shall not be put to shame,
  for I find my delight in your commandments,
    which I love.
  I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,
    and I will meditate on your statutes.

  Remember your word to your servant,
    in which you have made me hope.
  This is my comfort in my affliction,
    that your promise gives me life.
  The insolent utterly deride me,
    but I do not turn away from your law.
  When I think of your rules from of old,
    I take comfort, O LORD.
  Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
    who forsake your law.
  Your statutes have been my songs
    in the house of my sojourning.
  I remember your name in the night, O LORD,
    and keep your law.
  This blessing has fallen to me,
    that I have kept your precepts.

  The LORD is my portion;
    I promise to keep your words.
  I entreat your favor with all my heart;
    be gracious to me according to your promise.
  When I think on my ways,
    I turn my feet to your testimonies;
  I hasten and do not delay
    to keep your commandments.
  Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
    I do not forget your law.
  At midnight I rise to praise you,
    because of your righteous rules.
  I am a companion of all who fear you,
    of those who keep your precepts.
  The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love;
    teach me your statutes!

  You have dealt well with your servant,
    O LORD, according to your word.
  Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
    for I believe in your commandments.
  Before I was afflicted I went astray,
    but now I keep your word.
  You are good and do good;
    teach me your statutes.
  The insolent smear me with lies,
    but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;
  their heart is unfeeling like fat,
    but I delight in your law.
  It is good for me that I was afflicted,
    that I might learn your statutes.
  The law of your mouth is better to me
    than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

  Your hands have made and fashioned me;
    give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
  Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
    because I have hoped in your word.
  I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous,
    and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
  Let your steadfast love comfort me
    according to your promise to your servant.
  Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
    for your law is my delight.
  Let the insolent be put to shame,
    because they have wronged me with falsehood;
    as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
  Let those who fear you turn to me,
    that they may know your testimonies.
  May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
    that I may not be put to shame!

  My soul longs for your salvation;
    I hope in your word.
  My eyes long for your promise;
    I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
  For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
    yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
  How long must your servant endure?
    When will you judge those who persecute me?
  The insolent have dug pitfalls for me;
    they do not live according to your law.
  All your commandments are sure;
    they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
  They have almost made an end of me on earth,
    but I have not forsaken your precepts.
  In your steadfast love give me life,
    that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

  Forever, O LORD, your word
    is firmly fixed in the heavens.
  Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
    you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
  By your appointment they stand this day,
    for all things are your servants.
  If your law had not been my delight,
    I would have perished in my affliction.
  I will never forget your precepts,
    for by them you have given me life.
  I am yours; save me,
    for I have sought your precepts.
  The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
    but I consider your testimonies.
  I have seen a limit to all perfection,
    but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

  Oh how I love your law!
    It is my meditation all the day.
  Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
    for it is ever with me.
  I have more understanding than all my teachers,
    for your testimonies are my meditation.
  I understand more than the aged,
    for I keep your precepts.
  I hold back my feet from every evil way,
    in order to keep your word.
  I do not turn aside from your rules,
    for you have taught me.
  How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!
  Through your precepts I get understanding;
    therefore I hate every false way.

  Your word is a lamp to my feet
    and a light to my path.
  I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
    to keep your righteous rules.
  I am severely afflicted;
    give me life, O LORD, according to your word!
  Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD,
    and teach me your rules.
  I hold my life in my hand continually,
    but I do not forget your law.
  The wicked have laid a snare for me,
    but I do not stray from your precepts.
  Your testimonies are my heritage forever,
    for they are the joy of my heart.
  I incline my heart to perform your statutes
    forever, to the end.

  I hate the double-minded,
    but I love your law.
  You are my hiding place and my shield;
    I hope in your word.
  Depart from me, you evildoers,
    that I may keep the commandments of my God.
  Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,
    and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
  Hold me up, that I may be safe
    and have regard for your statutes continually!
  You spurn all who go astray from your statutes,
    for their cunning is in vain.
  All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross,
    therefore I love your testimonies.
  My flesh trembles for fear of you,
    and I am afraid of your judgments.

