Psalms Chapter 119 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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This Psalme conteineth sundry prayers, praises, and professions of obedience.
[ALEPH.] Blessed are the vndefiled in the way: who walke in the Law of the Lord.1
Blessed are they that keepe his testimonies: and that seeke him with the whole heart.
They also doe no iniquitie: they walke in his wayes.
Thou hast commaunded vs to keepe thy precepts diligently.
O that my wayes were directed to keepe thy statutes!
Then shall I not bee ashamed: when I haue respect vnto all thy commandements.
I will praise thee with vprightnesse of heart: when I shall haue learned thy righteous iudgements.7
I will keepe thy statutes: O forsake me not vtterly.
[BETH.] Wherewithall shall a yong man cleanse his way? by taking heede thereto according to thy word.
With my whole heart haue I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy Commandements.
Thy word haue I hidde in mine heart: that I might not sinne against thee.
Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.
With my lips haue I declared all the iudgements of thy mouth.
I haue reioyced in the way of thy testimonies: as much as in all riches.
I will meditate in thy precepts: and haue respect vnto thy wayes.
I will delight my selfe in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
[GIMEL.] Deale bountifully with thy seruant; that I may liue, and keepe thy word.
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wonderous things out of thy Law.18
I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandements from me.19
My soule breaketh for the longing: that it hath vnto thy iudgements at all times.
Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed: which doe erre from thy Commandements.
Remooue from me reproch and contempt: for I haue kept thy testimonies.
Princes also did sit and speake against me: but thy seruant did meditate in thy statutes.
Thy testimonies also are my delight: and my counsellers.24
[DALETH.] My soule cleaueth vnto the dust: quicken thou mee according to thy word.
I haue declared my wayes, and thou heardest me: teach me thy Statutes.26
Make me to vnderstand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talke of thy wonderous workes.
My soule melteth for heauines: strengthen thou me according vnto thy word.28
Remoue from mee the way of lying: and grant me thy Law graciously.
I haue chosen the way of trueth: thy iudgements haue I laid before me.
I haue stucke vnto thy Testimonies: O Lord put me not to shame.
I will runne the way of thy Commandements: when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
[HE.] Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy Statutes: and I shall keepe it vnto the end.
Giue me vnderstanding, and I shall keepe thy Law: yea I shall obserue it with my whole heart.
Make me to goe in the path of thy commandements: for therein doe I delight.
Incline my heart vnto thy testimonies: and not to couetousnesse.
Turne away mine eyes from beholding vanitie: and quicken thou me in thy way.37
Stablish thy word vnto thy seruant: who is deuoted to thy feare.
Turne away my reproch which I feare: for thy iudgements are good.
Behold, I haue longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousnesse.
[VAV.] Let thy mercies come also vnto me, O Lord: euen thy saluation, according to thy word.
So shall I haue wherewith to answere him that reprocheth me: for I trust in thy word.42
And take not the word of trueth vtterly out of my mouth: for I haue hoped in thy iudgements.
So shall I keepe thy Law continually: for euer and euer.
And I wil walke at libertie: for I seeke thy precepts.45
I will speake of thy testimonies also before kings, & wil not be ashamed.
And I will delight my selfe in thy commandements, which I haue loued.
My hands also will I lift vp vnto thy commandements, which I haue loued: and I will meditate in thy statutes.
[ZAIN.] Remember the word vnto thy seruant: vpon which thou hast caused me to hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
The proud haue had mee greatly in derision: yet haue I not declined from thy Law.
I remembred thy iudgements of old, O Lord: and haue comforted my selfe.
Horrour hath taken holde vpon me, because of the wicked that forsake thy Law.
Thy statutes haue bin my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
I haue remembred thy name, O Lord, in the night, and haue kept thy Law.
This I had: because I kept thy precepts.
[CHETH.] Thou art my portion, O Lord, I haue said, that I would keepe thy words.
I intreated thy fauour with my whole heart: be mercifull vnto mee according to thy word.58
Dauids delight in Gods law.
I thought on my wayes: and turned my feete vnto thy Testimonies.
I made haste; and delayed not to keepe thy commandements.
The bands of the wicked haue robbed me: but I haue not forgotten thy lawe.61
At mid-night I will rise to giue thankes vnto thee: because of thy righteous iudgements.
