This psalm is special, it has as many paragraphs of eight verses as letters of the Hebrew alphabet. And this is established in the order of the Hebrew alphabet (which comprises only consonants or assimilated). The eight verses of each of the paragraphs thus defined begin with the letter associated with that paragraph.
For each paragraph of 8 verses, we indicate beforehand the letter of the Hebrew alphabet with which it is associated. We also indicate the number of each verse as well as the numeric value usually associated with the key letter of the paragraph (gematria).
First part (11 sections of 8 verses, 88 verses):
Letter Aleph א, numerical value 1:
1 – Praiseworthy are those whose way is perfect, who walk with the law of the Lord.
2 – Praiseworthy are those who keep His testimonies; who seek Him wholeheartedly.
3 – Not only have they committed no injustice, they walked in His ways.
4 – You commanded Your precepts, to keep diligently.
5 – My prayers are that my ways should be established, to keep Your statutes.
6 – Then I shall not be ashamed when I look at all Your commandments.
7 – I shall thank You with an upright heart when I learn the judgments of Your righteousness.
8 – I shall keep Your statutes; do not forsake me utterly.
Letter Beth ב, numerical value 2
9 – In what manner should a youth purify his way? To observe according to Your word.
10 – With all my heart I searched for You; do not cause me to stray from Your commandments.
11 – In my heart I hid Your word, in order that I should not sin against You.
12 – Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes.
13 – With my lips I recited all the judgments of Your mouth.
14 – With the way of Your testimonies I rejoiced as over all riches.
15 – Concerning Your precepts I shall converse, and I shall look at Your ways.
16 – With Your statutes I shall occupy myself; I shall not forget Your speech.
Letter Gimel ג, numerical value 3
17 – Bestow kindness upon Your servant; I shall live and I shall keep Your word.
18 – Uncover my eyes and I shall look at hidden things from Your Torah.
19 – I am a stranger in the land; do not hide Your commandments from me.
20 – My soul is crushed from longing for Your judgments at all times.
21 – You shall rebuke cursed willful sinners who stray from Your commandments.
22 – Remove from me disgrace and contempt, for I kept Your testimonies.
23 – Although princes sat and talked about me, Your servant conversed about Your statutes.
24 – Also, Your testimonies are my affairs, men of my counsel.
Letter Dalet ד, numerical value 4
25 – My soul clung to the dust; revive me according to Your word.
26 – I told of my ways, and You answered me; teach me Your statutes.
27 – Make me understand Your precepts, and I shall speak of Your wonders.
28 – My soul drips from grief; sustain me according to Your word.
29 – Remove from me the way of falsehood, and favor me with Your Torah.
30 – I chose the way of faith; Your judgments I have set [before me].
31 – I clung to Your testimonies; O Lord; put me not to shame.
32 – [In] the way of Your commandments I shall run, for You will broaden my understanding.
Letter Hè ה, numerical value 5
33 – Instruct me, O Lord, [in] the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it at every step.
34 – Enable me to understand and I shall keep Your Torah, and I shall keep it wholeheartedly.
35 – Lead me in the path of Your commandments for I desired it.
36 – Extend my heart to Your testimonies and not to monetary gain.
37 – Turn away my eyes from seeing vanity; with Your ways sustain me.
38 – Fulfill for Your servant Your word that is for Your fear.
39 – Remove my disgrace, which I feared, for Your judgments are good.
40 – Behold, I longed for Your precepts; with Your righteousness sustain me.
Letter Vav ו, numerical value 6
41 – And may Your acts of kindness befall me, O Lord, Your salvation according to Your word.
42 – And I shall answer a word to those who disgrace me, for I trusted in Your word.
43 – And do not take out utterly from my mouth a word of truth, because I hoped for Your words.
44 – And I shall keep Your Torah constantly, forever and ever.
45 – And I shall walk in widely accepted ways, for I sought Your precepts.
46 – And I shall speak of Your testimonies in the presence of kings, and I shall not be ashamed.
47 – And I shall engage in Your commandments, which I love.
48 – And I shall lift up my palms to Your commandments, which I love, and I shall converse about Your statutes.
Letter Zayin ז, numerical value 7
49 – Remember a word to Your servant, through which You gave me hope.
50 – This is my consolation in my affliction, for Your word has sustained me.
51 – Willful sinners derided me greatly; I did not turn away from Your Torah.
52 – I remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord, and I was consoled.
53 – Quaking gripped me because of the wicked men who abandoned Your Torah.
54 – Your statutes were to me as songs in the house of my sojournings.
