PSALM 116

1I love יהוה, because He has heard my voice, my pleas.

2Because He has inclined His ear to me, And I shall call throughout my days.

3The cords of death were around me, And the pains of the grave came upon me; I found distress and sorrow.

4Then I called upon the Name of יהוה, “O יהוה, I pray to You, deliver my being!”

5יהוה shows favour and is righteous; And our Elohim is compassionate.

6יהוה guards the simple; I was brought low, but He saved me.

7Return to your rest, O my being, For יהוה has treated you well.

8For You have delivered my being from death, My eyes from tears, My feet from falling.

9I shall walk before יהוה in the land of the living.

10I have believed, for I speak; I have been greatly afflicted.

11I said in my haste, “All men are liars.”

12What shall I return to יהוה? All His bounties are upon me.

13I lift up the cup of deliverance, And call upon the Name of יהוה.

14I pay my vows to יהוה Now in the presence of all His people.

15Precious in the eyes of יהוה Is the death of His kind ones.

16O יהוה, I am truly Your servant, I am Your servant, the son of Your female servant; You have loosed my bonds.

17I bring You a slaughtering of thanksgiving, And call upon the Name of יהוה.

18I pay my vows to יהוה In the presence of all His people,

19In the courts of the House of יהוה, In your midst, O Yerushalayim. Praise Yah!

PSALM 117

1Praise יהוה, all you nations! Extol Him, all you peoples!

2For His kindness is mighty over us, And the truth of יהוה is everlasting. Praise Yah!

PSALM 118

1Oh, give thanks to יהוה, for He is good! Because His kindness is everlasting.

2Let Yisra’ĕl now say, “His kindness is everlasting.”

3Let the house of Aharon now say, “His kindness is everlasting.”

4Let those who fear יהוה now say, “His kindness is everlasting.”

5I called on Yah in distress; Yah answered me in a broad place.

6יהוה is on my side; I do not fear what man does to me!

7יהוה is for me among those helping me; Therefore I look on those hating me.

8It is better to take refuge in יהוה Than to trust in man.

9It is better to take refuge in יהוה Than to trust in princes.

10All the gentiles surrounded me, In the Name of יהוה I shall cut them off.

11They surrounded me, Yea, they surrounded me; In the Name of יהוה shall I cut them off.

12They surrounded me like bees; They were extinguished like burning thorns; In the Name of יהוה I shall cut them off.

13Pushing, the enemy pushed me to fall, But יהוה helped me.

14Yah is my strength and song, And He has become my deliverance.

15The voice of rejoicing and deliverance Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of יהוה is doing mightily.

16The right hand of יהוה is exalted, The right hand of יהוה acts mightily.

17Let me not die, but live, And declare the works of Yah.

18Yah has punished me severely, But did not give me over to death.

19Open to me the gates of righteousness; I enter through them, I thank Yah.

20This is the gate of יהוה, The righteous enter through it.

21I thank You, For You have answered me, And have become my deliverance.

22The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner-stone.

23This was from יהוה, It is marvellous in our eyes.

24This is the day יהוה has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25I pray, O יהוה, please save; I pray, O יהוה, please send prosperity.

26Blessed is He who is coming in the Name of יהוה!a We shall bless you from the House of יהוה.

27יהוה is Ěl, and He gave us light; Bind the festal offering With cords to the horns of the altar.

28You are my Ěl, and I praise You; You are my Elohim, I exalt You.

29Give thanks to יהוה, for He is good! For His kindness is everlasting.

PSALM 119

1Blessed are the perfect in the way, Who walk in the Torah of יהוה!

2Blessed are those who observe His witnesses, Who seek Him with all the heart!

3Yea, they shall do no unrighteousness; They shall walk in His ways.

4You have commanded us To guard Your orders diligently.

5Oh, that my ways were established To guard Your laws!

6Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commands.

7I thank You with uprightness of heart, When I learn the right-rulings of Your righteousness.

8I guard Your laws; Oh, do not leave me entirely!

9How would a young man cleanse his path. To guard it according to Your word?

10I have sought You with all my heart; Let me not stray from Your commands!

11I have treasured up Your word in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

12Blessed are You, O יהוה! Teach me Your laws.

13With my lips I have recounted All the right-rulings of Your mouth.

14I have rejoiced in the way of Your witnesses, As over all riches.

15I meditate on Your orders, And regard Your ways.

