The law of the Lord is perfect

The law of the Lord is perfect,
Converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure,
Making wise the simple.
  More to be desired are they than gold.
Yea, than much fine gold:
Sweeter also than honey
And the honeycomb.
The statues of the Lord are right,
Rejoicing the heart:
The commandment of the Lord is pure,
Enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean,
Enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true
And righteous altogether.
Let the words of my mouth
And the meditation of my heart,
Be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord,
My strength, and my redeemer.
  Moreover by them is Thy servant warned:
Is Thy servant warned:
And in keeping of them there is
Great reward.
Michael Smith

Tallinn, Estonia

Thank you for posting this!!

Ken Anderson

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States

This is, word for word, from Psalms 19, verses 7-11, with verse 10 being the chorus (King James Version). One of my favorites. You do not want to add to it, or take away from it -- pure scripture.

The chorus (here) has an duplicated phrase ("Is thy servant warned", which is not duplicated in scripture). Also, the first stanza listed in #4 is verse 14, which does not match the meter of the rest of the song, is out of place, and so is usually not included.

Tom Hight

Here's a new verse, which can be used as the first verse, taken from Ps 19:1-4:

The heavens declare the glory of God, proclaiming his works.

Day after day they pour forth speech; displaying knowledge by night.

There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.

Their voice goes out to the ends of the earth.

Yvonne Odame

Worcester, MA, United States

Thank you for the lyrics of this song. The words are so powerful and satisfying.

Suzette Cameron

It is taken from Psalm 19.

Michele Bass

Hanford, CA, United States

I knew this song a long time ago except for the Verse 4 with that ending part. Wish you had a way to hear it so I can see how it fits.

Mark Collins

Green River, WY, United States

The words are derived from Ps. 19.

Marjorie Reece

Greenville, SC, United States

Who wrote the music to this beautiful song?