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SIN AND SHINש

161-168

161Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word. 162I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. 163I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law. 164Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws. 165Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. 166I wait for your salvation, LORD, and I follow your commands. 167I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly. 168I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you. (NIV)


PRAYER: O, Lord, my God, powerful people, respected in this world and in authority over me–those who should shepherd me–gnash their teeth against me without just cause. This betrayal from unexpected places threatens to shake my resolve and I would react impulsively; but Your word is greater and my heart remains fixed in awe and obedience (Matt 10:28; Isaiah 8:12-13).

Your word brings joy to my heart like one who has won the highest prize on a field of battle; for I am indeed in inner and outer turmoil, but your word must command me. I reject and utterly find repulsive all falsehood and heart-corruption, including my own mortal tendency to react; it is a deadly poison. I immediately then draw near Your Word in deep gratefulness for its truth and choose it above all else.  All day long I find reason to praise and thank you for your righteous counsel, for Your Words bring great peace to those who love them (Phil 4:4-9). Though wars rage, your word steadies me and keeps me from impulses that dishonor you and disqualify me.

Your gracious and eternal salvation, though sometimes clouded in mist to my senses, is always before me as my sure and only goal, O LORD; I rest my hope and faith in You as I follow Your law. My heart rejoices to keep your statutes, for I love them more than life.  I keep your admonition and counsel close to my heart and mind. My life is an open book to you; you know my heart.

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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 BibleStudyTools.com for the (RVR).


SIN and SHIN – 161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause, but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.  162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. 163 I hate and abhor lying; but thy law do I love. 164 Seven times a day I do praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. 165Great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them. 166 LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation,  and done thy commandments. 167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. 168I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies, for all my ways are before thee. (KJV)

SIN and SHIN – 161Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words. 162I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil. 163I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law. 164Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules. 165Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. 166I hope for your salvation, O LORD, and I do your commandments. 167My soul keeps your testimonies; I love them exceedingly. 168I keep your precepts and testimonies, for all my ways are before you. (ESV)

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161 SIN. Príncipes me han perseguido sin causa; Mas mi corazón tuvo temor de tus palabras.

162 Gózome yo en tu palabra, Como el que halla muchos despojos.

163 La mentira aborrezco y abomino: Tu ley amo.

164 Siete veces al día te alabo Sobre los juicios de tu justicia.

165 Mucha paz tienen los que aman tu ley; Y no hay para ellos tropiezo.

166 Tu salud he esperado, oh Jehová; Y tus mandamientos he puesto por obra.

167 Mi alma ha guardado tus testimonios, Y helos amado en gran manera.

168 Guardado he tus mandamientos y tus testimonios; Porque todos mis caminos están delante de ti. (RVR)

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