  I have done what is just and right;
    do not leave me to my oppressors.
  Give your servant a pledge of good;
    let not the insolent oppress me.
  My eyes long for your salvation
    and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
  Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,
    and teach me your statutes.
  I am your servant; give me understanding,
    that I may know your testimonies!
  It is time for the LORD to act,
    for your law has been broken.
  Therefore I love your commandments
    above gold, above fine gold.
  Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;
    I hate every false way.

  Your testimonies are wonderful;
    therefore my soul keeps them.
  The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it imparts understanding to the simple.
  I open my mouth and pant,
    because I long for your commandments.
  Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    as is your way with those who love your name.
  Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
    and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
  Redeem me from man's oppression,
    that I may keep your precepts.
  Make your face shine upon your servant,
    and teach me your statutes.
  My eyes shed streams of tears,
    because people do not keep your law.

  Righteous are you, O LORD,
    and right are your rules.
  You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness
    and in all faithfulness.
  My zeal consumes me,
    because my foes forget your words.
  Your promise is well tried,
    and your servant loves it.
  I am small and despised,
    yet I do not forget your precepts.
  Your righteousness is righteous forever,
    and your law is true.
  Trouble and anguish have found me out,
    but your commandments are my delight.
  Your testimonies are righteous forever;
    give me understanding that I may live.

  With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD!
    I will keep your statutes.
  I call to you; save me,
    that I may observe your testimonies.
  I rise before dawn and cry for help;
    I hope in your words.
  My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,
    that I may meditate on your promise.
  Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;
    O LORD, according to your justice give me life.
  They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;
    they are far from your law.
  But you are near, O LORD,
    and all your commandments are true.
  Long have I known from your testimonies
    that you have founded them forever.

  Look on my affliction and deliver me,
    for I do not forget your law.
  Plead my cause and redeem me;
    give me life according to your promise!
  Salvation is far from the wicked,
    for they do not seek your statutes.
  Great is your mercy, O LORD;
    give me life according to your rules.
  Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
    but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
  I look at the faithless with disgust,
    because they do not keep your commands.
  Consider how I love your precepts!
    Give me life according to your steadfast love.
  The sum of your word is truth,
    and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

  Princes persecute me without cause,
    but my heart stands in awe of your words.
  I rejoice at your word
    like one who finds great spoil.
  I hate and abhor falsehood,
    but I love your law.
  Seven times a day I praise you
    for your righteous rules.
  Great peace have those who love your law;
    nothing can make them stumble.
  I hope for your salvation, O LORD,
    and I do your commandments.
  My soul keeps your testimonies;
    I love them exceedingly.
  I keep your precepts and testimonies,
    for all my ways are before you.

  Let my cry come before you, O LORD;
    give me understanding according to your word!
  Let my plea come before you;
    deliver me according to your word.
  My lips will pour forth praise,
    for you teach me your statutes.
  My tongue will sing of your word,
    for all your commandments are right.
  Let your hand be ready to help me,
    for I have chosen your precepts.
  I long for your salvation, O LORD,
    and your law is my delight.
  Let my soul live and praise you,
    and let your rules help me.
  I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
    for I do not forget your commandments.

120:1   In my distress I called to the LORD,
    and he answered me.
  Deliver me, O LORD,
    from lying lips,
    from a deceitful tongue.
  What shall be given to you,
    and what more shall be done to you,
    you deceitful tongue?
  A warrior's sharp arrows,
    with glowing coals of the broom tree!
  Woe to me, that I sojourn in Meshech,
    that I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
  Too long have I had my dwelling
    among those who hate peace.
  I am for peace,
    but when I speak, they are for war!

121:1   I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
  My help comes from the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth.
  He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
  Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
  The LORD is your keeper;
    the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
  The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
  The LORD will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
  The LORD will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

122:1   I was glad when they said to me,
    “Let us go to the house of the LORD!”
  Our feet have been standing
    within your gates, O Jerusalem!
  Jerusalem—built as a city
    that is bound firmly together,
  to which the tribes go up,
    the tribes of the LORD,
  as was decreed for Israel,
    to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
  There thrones for judgment were set,
    the thrones of the house of David.
  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
    “May they be secure who love you!
  Peace be within your walls
    and security within your towers!”
  For my brothers and companions' sake
    I will say, “Peace be within you!”
  For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
    I will seek your good.