I am a companion of all them that feare thee: and of them that keepe thy precepts.
The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.
[TETH.] Thou hast dealt well with thy seruant, Oh Lord, according vnto thy word.
Teach me good iudgement and knowledge: for I haue beleeued thy commandements.
Before I was afflicted, I went astray: but now haue I kept thy word.
Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
The proud haue forged a lie against me: but I will keepe thy precepts with my whole heart.
Their heart is as fat as grease: but I delight in thy law.
It is good for me that I haue bene afflicted: that I might learne thy statutes.
The law of thy mouth is better vnto me: then thousands of gold and siluer.72
[IOD.] Thy hands haue made me and fashioned me: giue me vnderstanding, that I may learne thy commandements.
They that feare thee will bee glad when they see mee: because I haue hoped in thy word.
I knowe, O Lord, that thy iudgements are right: and that thou in faithfulnesse hast afflicted me.75
Let, I pray thee, thy mercifull kindnesse be for my comfort; according to thy word vnto thy seruant.76
Let thy tender mercies come vnto me, that I may liue: for thy lawe is my delight.
Let the proud be ashamed, for they dealt peruersly with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.
Dauids delight in Gods law.
Let those that feare thee turne vnto me: and those that haue knowen thy testimonies.
Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.
[CAPH.] My soule fainteth for thy saluation: but I hope in thy word.
Mine eyes faile for thy word: saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke: yet doe I not forget thy statutes.
How many are the dayes of thy seruant? when wilt thou execute iudgement on them that persecute me?
The proud haue digged pittes for me: which are not after thy law.
All thy commaundements are faithfull: they persecute me wrongfully; helpe thou me.86
They had almost consumed mee vpon earth: but I forsooke not thy precepts.
Quicken mee after thy louing kindnesse: so shall I keepe the testimonie of thy mouth.
[LAMED.] Foreuer, O Lord, thy word is setled, in heauen.
Thy faithfulnesse is vnto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.90
They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy seruants.
Unlesse thy lawe had bene my delights: I should then haue perished in mine affliction.
I will neuer forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
I am thine, saue me: for I haue sought thy precepts.
The wicked haue waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
I haue seene an end of all perfection: but thy commandement is exceeding broad.
[MEM.] O How loue I thy Law! it is my meditation all the day.
Thou through thy Commandements hast made me wiser then mine enemies: for they are euer with mee.98
Gods word a light.
I haue more vnderstanding then all my teachers: for thy Testimonies are my meditation.
I vnderstand more then the ancients: because I keepe thy precepts.
I haue refrained my feete from euery euill way: that I may keepe thy word.
I haue not departed from thy Iudgements: for thou hast taught me.
How sweet are thy words vnto my taste! yea, sweeter then hony to my mouth.103
Through thy precepts I get vnderstanding: therefore I hate euery false way.
[NVN.] Thy word is a lampe vnto my feete: and a light vnto my path.105
I haue sworne, and I will performe it: that I will keepe thy righteous iudgements.
I am afflicted very much: quicken mee, O Lord, according vnto thy word.
Accept, I beseech thee, the freewil offrings of my mouth, O Lord: and teach me thy iudgements.
My soule is continually in my hand: yet doe I not forget thy Law.
The wicked haue layde a snare for mee: yet I erred not from thy precepts.
Thy Testimonies haue I taken as an heritage for euer: for they are the reioycing of my heart.
I haue inclined mine heart to performe thy Statutes, alway, euen vnto the end.112
[SAMECH.] I hate vaine thoughts: but thy Law doe I loue.
Thou art my hiding place, and my shield: I hope in thy word.
Depart from me, ye euil doers: for I will keepe the Commandements of my God.115
Uphold mee according vnto thy word, that I may liue: and let mee not be ashamed of my hope.
Hold thou me vp, and I shall be safe: and I will haue respect vnto thy Statutes continually.
Thou hast troden downe all them that erre from thy Statutes: for their deceit is falshood.
Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like drosse: therefore I loue thy Testimonies.119
My flesh trembleth for feare of thee: and I am afraide of thy Iudgements.
[AIN.] I Haue done Iudgement and iustice: leaue mee not to mine oppressours.
