Mem

MEM–  מ

97-104

97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. 98Thou through thy commandments hast made 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 ancients, because I keep thy precepts. 101I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. 102I have not departed from thy judgments; for thou hast taught me. 103How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104Through thy precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

 My heart swells with love and appreciation as I study your law.  Indeed, my mind is now filled with your word all the day long. You have tuned my senses to desire it above all else.

Therefore, as your word is continually in my mind, active to guide and advise me in all matters of life, I rise above the rage and confusion of my adversaries, since they reject your wisdom. You have blessed me with good teachers. Yet as I perform your Word and grow in maturity, I understand that it is you who have been my chief teacher all along.  I have attained the wisdom normally reserved for the experienced in age, for by your Word you enable me to avoid the deceits of wickedness.

In fact, Your Word has taught me how to do battle with every evil so that I am bold against it; I have not been lured by lies nor have I stumbled in ignorance. You, my Teacher, have done this for me!

How sweet your words have become to me as I study them and keep them!  Where once I dutifully kept your word, now I do so because I have tasted their sweetness and promise to my soul; they have brought life and deep understanding.  That is why I see and hate every false way that would take me from You. I love thy law!

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