123:1   To you I lift up my eyes,
    O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
  Behold, as the eyes of servants
    look to the hand of their master,
  as the eyes of a maidservant
    to the hand of her mistress,
  so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
    till he has mercy upon us.
  Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us,
    for we have had more than enough of contempt.
  Our soul has had more than enough
    of the scorn of those who are at ease,
    of the contempt of the proud.

124:1   If it had not been the LORD who was on our side—
    let Israel now say—
  if it had not been the LORD who was on our side
    when people rose up against us,
  then they would have swallowed us up alive,
    when their anger was kindled against us;
  then the flood would have swept us away,
    the torrent would have gone over us;
  then over us would have gone
    the raging waters.
  Blessed be the LORD,
    who has not given us
    as prey to their teeth!
  We have escaped like a bird
    from the snare of the fowlers;
  the snare is broken,
    and we have escaped!
  Our help is in the name of the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth.

125:1   Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
    which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
  As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
    so the LORD surrounds his people,
    from this time forth and forevermore.
  For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
    on the land allotted to the righteous,
  lest the righteous stretch out
    their hands to do wrong.
  Do good, O LORD, to those who are good,
    and to those who are upright in their hearts!
  But those who turn aside to their crooked ways
    the LORD will lead away with evildoers!
    Peace be upon Israel!

126:1   When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
    we were like those who dream.
  Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
    and our tongue with shouts of joy;
  then they said among the nations,
    “The LORD has done great things for them.”
  The LORD has done great things for us;
    we are glad.
  Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
    like streams in the Negeb!
  Those who sow in tears
    shall reap with shouts of joy!
  He who goes out weeping,
    bearing the seed for sowing,
  shall come home with shouts of joy,
    bringing his sheaves with him.

127:1   Unless the LORD builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain.
  Unless the LORD watches over the city,
    the watchman stays awake in vain.
  It is in vain that you rise up early
    and go late to rest,
  eating the bread of anxious toil;
    for he gives to his beloved sleep.
  Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.
  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
    are the children of one's youth.
  Blessed is the man
    who fills his quiver with them!
  He shall not be put to shame
    when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

128:1   Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
    who walks in his ways!
  You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
    you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
  Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
  your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
  Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
    who fears the LORD.
  The LORD bless you from Zion!
    May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life!
  May you see your children's children!
    Peace be upon Israel!

129:1   “Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth”—
    let Israel now say—
  “Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth,
    yet they have not prevailed against me.
  The plowers plowed upon my back;
    they made long their furrows.”
  The LORD is righteous;
    he has cut the cords of the wicked.
  May all who hate Zion
    be put to shame and turned backward!
  Let them be like the grass on the housetops,
    which withers before it grows up,
  with which the reaper does not fill his hand
    nor the binder of sheaves his arms,
  nor do those who pass by say,
    “The blessing of the LORD be upon you!
    We bless you in the name of the LORD!”

130:1   Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!
    O Lord, hear my voice!
  Let your ears be attentive
    to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
  If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
    O Lord, who could stand?
  But with you there is forgiveness,
    that you may be feared.
  I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
  my soul waits for the Lord
    more than watchmen for the morning,
    more than watchmen for the morning.
  O Israel, hope in the LORD!
    For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
    and with him is plentiful redemption.
  And he will redeem Israel
    from all his iniquities.

131:1   O LORD, my heart is not lifted up;
    my eyes are not raised too high;
  I do not occupy myself with things
    too great and too marvelous for me.
  But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
    like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child is my soul within me.
  O Israel, hope in the LORD
    from this time forth and forevermore.

132:1   Remember, O LORD, in David's favor,
    all the hardships he endured,
  how he swore to the LORD
    and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
  “I will not enter my house
    or get into my bed,
  I will not give sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
  until I find a place for the LORD,
    a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
  Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;
    we found it in the fields of Jaar.
  “Let us go to his dwelling place;
    let us worship at his footstool!”
  Arise, O LORD, and go to your resting place,
    you and the ark of your might.
  Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
    and let your saints shout for joy.
  For the sake of your servant David,
    do not turn away the face of your anointed one.
  The LORD swore to David a sure oath
    from which he will not turn back:
  “One of the sons of your body
    I will set on your throne.
  If your sons keep my covenant
    and my testimonies that I shall teach them,
  their sons also forever
    shall sit on your throne.”
  For the LORD has chosen Zion;
    he has desired it for his dwelling place:
  “This is my resting place forever;
    here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
  I will abundantly bless her provisions;
    I will satisfy her poor with bread.
  Her priests I will clothe with salvation,
    and her saints will shout for joy.
  There I will make a horn to sprout for David;
    I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
  His enemies I will clothe with shame,
    but on him his crown will shine.”

