Psalm 119

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

Aleph, The 1st Part.

1    Blessed are they that undefil'd,
       and straight are in the way;
     Who in the Lord's most holy law
       do walk, and do not stray.
2    Blessed are they who to observe
       his statutes are inclin'd;
     And who do seek the living God
       with their whole heart and mind.

3    Such in his ways do walk, and they
       do no iniquity.
4    Thou hast commanded us to keep
       thy precepts carefully.
5    O that thy statutes to observe
       thou would'st my ways direct!
6    Then shall I not be sham'd, when I
       thy precepts all respect.

7    Then with integrity of heart
       thee will I praise and bless,
     When I the judgments all have learn'd
       of thy pure righteousness.
8    That I will keep thy statutes all
       firmly resolv'd have I:
     O do not then, most gracious God,
       forsake me utterly.

Beth, The 2nd Part.

9    By what means shall a young man learn
       his way to purify?
     If he according to thy word
       thereto attentive be.
10   Unfeignedly thee have I sought
       with all my soul and heart:
     O let me not from the right path
       of thy commands depart.

11   Thy word I in my heart have hid,
       that I offend not thee.
12   O Lord, thou ever blessed art,
       thy statutes teach thou me.
13   The judgments of thy mouth each one
       my lips declared have:
14   More joy thy testimonies' way
       than riches all me gave.

15   I will thy holy precepts make
       my meditation;
     And carefully I'll have respect
       unto thy ways each one.
16   Upon thy statutes my delight
       shall constantly be set:
     And, by thy grace, I never will
       thy holy word forget.

Gimel, The 3rd Part.

17   With me thy servant, in thy grace,
       deal bountifully, Lord:
     That by thy favor I may live,
       and duly keep thy word.
18   Open mine eyes, that of thy law
       the wonders I may see.
19   I am a stranger on this earth,
       hide not thy laws from me.

20   My soul within me breaks, and doth
       much fainting still endure,
     Through longing that it hath all times
       unto thy judgments pure.
21   Thou hast rebuk'd the cursed proud,
       who from thy precepts swerve.
22   Reproach and shame remove from me,
       for I thy laws observe.

23   Against me princes spake with spite,
       while they in council sat:
     But I thy servant did upon
       thy statutes meditate.
24   My comfort, and my heart's delight,
       thy testimonies be;
     And they, in all my doubts and fears,
       are counsellors to me.

Daleth, The 4th Part.

25   My soul to dust cleaves: quicken me,
       according to thy word.
26   My ways I shew'd, and me thou heard'st:
       teach me thy statutes, Lord.
27   The way of thy commandements
       make me aright to know;
     So all thy works that wondrous are
       I shall to others show.

28   My soul doth melt, and drop away,
       for heaviness and grief:
     To me, according to thy word,
       give strength, and send relief.
29   From me the wicked way of lies
       let far removed be;
     And graciously thy holy law
       do thou grant unto me.

30   I chosen have the perfect way
       of truth and verity:
     Thy judgments that most righteous are
       before me laid have I.
31   I to thy testimonies cleave;
       shame do not on me cast.
32   I'll run thy precepts' way, when thou
       my heart enlarged hast.

He, The 5th Part.

33   Teach me, O Lord, the perfect way
       of thy precepts divine,
     And to observe it to the end
       I shall my heart incline.
34   Give understanding unto me,
       so keep thy law shall I;
     Yea, ev'n with my whole heart I shall
       observe it carefully.

35   In thy law's path make me to go;
       for I delight therein.
36   My heart unto thy testimonies,
       and not to greed, incline.
37   Turn thou away my sight and eyes
       from viewing vanity;
     And in thy good and holy way
       be pleas'd to quicken me.

38   Confirm to me thy gracious word,
       which I did gladly hear,
     Ev'n to thy servant, Lord, who is
       devoted to thy fear.
39   Turn thou away my fear'd reproach;
       for good thy judgments be.
40   Lo, for thy precepts I have long'd;
       in thy truth quicken me.

Vau, The 6th Part.

41   Let thy sweet mercies also come
       and visit me, O Lord;
     Ev'n thy benign salvation,
       according to thy word.
42   So shall I have wherewith I may
       give him an answer just,
     Who spitefully reproacheth me;
       for in thy word I trust.

43   The word of truth out of my mouth
       take thou not utterly;
     For on thy judgments righteous
       my hope doth still rely.
44   So shall I keep for evermore
       thy law continually.
45   And, sith that I thy precepts seek,
       I'll walk at liberty.

