53 Faintness has taken hold of me, because of the sinners, those who abandon your law.
54 Your justifications were the subject of my worthy singing, in the place of my pilgrimage.
55 During the night, I remembered your name, O Lord, and I kept your law.
56 This has happened to me because I sought your justifications.
57 HETH. O Lord, my portion, I have said that I would keep your law.
58 I have beseeched your face with my whole heart. Be merciful to me according to your word.
59 I have considered my ways, and I have turned my feet toward your testimonies.
60 I have been prepared, and I have not been disturbed, so that I may keep your commandments.
61 The ropes of the impious have encircled me, and I have not forgotten your law.
62 I arose in the middle of the night to confess to you, over the judgments of your justification.
63 I am a partaker with all those who fear you and who keep your commandments.
64 The earth, O Lord, is full of your mercy. Teach me your justifications.
65 TETH. You have done well with your servant, O Lord, according to your word.
66 Teach me goodness and discipline and knowledge, for I have trusted your commandments.
67 Before I was humbled, I committed offenses; because of this, I have kept to your word.
68 You are good, so in your goodness teach me your justifications.
69 The iniquity of the arrogant has been multiplied over me. Yet I will examine your commandments with all my heart.
70 Their heart has been curdled like milk. Truly, I have meditated on your law.
71 It is good for me that you humbled me, so that I may learn your justifications.
72 The law of your mouth is good for me, beyond thousands of gold and silver pieces.
73 IOD. Your hands have created me and formed me. Give me understanding, and I will learn your commandments.
74 Those who fear you will see me, and they will rejoice. For I have greatly hoped in your words.
75 I know, O Lord, that your judgments are fairness. And in your truth, you have humbled me.
76 Let it be your mercy that consoles me, according to your eloquence to your servant.
77 Let your compassion draw near to me, and I will live. For your law is my meditation.
78 Let the arrogant be confounded, for unjustly they have done iniquity to me. But I will be trained in your commandments.
79 Let those who fear you turn to me, along with those who know your testimonies.
80 Let my heart be immaculate in your justifications, so that I may not be confounded.
81 CAPH. My soul has faltered in your salvation, yet in your word, I have hoped beyond hope.
82 My eyes have failed in your eloquence, saying, "When will you console me?"
83 For I have become like a wineskin in the frost. I have not forgotten your justifications.
84 How many are the days of your servant? When will you bring judgment against those who persecute me?
85 The iniquitous have spoken fables to me. But these are unlike your law.
86 All your commandments are truth. They have been persecuting me unjustly: assist me.
87 They have nearly consumed me on earth. Yet I have not forsaken your commandments.
88 Revive me according to your mercy. And I will keep the testimonies of your mouth.
89 LAMED. O Lord, your word remains firm in heaven, for all eternity.
90 Your truth is from generation to generation. You have founded the earth, and it remains firm.
91 By your ordinance, the day perseveres. For all things are in service to you.
92 If your law had not been my meditation, then perhaps I would have perished in my humiliation.
93 I will not forget your justifications, for eternity. For by them, you have enlivened me.
94 I am yours. Accomplish my salvation. For I have inquired into your justifications.
95 The sinners have waited for me, in order to destroy me. I have understood your testimonies.
96 I have seen the end of the consummation of all things. Your commandment is exceedingly broad.
97 MEM. How have I loved your law, O Lord? It is my meditation all day long.
98 By your commandment, you have made me able to see far, beyond my enemies. For it is with me for eternity.
99 I have understood beyond all my teachers. For your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I have understood beyond the elders. For I have searched your commandments.
101 I have prohibited my feet from every evil way, so that I may keep your words.
102 I have not declined from your judgments, because you have stationed a law for me.
103 How sweet is your eloquence to my palate, more so than honey to my mouth!
104 I obtained understanding by your commandments. Because of this, I have hated every way of iniquity.
105 NUN. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my paths.
106 I have sworn it, and so I am determined to keep the judgments of your justice.
107 I have been altogether humbled, Lord. Revive me according to your word.
108 Make the willing offerings of my mouth well pleasing, Lord, and teach me your judgments.
109 My soul is always in my hands, and I have not forgotten your law.
110 Sinners have set a snare for me, yet I have not strayed from your commandments.
111 I have acquired your testimonies as an inheritance unto eternity, because they are the exultation of my heart.
112 I have inclined my heart to do your justifications for eternity, as a recompense.
113 SAMECH. I have hated the iniquitous, and I have loved your law.
114 You are my helper and my supporter. And in your word, I have greatly hoped.
115 Turn away from me, you malignant ones. And I will examine the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me according to your eloquence, and I will live. And let me not be confounded in my expectation.