133:1   Behold, how good and pleasant it is
    when brothers dwell in unity!
  It is like the precious oil on the head,
    running down on the beard,
  on the beard of Aaron,
    running down on the collar of his robes!
  It is like the dew of Hermon,
    which falls on the mountains of Zion!
  For there the LORD has commanded the blessing,
    life forevermore.

134:1   Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD,
    who stand by night in the house of the LORD!
  Lift up your hands to the holy place
    and bless the LORD!
  May the LORD bless you from Zion,
    he who made heaven and earth!

135:1   Praise the LORD!
  Praise the name of the LORD,
    give praise, O servants of the LORD,
  who stand in the house of the LORD,
    in the courts of the house of our God!
  Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
    sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
  For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself,
    Israel as his own possession.
  For I know that the LORD is great,
    and that our Lord is above all gods.
  Whatever the LORD pleases, he does,
    in heaven and on earth,
    in the seas and all deeps.
  He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
    who makes lightnings for the rain
    and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
  He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    both of man and of beast;
  who in your midst, O Egypt,
    sent signs and wonders
    against Pharaoh and all his servants;
  who struck down many nations
    and killed mighty kings,
  Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    and Og, king of Bashan,
    and all the kingdoms of Canaan,
  and gave their land as a heritage,
    a heritage to his people Israel.
  Your name, O LORD, endures forever,
    your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages.
  For the LORD will vindicate his people
    and have compassion on his servants.
  The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
    the work of human hands.
  They have mouths, but do not speak;
    they have eyes, but do not see;
  they have ears, but do not hear,
    nor is there any breath in their mouths.
  Those who make them become like them,
    so do all who trust in them.
  O house of Israel, bless the LORD!
    O house of Aaron, bless the LORD!
  O house of Levi, bless the LORD!
    You who fear the LORD, bless the LORD!
  Blessed be the LORD from Zion,
    he who dwells in Jerusalem!
  Praise the LORD!

136:1   Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
  Give thanks to the God of gods,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
  Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  to him who alone does great wonders,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  to him who by understanding made the heavens,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  to him who made the great lights,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  the sun to rule over the day,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  the moon and stars to rule over the night,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  and brought Israel out from among them,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  to him who divided the Red Sea in two,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  to him who led his people through the wilderness,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  to him who struck down great kings,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  and killed mighty kings,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  and Og, king of Bashan,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  and gave their land as a heritage,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  a heritage to Israel his servant,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
  It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  and rescued us from our foes,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
  he who gives food to all flesh,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
  Give thanks to the God of heaven,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

137:1   By the waters of Babylon,
    there we sat down and wept,
    when we remembered Zion.
  On the willows there
    we hung up our lyres.
  For there our captors
    required of us songs,
  and our tormentors, mirth, saying,
    “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
  How shall we sing the LORD's song
    in a foreign land?
  If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
    let my right hand forget its skill!
  Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
    if I do not remember you,
  if I do not set Jerusalem
    above my highest joy!
  Remember, O LORD, against the Edomites
    the day of Jerusalem,
  how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,
    down to its foundations!”
  O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed,
    blessed shall he be who repays you
    with what you have done to us!
  Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones
    and dashes them against the rock!

138:1   I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart;
    before the gods I sing your praise;
  I bow down toward your holy temple
    and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
    for you have exalted above all things
    your name and your word.
  On the day I called, you answered me;
    my strength of soul you increased.
  All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD,
    for they have heard the words of your mouth,
  and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
    for great is the glory of the LORD.
  For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly,
    but the haughty he knows from afar.
  Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life;
  you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
    and your right hand delivers me.
  The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
    your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.
    Do not forsake the work of your hands.