46   I'll speak thy word to kings, and I
       with shame shall not be mov'd;
47   And will delight myself always
       in thy laws, which I lov'd.
48   To thy commandments, which I lov'd,
       my hands lift up I will;
     And I will also meditate
       upon thy statutes still.

Zain, The 7th Part.

49   Remember, Lord, thy gracious word
       thou to thy servant spake,
     Which, for a ground of my sure hope,
       thou causedst me to take.
50   This word of thine my comfort is
       in mine affliction:
     For in my straits I am reviv'd
       by this thy word alone.

51   The men whose hearts with pride are stuff'd
       did greatly me deride;
     Yet from thy straight commandements
       I have not turn'd aside.
52   Thy judgments righteous, O Lord,
       which thou of old forth gave,
     I did remember, and myself
       by them comforted have.

53   Horror took hold on me, because
       ill men thy law forsake.
54   I in my house of pilgrimage
       thy laws my songs do make.
55   Thy name by night, Lord, I did mind,
       and I have kept thy law.
56   And this I had, because thy word
       I kept, and stood in awe.

Cheth, The 8th Part.

57   Thou my sure portion art alone,
       which I did chuse, O Lord:
     I have resolv'd, and said, that I
       would keep thy holy word.
58   With my whole heart I did entreat
       thy face and favour free:
     According to thy gracious word
       be merciful to me.

59   I thought upon my former ways,
       and did my life well try;
     And to thy testimonies pure
       my feet then turned I.
60   I did not stay, nor linger long,
       as those that slothful are;
     But hastily thy laws to keep
       myself I did prepare.

61   Bands of ill men me robb'd; yet I
       thy precepts did not slight.
62   I'll rise at midnight thee to praise,
       ev'n for thy judgments right.
63   I am companion to all those
       who fear, and thee obey.
64   O Lord, thy mercy fills the earth:
       teach me thy laws, I pray.

Teth, The 9th Part.

65   Well hast thou with thy servant dealt,
       as thou didst promise give.
66   Good judgment me, and knowledge teach,
       for I thy word believe.
67   Ere I afflicted was I stray'd;
       but now I keep thy word.
68   Both good thou art, and good thou do'st:
       teach me thy statutes, Lord.

69   The men that are puff `d up with pride
       against me forg'd a lie;
     Yet thy commandements observe
       with my whole heart will I.
70   Their hearts, through worldly ease and wealth,
       as fat as grease they be:
     But in thy holy law I take
       delight continually.

71   It hath been very good for me
       that I afflicted was,
     That I might well instructed be,
       and learn thy holy laws.
72   The word that cometh from thy mouth
       is better unto me
     Than many thousands and great sums
       of gold and silver be.

Jod, The 10th Part.

73   Thou mad'st and fashion'dst me: thy laws
       to know give wisdom, Lord.
74   So who thee fear shall joy to see
       me trusting in thy word.
75   That very right thy judgments are
       I know, and do confess;
     And that thou hast afflicted me
       in truth and faithfulness.

76   O let thy kindness merciful,
       I pray thee, comfort me,
     As to thy servant faithfully
       was promised by thee.
77   And let thy tender mercies come
       to me, that I may live;
     Because thy holy laws to me
       sweet delectation give.

78   Lord, let the proud ashamed be;
       for they, without a cause,
     With me perversely dealt: but I
       will muse upon thy laws.
79   Let such as fear thee, and have known
       thy statutes, turn to me.
80   My heart let in thy laws be sound,
       that sham'd I never be.

Caph, The 11th Part.

81   My soul for thy salvation faints;
       yet I thy word believe.
82   Mine eyes fail for thy word: I say,
       When wilt thou comfort give?
83   For like a bottle I'm become,
       that in the smoke is set:
     I'm black, and parch'd with grief; yet I
       thy statutes not forget.

84   How many are thy servant's days?
       when wilt thou execute
     Just judgment on these wicked men
       that do me persecute?
85   The proud have digged pits for me,
       which is against thy laws.
86   Thy words all faithful are: help me,
       pursu'd without a cause.

87   They so consum'd me, that on earth
       my life they scarce did leave:
     Thy precepts yet forsook I not,
       but close to them did cleave.
88   After thy loving-kindness, Lord,
       me quicken, and preserve:
     The testimony of thy mouth
       so shall I still observe.

Lamed, The 12th Part.