Bee suretie for thy seruant for good: let not the proud oppresse me.
Mine eyes faile for thy saluation: and for the word of thy righteousnesse.
Deale with thy seruant according vnto thy mercie: and teach me thy Statutes.
I am thy seruant, giue me vnderstanding: that I may know thy Testimonies.
It is time for thee, Lord, to worke: for they haue made voyde thy Law.
Therefore I loue thy Commandements: aboue gold, yea aboue fine gold.127
Therefore I esteeme all thy precepts concerning all things to be right: and I hate euery false way.
[PE.] Thy Testimonies are wonderfull: therefore doeth my soule keepe them.
The entrance of thy wordes giueth light: it giueth vnderstanding vnto the simple.
I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy Commandements.
Looke thou vpon mee, and be mercifull vnto me: as thou vsest to do vnto those that loue thy Name.132
Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquitie haue dominion ouer me.
Deliuer me from the oppression of man: so will I keepe thy precepts.
Make thy face to shine vpon thy seruant: and teach me thy Statutes.
Riuers of waters runne downe mine eyes: because they keepe not thy Law.
[TSADDI.] Righteous art thou, O Lord: and vpright are thy iudgements.
Thy testimonies that thou hast commaunded, are righteous: and very faithfull.138
Dauids griefe: His hope.
My zeale hath consumed me: because mine enemies haue forgotten thy words.139
Thy word is very pure: therefore thy seruant loueth it.140
I am small and despised: yet doe not I forget thy precepts.
Thy righteousnesse is an euerlasting righteousnesse: and thy law is the trueth.
Trouble and anguish haue taken hold on me: yet thy commaundements are my delights.143
The righteousnesse of thy Testimonies is euerlasting: giue me vnderstanding, and I shall liue.
[KOPH.] I Cried with my whole heart: heare me, O Lord, I will keepe thy statutes.
I cried vnto thee, saue me: and I shall keepe thy testimonies.146
I preuented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
Mine eyes preuent the night watches: that I might meditate in thy word.
Heare my voice according vnto thy louing kindnesse: O Lord quicken me according to thy iudgement.
They draw nigh that follow after mischiefe: they are farre from thy Law.
Thou art neere, O Lord: and all thy commandements are trueth.
Concerning thy testimonies, I haue knowen of old: that thou hast founded them for euer.
[RESH.] Consider mine affliction, and deliuer me: for I doe not forget thy Law.
Plead my cause, and deliuer me: quicken me according to thy word.
Saluation is farre from the wicked: for they seeke not thy statutes.
Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy iudgements.156
Many are my persecutors, and mine enemies: yet doe I not decline from thy testimonies.
I beheld the transgressours, and was grieued: because they kept not thy word.
Consider how I loue thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy louing kindnesse.
Dauids griefe: His hope.
Thy word is true from the beginning: and euery one of thy righteous iudgements endureth for euer.160
[SCHIN.] Princes haue persecuted mee without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
I reioyce at thy word: as one that findeth great spoile.
I hate and abhorre lying: but thy Law doe I loue.
Seuen times a day doe I praise thee: because of thy righteous iudgements.
Great peace haue they which loue thy law: & nothing shall offend them.165
Lord, I haue hoped for thy saluation: and done thy commandements.
My soule hath kept thy testimonies: and I loue them exceedingly.
I haue kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my wayes are before thee.
[TAV.] Let my crie come neere before thee, O Lord: giue mee vnderstanding according to thy worde.
Let my supplication come before thee: deliuer me according to thy word.
My lips shall vtter praise: when thou hast taught me thy Statutes.
My tongue shall speake of thy word: for all thy commandements are righteousnesse.
Let thine hand helpe me: for I haue chosen thy precepts.
I haue longed for thy saluation, O Lord: and thy Lawe is my delight.
Let my soule liue, and it shall praise thee: and let thy iudgments helpe me.
I haue gone astray like a lost sheepe, seeke thy seruant: for I doe not forget thy commandements.
View Wesley's Notes for Psalms Chapter 119
119:6 Respect - A due respect, which implies hearty affection, diligent study, and constant practice. To all - So as not to allow myself in any known sin, or in the neglect of any known duty.
