Psalm 119:97-104

     Because you have given me a new heart I love your instruction; it is my thoughtful contemplation all day long. Through your commands you make me wiser than my ever-present enemies.

     Meditating on your admonitions gives me more insight than my teachers provide and, since age is no guarantee of wisdom, you even give me more understanding than the elders, through the keeping of your appointments.

     You empower me to restrain my feet from paths of little value and sinful behaviors so that instead I might obey what you say. I have not turned away from your laws for you yourself continue to instruct me.

     Your words go into me smoothly; they go down easily like honey on my lips. Because I gain understanding from your appointments I hate every deceitful way.

(Personalized, key words researched in the original Hebrew.)

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