153Look on my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law. 154Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise. 155Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek out your decrees. 156Your compassion, LORD, is great; preserve my life according to your laws. 157Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statutes. 158I look on the faithless with loathing, for they do not obey your word. 159See how I love your precepts; preserve my life, LORD, in accordance with your love. 160All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal. (NIV)

PRAYER: Heavenly Father! See my suffering, LORD; turn your gaze full upon me–do not look away as others do! Deliver me, for even now I do not give up on Your Word.  In your court of justice, plead my cause according to your promise; I am powerless and need you to redeem me from the grave. Give me the true life you hold out to me in your Word!

Though it looks otherwise, there is no salvation for the wicked who reject your word. I do not fear or revere them, for they will utterly fall.  But your tender mercies, O LORD, are great and everlasting; therefore I look to you alone for my very life according to your testimonies. My persecutors and those who fight against me abound and assail me, but still I do not turn to the right or the left from your law.  In fact, my soul is deeply grieved at their rejection of your commands. I tremble with the awesome consequences of your justice against the wicked; a holy zeal burns hot in my heart and I rebuke them with the truth of Your Word!

Think upon me then, Lord, and consider my heart you have tuned to love your commands (Deut 6:5; 10:12). I am desperate for the life that you give in your steadfast love and kindness.  From beginning to end, your word is faithful and true; I rest in every one of your righteous testimonies, for your word endures forever.

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Translations – KJV, ESV, RVR

NOTE: The King James Version (KJV) and the 1960 La Biblia Reina-Valera – Español (RVR) are in the public domain. Thanks to for the (RVR).

RESH – 153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me; for I do not forget thy law. 154 Plead my cause, and deliver me; quicken me according to thy word! 155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they seek not thy statutes.  156 Great is thy tender mercies, O LORD; quicken me according to thy judgments. 157Many are my persecutors and mine enemies, yet I do not decline from thy testimonies. 158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.  159 Consider how I love thy precepts; quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness. 160 Thy word is true from the beginning; and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. (KJV)

RESH – 153Look upon my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law. 154Plead my cause and redeem me; give me life according to your promise! 155Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek your statutes. 156Great is your mercy, O LORD; give me life according to your rules. 157Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from your testimonies. 158I look at the faithless with disgust, because they do not keep your commands. 159Consider how I love your precepts! Give me life according to your steadfast love. 160The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. (ESV)

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153 RESH. Mira mi aflicción, y líbrame; Porque de tu ley no me he olvidado.

154 Aboga mi causa, y redímeme: Vivifícame con tu dicho.

155 Lejos está de los impíos la salud; Porque no buscan tus estatutos.

156 Muchas son tus misericordias, oh Jehová: Vivifícame conforme á tus juicios.

157 Muchos son mis perseguidores y mis enemigos; Mas de tus testimonios no me he apartado.

158 Veía á los prevaricadores, y carcomíame; Porque no guardaban tus palabras.

159 Mira, oh Jehová, que amo tus mandamientos: Vivifícame conforme á tu misericordia.

160 El principio de tu palabra es verdad; Y eterno es todo juicio de tu justicia. (RVR)