139:1   O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
  You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
  You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
  Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
  You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.
  Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
  If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
  If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
  even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
  If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
  even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.
  For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
  Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
  My frame was not hidden from you,
  when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
  Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
  in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.
  How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
  If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.
  Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
    O men of blood, depart from me!
  They speak against you with malicious intent;
    your enemies take your name in vain.
  Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD?
    And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
  I hate them with complete hatred;
    I count them my enemies.
  Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts!
  And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting!

140:1   Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men;
    preserve me from violent men,
  who plan evil things in their heart
    and stir up wars continually.
  They make their tongue sharp as a serpent's,
    and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah
  Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
    preserve me from violent men,
    who have planned to trip up my feet.
  The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,
    and with cords they have spread a net;
    beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah
  I say to the LORD, You are my God;
    give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!
  O LORD, my Lord, the strength of my salvation,
    you have covered my head in the day of battle.
  Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked;
    do not further their evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah
  As for the head of those who surround me,
    let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
  Let burning coals fall upon them!
    Let them be cast into fire,
    into miry pits, no more to rise!
  Let not the slanderer be established in the land;
    let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!
  I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
    and will execute justice for the needy.
  Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name;
    the upright shall dwell in your presence.

141:1   O LORD, I call upon you; hasten to me!
    Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
  Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
    and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
  Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth;
    keep watch over the door of my lips!
  Do not let my heart incline to any evil,
    to busy myself with wicked deeds
  in company with men who work iniquity,
    and let me not eat of their delicacies!
  Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
    let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
    let my head not refuse it.
  Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
  When their judges are thrown over the cliff,
    then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.
  As when one plows and breaks up the earth,
    so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
  But my eyes are toward you, O GOD, my Lord;
    in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!
  Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me
    and from the snares of evildoers!
  Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
    while I pass by safely.

142:1   With my voice I cry out to the LORD;
    with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD.
  I pour out my complaint before him;
    I tell my trouble before him.
  When my spirit faints within me,
    you know my way!
  In the path where I walk
    they have hidden a trap for me.
  Look to the right and see:
    there is none who takes notice of me;
  no refuge remains to me;
    no one cares for my soul.
  I cry to you, O LORD;
    I say, “You are my refuge,
    my portion in the land of the living.”
  Attend to my cry,
    for I am brought very low!
  Deliver me from my persecutors,
    for they are too strong for me!
  Bring me out of prison,
    that I may give thanks to your name!
  The righteous will surround me,
    for you will deal bountifully with me.

143:1   Hear my prayer, O LORD;
    give ear to my pleas for mercy!
    In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
  Enter not into judgment with your servant,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
  For the enemy has pursued my soul;
    he has crushed my life to the ground;
    he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
  Therefore my spirit faints within me;
    my heart within me is appalled.
  I remember the days of old;
    I meditate on all that you have done;
    I ponder the work of your hands.
  I stretch out my hands to you;
    my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah
  Answer me quickly, O LORD!
    My spirit fails!
  Hide not your face from me,
    lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
  Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
    for in you I trust.
  Make me know the way I should go,
    for to you I lift up my soul.
  Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD!
    I have fled to you for refuge.
  Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God!
  Let your good Spirit lead me
    on level ground!
  For your name's sake, O LORD, preserve my life!
    In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
  And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies,
    and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
    for I am your servant.

144:1   Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
    who trains my hands for war,
    and my fingers for battle;
  he is my steadfast love and my fortress,
    my stronghold and my deliverer,
  my shield and he in whom I take refuge,
    who subdues peoples under me.
  O LORD, what is man that you regard him,
    or the son of man that you think of him?
  Man is like a breath;
    his days are like a passing shadow.
  Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down!
    Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
  Flash forth the lightning and scatter them;
    send out your arrows and rout them!
  Stretch out your hand from on high;
    rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
    from the hand of foreigners,
  whose mouths speak lies
    and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
  I will sing a new song to you, O God;
    upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
  who gives victory to kings,
    who rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
  Rescue me and deliver me
    from the hand of foreigners,
  whose mouths speak lies
    and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
  May our sons in their youth
    be like plants full grown,
  our daughters like corner pillars
    cut for the structure of a palace;
  may our granaries be full,
    providing all kinds of produce;
  may our sheep bring forth thousands
    and ten thousands in our fields;
  may our cattle be heavy with young,
    suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;
  may there be no cry of distress in our streets!
  Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!
    Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!

