1 Alleluia. ALEPH. Blessed are the immaculate in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
2 Blessed are those who examine his testimonies. They seek him with their whole heart.
3 For those who work iniquity have not walked in his ways.
4 You have ordered your commandments to be kept most diligently.
5 I wish that my ways may be directed so as to keep your justifications.
6 Then I will not be confounded, when I will look into all your commandments.
7 I will confess to you with honesty of heart. In this way, I have learned the judgments of your justice.
8 I will keep your justifications. Do not utterly abandon me.
9 BETH. By what does an adolescent correct his way? By keeping to your words.
10 With my whole heart, I have sought you. Do not let me be driven away from your commandments.
11 I have hidden your eloquence in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord. Teach me your justifications.
13 With my lips, I have pronounced all the judgments of your mouth.
14 I have been delighted in the way of your testimonies, as if in all riches.
15 I will be trained in your commandments, and I will consider your ways.
16 I will meditate on your justifications. I will not forget your words.
17 GHIMEL. Repay your servant, revive me; and I will keep your words.
18 Reveal to my eyes, and I will consider the wonders of your law.
19 I am a sojourner on the earth. Do not hide your commandments from me.
20 My soul has longed to desire your justifications at all times.
21 You have rebuked the arrogant. Those who decline from your commandments are accursed.
22 Take me away from disgrace and contempt, for I have sought your testimonies.
23 For even the leaders sat and spoke against me. But your servant has been trained in your justifications.
24 For your testimonies are also my meditation, and your justifications are my counsel.
25 DALETH. My soul has adhered to the pavement. Revive me according to your word.
26 I have declared my ways, and you have heeded me. Teach me your justifications.
27 Instruct me in the way of your justifications, and I will be trained in your wonders.
28 My soul has slumbered because of weariness. Confirm me in your words.
29 Remove the way of iniquity from me, and have mercy on me by your law.
30 I have chosen the way of truth. I have not forgotten your judgments.
31 I have adhered to your testimonies, O Lord. Do not be willing to confound me.
32 I have run by way of your commandments, when you enlarged my heart.
33 HE. O Lord, place the law before me, the way of your justifications, and I will always inquire into it.
34 Give me understanding, and I will examine your law. And I will keep it with my whole heart.
35 Lead me according to the path of your commandments, for I have desired this.
36 Bend my heart with your testimonies, and not with avarice.
37 Turn my eyes away, lest they see what is vain. Revive me in your way.
38 Station your eloquence with your servant, along with your fear.
39 Cut off my disgrace, which I have taken up, for your judgments are delightful.
40 Behold, I have longed for your commandments. Revive me in your fairness.
41 VAU. And let your mercy overwhelm me, O Lord: your salvation according to your eloquence.
42 And I will respond to those who reproach me by word, for I have hoped in your words.
43 And do not utterly take away the word of truth from my mouth. For in your judgments, I have hoped beyond hope.
44 And I will always keep your law, in this age and forever and ever.
Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13
1 Just as with the dividing of the waters, so also is the heart of the king in the hand of the Lord. He shall bend it whichever way he wills.
2 Every way of a man seems right to himself. But the Lord weighs hearts.
3 To do mercy and judgment is more pleasing to the Lord than sacrifices.
4 To lift up the eyes is to enlarge the heart. The lamp of the impious is sin.
5 The intentions of the robust continually bring forth abundance. But all the lazy are continually in need.
6 Whoever gathers treasures by a lying tongue is vain and heartless. And he will stumble into the snares of death.
10 The soul of the impious desires evil; he will not take pity on his neighbor.
11 When the pestilent is punished, a little one will become wiser. And if he pursues what is wise, he will receive knowledge.
12 The just thinks carefully about the house of the impious, so that he may draw the impious away from evil.
13 Whoever blocks his ears to the outcry of the poor shall also cry out himself, and he will not be heeded.
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