119:7 When - When by thy good spirit I shall he more fitly instructed in the meaning of thy word.
119:8 Forsake me not - For then I shall fall into the foulest sins.
119:9 A young man - Or, any man. But he names the young man, because such are commonly void of wisdom and experience, and exposed to many and great temptations. Cleanse - Purge himself from all filthiness of flesh and spirit.
119:11 Hid - I have laid it up in my mind like a choice treasure, to be ready upon all occasions to counsel, quicken or caution me.
119:17 Live - Safely and comfortably.
119:18 Open - Enlighten my mind by the light of thy Holy Spirit, and dispel all ignorance and error. Behold - Those great and marvellous depths of Divine wisdom and goodness, and those profound mysteries of Christ, and God's grace to mankind, and of that everlasting state, which are not to be known but by Divine illumination.
119:19 A stranger - I am not here as in my home, but as a pilgrim travelling homeward in a strange land. Commandments - Which are my chief support and guide in my pilgrimage.
119:20 Breaketh - Faints, as it frequently does, when a thing vehemently desired is delayed. Judgments - To a more sound knowledge and serious practice of them.
119:21 The proud - Obstinate and presumptuous sinners, who sin with an high hand. Err - Or, wander, knowingly or wilfully.
119:25 The dust - I am in danger of present death: I am like one laid in the grave. Quicken - Preserve my life, or raise me out of the dust. Word - According to thy promise.
119:26 My ways - My sins; and all my cares, and fears, and troubles.
119:27 Understand - More throughly.
119:28 Melteth - Like wax before the fire.
119:29 Grant me - Vouchsafe me an accurate knowledge of thy word, and let me govern myself by it in all things.
119:30 Laid - Or, set before me as a mark to aim at; as a rule to direct me.
119:32 Run - I will obey thy precepts with all readiness, fervency, and diligence. Enlarge - When thou shalt replenish my heart with wisdom, and love to thee and thy law.
119:36 Covetousness - He mentions this in particular, because it is most opposite to God's testimonies, and does most commonly hinder men from receiving his word, and from profiting by it: and because it is most pernicious, as being the root of all evil.
119:37 Vanity - The vain things of this present world, such as riches, honours, pleasures: from beholding them, with desire or affection. Quicken - Make me lively, vigorous and fervent in thy service.
119:38 Stablish - Confirm and perform thy promises.
119:39 I fear - For my instability in thy ways; which in respect to my own weakness, I have great cause to fear.
119:40 Longed - After a more solid knowledge and constant performance of them. In - According to thy faithfulness.
119:43 Take not - Do not deal so with me, that I shall be ashamed to mention thy word. Judgments - In thy word.
119:45 At liberty - Enjoy great freedom and comfort in thy ways.
119:48 Lift up - To receive and embrace thy precepts and promises.
119:49 Thy word - Thy promises.
119:52 Judgments - Thy ancient dispensations to the children of men in punishing the ungodly.
119:53 Horror - A mixed passion, made up of abhorrence of their sins, and dread and sorrow at the consideration of the judgments of God coming upon them.
119:54 The house - In this world, wherein I am a stranger and pilgrim, as all my fathers were.
119:55 Thy name - Thy holy nature and attributes, thy blessed word, and thy wonderful works. In the night - When darkness causes fear in others, I took pleasure in remembering thee; and when others gave themselves up to sleep, my thoughts and affections were working towards thee.
119:56 This - This comfortable remembrance.
119:57 Said - I have professed and owned it.
119:59 Thought - I seriously considered both my former courses, and my duty in all my future actions.
119:61 Robbed - Done me many injuries, for my respect to thy law.
119:66 Judgment - Whereby I may rightly discern between truth and falsehood. Knowledge - A spiritual experimental knowledge.
119:70 Fat - They are stupid and insensible.
119:74 Glad - For the encouragement they have by my example to trust in God. See me - Alive and in safety. Word - In thy promise, and have not been disappointed of my hope.
119:75 Judgments - Thy corrections. Of faithfulness - In pursuance of thy promises, and in order to my good.
119:79 Known - Loved and practised them.
119:80 Sound - That I may love and obey them sincerely, constantly, and universally.
119:81 Fainteth - With long desire and earnest expectation.
