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Commentary On Psalms Volume 5 by Jean Calvin


' [Aleph.]

1 ' Blessed are those who are upright in their way, Walking in the law of Jehovah.

2 ' Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, Who with their whole heart seek him.

3 ', Surely they do not work iniquity, Who in his ways do walk.

4 ' Thou hast commanded That thy statutes be kept carefully.

5 ' O that my ways may be directed To the keeping of thy statutes!

6 ' Then shall I not be ashamed, When I shall have been attentive to all thy commandments.

7 ' I will celebrate thee with uprightness of heart, When I shall have learned the judgments of thy righteousness.

8 ', Thy statutes I will keep: Do not thou forsake me very far.

v [Beth.]

9 v By what [means] shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to thy word.

10 v With my whole heart have I sought thee; Let me not go astray from thy commandments.

11 v In my heart I have hidden thy word, That I might not sin against thee.

12 v Blessed art thou, O Jehovah! Teach me thy statutes.

13 v With my lips have I declared All the judgments of thy mouth.

14 v In the way of thy testimonies I have taken delight, As much as in all riches.

15 v Upon thy statutes will I meditate, And I will consider thy paths.

16 v In thy commandments will I delight myself; I will not forget thy words.

g [Gimel.]

17 g Do good to thy servant, And I shall live and keep thy word.

18 g Open mine eyes, And I shall behold the wonders of thy law.

19 g I am a stranger on the earth: Hide not from me thy commandments.

20 g Broken is my soul with the desire it hath To thy judgments at all times.

21 g Thou hast destroyed the proud ones; Cursed are those who decline from thy commandments.

22 g Remove from me reproach and contempt; For thy testimonies I have kept.

23 g Princes also have sat, against me they have spoken: Thy servant meditated upon thy statutes.

24 g Also thy testimonies are my delights, The men of my counsel.

d [Daleth.]

25 d Cleave to the dust doth my soul: Quicken me according to thy word.

26 d I have declared my ways, and thou hast answered me: Teach me thy statutes.

27 d The way of thy commandments make me to understand, And I will meditate upon thy wonders.

28 d Drop away doth my soul for grief: Raise me up according to thy word.

29 d The way of falsehood remove from me, And thy law grant me graciously.

30 d The way of truth I have chosen; Thy judgments I have set before me.

31 d I have cleaved to thy testimonies, O Jehovah Let me not be put to shame.

32 d The way of thy statutes I will run, When thou shalt have enlarged my heart.

h [He.]

33 h Teach me, O Jehovah! the way of thy statutes, And I will keep it unto the end.

34 h Make me to understand, and I will observe thy law, And keep it with my whole heart.

35 h Direct me in the way of thy statutes; For in it is my delight.

36 h Incline my heart to thy testimonies, And not to covetousness.

37 h Turn away my eyes from seeing vanity; In thy way quicken me.

38 h Confirm to thy servant thy word, Who to thy fear is devoted

39 h Remove my reproach which I have dreaded, For thy judgments are good.

40 h Behold! I have longed after thy commandments: In thy righteousness quicken me.

v [Vau.]

41 v And let come to me thy mercies, O Jehovah! Thy salvation according to thy word.

42 v And I will answer a word to him who reproacheth me; For I have trusted in thy word.

43 v And take not from my mouth the word of truth utterly: Because for thy judgments I wait.

44 v And I will keep thy law continually, For ever and ever.

45 v And I will walk at large; For thy statutes I have sought.

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

47 v And I will delight myself in thy commandments Which I have loved.

48 v And I will lift up my hands to thy commandments Which I have loved; And I will meditate upon thy statutes.

z [Zain.]

49 z Remember thy word to thy servant, Upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

50 z This is my consolation in my affliction; For thy word revives me.

51 z The proud ones have derided me exceedingly: From thy law I have not declined.

52 z I remembered thy judgments of old, O Jehovah! And comforted myself.

53 z Terror hath seized upon me, Because of the ungodly who forsake thy law.

54 z Thy statutes have been songs to me In the house of my pilgrimage.

55 z I remembered in the night thy name, O Jehovah! And I will keep thy law.

56 z This is done to me, Because thy statutes I have observed.

ch [Cheth.]

57 ch Thou art my portion, O Jehovah! I have said that I will keep thy words.

58 ch I have sought thy face with my whole heart; Have mercy upon me according to thy word.

59 ch I thought upon my ways, And turned my feet to thy testimonies.

60 ch I made haste and delayed not To keep thy commandments.

61 ch The cords of the ungodly have caught hold of me; Thy law I have not forgotten.