145:1   I will extol you, my God and King,
    and bless your name forever and ever.
  Every day I will bless you
    and praise your name forever and ever.
  Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
    and his greatness is unsearchable.
  One generation shall commend your works to another,
    and shall declare your mighty acts.
  On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
  They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness.
  They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
  The LORD is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
  The LORD is good to all,
    and his mercy is over all that he has made.
  All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD,
    and all your saints shall bless you!
  They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,
  to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
  [The LORD is faithful in all his words
    and kind in all his works.]
  The LORD upholds all who are falling
    and raises up all who are bowed down.
  The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
  You open your hand;
    you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
  The LORD is righteous in all his ways
    and kind in all his works.
  The LORD is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
  He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
    he also hears their cry and saves them.
  The LORD preserves all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.
  My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
    and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

146:1   Praise the LORD!
  Praise the LORD, O my soul!
  I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
    I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
  Put not your trust in princes,
    in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
  When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
    on that very day his plans perish.
  Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the LORD his God,
  who made heaven and earth,
    the sea, and all that is in them,
  who keeps faith forever;
    who executes justice for the oppressed,
    who gives food to the hungry.
  The LORD sets the prisoners free;
    the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
  The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
    the LORD loves the righteous.
  The LORD watches over the sojourners;
    he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
    but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
  The LORD will reign forever,
    your God, O Zion, to all generations.
  Praise the LORD!

147:1   Praise the LORD!
  For it is good to sing praises to our God;
    for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
  The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
  He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.
  He determines the number of the stars;
    he gives to all of them their names.
  Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
    his understanding is beyond measure.
  The LORD lifts up the humble;
    he casts the wicked to the ground.
  Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
    make melody to our God on the lyre!
  He covers the heavens with clouds;
    he prepares rain for the earth;
    he makes grass grow on the hills.
  He gives to the beasts their food,
    and to the young ravens that cry.
  His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
  but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
    in those who hope in his steadfast love.
  Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem!
    Praise your God, O Zion!
  For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
    he blesses your children within you.
  He makes peace in your borders;
    he fills you with the finest of the wheat.
  He sends out his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
  He gives snow like wool;
    he scatters frost like ashes.
  He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs;
    who can stand before his cold?
  He sends out his word, and melts them;
    he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
  He declares his word to Jacob,
    his statutes and rules to Israel.
  He has not dealt thus with any other nation;
    they do not know his rules.
  Praise the LORD!

148:1   Praise the LORD!
  Praise the LORD from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights!
  Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his hosts!
  Praise him, sun and moon,
    praise him, all you shining stars!
  Praise him, you highest heavens,
    and you waters above the heavens!
  Let them praise the name of the LORD!
    For he commanded and they were created.
  And he established them forever and ever;
    he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.
  Praise the LORD from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all deeps,
  fire and hail, snow and mist,
    stormy wind fulfilling his word!
  Mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars!
  Beasts and all livestock,
    creeping things and flying birds!
  Kings of the earth and all peoples,
    princes and all rulers of the earth!
  Young men and maidens together,
    old men and children!
  Let them praise the name of the LORD,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his majesty is above earth and heaven.
  He has raised up a horn for his people,
    praise for all his saints,
    for the people of Israel who are near to him.
  Praise the LORD!

149:1   Praise the LORD!
  Sing to the LORD a new song,
    his praise in the assembly of the godly!
  Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
    let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!
  Let them praise his name with dancing,
    making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!
  For the LORD takes pleasure in his people;
    he adorns the humble with salvation.
  Let the godly exult in glory;
    let them sing for joy on their beds.
  Let the high praises of God be in their throats
    and two-edged swords in their hands,
  to execute vengeance on the nations
    and punishments on the peoples,
  to bind their kings with chains
    and their nobles with fetters of iron,
  to execute on them the judgment written!
    This is honor for all his godly ones.
  Praise the LORD!

150:1   Praise the LORD!
  Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens!
  Praise him for his mighty deeds;
    praise him according to his excellent greatness!
  Praise him with trumpet sound;
    praise him with lute and harp!
  Praise him with tambourine and dance;
    praise him with strings and pipe!
  Praise him with sounding cymbals;
    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
  Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
  Praise the LORD!

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