16I delighta myself in Your laws; I do not forget Your word.

17Do good to Your servant, Let me live and I guard Your word.

18Open my eyes, that I might see Wonders from Your Torah.

19I am a sojourner in the earth; Do not hide Your commands from me.

20My being is crushed with longing For Your right-rulings at all times.

21You rebuked the proud, cursed ones, Who are straying from Your commands.

22Remove from me reproach and scorn, For I have observed Your witnesses.

23Though princes sat, speaking against me, Your servant meditates on Your laws.

24Your witnesses also are my delight, My counsellors.

25My being has been clinging to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.

26I have recounted my ways and You answered me; Teach me Your laws.

27Make me understand the way of Your orders; That I might meditate on Your wonders.

28My being has wept from grief; Strengthen me according to Your word.

29Remove from me the way of falsehood, And favour me with Your Torah.

30I have chosen the way of truth; Your right-rulings I have held level.

31I have clung to Your witnesses; O יהוה, do not put me to shame!

32I run the way of Your commands, For You enlarge my heart.

33Teach me, O יהוה, the way of Your laws, And I observe it to the end.

34Make me understand, that I might observe Your Torah, And guard it with all my heart.

35Make me walk in the path of Your commands, For I have delighted in it.

36Incline my heart to Your witnesses, And not to own gain.

37Turn away my eyes from looking at falsehood, And revive me in Your way.

38Establish Your word to Your servant, Which leads to the fear of You.

39Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your right-rulings are good.

40See, I have longed for Your orders; Revive me in Your righteousness.

41And let Your kindnesses come to me, O יהוה; Your deliverance, according to Your word,

42So that I answer my reprover, For I have trusted in Your word.

43And do not take away from my mouth The word of truth entirely, For I have waited for Your right-rulings;

44That I might guard Your Torah continually, Forever and ever;

45That I might walk in a broad place, For I have sought Your orders;

46That I might speak of Your witnesses before sovereigns, And not be ashamed;

47That I might delight myself in Your commands, Which I have loved;

48That I might lift up my hands to Your commands, Which I have loved; While I meditate on Your laws.

49Remember the word to Your servant, On which You have caused me to wait.

50This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.

51The proud have utterly scorned me, I did not turn aside from Your Torah.

52I remembered Your right-rulings of old, O יהוה, And I comfort myself.

53Rage has seized me because of the wrong Who forsake Your Torah.

54Your laws have been my songs In the place of my sojournings.

55I have remembered Your Name in the night, O יהוה, And I guard Your Torah.

56This has become mine, Because I have observed Your orders.

57You are my portion, O יהוה; I have promised to guard Your words.

58I have sought Your face with all my heart; Show me favour according to Your word.

59I have thought upon my ways, And turned my feet to Your witnesses.

60I have hurried, and did not delay To guard Your commands.

61The cords of the wrong have surrounded me, Your Torah I have not forgotten.

62At midnight I rise to give thanks to You, For Your righteous right-rulings.

63I am a companion of all who fear You, And of those guarding Your orders.

64O יהוה, Your kindness has filled the earth; Teach me Your laws.

65You have done good to Your servant, O יהוה, According to Your word.

66Teach me good sense and knowledge, For I have trusted in Your commands.

67Before I was afflicted I myself was going astray, But now I have guarded Your word.

68You are good, and do good; Teach me Your laws.

69The proud have forged a lie against me, With all my heart I observe Your orders.

70Their heart has become like fat, Without feeling; I have delighted in Your Torah.

71It was good for me that I was afflicted, That I might learn Your laws.

72The Torah of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

73Your hands have made me and formed me; Make me understand, that I might learn Your commands.

74Those who fear You see me and rejoice, For I have waited for Your Word.

75I know, O יהוה, That Your right-rulings are righteous, And in trustworthiness You have afflicted me.

76Please let Your kindness be for my comfort, According to Your word to Your servant.

77Let Your compassions come to me, That I might live, For Your Torah is my delight.

78Let the proud be put to shame, For with lies they perverted me; But I study Your orders.

79Let those who fear You turn to me, And those who know Your witnesses.

80Let my heart be perfect in Your laws, So that I am not put to shame.

81For Your deliverance my being has pined away, For I have waited for Your word.

82My eyes have pined away for Your word, Saying, “When would it comfort me?”

83For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, Your laws I have not forgotten.