89   Thy word for ever is, O Lord,
       in heaven settled fast;
90   Unto all generations
       thy faithfulness doth last:
     The earth thou hast established,
       and it abides by thee.
91   This day they stand as thou ordain'dst;
       for all thy servants be.

92   Unless in thy most perfect law
       my soul delights had found,
     I should have perished, when as
       my troubles did abound.
93   Thy precepts I will ne'er forget;
       they quick'ning to me brought.
94   Lord, I am thine; O save thou me:
       thy precepts I have sought.

95   For me the wicked have laid wait,
       me seeking to destroy:
     But I thy testimonies true
       consider will with joy.
96   An end of all perfection
       here have I seen, O God:
     But as for thy commandement,
       it is exceeding broad.

Mem, The 13th Part.

97   O how love I thy law! it is
       my study all the day:
98   It makes me wiser than my foes;
       for it doth with me stay.
99   Than all my teachers now I have
       more understanding far;
     Because my meditation
       thy testimonies are.

100  In understanding I excel
       those that are ancients;
     For I endeavoured to keep
       all thy commandements.
101  My feet from each ill way I stay'd,
       that I may keep thy word.
102  I from thy judgments have not swerv'd;
       for thou hast taught me, Lord.

103  How sweet unto my taste, O Lord,
       are all thy words of truth!
     Yea, I do find them sweeter far
       than honey to my mouth.
104  I through thy precepts, that are pure,
       do understanding get;
     I therefore ev'ry way that's false
       with all my heart do hate.

Nun, The 14th Part.

105  Thy word is to my feet a lamp,
       and to my path a light.
106  I sworn have, and I will perform,
       to keep thy judgments right.
107  I am with sore affliction
       ev'n overwhelm'd, O Lord:
     In mercy raise and quicken me,
       according to thy word.

108  The free-will-off `rings of my mouth
       accept, I thee beseech:
     And unto me thy servant, Lord,
       thy judgments clearly teach.
109  Though still my soul be in my hand,
       thy laws I'll not forget.
110  I err'd not from them, though for me
       the wicked snares did set.

111  I of thy testimonies have
       above all things made choice,
     To be my heritage for aye;
       for they my heart rejoice.
112  I carefully inclined have
       my heart still to attend;
     That I thy statutes may perform
       alway unto the end.

Samech, The 15th Part.

113  I hate the thoughts of vanity,
       but love thy law do I.
114  My shield and hiding-place thou art:
       I on thy word rely.
115  All ye that evil-doers are
       from me depart away;
     For the commandments of my God
       I purpose to obey.

116  According to thy faithful word
       uphold and stablish me,
     That I may live, and of my hope
       ashamed never be.
117  Hold thou me up, so shall I be
       in peace and safety still;
     And to thy statutes have respect
       continually I will.

118  Thou tread'st down all that love to stray;
       false their deceit doth prove.
119  Lewd men, like dross, away thou putt'st;
       therefore thy law I love.
120  For fear of thee my very flesh
       doth tremble, all dismay'd;
     And of thy righteous judgments, Lord,
       my soul is much afraid.

Ain, The 16th Part.

121  To all men I have judgment done,
       performing justice right;
     Then let me not be left unto
       my fierce oppressors' might.
122  For good unto thy servant, Lord,
       thy servant's surety be:
     From the oppression of the proud
       do thou deliver me.

123  Mine eyes do fail with looking long
       for thy salvation,
     The word of thy pure righteousness
       while I do wait upon.
124  In mercy with thy servant deal,
       thy laws me teach and show.
125  I am thy servant, wisdom give,
       that I thy laws may know.

126  'Tis time thou work, Lord; for they have
       made void thy law divine.
127  Therefore thy precepts more I love
       than gold, yea, gold most fine.
128  Concerning all things thy commands
       all right I judge therefore;
     And ev'ry false and wicked way
       I perfectly abhor.

Pe, The 17th Part.

129  Thy statutes, Lord, are wonderful,
       my soul them keeps with care.
130  The entrance of thy words gives light,
       makes wise who simple are.
131  My mouth I have wide opened,
       and panted earnestly,
     While after thy commandements
       I long'd exceedingly.

132  Look on me, Lord, and merciful
       do thou unto me prove,
     As thou art wont to do to those
       thy name who truly love.
133  O let my footsteps in thy word
       aright still order'd be:
     Let no iniquity obtain
       dominion over me.