62 ch At midnight I will rise to praise thee, Because of the judgments of thy righteousness.

63 ch A companion am I to all who fear thee, And who keep thy statutes.

64 ch Of thy mercy, O Jehovah! the earth is full: Thy statutes teach thou me.

t [Teth.]

65 t Kindly hast thou dealt with thy servant, O Jehovah! According to thy word.

66 t Goodness of taste and knowledge teach me; For thy commandments I have believed.

67 t Before I was brought low I went astray; But now thy word I keep.

68 t Good art thou, and beneficent: Teach me thy statutes.

69 t Weaved a lie against me have the proud ones; But as for me I with my whole heart will keep statutes.

70 t Fat as grease is their heart; But as for me I in thy law do delight.

71 t It hath been good for me that I have been afflicted, That I might learn thy statutes.

72 t Better to me is the law of thy mouth Than thousands of gold and silver.

y [Yod.]

73 y Thy hands have made and formed me; Make me to understand, and I shall learn thy commandments.

74 y Those who fear thee shall see me and rejoice; Because for thy word I have waited.

75 y I have known, O Jehovah! that righteousness are thy judgments; And in truth thou hast humbled me.

76 y To thy word to thy servant.

77 y Let come to me thy compassions, and I shall live; For thy law is my delight.

78 y Ashamed let be the proud, for they have falsely wronged me: As for me I will meditate upon thy precepts.

79 y Let those turn unto me who fear thee, And have known thy testimonies.

80 y Let my heart be sound in thy statutes, That I may not be put to shame.

k [Caph.]

81 k Fainted for thy salvation hath my soul: For thy word I wait.

82 k Failed have my eyes [in looking] for thy word, While I say, |When wilt thou comfort me?|

83 k For I have been as a bottle in the smoke; And yet thy statutes I have not forgotten.

84 k How many are the days of thy servant? When wilt thou execute judgment on my persecutors?

85 k The proud have digged pits for me, Which is not according to thy law.

86 k All thy commandments are truth: Deceitfully do they persecute me; therefore help thou me.

87 k Almost have they consumed me upon the earth; Yet I have not forsaken thy statutes.

88 k According to thy goodness quicken me; And I will keep the testimony of thy mouth.

l [Lamed.]

89 l For ever, O Jehovah! Thy word endureth in the heavens.

90 l From generation to generation is thy truth: Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

91 l By thy judgments they continue to this day; For all are thy servants.

92 l Unless thy law had been my delight, Then should I have perished in my affliction.

93 l Never will I forget thy statutes, For in them thou hast quickened me.

94 l Thine I am; O save me! For thy statutes I have sought.

95 l For me wait do the ungodly to destroy me: But I consider thy testimonies.

96 l In all perfection I have seen an end: Broad is thy commandment exceedingly.

m [Mem.]

97 m O how have I loved thy law! All the day it is my meditation.

98 m Than my adversaries thou hast made me wiser by thy commandments; Because for ever they are with me.

99 m Than all my teachers thou hast made me wiser; Because thy testimonies are my meditation.

100 m Than the aged I have more understanding; Because thy statutes I have observed.

101 m From every evil path I have restrained my feet, That I may keep thy word.

102 m From thy judgments I have not declined; For thou thyself hast taught me.

103 m How sweet to my palate have been thy words! More [sweet] than honey to my mouth!

104 m By thy statutes I have gotten understanding; Therefore I have hated every path of falsehood.

n [Nun.]

105 n A lamp to my feet is thy word, And a light to my path.

106 n I have sworn and will make sure, To observe the judgments of thy righteousness.

107 n I am afflicted exceedingly, O Jehovah! Quicken me according to thy word.

108 n I Let the freewill offerings of my mouth, I pray thee, be pleasing to thee, O Jehovah! And thy judgments teach me.

109 n My soul is in my hand continually; And thy law I have not forgotten.

110 n Laid have the ungodly a snare for me: Yet from thy statutes I have not erred.

111 n I have as [my] inheritance thy testimonies for ever; For the joy of my heart are they.

112 n I have inclined my heart to perform thy statutes For ever, and even to the end.

s [Samech.]

113 s Crooked thoughts I have hated; But thy law I have loved.

114 s My hiding-place and my shield art thou: In thy word I have trusted.

115 s Depart from me, ye wicked men! And I will keep the commandments of my God.

116 s Sustain me by thy word, and I shall live: And make me not ashamed of my expectation.

117 s Establish me, and I shall be safe, And I will consider thy statutes continually.

118 s Thou hast trodden down all who go astray from thy statutes; For falsehood is their deceit.

119 s As dross thou hast made to cease all the ungodly of the earth; Therefore I have loved thy testimonies.

