Scripture Verse

How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed of it according to Thy Word. Psalm 119:9


Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 322.

Music: Sa­gi­na Tho­mas Camp­bell, Bou­quet 1825 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:


How shall the young di­rect their way?
What light shall be their per­fect guide?
Thy Word, O Lord, will safe­ly lead,
If in its wis­dom they con­fide.
Sincerely I have sought Thee, Lord,
O let me not from Thee de­part;
To know Thy will and keep from sin
Thy Word I cher­ish in my heart.

O bless­èd Lord, teach me Thy law,
Thy right­eous judg­ments I de­clare;
Thy tes­ti­mo­nies make me glad,
For they are wealth be­yond com­pare.
Upon Thy pre­cepts and Thy ways
My heart will me­di­tate with awe;
Thy Word shall be my chief de­light,
And I will not for­get Thy law.