1 ALEPH. Blessed [are]Here they are not called blessed who think themselves wise in their own judgment, nor who imagine to themselves a certain holiness, but they whose conversation is without hypocrisy.the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are they that keepe his testimonies, and seeke him with their whole heart.
3 They also doFor they are ruled by God's Spirit and embrace no doctrine but his.no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commaunded to keepe thy precepts diligently.
5 David acknowledges his imperfection, desiring God to reform it, that his life may be conformable to God's word.O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then should I not be confounded, when I haue respect vnto all thy commandements.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness ofFor true religion stands in serving God without hypocrisy.heart, when I shall have learned thy righteousThat is, your precepts, which contain perfect righteousness.judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me notHe does not refuse to be tried by temptations, but he fears to faint, if God does not help his infirmity in time.utterly.
9 BETH. Wherewithal shall aBecause youth is most given to licentiousness, he chiefly warns them to frame their lives after God's word.young man cleanse his way? by taking heed [thereto] according to thy word.
10 With my whole heart haue I sought thee: let me not wander from thy commandements.
11 Thy word have IIf God's word is carved in our hearts, we will be more able to resist the assaults of Satan: and therefore the prophet desires God to instruct him daily more and more in it.hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O Lorde: teache mee thy statutes.
13 With my lippes haue I declared all the iudgements of thy mouth.
14 I haveThe prophet does not boast of his virtues, but sets forth an example for others to follow God's word, and leave worldly vanities.rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as [much as] in all riches.
15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and consider thy waies.
16 I will delite in thy statutes, and I will not forget thy worde.
17 GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, [that] I mayHe shows that we should not desire to live but to serve God, and that we can not serve him correctly unless he opens our eyes and minds.live, and keep thy word.
18 Open mine eies, that I may see the wonders of thy Lawe.
19 I [am] aSeeing man's life in this world is only a passage, what should become of him, if your word were not his guide?stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.
20 Mine heart breaketh for the desire to thy iudgements always.
21 ThouIn all ages you have plagued all such who maliciously and contemptuously depart from your truth.hast rebuked the proud [that are] cursed, which do err from thy commandments.
22 Remoue from mee shame and contempt: for I haue kept thy testimonies.
23 When the powers of the world gave false sentence against me, your word was a guide and counsellor to teach me what to do, and to comfort me.Princes also did sit [and] speak against me: [but] thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
24 Also thy testimonies are my delite, and my counsellers.
25 DALETH. My soul cleaveth unto theThat is, it is almost brought to the grave and without your word I cannot live.dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
26 I haveI have confessed my offences and now depend wholly on you.declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.
27 Make me to vnderstand ye way of thy precepts, & I will meditate in thy wondrous workes.
28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thyIf God did not maintain us by his word, our life would drop away like water.word.
29 Remove from me theInstruct me in your word, by which my mind may be purged from vanity and taught to obey your will.way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.
30 I haue chosen the way of trueth, and thy iudgements haue I laied before me.
31 I haue cleaued to thy testimonies, O Lord: confound me not.
32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shaltBy this he shows that we can neither choose good, cleave to God's word, nor turn forward in his way, unless he make our hearts large to receive grace, and willing to obey.enlarge my heart.
33 HE. TeachHe shows that he cannot follow on to the end, unless God teaches him often and leads him forward.me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it [unto] the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with [my] wholeNot only in outward conversation, but also with inward affection.heart.
35 Direct mee in the path of thy commandements: for therein is my delite.
36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not toBy this, meaning all other vices, because covetousness is the root of all evil.covetousness.
37 Turn away mineMeaning, all his senses.eyes from beholding vanity; [and] quicken thou me in thy way.
38 Stablish thy promesse to thy seruaunt, because he feareth thee.
39 Turn awayLet me not fall to your dishonour but let my heart still delight in your gracious word.my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments [are] good.
40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts:Give me strength to continue in your word even to the end.quicken me in thy righteousness.
41 VAU. Let thyHe shows that God's mercy and love is the first reason for our salvation.mercies come also unto me, O LORD, [even] thy salvation, according to thy word.
42 So shall IBy trusting in God's word he assures himself to be able to confute the slanders of his adversaries.have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
43 And take not the woorde of trueth vtterly out of my mouth: for I waite for thy iudgements.
44 So shall I always keepe thy Lawe for euer and euer.
45 And I willThey who simply walk after God's word have no nets to entangle them, while they who do contrary are ever in nets and snares.walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
46 I will speak of thy testimonies also beforeHe shows that the children of God should not permit their fathers glory to be obscured by the vain pomp of princes.kings, and will not be ashamed.
