Saturday, June 11, 2016

Shavuot - A Gift

Hebrew letters read Shavuot

Tomorrow, June 12, 2016, will mark my second year of observing Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, that is written about in the Torah.

And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths.
‘Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to יהוה.
‘Bring from your dwellings for a wave offering two loaves of bread, of two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour they are, baked with leaven, first-fruits to יהוה.
‘And besides the bread, you shall bring seven lambs a year old, perfect ones, and one young bull and two rams. They are a burnt offering to יהוה, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to יהוה.
‘And you shall offer one male goat as a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old, as a peace offering.
‘And the priest shall wave them, besides the bread of the first-fruits, as a wave offering before יהוה, besides the two lambs. They are set-apart to יהוה for the priest.
‘And on this same day you shall proclaim a set-apart gathering for yourselves, you do no servile work on it – a law forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.
‘And when you reap the harvest of your land do not completely reap the corners of your field when you reap, and do not gather any gleaning from your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the stranger. I am יהוה your Elohim.’ ”

  Count seven weeks for yourself. Begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain.
“And you shall perform the Festival of Weeks to יהוה your Elohim, according to the voluntary offering from your hand, which you give as יהוה your Elohim blesses you.

“And you shall rejoice before יהוה your Elohim, you and your son and your daughter, and your male servant and your female servant, and the Lĕwite who is within your gates, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are in your midst, at the place where יהוה your Elohim chooses to make His Name dwell.

“And you shall remember that you were a slave in Mitsrayim [Egypt], and you shall guard and do these laws.

Shavuot, better known as Pentecost by mainstream Christianity, is the anniversary of when Yeshua sent the Promise of the Father - the Holy Spirit- to His Followers.  It is apparent that Yeshua desired His Followers to continue keeping Shavuot even after His death, burial, resurrection and ascension, and we can read about that in the New Testament writings: 

 But the Helper, the Set-apart Spirit, whom the Father shall send in My Name, He shall teach you all, and remind you of all that I said to you.

 And He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all have to be filled that were written in the Torah of Mosheh and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,

and said to them, “Thus it has been written, and so it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise again from the dead the third day,

and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His Name to all nations, beginning at Yerushalayim.

“And you are witnesses of these matters.

And see, I am sending the Promise of My Father upon you, but you are to remain in the city of Yerushalayim until you are clothed with power from on high.”

And He led them out as far as Bĕyth Anyah, and lifting up His hands He blessed them.

And it came to be, while He was blessing them, that He was parted from them and was taken up into the heaven.

And they, having bowed down to Him, returned to Yerushalayim with great joy,

and were continually in the Set-apart Place praising and blessing Elohim. Amĕn.
[bold mine] 

 And meeting with them, He commanded them not to leave Yerushalayim, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which you have heard from Me –because Yoḥanan truly immersed in water, but you shall be immersed in the Set-apart Spirit not many days from now.”So when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Master, would You at this time restore the reign to Yisra’ĕl?”And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Set-apart Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Yerushalayim, and in all Yehuḏah and Shomeron, and to the end of the earth.”
 Acts 1:4-8 (ISR)
[bold mine]

 And when the Day of the Festival of Weeks had come, they were all with one mind in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from the heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and settled on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Set-apart Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them to speak.
Now in Yerushalayim there were dwelling Yehuḏim, dedicated men from every nation under the heaven.
And when this sound came to be, the crowd came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
 [bold mine]

On my 1st Shavuot, I awoke to a great wind blowing through the trees of the camp!

 We see that the Followers of Messiah received the Promised One, the Holy Spirit, because they were obedient to the command of Yeshua.  Yeshua made it clear that He only said and did what the Father commanded: 

 And if anyone hears My Words but does not watch over them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
“He who rejects Me, and does not receive My Words, has one who judges him: the Word that I have spoken shall judge him in the last day.
Because I spoke not from Myself, but the Father who sent Me has given Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
“And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, as the Father has said to Me, so I speak.”
[bold mine]

Of Myself I am unable to do any matter. As I hear, I judge, and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own desire, but the desire of the Father who sent Me.

