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ALEPH.
BLESSED are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
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Blessed are they who keep his testimonies, and seek him with the whole heart.
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They also do no iniquity;
they walk in his ways.
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Thou hast commanded them to keep thy precepts diligently.
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O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
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Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have observed all thy commandments.
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¶ I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
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I will keep thy statutes;
O forsake me not utterly.
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BETH.
With what shall a young man cleanse his way in order that he may observe thy commandments?
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With my whole heart have I sought thee;
O let me not wander from thy commandments.
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¶ Thy words have I impressed on my heart, that I might not sin against thee.
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Blessed art thou, O LORD;
teach me thy statutes.
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With my lips have I repeated all thy righteous judgments.
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I have been delighted in the way of thy testimonies, more than in all riches.
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I have meditated in thy commandments, and am familiar with thy ways.
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I have meditated in thy law in order that I may not forget thy words.
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GAMEL.
Answer thy servant, that I may live and keep thy words.
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Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
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¶ I am a sojourner with thee;
hide not thy commandments from me.
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¶ My soul is pleased and desires thy judgments at all times.
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Thou hast rebuked the Gentiles, and cursed are those who go astray from thy commandments.
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Remove from me reproach and contempt;
for I have kept thy testimonies.
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¶ The ungodly sat and plotted against me;
but I meditated in thy statutes.
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¶ I have meditated also in thy testimonies and in thy good counsel.
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DALETH.
My soul cleaves to the dust;
quicken me according to thy word.
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¶ I have declared my ways and thou heardest me;
teach me thy law.
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Make me to understand the way of thy precepts;
so shall I meditate on thy wondrous works.
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¶ My soul is vexed from meditation;
quicken me according to thy word.
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Remove from me the practices of the wicked, and teach me thy law.
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¶ I have chosen the way of thy truth: thy judgments have delighted me.
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I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.
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I have walked in the way of thy commandments, because thou hast made me joyful.
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¶ HE.
Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy commandments;
and I shall keep them unto the end.
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Give me understanding and I shall keep thy law;
yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
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Make me to go in the path of thy commandments;
for therein do I delight.
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Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to fables.
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Turn away mine eyes that they may not behold falsehood;
and quicken thou me in thy way.
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Strengthen thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thee.
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Turn away my reproach: because thy judgments are good.
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Behold, I have delighted in thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
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¶ VAU.
Let thy mercies come also to me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
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So shall I have wherewith to answer him who reproaches me;
for I trust in thy word.
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¶ Let not the word of truth depart from my mouth;
for I have hoped in thy judgments.
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So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
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¶ And I will walk at liberty because I have been delighted in thy commandments.
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I will speak truthfully before kings, and will not be ashamed.
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And I will meditate on thy commandments, which I have loved.
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My hands also will I lift up to thy commandments, which I have loved;
and I will meditate in thy commandments, and I will be glorified in thy faith.
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¶ ZEN.
Remember thy word to thy servant, upon which thou hast made me to hope.
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¶ In it have I been comforted in my humiliation;
for thy word has quickened me.
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¶ The ungodly have oppressed me greatly;
yet have I not swerved from thy law.
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¶ I have remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD, and have been comforted;
they have become a guide to me.
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Horror has taken hold of me because of the wicked who forsake thy law.
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¶ Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
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¶ I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law.
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I have been comforted because I kept thy commandments.
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KHETH.
On the LORD’S business have I meditated, that I may keep thy commandments.
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¶ I entreated thy favor with my whole heart;
save me according to thy word.
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¶ I thought on my ways, and turned my feet to thy paths.
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I prepared myself and delayed not to keep thy commandments.
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¶ The bands of the wicked have beset me;
but I have not strayed from thy law.
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¶ At midnight I rise to give thanks to thee because of thy righteous judgments.
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¶ I am a friend of all them that worship thee, and of them that keep thy commandments.
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¶ The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy;
teach me thy statutes.
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TETH.
Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according to thy word.
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Teach me good judgment, grace, and knowledge;
for I have believed thy commandments.
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Even before I was humbled I believed;
and I kept thy word.
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Thou art good, O LORD, and doest good;
teach me thy statutes.
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¶ The injustice of the proud has multiplied;
but I keep thy commandments with my whole heart.
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Their hearts are stubborn;
but I keep thy law.
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¶ It is good for me that I have been humbled, that I might learn thy statutes.
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¶ The law of thy mouth is better to me than thousands of things of gold and silver.
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YOTH.
Thy hands have made me and fashioned me;
teach me thy law,
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¶ So that those who revere thee may see and rejoice, because I have hoped in thy word.
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¶ I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in thy faithfulness hast humbled me.
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¶ Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word to thy servant.
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Let thy tender mercies come to me, that I may live;
for I have been taught thy law.
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¶ Let the wicked be ashamed, for they have humbled me unjustly;
but I have meditated in thy precepts.
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Let those who reverence thee turn unto me, and those who have known thy testimonies.
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¶ Let my heart meditate in thy statutes, that I be not ashamed.
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CAPH.
My soul hath longed for thy salvation, and I hope in thy word.
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Mine eyes wait for thy word, when thou wilt comfort me.
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¶ For I have suffered all disgrace;
yet do I not forget thy statutes.
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¶ How many are the days of thy servant?
When wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
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¶ The wicked have digged a pit for me, which is not in accord with thy law.
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All thy commandments are trustworthy;
yet the wicked persecute me.
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They had almost destroyed me upon earth;
but I forsook not thy commandments.