47 And my delite shalbe in thy commaundements, which I haue loued.
48 Mine handes also will I lift vp vnto thy commaundements, which I haue loued, and I will meditate in thy statutes.
49 ZAIN. RememberThough he feels God's hand still lies on him, yet he rests on his promise, and comforts himself in it.the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
50 It is my comfort in my trouble: for thy promes hath quickened me.
51 TheMeaning the wicked who contemn God's word, and tread his religion under foot.proud have had me greatly in derision: [yet] have I not declined from thy law.
52 I remembered thyThat is, the examples, by which you declare yourself to be judge of the world.judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.
53 That is, a vehement zeal to your glory and indignation against the wicked.Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of myIn the course of this life and sorrowful exit.pilgrimage.
55 I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in theEven when others sleep.night, and have kept thy law.
56 That is, all these benefits.This I had, because I kept thy precepts.
57 CHETH. [Thou art] myI am persuaded that to keep your law is a heritage and great gain for me.portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words.
58 I made my supplication in thy presence with my whole heart: be mercifull vnto me according to thy promes.
59 I thought on myHe shows that no one can embrace the word of God, unless he considers his own imperfections and ways.ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
60 I made haste and delaied not to keepe thy commandements.
61 The bands of the wicked haveThey have gone about to draw me into their company.robbed me: [but] I have not forgotten thy law.
62 At midnight will I rise to giue thanks vnto thee, because of thy righteous iudgements.
63 I [am] aNot only in mutual consent, but also with aid and help.companion of all [them] that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.
64 The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy:For the knowledge of God's word is a singular token of his favour.teach me thy statutes.
65 TETH. Thou hast dealtHaving proved by experience that God was true in his promise, he desires that he would increase in him knowledge and judgment.well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.
66 Teach me good iudgement & knowledge: for I haue beleeued thy commandements.
67 Before I wasSo Jeremiah says, that before the Lord touched him, he was like a calf untamed so that the use of God's rod is to call us home to God.afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
68 Thou art good and gracious: teach me thy statutes.
69 The proud haue imagined a lie against me: but I wil keepe thy precepts with my whole heart.
70 Their heart is indurate and hardened, puffed up with prosperity and vain estimation of themselves.Their heart is as fat as grease; [but] I delight in thy law.
71 [It is]He confesses that before he was chastened he was rebellious as man by nature is.good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
72 The Lawe of thy mouth is better vnto me, then thousands of golde and siluer.
73 JOD. Thy hands haveBecause God does not leave his work that he has begun, he desires a new grace: that is, that he would continue his mercies.made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
74 They thatWhen God shows his grace toward any, he testifies to others that he does not fail them who trust in him.fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.
75 I knowe, O Lorde, that thy iudgements are right, and that thou hast afflicted me iustly.
76 I pray thee that thy mercie may comfort me according to thy promes vnto thy seruant.
77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I mayHe declares that when he did not feel God's mercies, he was as dead.live: for thy law [is] my delight.
78 Let the proude be ashamed: for they haue dealt wickedly and falsely with me: but I meditate in thy precepts.
79 Let those that fear theeThat is, be comforted by my example.turn unto me, and those that haveHe shows that there can be no true fear of God without the knowledge of his word.known thy testimonies.
80 Let mine heart bee vpright in thy statutes, that I be not ashamed.
81 CAPH. My soulThough my strength fails me, yet my soul groans and sighs, resting still in your word.fainteth for thy salvation: [but] I hope in thy word.
82 Mine eyes faile for thy promes, saying, when wilt thou comfort me?
83 For I am become like aLike a skin bottle or bladder that is parched in the smoke.bottle in the smoke; [yet] do I not forget thy statutes.
84 How many [are] theHow long will you afflict your servant.days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
85 The proud haveThey have not only oppressed me violently but also craftily conspired against me.digged pits for me, which [are] not after thy law.
86 All thy commandments [are] faithful: they persecute me wrongfully;He assures himself that God will deliver his and destroy such as unjustly persecute them.help thou me.
87 They had almost consumedFinding no help on earth, he lifts up his eyes to heaven.me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.
