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Psalms 119:136-144

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119:136 Tears stream down from my eyes, 1 

because people 2  do not keep your law.

צ (Tsade)

119:137 You are just, O Lord,

and your judgments are fair.

119:138 The rules you impose are just, 3 

and absolutely reliable.

119:139 My zeal 4  consumes 5  me,

for my enemies forget your instructions. 6 

119:140 Your word is absolutely pure,

and your servant loves it!

119:141 I am insignificant and despised,

yet I do not forget your precepts.

119:142 Your justice endures, 7 

and your law is reliable. 8 

119:143 Distress and hardship confront 9  me,

yet I find delight in your commands.

119:144 Your rules remain just. 10 

Give me insight so that I can live. 11 

1 tn Heb “[with] flowing streams my eyes go down.”

2 tn Heb “they”; even though somewhat generic, the referent (people) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Heb “you commanded [in] justice your rules.”

4 tn or “zeal.”

5 tn Heb “destroys,” in a hyperbolic sense.

6 tn Heb “your words.”

7 tn Heb “your justice [is] justice forever.”

8 tn Or “truth.”

9 tn Heb “find.”

10 tn Heb “just are your rules forever.”

11 tn The cohortative verbal form with vav (ו) conjunctive indicates purpose/result after the preceding imperative.



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