119:83 Bottle - A leathern bottle. My natural moisture is dryed and burnt up.
119:84 The days - The days of my life. I have but a little while to live; give me some respite before I die.
119:85 Who - Who have no respect to thy law.
119:86 Faithful - Just and true.
119:89 In heaven - With thee in thy heavenly habitation.
119:91 They - The heaven and the earth. Ordinances - As thou hast appointed. For - All things are subject to thy power and pleasure.
119:96 Perfection - Of the greatest and most perfect enjoyments in this world. Commandment - Thy word; one part of it being put for the whole. Broad - Or, large, both for extent, and for continuance: it is useful to all persons: it is of everlasting truth and efficacy; it will never deceive those who trust to it, as all worldly things will, but will make men happy both here and for ever.
119:100 Because - The practice of religion is the best way to understand it.
119:102 Taught me - By thy blessed spirit, illuminating my mind, and working upon my heart.
119:108 Offerings - The sacrifices of prayer and praise.
119:109 Is - Exposed to perpetual danger.
119:118 Deceit - Their deceitful devices, shall bring that destruction upon themselves which they design for others.
119:121 Judgment, &c. - Just judgment.
119:122 Surety - Do thou undertake and plead my cause.
119:123 The word - For the performance of thy faithful or merciful promise.
119:126 To work - To put forth thy power for the restraint of evil - doers. They - The wicked. Made void - Or, abrogated thy law, have openly cast off its authority.
119:127 Therefore - Because the general apostacy of others makes this duty more necessary.
119:129 Wonderful - In regard of the deep mysteries, the most excellent directions, and the exceeding great and precious promises of God contained in them.
119:131 Panted - I thirst after thy precepts, and pursue them eagerly.
119:133 Steps - My motions and actions.
119:136 Rivers - Plentiful tears, witness of my deep sorrow for God's dishonour, and for the miseries which sinners bring upon themselves.
119:140 Pure - Without the least mixture of falsehood.
119:142 Everlasting - The same in all ages and places.
119:143 Trouble - Outward troubles and anguish of spirit.
119:148 Watches - The middle watch, which was set in the middle of the night; and the morning watch, which was set some hours before the dawning of the day.
119:149 Judgment - According to thy word.
119:150 Nigh - To me, they are at hand and ready to seize upon me. Are far - They cast away from them all thoughts of thy law.
119:152 Of old - By long experience. Founded - Thou hast established them upon everlasting foundations.
119:160 The beginning - From the beginning of the world.
119:161 But - But I feared thine offence and displeasure more than their wrath.
119:164 Seven times - Many times; a certain number being put for an uncertain.
119:165 Offend - Heb. they shall have no stumbling - block, at which they shall stumble and fall into mischief.
119:175 Judgments - Thy word or testimonies, which are the only ground of my hope in thy help.
Psalms Chapter 119 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
1 Or, perfect, or sincere.
7 Hebr. iudgments of thy righteousnesse.
18 Heb. reueale.
19 Gen.47.9 1.chro. 29. 15. psal.39. 12. heb.11. 13.
24 Heb. men of my counsell.
26 Psal.25.4. and 27. 11. and 86. 11.
28 Heb. droppeth.
37 Heb. make to passe.
42 Or, so shall I answere him that reproueth me in a thing.
45 Hebr. at large.
58 Heb. face.
61 Or, companies.
72 Psal.19. 9. Prou.8. 11.
75 Heb. righteousnesse.
76 Heb. to comfort me.
86 Heb. faithfulnesse.
90 Heb. to generation and generation. , Heb. standeth.
98 Heb. it is euer with me.
103 Psal.19.9. , Hebr. palat.
105 Or, candle.
112 Hebr. to do.
115 Matth. 7. 23.
119 Hebr. causest to cease.
127 Prou.8. 11. psal.19. 9.
132 Hebr according to the custome towards those, &c.
138 Hebr. righteousnesse. , Heb. faithfulnesse.
139 Psal.69.8. ioh.2. 17. , Heb. cut me off.
140 Heb. tried or refined.
143 Hebr. found me.
146 Or, that I may keepe.
156 Or, many.
160 Heb. the beginning of thy word is true.
165 Heb. they shall haue no stumbling blocke
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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