 יהושע [Yeshua] said these words, and lifted up His eyes to the heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come. Esteem Your Son, so that Your Son also might esteem You,
as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give everlasting life to all whom You have given Him.And this is everlasting life, that they should know You, the only true Elohim, and יהושע Messiah whom You have sent. I have esteemed You on the earth, having accomplished the work You have given Me that I should do. And now, esteem Me with Yourself, Father, with the esteem which I had with You before the world was. I have revealed Your Name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have guarded Your Word. Now they have come to know that all You gave to Me, is from You. Because the Words which You gave to Me, I have given to them. And they have received them, and have truly known that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me."
John 17:1-8 (ISR)
[bold mine]
This was prophesied by YHVH in Deuteronomy: 

 I shall raise up for them a Prophet like you out of the midst of their brothers. And I shall put My Words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.
And it shall be, the man who does not listen to My Words which He speaks in My Name, I require it of him.
[bold mine]

 So, when Yeshua commanded His Followers to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit, He was essentially reminding them to keep Shavuot!  

Another fascinating aspect of Shavuot is that it is traditionally thought to also be the anniversary of when YHVH gave the Torah to Moses and all the Israelites!  So when we observe Shavuot today, we are celebrating the giving of the Word (Torah) of YHVH, which in Psalm 119:142 is defined as TRUTH: "Your righteousness is righteousness forever, And Your Torah is truth." AND we are celebrating the giving of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1-2 again)! 

Yeshua said this about true worshipers: 

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father also does seek such to worship Him. Elohim is Spirit, and those who worship Him need to worship in spirit and truth.

There are so many fascinating aspects of Shavuot, but I don't feel that I can adequately communicate them myself just yet.  I highly encourage you to examine the Scriptures for yourself to see what is written about Shavuot and the other Feasts of YHVH.  All I can say is that since I have started trying to live my life more Biblically,  

I have had more joy, more peace, more contentment, and have been more certain of my relationship with the Father than ever before! 

Do I have everything figured out? No. But the joy of learning and implementing what I do understand has been more exhilarating than anything else I've ever experienced.  The only thing that comes close in comparison is when I gave birth to my children.  I had no clue how to be a parent, but I knew that what I held in my arms was more precious than my own life!  I knew that I wanted to guard them with everything in my being.  And that is how I feel about the Gift of Life YHVH has given to me through Yeshua - His Living Torah!  

I love Him and I want to guard His Torah! 

   Teach me, O יהוה, the way of Your laws, And I observe it to the end.Make me understand, that I might observe Your Torah, And guard it with all my heart.
Psalm 119:33-34 (ISR)

For some great teachings on Shavuot I recommend the following: 

and these: 

I just wanted to add a little disclaimer of sorts.  I use as a spring board for learning the above teachings on Shavuot, and with any other posts/subjects that I share here.  I don't necessarily agree with everything that any one teacher has to say.  

Be a Berean! Shalom!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A Lesson Learned from a Pagan Queen

Queen Vashti from movie One Night with the King

I wanted to share with you something that came to my mind recently.  It includes a small, yet very important passage of Scripture that can be found in the Book of Esther. 

On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha and Abagtha, Zethar and Carkas, the seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus, to bring Queen Vashti before the king with her royal crown, in order to show the peoples and the princes her beauty, for she was lovely to look at. But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command delivered by the eunuchs. At this the king became enraged, and his anger burned within him. 

It has been speculated, and I do stress speculated (because no one knows for certain) that the queen refused to appear because the king had commanded that she appear wearing ONLY her crown!  The reason for this speculation is because the context of this account makes note that a very lengthy party had been taking place, so the king and his guests were very drunk!  It is assumed that Queen Vashti was aware of this, and did not want to be gawked at by a bunch of inebriated men!  Let’s assume that these speculations are true, and that she chose to refuse the king’s request to maintain her dignity.

The reason I bring this up is because now that summer is upon us, most people will be dressing, shall I say – less.  

It is very tempting to go around with shorter sleeves, shorter pants, and of course for many – no sleeves and no pants! By that I mean that many girls and women will choose to wear bikinis to the pool and/or beach.  Most guys will choose to go around shirtless, and while it’s not typically considered as big a deal for men as it is for women, this message is meant for men as well. 

I know this is not a pleasant topic, and some people will tune this message out.  But let me use the words of the Apostle Paul: “I beseech you!” Please hear me out. 

If you are a Follower of Messiah Yeshua, you are royalty!  You are a Son or Daughter of God Most High (El Shaddai)!  You are His representative on this earth, and you have been entrusted with the Divine Message of His Kingdom.  Therefore, you must dress the part! You must maintain your dignity and not give others the opportunity to gawk at your body. This deflects from that Divine Message.  

Your body is the Temple of YHVH, and if you were to study how the Temple was to be approached, you would realize just how seriously the King takes the treatment of His Temple!  Our King is set-apart from the world.  He has commanded that His children be set-apart from the world.  This is not merely a suggestion!  

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”  

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.’ 

I’m not going to harp on this subject of holiness and modesty, but I do want to challenge you to search your heart.  Better yet – ask YHVH to search your heart: 

Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart. 

Dressing modestly maintains your dignity as child of Royalty.  It reflects self-worth, self-confidence, and a love and respect for yourself, and more importantly - for your King.  

Queen Vashti, a pagan queen with no relationship to the One True King (as far as we know), seemingly had the desire to maintain her dignity. I think that is a great lesson for us today! 

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Yeshua's Robe

I see Yeshua ahead of me.  He is encompassed with light. He IS the Light.  If I look to the left I see nothing but darkness.  If I look to the right- again - darkness.  I remember the Father’s warning, “Only be strong and very courageous, to guard to do according to all the Torah which Moses My servant commanded you. Do not turn from it right or left, so that you act wisely wherever you go.”  So I again look ahead and I see Yeshua. His robe is bright and it lights up the path before me. Up ahead I see green pastures and still waters.  Peace and comfort wash over me.  

Then I notice that Yeshua has stretched out His hand toward me, beckoning me to take it and to walk with Him.  I know that I am going to go.  Where else would I go?  If I stay where I am while He moves forward, eventually I will be left alone in the pervading darkness.  I want to be with Him, so I take His hand. As we walk, I begin to more closely observe His Robe.  Before, all I could see was the brightness.  Up close, however, I see the details of the fabric.  The entirety of the robe is inscribed with beautiful Hebraic words. Some words I recognize, others, not so much.  On the back and at the top of the robe I do recognize the Hebrew letters:


"I am the Aleph and the Tav, the First and the Last. I am the Beginning and the End.” Yes, I am following the Right Person! The other inscriptions I recognize as Hebrew as well, I just don’t yet know their meaning.  But wait. With each step Yeshua takes, His robe moves along with His rhythm. And as it sways I can see the letters and words transforming from Hebrew to English, then back to Hebrew.  Knowing that I noticed this, He smiles.  I see the words, “righteousness”, “light”, “life”, “way”, “path”, “commandments”, “truth”, “liberty”, “delight”, “understanding”, “trustworthy”, “wondrous”, “straight”, “peace”.  Then I notice the tassels adorning the corners of His garment.  They glisten in the most beautiful shade of blue I’ve ever seen!  I look more closely and delicately inscribed on each thread I read:

I am YHVH your Elohim

Have no other mighty ones beside Me

Do not bring the Name of YHVH your Elohim to naught

Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart

Respect your father and your mother

Do not murder

Do not commit adultery

Do not steal

Do not bear false witness against your neighbor

Do not covet your neighbor’s possessions

Love YHVH with all your heart, all your soul, and all your might

Love your neighbor as yourself

Yeshua’s beautiful robe is fashioned from His Torah!  He is walking in the Torah!  His Torah is lighting the path as He leads the way – to the Father!  Again, He smiles and then He nods His head.  His eyes twinkle with delight because I finally understand what He has been saying all along: 

My Word is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path.

For the commandment is a lamp, and the Torah a light.

I am your Light and your Deliverance, whom should you fear?

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  You will get to the Father by Me!

Great peace have those loving My Torah, and for them there is no stumbling-block.

I am the Light of the world. Follow Me and you will not walk in darkness, but you will possess the light of life. 

Yes, I am so glad that I took His hand.  I am His and He is mine!  Apart from Him I can do nothing, but with Him, and I can do all things!  Now that I’ve trusted Him enough to follow Him, I am clothed in His Righteousness – His Torah. His Torah is the Way.  His Torah is the Truth.  His Torah is the Life.  Yeshua is the Torah! 

“I greatly rejoice in YHVH; my being exults in my Elohim. For He has put garments of deliverance on me, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)

“My eyes have pined away for Your deliverance, and for the word of Your righteousness.  Do with Your servant according to Your loving-commitment, and teach me Your laws. I am Your servant – make me understand, that I might know Your witnesses. It is time for YHVH to act! For they have broken Your Torah. Therefore I have loved Your commands more than gold, even fine gold! Therefore all Your orders I count as right; I have hated every false way.  Your witnesses are wonders; so my being observes them.  The opening up of Your words gives light, giving understanding to the simple.  I have opened my mouth and panted, for I have longed for Your commands.  Turn to me and show me favour, according to Your right-ruling, toward those who love Your Name.  Establish my footsteps by Your word, and let no wickedness have rule over me. Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I might guard Your orders.  Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your laws.”  (Psalm 119:123-135)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CRISIS - 911

You might think I'm weird for what I'm about to confess.  Although, I could be wrong about that. Perhaps there are more people who have had similar experiences and I have just been unaware of it.  The thing is, for the last several months, I have been seeing the same numbers whenever I "happen" to check the time, or even just out and about I will see them on a sign, license tag, whatever.  One group of numbers that I have seen repeatedly are the numbers 911.

