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28 THOU art my God, and I will praise TheeMy God, and I will exalt Thee!

29 Give praise unto JEHOVAH, for He is goodFor His loving-kindness endureth for ever.

PSALM CXIX.

1 HAPPY those, who are upright in the way—
Those, who walk in the law of JEHOVAH !
2 Happy those, who keep His testimonies-
Who seek Him, with their whole heart!
3 Yea, those, who do not practise evil,
But walk in His ways!

4 THOU hast enjoined Thine ordinances,
That they may be strictly kept.

5 O that my ways were so established, That I might keep Thy statutes!

6 Then shall I not be put to shame,

When I have regard to all Thy commandments.

7 I will praise Thee, with sincerity of heart, When I learn Thy righteous judgments.

8 THY statutes will I keep;

Do not Thou forsake me utterly!

9 By what means may a young man keep his path pure? By setting a guard over it, according to Thy word.

CXIX.

This Psalm is alphabetical. Compare Ps. xxv. Introductory Note. In the first portion, containing eight verses, each verse commences with the first letter of the Hebrew al

phabet. In the second portion, also containing eight verses, each verse commences with the second letter, and so on.

1 those, who are &c.-i. e. those whose course of life accords with the precepts of religion.

1 walk in-i. e. live conformably to. 2 keep His testimonies-i. e. observe His revealed will.

5 my ways-The Psalmist here applies to himself the general precept of the preceding verse. Compare Ps. xix. 11.

7 sincerity-Heb. rectitude.

When I learn &c.-i. e. The more diligently I study Thy law, the more do I find cause to admire and praise Thee for its excellency. 9 Thy word-Compare ver. 130.

10 With my whole heart, do I seek Thee;

Let me not go astray from Thy commandments! 11 Within my heart, do I treasure up Thy words, That I may not sin against Thee.

12 Blessed be Thou, O JEHOVAH !

O teach me Thy statutes.

13 With my lips, will I declare

All the judgments of Thy mouth.

14 I delight in the way of Thy testimonies, As much as in all riches!

15 Upon Thine ordinances do I meditate, And I have regard to Thy paths.

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

17 Deal kindly with Thy servant;

O let me live, that I may keep Thy word!

18 Open mine eyes,

That I may behold the wonders of Thy law. 19 I am a stranger upon the earth;

Do not Thou hide from me Thy commandments!

20 My spirit is broken,

With longing continually after Thy judgments.

21 THOU rebukest wilful transgressors;

Cursed are those, who go astray from Thy commandments!

22 Remove from me reproach and contempt,

For I have kept Thy testimonies.

23 Though princes sit consulting, and speak against me, THY servant meditateth upon Thy statutes.

24 Yea, Thy testimonies are my delight, They are my counsellors!

13 will I declare-openly to others. - judgments of Thy mouth-Thine ordinances, or commandments. Compare Ps. xix. 9.

14 Compare ver. 72.

17 Deal kindly-Compare Ps. cxvi. 7.

19 I am &c.-Compare vv. 54, 176. See also Ps. xxxix. 12. Note.

21 Cursed-i. e. obnoxious to those punishments, which have been denounced against their wickedness by the Almighty.

25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust;

Revive me, according to Thy promise.

26 I declare my ways before Thee, and Thou answerest me; O teach me Thy statutes.

27 Make me to understand the way of Thine ordinances, And I will meditate upon Thy wonders.

28 My spirit droopeth from anxiety;

Raise Thou me up, according to Thy promise. 29 Remove from me the way of falsehood, And graciously afford me Thine instruction.

30 I choose the way of truth;

I place directly before me Thy judgments. 31 I cleave unto Thy testimonies, O JEHOVAH! Let me not be put to shame!

32 I will run in the way of Thy commandments, For Thou enlargest my heart.

33 Teach me the way of Thy statutes, O JEHOVAH !
And I will keep it unto the end.

34 Give me discernment, that I may keep Thy law,
Yea, that I may observe it with my whole heart.
35 Make me to walk in the path of Thy commandments,
For I delight therein.

36 Incline my heart unto Thy testimonies,

And not unto covetous gain.

37 Turn away mine eyes from looking upon vanity, Make me active in Thy ways.

38 Confirm unto Thy servant Thy promise,

Which Thou hast made to those, who reverence Thee.

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PSALM CXIX.

39 Remove from me the reproach, which I have dreaded; For Thy judgments are good.

40 Behold, I have longed after Thine ordinances,

Revive me, according to Thy mercy.

41 May Thy loving-kindness come unto me, O JEHOVAH !—

THY salvation, according to Thy promise!

42 Let me give an answer to him, who upbraideth me, For I place my trust in Thy word.

43 Do not entirely deprive me of a true answer,

For I wait in confidence for Thy judgments.

44 I will keep Thy law continually,

For ever and ever!

45 Let me walk in a wide place,

For I have sought out Thine ordinances.

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

47 I delight myself in Thy commandments,

Which I have loved.

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48 I receive reverently Thy commandments, which I have loved, And I meditate upon Thy statutes.

49 Remember Thy promise unto Thy servant, Upon which Thou hast made me rest my hope.

50 This is my comfort in mine affliction; Truly, Thy promise reviveth me.

51 Presumptuous sinners have me greatly in derision; I will not swerve from Thy law.

52 I call to mind, O JEHOVAH! Thy judgments of old, And I am comforted.

42 give an answer-by referring to some manifestation of Thy interference in my behalf.

43 Do not &c.-Heb. do not snatch out of my mouth an answer of truth altogether.

45 walk in a wide place-i. e. not be brought into strait or difficulty. 48 I receive reverently-Heb. I raise my hands towards.

50 This the promise mentioned in the preceding verse.

53 A burning heat hath seized me, because of the wicked,

Who desert Thy law.

54 THY statutes have been my songs,

In the house of my sojourning.

55 By night, I call to mind Thy Name, O JEHOVAH !

And I will keep Thy law.

56 This is my portion;

That I will keep Thy statutes.

57 My portion, O JEHOVAH! I say,

Is to keep Thy precepts.

58 With my whole heart do I entreat Thy favour;

Be Thou gracious unto me, according to Thy promise.

59 I think upon my ways;

And turn my feet unto Thy testimonies.

60 I hasten, and delay not,

To keep Thy commandments.

61 The snares of the wicked surround me;

I will not forget Thy law.

62 At midnight I will arise,

To praise Thee, for Thy righteous judgments.

63 I am the companion of all, who reverence Thee,

Yea, of those, who keep Thine ordinances.

64 The earth is filled with Thy loving-kindness, O JEHOVAH! Teach me Thy statutes.

65 THOU hast dealt kindly toward Thy servant,

O JEHOVAH! according to Thy promise.

66 Teach me the excellency of understanding and knowledge, For I trust in Thy commandments.

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