117 Help me, and I will be saved. And I will meditate always on your justifications.
118 You have despised all those who fell away from your judgments. For their intention is unjust.
119 I have considered all the sinners of the earth to be transgressors. Therefore, I have loved your testimonies.
120 Pierce my flesh with your fear, for I am afraid of your judgments.
121 AIN. I have accomplished judgment and justice. Do not hand me over to those who slander me.
122 Uphold your servant in what is good. And do not allow the arrogant to slander me.
123 My eyes have failed in your salvation and in the eloquence of your justice.
124 Deal with your servant according to your mercy, and teach me your justifications.
125 I am your servant. Give me understanding, so that I may know your testimonies.
126 It is time to act, O Lord. They have dissipated your law.
127 Therefore, I have loved your commandments beyond gold and topaz.
128 Because of this, I was directed toward all your commandments. I held hatred for every iniquitous way.
129 PHE. Your testimonies are wonderful. Therefore, my soul has been examined by them.
130 The declaration of your words illuminates, and it gives understanding to little ones.
131 I opened my mouth and drew breath, for I desired your commandments.
132 Gaze upon me and be merciful to me, according to the judgment of those who love your name.
133 Direct my steps according to your eloquence, and let no injustice rule over me.
134 Redeem me from the slanders of men, so that I may keep your commandments.
135 Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your justifications.
136 My eyes have gushed like springs of water, because they have not kept your law.
137 SADE. You are just, O Lord, and your judgment is right.
138 You have commanded justice: your testimonies and your truth even more so.
139 My zeal has caused me to pine away, because my enemies have forgotten your words.
140 Your eloquence has been greatly enflamed, and your servant has loved it.
141 I am young and treated with contempt. But I have not forgotten your justifications.
142 Your justice is justice for all eternity, and your law is truth.
143 Tribulation and anguish have found me. Your commandments are my meditation.
144 Your testimonies are fairness unto eternity. Give me understanding, and I will live.
145 COPH. I cried out with my whole heart. Heed me, O Lord. I will ask for your justifications.
146 I cried out to you. Save me, so that I may keep your commandments.
147 I arrived first in maturity, and so I cried out. For in your words, I have hoped beyond hope.
148 My eyes preceded the dawn for you, so that I might meditate on your eloquence.
149 Hear my voice according to your mercy, O Lord. And revive me according to your judgment.
150 Those who persecute me have drawn near to iniquity, but they been brought far from your law.
151 You are near, O Lord, and all your ways are truth.
152 I have known from the beginning about your testimonies. For you founded them in eternity.
153 RES. See my humiliation and rescue me, for I have not forgotten your law.
154 Judge my judgment and redeem me. Revive me because of your eloquence.
155 Salvation is far from sinners, because they have not inquired about your justifications.
156 Many are your mercies, O Lord. Enliven me according to your judgment.
157 Many are those who persecute me and who trouble me. I have not turned away from your testimonies.
158 I saw the prevaricators, and I pine away. For they have not kept your word.
1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63
10 And they all put diadems on themselves after his death, and their sons after them, for many years; and evils were multiplied on the earth.
11 And there went forth from among them a sinful root, Antiochus the illustrious, the son of king Antiochus, who had been a hostage at Rome. And he reigned in the one hundred and thirty-seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks.
12 In those days, there went forth from Israel sons of iniquity, and they persuaded many, saying: "Let us go and negotiate a covenant with the Gentiles that are all around us. For since we have withdrawn from them, many evils have found us."
13 And the word seemed good in their eyes.
14 And some of the people determined to do this, and they went to the king. And he gave them the power to act according to the justice of the Gentiles.
15 And they built a sports arena in Jerusalem, according to the laws of the Nations.
41 Her sanctuary was desolate, like a place of solitude, her feast days were turned into mourning, her sabbaths into disgrace, her honors into nothing.
42 Her shame was multiplied according to her glory, and her loftiness was turned into lamentation.
43 And king Antiochus wrote to all his kingdom, that all the people must be one, and that each one should relinquish his own law.
54 And these ordered the cities of Judah to sacrifice.
55 And many from the people, who had abandoned the law of the Lord, were gathered together by them. And they committed evils upon the land.
56 And they drove the people of Israel into hiding and into the secret places of fugitives.
57 On the fifteenth day of the month of Kislev, in the one hundred and forty-fifth year, king Antiochus set up the abominable idol of desolation on the altar of God, and they built altars throughout all the surrounding cities of Judah.
62 And on the twenty-fifth day of the month, they sacrificed on that altar which was opposite the high altar.
63 And the women who circumcised their sons were butchered, according to the order of king Antiochus.
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