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Quicken me after thy lovingkindness;
so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.
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LAMED.
For ever thou art, O LORD;
thy word is established in heaven.
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Thy faithfulness is to all generations;
thou hast established the earth, and it abides.
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They continue this day according to thine ordinances;
for all are thy servants.
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Unless thy law had been my meditation, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
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¶ I will never forget thy commandments, because they are my very life.
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¶ I am thine, deliver me;
for I have kept thy commandments.
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¶ The wicked have waited for me to destroy me;
but I understand thy testimonies.
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¶ I have seen the futility of all things;
but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
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¶ MEM.
O how love I thy law!
It is my meditation all the day.
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Make me wiser than mine enemies, because I have obeyed thy commandments.
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Give me more understanding than all my teachers;
for thy testimonies are my meditation.
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I understand more than the elders, because I keep thy statutes.
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¶ I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy commandments.
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¶ I have not departed from thy judgments;
for thou hast taught me.
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¶ How sweet are thy words to the taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to the mouth!
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I have meditated on thy commandments;
therefore I hate the way of the wicked.
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¶ NUN.
Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
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¶ I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.
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¶ I am afflicted very much;
quicken me, O LORD, according to thy word.
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With the words of my mouth be pleased, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments.
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¶ My soul is continually in thy hands;
I do not forget thy law.
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Sinners have laid a snare for me;
yet I erred not from thy commandments.
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¶ Thy testimonies have I taken as a heritage for ever;
for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
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I have inclined my heart to perform thy statutes truly, even to the end.
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SEMKETH.
I hate the wicked;
but thy law do I love.
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Thou art my shelter and my refuge: I hope in thy word.
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Depart from me, O you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God.
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Uphold me according to thy word, and I shall live;
and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
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Help me and I shall be safe, and I will be continually mindful of thy commandments.
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Thou hast rejected all them that stray from thee;
for their thought is ungodly.
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Sustain me, and I shall be safe, and I will always meditate on thy commandments.
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My flesh shrinks for fear of thee;
and I am afraid of thy judgments.
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¶ AI.
O thou that doeth judgment and justice, leave me not in the hand of mine oppressors.
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Comfort thy servant with goodness;
let not the proud slander me.
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Mine eyes long for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.
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Deal with thy servant according to thy mercies, and teach me thy law.
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I am thy servant;
give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.
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¶ It is time to serve the LORD;
for they have nullified thy law.
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Therefore I love thy commandments above gold, yea, above precious stones.
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Therefore I love all thy commandments;
and I hate every way of the wicked.
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¶ PE.
Thy testimonies are wonderful;
therefore doth my soul keep them.
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Make plain thy word and enlighten and give understanding to the simple.
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¶ I opened my mouth, and panted;
for I longed for thy commandments.
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Look upon me, and be merciful to me, because I love thy name.
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Direct my steps in thy path;
let not the wicked have dominion over me.
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Deliver me from the oppression of man;
so will I keep thy statutes.
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Make thy face to shine upon thy servant;
and teach me thy law.
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Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.
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ZADDI.
Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.
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Thou hast commanded thy testimony in righteousness and faithfulness.
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Zeal hath consumed me because thine enemies have forgotten thy word.
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¶ Thy word is very pure;
therefore thy servant loves it.
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¶ I am small and despised;
yet I do not forget thy commandments.
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¶ Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is truth.
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Trouble and anguish have taken hold of me;
yet I meditate on thy commandments.
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The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting;
give me understanding, and I shall live.
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KOPH.
I cried with my whole heart;
hear me, O LORD;
I will keep thy statutes.
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I cried to thee;
save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
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¶ I arose at the dawn of the morning, and cried;
I hoped in thy word.
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Mine eyes open before the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
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Hear my voice according to thy lovingkindness, O LORD;
quicken me according to thy judgment.
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They draw near who follow after mischief;
they are far from thy law.
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Thou art near, O LORD;
and all thy commandments are truth.
Mine eyes open before the night watch to meditate on thy word.
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Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
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RESH.
Consider mine affliction, and deliver me;
for I do not forget thy law.
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Judge my case, and deliver me;
quicken me according to thy word.
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Salvation is far from the wicked;
for they seek not thy statutes.
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Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD;
quicken me according to thy judgments.
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Many are my persecutors and mine enemies;
yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.
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¶ I beheld the transgressors and I knew they had not kept thy word.
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Consider how I love thy commandments;
quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.
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¶ The foundation of thy word is truth;
and every one of thy righteous judgments endures for ever.
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SHEEN.
Princes have persecuted me without a cause;
but my heart stands in awe of thy word.
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¶ I rejoice at thy word, as one that finds great spoil.
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¶ I hate and despise evil;
but thy law do I love.
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Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
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Great peace have they which love thy law;
and they shall have no infirmity.
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LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.
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¶ My soul has kept thy testimonies, and I love them exceedingly.
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I have kept thy commandments and thy testimonies;
for all my ways are before thee.
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¶ TAU.
Let my cry come before thee, O LORD;
save me according to thy word.
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Let my supplication come before thee;
deliver me according to thy word.
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¶ My tongue shall speak of thy word;
for all thy commandments are righteous.
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¶ My lips shall speak of thy praise when thou hast taught me thy commandments.
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¶ Let thine hand help me;
for I have delighted in thy statutes.
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I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD;
and I meditate on thy law.
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¶ Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee;
and let thy judgments help me.
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¶ I have gone astray like a lost sheep;
seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments.