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Psalm 119

A block anagram in 40 sections - one for each Old Testament book, with a separate section corresponding to the Epistle Dedicatory that forms the preface to the King James Bible. Each section is prefaced with the name of the book, and the contents of the 39 sections (minus the titles) are exact anagrams of one another.

Owing to a scarcity of Zs, the book of Zechariah has been renamed "The Son of Berechiah".

Aleph: Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

Beth: Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

Gimel: Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me. My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times. Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments. Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies. Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.

Daleth: My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word. I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes. Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works. My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word. Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously. I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me. I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

He: Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

Vau: So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments. So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.

Zain: Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law. I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself. Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law. Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law. This I had, because I kept thy precepts.

Cheth: Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words. I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word. I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments. The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law. At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments. I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts. The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

Teth: Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart. Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law. It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

Jod: Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight. Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts. Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies. Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.

Caph: My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word. Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me? For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes. How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me? The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law. All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me. They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts. Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.

Lamed: For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants. Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy precepts. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies. I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Mem: O how I love thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

Nun: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments. I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word. Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments. My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law. The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts. Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.

Samech: I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love. Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God. Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually. Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood. Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies. My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.

Ain: I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors. Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me. Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness. Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes. I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies. It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law. Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.

Pe: Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments. Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes. Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

Tzaddi: Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful. My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

Koph: I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes. I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies. I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word. Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word. Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment. They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law. Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth. Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

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

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

Tau: Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word. Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word. My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness. Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts. I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

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Holy Bible
God's Law, commissioned by august King James, published in sixteen hundred eleven. The Holy Bible will quite ably address major significant questions of religion by quoting from soliloquies of God's judiciously wise, infallibly holy elder men. It will boldly expound about ethical issues such as horrible sinful mortal errors, or really foolish, silly human failings, godly sorrows, or ugly, sinister anger, fair justice or equally horrifying, inhuman, barbaric injustices; qualities of jealousy, liberality, etc. The Holy Bible brings many quaint stories quite credibly to life. We can enjoy stories of illustrious holy men like Enoch, Japheth, Noah, Ham, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Saul, Jesse, David, Joel, Abner, Solomon, Jeroboam, Jehu, Elijah, Jeshua, Isaiah, Job, Jonah, Micah and other Jews; countries like Egypt, Assyria, Tyrus, etc.; stories like the curse of Cain for killing Abel, the big flood, the tower of Babel, etc. The Holy Bible can be likened unto a rich quilt consisting of quite a few assorted beautiful squares joyously assembled by God, requiring quality eyes, my God's eyes of faith.

How the mighty Lord creates many things, including this imperfect entity the human. Eden. The evil tower of petty disharmony. Why the common tongue was muddled. Nasty perverts taken out at fiery Sodom. The flood. Tipsy Noah. The ark at sea. The devout Abraham. The twelve children of Israel.

The captivity told. The cruel Egyptian taskmaster of the community of Israel. The dreadful plague of death. The victory over Pharaoh, with his men drowned in the Red Sea. The ten commandments the Lord gave them on mount Sinai. Why they went walking forty years in the hot dust, led by Moses.

Calling devout Aaron, steady in the truth, to the Levitical priesthood. Why we regard some types of hunted meat filthy, some pure. Some commandments that have to do with blasphemy, usury, etc. Why God let mankind rest from working every fiftieth year. He had this intent: to enhance the land.

Moses prompted to take a count of the congregation. That is why he had a duty to list the stalwart men in the twelve houses. He numbered every family he took with him, freed from Egypt's tyrannical country. Grave dirty sin. When the earth opens, evil men did fall to death into the muddy chasm.

The ten commandments. The feasts. The destruction of most everything related to idolatry. New laws given. The totally white-haired Moses walks up to the summit of Nebo: there he dies. Very many a happy, huge victory predicted, with a charmed infantry, throughout the land of milk and honey.

The valiant man designated under the prophet Moses takes the faithful of God into the rich country that he promised to them. They defeat a mighty city when the walls come down with very loud shouts after many trumpets are blown. They had victory over many more kings. Lines delineated.

The tune Deborah composed to thank God for easy victory over the many enemy kingdoms. Samson smote many men, after which he ruled for twenty years. That tragedy, the unwanted haircut this pretty Delilah did give unto him while he slept, that left him destitute of all his covenant power.

To depart famine's doom, Naomi and husband trek to another hot country. When they get there, sons get wives. All adult men die. They come home. The very special, faithful Ruth travels with them. A mighty kinsman, attracted in the fields, decently provides a home for the pretty, shy young widow.

I Samuel
A worthy woman prayed for a child, and witness that the Lord sent her Samuel, committed to serve as the prophet. Saul made the first king. The enemy, that mighty fit Goliath, a contemptuous menace, slain by the youthful David; wherefore in envy the moody king, when told, resented the victory.

II Samuel
The Anointment of David to the monarchy. The pretty wife of this true army friend was sweet. Wishing to touch, he wickedly made the man get killed on the front. He gets caught. They are very happy at Solomon's delivery to them. His unruly son Absalom did curse him and then attempted a revolt.

I Kings
Solomon ruled the newly-chartered kingdom very thoughtfully. A truly mighty temple was erected there. An eminent lady monarch from Sheba pays a happy visit to the city. She wanted to meet him and to view the treasures. The division of the kingdom that was effected: into north and south.

II Kings
The wicked movement to depart the way of truth, with vulgar unworthy worship of the hated enemy gods. The prophets fulminate vehemently and decry it. The northern kingdom's demise: the domination by Assyria caused that calamity. Later the south also fell to the invading enemy forces.

I Chronicles
The details of human ancestry: names from Adam down to the twelve tribes. The glory of David recounted. The thirty mighty men he trusted who were loyal to him in the army. The sacred ark moved into the new capital. A nice, happy hymn of thanks sung unto God. The priestly duties of the Levites.

II Chronicles
The destiny and glory of Solomon. The way he wanted the divine temple valuably furnished with cedars. Why Huram of Tyre meets the need. The proclamation from that very mighty Persian king Cyrus, who makes this demand to the Israelite nation: that the devout construct the temple of God.

Hopeful men return home on the highway from captivity. Sadly an enemy was trying to harass them and delay the rebuilding of the temple deity wants. Then Darius stops them: he invoked the document from Cyrus that allowed it. They that took the strange alien wives forced to divorce them.

A sad prophet prays that the Lord may deal forgivingly toward his children. He mentions the meek men that built the wall: defense for this theist home. The practice of usury must end. They continue to make very many new covenants. Why? Reading the law of God motivates them to do their duty.

Mordecai recommended to the king that he take pretty Esther to be his wife. Why? He was angry with unruly Vashti. So then Haman cunningly attempted to claim that if her family doesn't want to serve dutifully, he should destroy them. Esther pleaded on that topic, saving everyone from doom.

Fact: God let Satan grimly torment, with unhappy misfortunes, a devout person of great riches. Why? In shock, he meets men who imply that he must have been ultra wicked. However he attested that he remained one of honesty and modest integrity. The Lord duly vindicated him for that loyalty.

Many delightful, sweet praises unto the Lord documented, that David a mighty, saintly king of Israel wrote. Ponder here all the varied thoughts they contain. Think very often of the many themes they cover. Meditate much on the secrets of wisdom, then pray about what the words imply. Amen.

This heritage of pithy wisdom from the son of David. Fathom it well. The evil and the righteous way contrasted. Many thoughts concerning why some people succeed and why others tend to fail. The petty envy and the vanity, the adultery, and other like, immature errors that make men stumble.

The vanity of men's flashy, ephemeral pursuits. The frivolity of the many decadent things that we like to do. Avoiding an errant way while in the world is recommended. The right choice: seek every path to truth. What's the loyal duty of man? To trust the supreme God and obey the commandments.

The Song of Solomon
A king did eye with fancy a very sweet, pretty Shulamite miss that he wanted to romance. But tormented, she did vow to remain loyal to the happy memory of a youthful, smart shepherd lad with a vehement love for this fetching young lass. Ah, the decent king did consent to let her return to him.

God's new home in the mountains. The Assyrian army that wanted blood fell, crushed; turned, it gets out of Israel. The overthrow of the haughty kingdom at Tyre: The sinful idolatry vehemently decried. The commencement of the captivity. Why heaven made kind, happy promises to the stalwart.

The covenant land to be decimated. Many armies that will advance upon Israel to destroy, must come unto them from the north. If they don't forsake idolatry, repent, and keep the law God gave unto them, they must perish. Why? The sin, the vice, the filth. What? The dire misery. How? God's slaying fury.

The famed city full of men and women sits solitary. Wicked folk cry. God's truth? They loved it not. For that, they moan and wail, even them that now must pay tribute to the enemy. The Lord heard their sighs. He saw the unhappy crying and is come to erase tears, deliver them, and give unto them hope.

Stark things a man of God was commanded in a dream to reveal unto the impudent men of Israel. Why? He knew the very sad truth: the coming captivity they must suffer for unholy hedonist idolatry. The penitent to have his mercy. The holy city to be restored with the hallowed temple and gates.

The king's dream told: the mighty image with many substances vividly represented the calamity of the later transient kingdoms of this earth, that come to unhappy ends. Why devout worthy men are delivered from the doom of a white-hot furnace. Why one escaped lions' teeth totally unhurt.

The humble prophet takes this woman Gomer to wife. It turns out the lady's a cheat. He yearns much for the former times, and that's likened unto God's loving the guilty, wayward men and women, that he condemned for the petty vices, or the evil hypocrisy and vile idolatry that they manifested.

An unwelcome swarm of locust suddenly invade like an enemy army from the north to devour everything which grew. The harvest all perishes. Then it is death. Dismayed by this torture, the men of the Lord wanted to sanctify a fast in hope that God might yet take pity and come to help them out.

That very empty, formalistic worship loathed as wicked. Drought and the pestilence are punishments the Lord may deal out to them that want to think much of evil. Men of Tyrus wasted for remembering not the law. The enemy? Ha, they died! The heavenly vision of God destroying the sanctuary.

Esau's enmity, that wrongful petty hate he had. Edom's silent dearth of sympathy for twin brother Israel, as the violent enemy overruns them and destroys them. The fall of the very wretched, evil, accursed Edomite kingdom, that mighty, wicked nation located way up high on the mountain top.

A mighty unhappy man wants to make his way to Tarshish so that he'd not have to go unto Nineveh, the very wicked city that the Lord commanded him to call to repentance. In wild stormy waters men utter: "Let's dump if guilty!" Devoured into the belly of a fish for three days, he then emerges freed.

The enemy to advance, and that hostile enemy to waste the children of Israel. Punishment awaits very greedy activity. The men that oppress the poor on their farms and in their homes targeted. God utterly cuts them off. The whole duty of humankind is to love mercy and walk humbly with God.

God to thwart the depraved wickedness of that haughty Assyrian enemy menace. That very wild, bloody community of Nineveh shall he condemn without sympathy to a ghastly tormented end. See, it terminates, that the people will suffer no more under the dark threat of their vicious might.

Vengeance that the Chaldean forces wreak upon the unworthy children of God. Irate men of fury suddenly threaten with death them that live in the holy city, to motivate them to keep from vanity's rosy way. Worshipers that trust dead molten images must be damned. God is in his holy temple.

Will not God utterly consume everything that moves? The human with the fowl and fishes, many a king, a mighty prince, and merchants, too, history! But if they attend worthily to heed their duty, cease from loathsome wicked attitudes, and repent, he's happy, elated, and loves them forevermore.

Israelites, returned from captivity, commanded to get busy constructing the temple. Wayward, they wait. When men thus provoke the Lord and make him mad, he, in wrath, gives poverty to them. They heed, then lo, an heyday of faith ensues. The glory that fills the Lord's house if not contaminated.

The Son of Berechiah
The prophet's many vivid nightly visions. The angel who walked and talked under the myrtle trees. That mighty, evil anti-Semite enemy: they had to be cut off. Many faithful promises that God then made unto worthy men of his chosen race. Accursed outward worship. The remedy: not to tolerate.

A mighty Lord's mercy to the covenant people, if they do truly return to him and show devout piety. Sacrifices they make, when dead animals that were sick are used, profit nothing. To be worthy, mortal men must mind the sage ways of God and tithe a full tenth; then he loves them, and they thrive.

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