88 Quicken me according to thy louing kindnes: so shall I keepe the testimony of thy mouth.
89 LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled inBecause no one should esteem God's word according to the changes of things in this world, he shows that it abides in heaven, and therefore is immutable.heaven.
90 Thy trueth is from generation to generation: thou hast layed the foundation of the earth, and it abideth.
91 TheySeeing the earth and all creatures remain in that estate in which you have created them, much more your truth remains constant and unchangeable.continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all [are] thy servants.
92 Except thy Lawe had bene my delite, I should now haue perished in mine affliction.
93 I wil neuer forget thy precepts: for by them thou hast quickened me.
94 I [am]He proves by effect that he is God's child, because he seeks to understand his word.thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.
95 The wicked haue waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
96 IThere is nothing so perfect in earth, but it has an end, only God's word lasts forever.have seen an end of all perfection: [but] thy commandment [is] exceeding broad.
97 MEM. O how love I thy law! it [is] my meditationHe shows that we cannot love God's word unless we exercise ourselves in it and practise it.all the day.
98 By thy commaundements thou hast made mee wiser then mine enemies: for they are euer with mee.
99 I have moreWhoever submits himself only to God's word will not only be safe against the practises of his enemies, but also learn more wisdom than they who profess it, and are men of experience.understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies [are] my meditation.
100 I vnderstoode more then the ancient, because I kept thy precepts.
101 I haue refrained my feete from euery euil way, that I might keepe thy word.
102 I have not departed from thy judgments: forSo then of ourselves we can do nothing, but when God inwardly instructs us with his spirit, we feel his graces sweeter than honey.thou hast taught me.
103 Howe sweete are thy promises vnto my mouth! yea, more then hony vnto my mouth.
104 By thy precepts I haue gotten vnderstanding: therefore I hate all the wayes of falshoode.
105 NUN. Thy word [is] aOf ourselves we are but darkness and cannot see unless we are lightened with God's Word.lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
106 I haveSo all the faithful ought to bind themselves to God by a solemn oath and promises to stir up their zeal to embrace God's word.sworn, and I will perform [it], that I will keep thy righteous judgments.
107 I am very sore afflicted: O Lord, quicken me according to thy word.
108 Accept, I beseech thee, theThat is, my prayer and thanksgiving which Hosea calls the calves of the lips, (Hos_14:2).freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments.
109 MyThat is, I am in continual danger of my life.soul [is] continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.
110 The wicked haue layed a snare for mee: but I swarued not from thy precepts.
111 Thy testimonies have I taken as anI esteemed no worldly things, but made your word my inheritance.heritage for ever: for they [are] the rejoicing of my heart.
112 I haue applied mine heart to fulfill thy statutes always, euen vnto the ende.
113 SAMECH. I hateWhoever will embrace God's word correctly must abhor all fantasies and imaginations both of himself and others.[vain] thoughts: but thy law do I love.
114 Thou art my refuge and shield, and I trust in thy worde.
115 And hinder me not to keep the law of the Lord.Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.
116 Stablish me according to thy promes, that I may liue, and disappoint me not of mine hope.
117 He desires God's continual assistance, lest he should faint in this race, which he had begun.Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for theirThe crafty practises of them who contemn your law will be brought to nothing.deceit [is] falsehood.
119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth [like]Which infected your people, as dross does metal.dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
120 My fleshYour judgments not only teach me obedience, but cause me to fear, considering my own weakness which fear causes repentance.trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.
121 Ain. I haue executed iudgement and iustice: leaue me not to mine oppressours.
122 Put yourself between me and my enemies, as if you were my pledge.Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
123 Mine eyes haue failed in waiting for thy saluation, and for thy iust promes.
124 Deal with thyHe does not boast that he is God's servant, but by this reminds God that as he made him his by his grace, so he would continue his favour toward him.servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.
125 I am thy seruant: graunt mee therefore vnderstanding, that I may knowe thy testimonies.
126 [It is]The prophet shows that when the wicked have brought all things to confusion, and God's word to utter contempt, then it is God's time to help and send remedy.time for [thee], LORD, to work: [for] they have made void thy law.
127 Therefore loue I thy commaundements aboue golde, yea, aboue most fine golde.
128 Therefore I esteem all [thy] precepts [concerning] all [things to be] right; [and] I hate every falseThat is, whatever dissents from the purity of your word.way.