134  From man's oppression save thou me;
       so keep thy laws I will.
135  Thy face make on thy servant shine;
       teach me thy statutes still.
136  Rivers of waters from mine eyes
       did run down, when I saw
     How wicked men run on in sin,
       and do not keep thy law.

Tzaddi, The 18th Part.

137  O Lord, thou art most righteous;
       thy judgments are upright.
138  Thy testimonies thou command'st
       most faithful are and right.
139  My zeal hath ev'n consumed me,
       because mine enemies
     Thy holy words forgotten have,
       and do thy laws despise.

140  Thy word's most pure, therefore on it
       thy servant's love is set.
141  Small, and despis'd I am, yet I
       thy precepts not forget.
142  Thy righteousness is righteousness
       which ever doth endure:
     Thy holy law, Lord, also is
       the very truth most pure.

143  Trouble and anguish have me found,
       and taken hold on me:
     Yet in my trouble my delight
       thy just commandments be.
144  Eternal righteousness is in
       thy testimonies all:
     Lord, to me understanding give,
       and ever live I shall.

Koph, The 19th Part.

145  With my whole heart I cry'd, Lord, hear;
       I will thy word obey.
146  I cry'd to thee; save me, and I
       will keep thy laws alway.
147  I of the morning did prevent
       the dawning, and did cry:
     For all mine expectation
       did on thy word rely.

148  Mine eyes did timeously prevent
       the watches of the night,
     That in thy word with careful mind
       then meditate I might.
149  After thy loving-kindness hear
       my voice, that calls on thee:
     According to thy judgment, Lord,
       revive and quicken me.

150  Who follow mischief they draw nigh;
       they from thy law are far:
151  But thou art near, Lord; most firm truth
       all thy commandments are.
152  As for thy testimonies all,
       of old this have I try'd,
     That thou hast surely founded them
       for ever to abide.

Resh, The 20th Part.

153  Consider mine affliction,
       in safety do me set:
     Deliver me, O Lord, for I
       thy law do not forget.
154  After thy word revive thou me:
       save me, and plead my cause.
155  Salvation is from sinners far;
       for they seek not thy laws.

156  O Lord, both great and manifold
       thy tender mercies be:
     According to thy judgments just,
       revive and quicken me.
157  My persecutors many are,
       and foes that do combine;
     Yet from thy testimonies pure
       my heart doth not decline.

158  I saw transgressors, and was griev'd;
       for they keep not thy word.
159  See how I love thy law! as thou
       art kind, me quicken, Lord.
160  From the beginning all thy word
       hath been most true and sure:
     Thy righteous judgments ev'ry one
       for evermore endure.

Schin, The 21st Part.

161  Princes have persecuted me,
       although no cause they saw:
     But still of thy most holy word
       my heart doth stand in awe.
162  I at thy word rejoice, as one
       of spoil that finds great store.
163  Thy law I love; but lying all
       I hate and do abhor.

164  Sev'n times a-day it is my care
       to give due praise to thee;
     Because of all thy judgments, Lord,
       which righteous ever be.
165  Great peace have they who love thy law;
       offence they shall have none.
166  I hop'd for thy salvation, Lord,
       and thy commands have done.

167  My soul thy testimonies pure
       observed carefully;
     On them my heart is set, and them
       I love exceedingly.
168  Thy testimonies and thy laws
       I kept with special care;
     For all my works and ways each one
       before thee open are.

Tau, The 22nd Part

169  O let my earnest pray'r and cry
       come near before thee, Lord:
     Give understanding unto me,
       according to thy word.
170  Let my request before thee come:
       after thy word me free.
171  My lips shall utter praise, when thou
       hast taught thy laws to me.

172  My tongue of thy most blessed word
       shall speak, and it confess;
     Because all thy commandements
       are perfect righteousness.
173  Let thy strong hand make help to me:
       thy precepts are my choice.
174  I long'd for thy salvation, Lord,
       and in thy law rejoice.

175  O let my soul live, and it shall
       give praises unto thee;
     And let thy judgments gracious
       be helpful unto me.
176  I, like a lost sheep, went astray;
       thy servant seek, and find:
     For thy commands I suffer'd not
       to slip out of my mind.

Recordings of Psalm 119

PsalmTuneRatingSinging TypePublisher 
Psalm 119 v9-14
Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650
St. Paul3/5
(52 votes)

Psalm 119 v57-60
Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650
(65 votes)
Highland Harmony Singers
Dornoch Festival of Psalms 2002