84How many are the days of Your servant? When do You execute right-ruling On those who persecute me?

85The proud have dug pits for me, Which is not according to Your Torah.

86All Your commands are trustworthy; They have persecuted me with lies; Help me!

87They almost made an end of me on earth, But I, I did not forsake Your orders.

88Revive me according to Your kindness, That I might guard the witness of Your mouth.

89Forever, O יהוה, Your word stands firm in the heavens.

90Your trustworthiness is to all generations; You established the earth, and it stands.

91According to Your right-rulings They have stood to this day, For all are Your servants.

92If Your Torah had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.

93Let me never forget Your orders, For by them You have given me life.

94I am Yours, save me; For I have sought Your orders.

95The wrong have waited for me to destroy me; I understand Your witnesses.

96I have seen an end of all perfection; Your command is exceedingly broad.

97O how I love Your Toraha! It is my study all day long.

98Your commands make me wiser than my enemies; For it is ever before me.

99I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your witnesses are my study.

100I understand more than the aged, For I have observed Your orders.

101I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I might guard Your word.

102I have not turned aside from Your right-rulings, For You Yourself have taught me.

103How sweet to my taste has Your word been, More than honey to my mouth!

104From Your orders I get understanding; Therefore I have hated every false way.

105Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

106I have sworn, and I confirm, To guard Your righteous right-rulings.

107I have been afflicted very much; O יהוה, revive me according to Your word.

108Please accept the voluntary offerings Of my mouth, O יהוה, And teach me Your right-rulings.

109My life is in my hand continually, And Your Torah I have not forgotten.

110The wrong have laid a snare for me, But I have not strayed from Your orders.

111Your witnesses are my inheritance forever, For they are the joy of my heart.

112I have inclined my heart to do Your laws Forever, to the end.

113I have hated doubting thoughts, But I have loved Your Torah.

114You are my hiding place and my shield; I have waited for Your word.

115Turn away from me, you evil-doers, For I observe the commands of my Elohim!

116Support me according to Your word, That I might live; And put me not to shame Because of my expectation.

117Sustain me, that I might be saved, And always look to Your laws.

118You have made light of all those Who stray from Your laws, For falsehood is their deceit.

119You have made to cease All the wrong of the earth, like dross; Therefore I have loved Your witnesses.

120My flesh has trembled for fear of You, And I am in awe of Your right-rulings.

121I have done right-ruling and righteousness; Leave me not to my oppressors.

122Guarantee Your servant’s well-being; Let not the proud oppress me.

123My eyes have pined away for Your deliverance, And for the word of Your righteousness.

124Do with Your servant according to Your kindness, And teach me Your laws.

125I am Your servant – make me understand, That I might know Your witnesses.

126It is time for יהוה to act! For they have broken Your Torah.

127Therefore I have loved Your commands More than gold, even fine gold!

128Therefore all Your orders I count as right; I have hated every false way.

129Your witnesses are wonders; So my being observes them.

130The opening up of Your words gives light, Giving understanding to the simple.

131I have opened my mouth and panted, For I have longed for Your commands.

132Turn to me and show me favour, According to Your right-ruling, toward those who love Your Name.

133Establish my footsteps by Your word, And let no wickedness have rule over me.

134Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I might guard Your orders.

135Make Your face shine upon Your servant, And teach me Your laws.

136Streams of water have run down from my eyes, Because they did not guard Your Torah.

137Righteous are You, O יהוה, And Your right-rulings are straight.

138You have commanded Your witnesses In righteousness and truth, exceedingly.

139My ardour has consumed me, For my adversaries have forgotten Your words.

140Your word is tried, exceedingly; And Your servant has loved it.

141I am small and despised; I have not forgotten Your orders.

142Your righteousness is righteousness forever, And Your Torah is truth.

143Distress and anguish have found me; Your commands are my delight.

144The righteousness of Your witnesses is forever; Make me understand, that I might live.

145I have called with all my heart; Answer me, O יהוה! I observe Your laws.

146I have called upon You; Save me, that I might guard Your witnesses.

147I rise before dawn, and cry for help; I have waited for Your word.

148My eyes have gone before the night watches, To study Your word.

149Hear my voice according to Your kindness; O יהוה, revive me according to Your right-ruling.

150Those who pursue mischief have drawn near; They have been far from Your Torah.

151You are near, O יהוה, And all Your commands are truth.

152Of old I have known Your witnesses, That You have founded them forever.