55 – At night I remembered Your name, O Lord, and I kept Your Torah.
56 – This came to me because I kept Your precepts.
Letter Hèt ח, numerical value 8
57 – « The Lord is my portion, » I said, to keep Your words.
58 – I entreated You with all my heart; favor me according to Your word.
59 – I considered my ways, and I returned my feet to Your testimonies.
60 – I hastened and did not delay to keep Your commandments.
61 – Bands of wicked men robbed me; I did not forget Your Torah.
62 – At midnight, I rise to give thanks to You for Your just judgments.
63 – I am a companion to all who fear You and to those who keep your precepts.
64 – O Lord, the earth is full of Your kindness; teach me Your statutes.
Letter Tèt ט, numerical value 9
65 – You have done good with Your servant, O Lord, according to Your word.
66 – The best of reason and knowledge, teach me for I believe in Your commandments.
67 – Before I recited, I erred, but now I keep Your word.
68 – You are good and You do good; teach me Your statutes.
69 – Willful sinners have heaped false accusations upon me, but I keep your precepts wholeheartedly.
70 – Thick like fat is their heart, but I engage in Your Torah.
71 – It is good for me that I was afflicted, in order that I learn Your statutes.
72 – The instruction of Your mouth is better for me than thousands of gold and silver.
Letter Yod י, numerical value 10
73 – Your hands made me and fashioned me; enable me to understand, and I shall learn Your commandments.
74 – Those who fear You will see me and rejoice for I hoped for Your word.
75 – I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are just, and in faith You afflicted me.
76 – May Your kindness be [upon me] now to comfort me, as Your word to Your servant.
77 – May Your mercy come upon me so that I shall live, for Your Torah is my occupation.
78 – May the willful sinners be shamed for they condemned me falsely; I shall converse about Your precepts.
79 – May those who fear You and those who know Your testimonies return to me.
80 – May my heart be perfect in Your statutes in order that I not be shamed.
Letter Kaf כ, numerical value 20
81 – My soul pines for Your salvation; for Your word I hope.
82 – My eyes pine for Your word, saying, « When will You console me? »
83 – For I have become like a wineskin in smoke; I have not forgotten Your statutes.
84 – How many are Your servant’s days? When will You execute judgments upon my pursuers?
85 – Willful sinners have dug pits for me, which is not according to Your Torah.
86 – All Your commandments are faithful; they pursued me in vain; help me.
87 – They almost destroyed me on earth, but I did not forsake Your precepts.
88 – According to Your kindness, sustain me, and I shall keep the testimony of Your mouth.
Second part (11 sections of 8 verses, 88 verses):
Letter Lamed ל, numerical value 30
89 – Forever, O Lord, Your word stands in the heavens.
90 – Your faith is to every generation; You established the earth and it endures.
91 – For Your judgments they stand today, for all are Your servants.
92 – Were not Your Torah my occupation, then I would have perished in my affliction.
93 – I shall never forget Your precepts for through them You have sustained me.
94 – I am Yours; save me for I sought Your precepts.
95 – Concerning me: the wicked hoped to destroy me; I shall ponder Your testimonies.
96 – Of every finite thing I have seen the end; Your commandments are very broad.
Letter Mem מ, numerical value 40
97 – How I love Your Torah! All day it is my conversation.
98 – Each of Your commandments makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always mine.
99 – From all my teachers I gained understanding, for Your testimonies are my conversation.
100 – From the wise elders I gain understanding, for I kept Your precepts.
101 – From every evil way I restrained my feet in order that I keep Your word.
102 – From Your judgments I did not turn away, for You guided me.
103 – How sweet are Your words to my palate, more than honey to my mouth!
104 – From Your precepts I shall gain understanding; therefore, I hate all ways of falsehood.
Letter Noun נ, numerical value 50
105 – Your words are a lamp for my foot, and light for my path.
106 – I swore and I fulfilled, to keep the judgments of Your righteousness.
107 – I have been exceedingly humbled; O Lord, sustain me according to Your word.
108 – The freewill offerings of my mouth accept now, O Lord, and teach me Your judgments.
109 – My soul is constantly in my hand, and I have not forgotten Your Torah.
110 – The wicked laid a snare for me, but I did not stray from Your precepts.
111 – I inherited Your testimonies forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
112 – I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever on their paths.
Letter Samech ס, numerical value 60
113 – I hate those who harbor iniquitous thoughts, but Your Torah I love.
114 – You are my protection and my shield; I hoped for Your word.
115 – Go away from me, you evildoers, and I shall keep the commandments of my God.
116 – Support me as Your word, and I shall live, and do not put me to shame because of my hope.
