We explore the Hebrew word "nephesh" that often gets translated as "soul." Th...
1Blessed are they that are perfect in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
2Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, that seek him with the whole heart.
3Yea, they do no unrighteousness; they walk in his ways.
4Thou hast commanded usthy precepts, that we should observe them diligently.
5Oh that my ways were established to observe thy statutes!
6Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7I will give thanks unto thee with uprightness of heart, when I learn thy righteous judgments.
8I will observe thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
9Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed theretoaccording to thy word.
10With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
11Thy word have I laid up in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
12Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.
13With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
14I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
15I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
16I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
17Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live; so will I observe thy word.
18Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
19I am a sojourner in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.
20My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.
21Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do wander from thy commandments.
22Take away from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.
23Princes also sat and talked against me: butthy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
24Thy testimonies also are my delight andmy counsellors.
25My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
26I declared my ways, and thou answeredst me: teach me thy statutes.
27Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I meditate of thy wondrous works.
28My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
29Remove from me the way of falsehood: and grant me thy law graciously.
30I have chosen the way of faithfulness: thy judgments have I set before me.
31I cleave unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.
32I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
33Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
34Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
35Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
36Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
37Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity, and quicken me in thy ways.
38Confirm thy word unto thy servant, which belongethunto the fear of thee.
39Turn away my reproach whereof I am afraid; for thy judgments are good.
40Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
41Let thy mercies also come unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
42So shall I have an answer for him that reproacheth me; for I trust in thy word.
43And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
44So shall I observe thy law continually for ever and ever.
45And I will walk at liberty; for I have sought thy precepts.
46I will also speak of thy testimonies before kings, and will not be ashamed.
47And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
48I will lift up my hands also unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
49Remember the word unto thy servant, because thou hast made me to hope.
50This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
51The proud have had me greatly in derision: yethave I not swerved from thy law.
52I have remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD, and have comforted myself.
53Hot indignation hath taken hold upon me, because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
54Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
55I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have observed thy law.
56This I have had, because I kept thy precepts.
57The LORD is my portion: I have said that I would observe thy words.
58I entreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.
59I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
60I made haste, and delayed not, to observe thy commandments.
61The cords of the wicked have wrapped me round; butI have not forgotten thy law.
62At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.
63I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that observe thy precepts.
64The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.
65Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.
66Teach me good judgment and knowledge; for I have believed in thy commandments.
67Before I was afflicted I went astray; but now I observe thy word.
68Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
69The proud have forged a lie against me: with my whole heart will I keep thy precepts.
70Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.
71It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
72The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
73Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
74They that fear thee shall see me and be glad; because I have hoped in thy word.
75I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness thou hast afflicted me.
76Let, I pray thee, thy lovingkindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
77Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.
78Let the proud be ashamed; for they have overthrown me wrongfully: butI will meditate in thy precepts.
79Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and they shall know thy testimonies.
80Let my heart be perfect in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.
81My soul fainteth for thy salvation: butI hope in thy word.
82Mine eyes fail for thy word, while I say, When wilt thou comfort me?
83For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
84How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
85The proud have digged pits for me, who are not after thy law.
86All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
87They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.
88Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I observe the testimony of thy mouth.
89For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
90Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
91They abide this day according to thine ordinances; for all things are thy servants.
92Unless thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
93I will never forget thy precepts; for with them thou hast quickened me.
94I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.
95The wicked have waited for me to destroy me; butI will consider thy testimonies.
96I have seen an end of all perfection; butthy commandment is exceeding broad.
97Oh how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
98Thy commandments make me wiser than mine enemies; for they are ever with me.
99I have more understanding than all my teachers; for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100I understand more than the aged, because I have kept thy precepts.
101I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might observe thy word.
102I have not turned aside from thy judgments; for thou hast taught me.
103How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeterthan honey to my mouth!
104Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
105Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and light unto my path,
106I have sworn, and have confirmed it, that I will observe thy righteous judgments.
107I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word.
108Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments.
109My soul is continually in my hand; yet do I not forget thy law.
110The wicked have laid a snare for me; yet went I not astray from thy precepts.
111Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever; for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
112I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes, for ever, even unto the end.
113I hate them that are of a double mind; but thy law do I love.
114Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
115Depart from me, ye evil-doers; that I may keep the commandments of my God.
116Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live; and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
117Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe, and shall have respect unto thy statutes continually.
118Thou hast set at nought all them that err from thy statutes; for their deceit is falsehood.
119Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
120My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.
121I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.
122Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
123Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for thy righteous word.
124Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.
125I am thy servant, give me understanding; that I may know thy testimonies.
126It is time for the LORD to work; forthey have made void thy law.
127Therefore I love thy commandments above gold, yea, above fine gold.
128Therefore I esteem all thyprecepts concerning all thingsto be right; andI hate every false way.
129Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
130The opening of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
131I opened wide my mouth, and panted; for I longed for thy commandments.
132Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
133Order my footsteps in thy word; and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
134Redeem me from the oppression of man: so will I observe thy precepts.
135Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.
136Mine eyes run down with rivers of water, because they observe not thy law.
137Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.
138Thou hast commanded thy testimonies in righteousness and very faithfulness.
139My zeal hath consumed me, because mine adversaries have forgotten thy words.
140Thy word is very pure; therefore thy servant loveth it.
141I am small and despised: yetdo not I forget thy precepts.
142Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is truth.
143Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yetthy commandments are my delight.
144Thy testimonies are righteous for ever: give me understanding, and I shall live.
145I have called with my whole heart; answer me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.
146I have called unto thee; save me, and I shall observe thy testimonies.
147I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy words.
148Mine eyes prevented the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
149Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy judgments.
150They draw nigh that follow after wickedness; they are far from thy law.
151Thou art nigh, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.
152Of old have I known from thy testimonies, that thou hast founded them for ever.
153Consider mine affliction, and deliver me; for I do not forget thy law.
154Plead thou my cause, and redeem me: quicken me according to thy word.
155Salvation is far from the wicked; for they seek not thy statutes.
156Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.
157Many are my persecutors and mine adversaries; yethave I not swerved from they testimonies.
158I beheld the treacherous dealers, and was grieved; because they observed not thy word.
159Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.
160The sum of thy word is truth; and every one of thy righteous judgments endurethfor ever.
161Princes have persecuted me without a cause; but my heart standeth in awe of thy words.
162I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
163I hate and abhor falsehood; butthy law do I love.
164Seven times a day do I praise thee, because of thy righteous judgments.
165Great peace have they which love thy law; and they have none occasion of stumbling.
166I have hoped for thy salvation, O LORD, and have done thy commandments.
167My soul hath observed thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.
168I have observed thy precepts and thy testimonies; for all my ways are before thee.
169Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.
170Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.
171Let my lips utter praise; for thou teachest me thy statutes.
172Let my tongue sing of thy word; for all thy commandments are righteousness.
173Let thine hand be ready to help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
174I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight.
175Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.
176I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.
This translation was first published in 1885. This public domain Bible translation is brought to you courtesy of eBible.org.
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