120 s Tremble for fear of thee did my flesh, And of thy judgments I was afraid.


121 I have done judgment and righteousness: Give me not up to my oppressors.

122 Become surety for thy servant for good, That the proud may not oppress me.

123 My eyes have failed for thy salvation, And for the word of thy righteousness.

124 Deal with thy servant according to thy goodness, And thy statutes teach thou me.

125 Thy servant am I, give me understanding, That I may learn thy testimonies.

126 It is time [for thee] to work, O Jehovah! For they have destroyed thy law.

127 Therefore I have loved thy statutes Mere than gold and fine gold.

128 Therefore all thy commandments I have esteemed to be altogether right: Every way of falsehood I have hated:

ph [Phe.]

129 ph Marvelous things are thy testimonies; Therefore observed them hath my soul.

130 ph The entrance of thy words is light, Giving understanding to the little ones.

131 ph My mouth I opened and panted, Because thy commandments I loved.

132 ph Look upon me and have pity upon me, According to thy judgment towards those who love thy name.

133 ph My steps direct thou according to thy word, And let not any iniquity have dominion in me.

134 ph Redeem me from the oppression of men, And I will keep thy precepts.

135 ph Thy face cause thou to shine upon thy servant, And teach me thy statutes.

136 ph Rivers of waters run from my eyes, Because they have not kept thy law.

ts [Tsadde.]

137 ts Righteous art thou, O Jehovah! And right are thy judgments.

138 ts Thou hast commanded righteousness in thy testimonies, And truth exceedingly.

139 ts Consumed me hath my zeal, Because forgotten thy words have my adversaries.

140 ts Refined is thy word exceedingly: And thy servant hath loved it.

141 ts Small am I, and despised; [Yet] thy precepts I have not forgotten.

142 ts Thy righteousness is righteousness for ever, And thy law is truth.

143 ts Trouble and anguish have come upon me; But thy commandments have been my delights.

144 ts The righteousness of thy testimonies endureth for ever; Make me to understand, and I shall live.

q [Koph.]

145 q I have cried with my whole heart; Answer me, O Jehovah! And thy statutes I will keep.

146 q I have called upon thee, save me, And I will keep thy testimonies.

147 q I have prevented the dawn of the morning, and have cried: To thy word I have looked up.

148 q Prevented have my eyes the watches of the night, To meditate upon thy word.

149 q My voice hear thou, according to thy mercy, O Jehovah According to thy judgment quicken me.

150 q Drawn near have the pursuers of malice; From thy law they have departed.

151 q Near art thou, O Jehovah! And all thy commandments are truth.

152 q From the beginning I have known from thy testimonies, That for ever thou hast founded them.

r [Resh.]

153 r Behold my affliction, and rescue me; For thy law I have not forgotten.

154 r Debate my cause, and redeem me; According to thy word quicken me.

155 r Far from the ungodly is safety; Because thy statutes they have not sought.

156 r Thy compassions are great, O Jehovah! According to thy judgments quicken me.

157 r Many are my persecutors and my oppressors: From thy testimonies I have not declined.

158 r I saw the perfidious, and chid them; Because thy word they have not kept.

159 r Behold how thy commandments I have loved: According to thy clemency quicken me.

160 r The beginning of thy word is truth; And to everlasting is all the judgment of thy righteousness.

s [Shin.]

161 s Princes have persecuted me without a cause Yet at thy word afraid hath been my heart.

162 s Joyful am I over thy word, As he who hath found much spoil.

163 s Deceit I have hated and abhorred; Thy law I have loved.

164 s Seven times a day have I praised thee, Because of the judgments of thy righteousness.

165 s Much peace have those who love thy law, And they have no stumbling-block.

166 s I have waited for thy salvation, O Jehovah! And thy commandments I have done.

167 s Kept hath my soul thy testimonies, And I have loved them exceedingly.

168 s I have kept thy commandments and thy testimonies; For all my ways are before thee.

t [Thau.]

169 t Come let my cry into thy presence, O Jehovah! According to thy word give me understanding.

170 t Come let my prayer into thy presence: According to thy word deliver me.

171 t Speak shall my lips praise, When thou shalt have taught me thy statutes.

172 t Speak shall my tongue of thy word; For all thy precepts are righteousness.

173 t Let thy hand be to succor me; For thy commandments I have chosen.

174 t I have longed for thy salvation, O Jehovah! And thy law hath been my delights.

175 t Live let my soul, and let it praise thee; And let thy judgments succor me.

176 t I have wandered like a lost sheep; Seek thy servant, for thy statutes I have not forgotten.

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