153See my affliction and deliver me, For I have not forgotten Your Torah.

154Plead my cause and redeem me; Revive me according to Your word.

155Deliverance is far from the wrong ones, For they have not sought Your laws.

156Your compassions are many, O יהוה; Revive me according to Your right-rulings.

157My persecutors and adversaries are many; I have not turned aside from Your witnesses.

158I saw traitors and was grieved, Because they did not guard Your word.

159See how I have loved Your orders, יהוה, revive me according to Your kindness.

160The sum of Your word is truth, And all Your righteous right-rulings are forever.

161Rulers have persecuted me without a cause, But at Your word my heart stood in awe.

162I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure.

163I have hated falsehood and loathe it, Your Torah I have loved.

164I have praised You seven times a day, Because of Your righteous right-rulings.

165Great peace have those loving Your Torah, And for them there is no stumbling-block.

166יהוה, I have waited for Your deliverance, And I have done Your commands.

167My being has guarded Your witnesses, And I love them exceedingly.

168I have guarded Your orders and Your witnesses, For all my ways are before You.

169My cry comes before You, O יהוה; Make me understand according to Your word.

170Let my prayer come before You; Deliver me according to Your word.

171My lips pour forth praise, For You teach me Your laws.

172My tongue sings of Your word, For all Your commands are righteousness.

173Your hand is a help to me, For I have chosen Your orders.

174I have longed for Your deliverance, O יהוה, And Your Torah is my delight.

175My being lives, and it praises You; And Your right-rulings help me.

176I have strayed like a lost sheep; Seek Your servant, For I have not forgotten Your commands.

PSALM 120

1In my distress I cried to יהוה, And He answered me.

2יהוה, deliver my being from false lips, From a treacherous tongue.

3What would one give to you, Or what would one do to you, O treacherous tongue?

4Sharp arrows of a mighty man, With coals of the broom-wood!

5Woe to me for I have sojourned in Mesheḵ, I have dwelt among the tents of Qĕḏar!

6My being has dwelt too long With him who hates peace.

7I am for peace; But when I speak, they are for fighting.

PROVERBS 24

1Do not envy evil men, Nor desire to be with them;

2For their heart plots to ravage, And their lips talk of trouble.

3By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established;

4And by knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches.

5Mighty is the wise in strength, And a man of knowledge strengthens power;

6For by wise guidance you wage your own battle, And delivery is by a great counsellor.

7Wisdom is high for a fool; He does not open his mouth in the gate.

8He who plots to do evil Is called a master of evil plots.

9The purpose of folly is sin, And the scoffer is an abomination to men.

10If you falter in the day of distress, Your strength is small!

11Deliver those taken to death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter,

12If you say, “See, we did not know this,” Would not He who weighs the hearts discern it? He who watches over your life, Would He not know it? And shall He not repay man according to his work?

13My son, eat honey, for it is good, And the honeycomb, sweet to your taste;

14Know that wisdom is thus to your being; If you have found it, there is a future, And your expectancy is not cut off.

15Do not lie in wait, O wrong one, Against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not ravage his resting place;

16For seven times a righteous man falls and rises, But the wrong one stumbles into evil.

17Do not exult when your enemy falls, And let not your heart rejoice when he stumbles;

18Lest יהוה see and it be evil in His eyes, And He turn away His wrath from him.

19Do not fret because of evil-doers, And do not envy the wrong;

20For there is no future for the evil-doer; The lamp of the wrongdoers is put out.

21My son, fear יהוה and the sovereign; Do not mingle with those who change;

22For their calamity arises suddenly, And who knows the ruin of both of them?

23These also are for the wise: It is not good to show partiality in right-ruling.

24He who says to the wrong, “You are righteous” – peoples curse him, Nations despise him.

25But those who rebuke the wrong, It is pleasant, and a good blessing comes on them.

26He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.

27Prepare your outside work, And make it fit for yourself in the field; Then you shall build your house.

28Do not witness against your neighbour without cause, And do not deceive with your lips.

29Do not say, “Let me do to him as he did to me; I repay each according to his work.”

30I passed by the field of the lazy, And by the vineyard of the man lacking heart;

31And see, it was all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; And its stone wall was broken down.

32When I saw it, I set my heart on it; I looked and received discipline:

33A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest;

34And your poverty shall come, a prowler, And your need like an armed man.