129 PE. Thy testimonies [are]Containing high and secret mysteries, so that I am moved with admiration and reverence.wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
130 The entrance of thyThe simple idiots that submit themselves to God have their eyes opened and their minds illuminated, as soon as they begin to read God's word.words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
131 I opened my mouth, andMy zeal toward your word was so great.panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
132 Looke vpon mee and bee mercifull vnto me, as thou vsest to doe vnto those that loue thy Name.
133 Direct my steppes in thy worde, and let none iniquitie haue dominion ouer me.
134 Deliuer mee from the oppression of men, and I will keepe thy precepts.
135 Shew the light of thy countenance vpon thy seruant, and teache me thy statutes.
136 Rivers of watersHe shows what should be the zeal of God's children when they see his word contemned.run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.
137 Tsaddi. Righteous art thou, O Lorde, and iust are thy iudgements.
138 Thy testimonies [that] thou hast commanded [are]We cannot confess God to be righteous, unless we live uprightly and truly as he has commanded.righteous and very faithful.
139 My zeale hath euen consumed mee, because mine enemies haue forgotten thy wordes.
140 Thy word is prooued most pure, and thy seruant loueth it.
141 I [am]This is the true trial to praise God in adversity.small and despised: [yet] do not I forget thy precepts.
142 Thy righteousnesse is an euerlasting righteousnes, and thy Lawe is trueth.
143 Trouble and anguish are come vpon me: yet are thy commandements my delite.
144 The righteousness of thy testimonies [is] everlasting: give me understanding, and I shallSo that the life of man without the knowledge of God is death.live.
145 KOPH. IHe shows that all his affection and whole heart were bent toward God to have help in his dangers.cried with [my] whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.
146 I called vpon thee: saue mee, and I will keepe thy testimonies.
147 I preuented the morning light, and cried: for I waited on thy word.
148 Mine eyesHe was more earnest in the study of God's word, than they who kept the watch were in their charge.prevent the [night] watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
149 Heare my voyce according to thy louing kindenesse: O Lord, quicken me according to thy iudgement.
150 They draw nigh that follow afterHe shows the nature of the wicked to be to persecute against their conscience.mischief: they are far from thy law.
151 Thou art neere, O Lorde: for all thy commaundements are true.
152 His faith is grounded on God's word, that he would always be at hand when his children are oppressed.Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
153 Resh. Beholde mine affliction, and deliuer mee: for I haue not forgotten thy Lawe.
154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thyFor without God's promise there is no hope of deliverance.word.
155 Saluation is farre from the wicked, because they seeke not thy statutes.
156 Great [are] thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thyAccording to your promise made in the law, which because the wicked lack they have no hope of salvation.judgments.
157 My persecutours and mine oppressours are many: yet doe I not swarue from thy testimonies.
158 I beheld the transgressors, and wasMy zeal consumed me when I saw their malice and contempt for your glory.grieved; because they kept not thy word.
159 Consider how IIt is a sure sign of our adoption, when we love the Law of God.love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.
160 Thy word [is] true [from] theSince you first promised it, even to the end all your sayings are true.beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments [endureth] for ever.
161 SCHIN. Princes haveThe threatenings and persecutions of princes could not cause me to cease to confess you whom I fear more than men.persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
162 I reioyce at thy worde, as one that findeth a great spoyle.
163 I hate falshoode and abhorre it, but thy Lawe doe I loue.
164 That is, often and various times.Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
165 Great peace have they whichFor their conscience assures them that they please you, whereas they who do not love you have the contrary.love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
166 LORD, I haveHe shows that we must first have faith before we can work and please God.hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.
167 My soule hath kept thy testimonies: for I loue them exceedingly.
168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies:I had no respect for men, but set you always before my eyes as the judge of my doings.for all my ways [are] before thee.
169 TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understandingAs you have promised to be the schoolmaster to all who depend on you.according to thy word.
170 Let my supplication come before thee, and deliuer me according to thy promes.
171 My lips shallThe word means to pour forth continually.utter praise, when thou hastAll his prayer and desire is to profit in the word of God.taught me thy statutes.
172 My tongue shall intreate of thy word: for all thy commaundements are righteous.
173 Let thine hand helpe me: for I haue chosen thy precepts.
174 I haue longed for thy saluation, O Lorde, and thy Lawe is my delite.
175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thyThat is, your provident care over me, and with which you will judge my enemies.judgments help me.
176 I haveBeing chased to and fro by my enemies, and having no place to rest in.gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.