117 – Sustain me and I shall be saved, and I shall constantly engage in Your statutes.
118 – You trampled all who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is false.
119 – As dross, You cut off all the wicked of the earth; therefore I love Your testimonies.
120 – My flesh bristles from fear of You, and I dread Your judgments.
Letter Haïn ע, numerical value 70
121 – I performed justice and righteousness; do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 – Be surety for Your servant for good; let the willful sinners not oppress me.
123 – My eyes pined for Your salvation and for the word of Your righteousness.
124 – Deal with Your servant according to Your kindness, and teach me Your statutes.
125 – I am Your servant; enable me to understand, and I shall know Your testimonies.
126 – A time to do for the Lord; they have made void Your Torah.
127 – Because I loved Your commandments more than gold, even more than fine gold.
128 – Because I considered all precepts of all things upright; [and] every false way I hated.
Letter Pè פ, numerical value 80
129 – Your testimonies are hidden; therefore, my soul kept them.
130 – The commencement of Your words enlightens; You make the simple understand.
131 – I opened my mouth and panted because I yearned for Your commandments.
132 – Turn to me and favor me as is Your custom with those who love Your name.
133 – Prepare my steps with Your word, and do not allow any iniquity to rule over me.
134 – Redeem me from the oppression of man, and I shall keep Your precepts.
135 – Cause Your countenance to shine upon Your servant and teach me Your statutes.
136 – Rivulets of water ran down from my eyes because they did not keep Your Torah.
Letter Tsadé צ, numerical value 90
137 – You are righteous, O Lord, and Your judgments are upright.
138 – You commanded Your testimonies, [which are] righteousness, and they are exceedingly faithful.
139 – My zeal incenses me, for my adversaries have forgotten Your words.
140 – Your word is very pure, and Your servant loves it.
141 – I am young and despised; I have not forgotten Your precepts.
142 – Your righteousness is perpetual righteousness, and Your Torah is true.
143 – Distress and anguish have overtaken me; Your commandments are my occupation.
144 – The righteousness of Your testimonies is eternal; enable me to understand and I shall live.
Letter Kof ק, numerical value 100
145 – I called with all my heart; answer me, O Lord; I shall keep Your statutes.
146 – I called to You; save me and I shall keep Your testimonies.
147 – I arose early, when it was still night, and I cried out; I hoped for Your word.
148 – My eyes preceded the watches to speak of Your word.
149 – Hearken to my voice according to Your kindness; O Lord, according to Your custom sustain me.
150 – Pursuers of lewdness have drawn near; from Your Torah they have distanced themselves.
151 – You are near, O Lord, and all Your commandments are true.
152 – From before, I knew from Your testimonies, for You established them to [the end of] the world.
Letter Resh ר, numerical value 200
153 – See my affliction and release me, for I have not forgotten Your Torah.
154 – Plead my cause and redeem me; for Your word sustains me.
155 – Salvation is far from the wicked, for they did not seek Your statutes.
156 – Your mercies, O Lord, are abundant; according to Your custom, sustain me.
157 – Many are my pursuers and my adversaries; from Your testimonies I did not turn away.
158 – I saw traitors and I quarreled [with them] because they did not keep your word.
159 – See that I love Your precepts, O Lord; according to Your kindness, sustain me.
160 – The beginning of Your word is true, and each of Your righteous judgments is eternal.
Letter Shin ש, numerical value 300
161 – Princes pursued me for nothing, but my heart feared Your word.
162 – I rejoice over Your word as one who finds great spoil.
163 – I hate falsehood, and I abominate [it], I love Your Torah.
164 – Seven times a day I praise You for Your righteous judgments.
165 – There is abundant peace to those who love Your Torah, and they have no obstacle.
166 – I hoped for Your salvation, O Lord, and I performed Your commandments.
167 – My soul kept Your testimonies, and I love them exceedingly.
168 – I kept Your precepts and Your testimonies, for all my ways are before You.
Letter Tav ת, numerical value 400
169 – May my song of prayer draw near before You, O Lord; according to Your word, enable me to understand.
170 – May my supplication come before You; according to Your word, save me.
171 – My lips will utter praise when You teach me Your statutes.
172 – My tongue will proclaim Your word, for all Your commandments are righteous.
173 – May Your hand be [ready] to help me, for I have chosen Your precepts.
174 – I yearned for Your salvation, O Lord, and Your Torah is my occupation
175 – May my soul live and praise You, and may Your judgments help me.
176 – I went astray like a lost lamb; seek Your servant, for I did not forget Your commandments.