I haven't really known what to think about seeing these numbers so frequently.  I didn't want to be "one of those people" who make a big deal of things like that.  But it happened so often that it was really starting to make me wonder.  Is Yehovah (YHVH) trying to tell me something?  If so...then what?  So I started praying about it, asking YHVH what, if anything, He is trying to reveal to me.

Nothing.  For the longest time, I heard nothing from Him about those numbers.  So, I tried to forget about it.

Until this morning.

Once again, I casually glanced at the clock - 9:11.  I admit that I felt a bit exacerbated because I still didn't know why this was happening so often.  I decided to stop what I was doing and get on my knees to pray about it.

I cried out: "Abba!  I confess the frustration I just felt at seeing those numbers again. I just don't know why it keeps happening, and I don't know what You want me to do about it.  So, I am coming to You in prayer. Holy Spirit, please help me to pray in accordance to Abba's will."

I continued praying: "Abba, to me the numbers 911 represent crisis.  Please, Abba, confront your pastors and teachers that they should be teaching the truth. It says right there in Psalm 119 - Your Torah is truth!"

Then it hit me! I saw it in my mind...

...911 is backwards for 119! 

We, the Body of Messiah, have been living life backwards and it has created a CRISIS! 

The vast majority of Believers have been taught from their youth that post crucifixion and resurrection of Yeshua, the Torah (aka Law) is no longer relevant to us  We hear the words of the Apostle Paul twisted and misunderstood when we are told that he said, "The Law was done away with!", or "The Law was nailed to the cross, so we no longer HAVE to live under that yoke of slavery!"

We are told, and so we believe, that now we are "free" to eat whatever we want to eat, because "Jesus declared all foods clean". Even IF Yeshua said those words in Mark 7:19, which He didn't (those words are in italics for a reason), "food" IS clean per Leviticus 11. Anything unclean is NOT food.

Another teaching that has pervaded the Church is that we can choose ANY day of the week to be our Sabbath.  Or we don't need to worry at all about literally resting on any day of the week, because in Hebrews it says that "Jesus IS our rest".  

But none of that is what the Bible says! 

We are also told and think - and someone just the other day said these very words to my husband - that "We CAN'T possibly keep the Law", so then why should we worry about it?  Well, if that is really your line of thinking, then you need to add Philippians 4:13 to your list of "no longer relevant to me" Scriptures: 

I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 (ESV) 

And look at Zacharias and Elizabeth, who, as we are told in Luke 1:6

And they were both righteous before Elohim, blamelessly walking in all the commands and righteousnesses of   יהוה

Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, repeatedly, and I do mean REPEATEDLY, calls the Torah:

  • a LIGHT
  • GOOD
  • LIFE
  • a LAMP
  • a HELP
  • and lasting FOREVER
I have been doing (and plan on continuing) a lot of research into WHEN the twisted line of thinking concerning YHVH's Torah took place. I pretty much know the when - and it wasn't very long after the ascension of Yeshua!  But I will continue researching the matter because I want to know the details.

The bottom line is this, we need to heed the words of our Messiah Yeshua:

 So remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the first works, or else I shall come to you speedily and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent
Revelation 2:5 (ISR) 

 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens.
Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’
And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!
As well as the words of John:
 Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
1 John 3:4 (ISR) 

If you are not quite to the place of believing that ALL of the Scriptures are relevant to you as a Follower of Messiah, please at least consider it.  Pray about it. Ask the Father to give you understanding and for the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth.

Remember that the Scriptures are what we call the "Old Testament".  When Timothy referred to the Scriptures, the Old Testament is all that they had at the time.

 All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ISR) italics mine
The italicized words sure do reflect Psalm 119, don't they? 

Please understand that I don't consider myself as having it all figured out just yet.  I am still seeking and learning just HOW to live out the Torah.  But I do believe with every ounce of my being that we are currently experiencing crisis upon crisis because we have been living life backwards! 

Blessed 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.