The Lord Surrounds His People.

A Song of Ascents.

125 Those who trust in the Lord
Are like Mount Zion, which (A)cannot be moved but (B)remains forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So (C)the Lord surrounds His people
(D)From this time and forever.
For the (E)scepter of wickedness will not rest upon the [a]land of the righteous,
So that the righteous (F)will not extend their hands to do wrong.

(G)Do good, Lord, to those who are good
And to those who are (H)upright in their hearts.
But as for those who (I)turn aside to their (J)crooked ways,
The Lord will lead them away with those who (K)practice injustice.
(L)Peace be upon Israel.

Thanksgiving for Return from Captivity.

A Song of Ascents.

126 When the Lord (M)brought back [b]the captives of Zion,
We were (N)like those who dream.
Then our (O)mouth was filled with laughter
And our (P)tongue with joyful shouting;
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has (Q)done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;
We are (R)joyful.

Restore our fortunes, Lord,
As the [c](S)streams in the [d]South.
Those who sow in (T)tears shall harvest with (U)joyful shouting.
One who goes here and there weeping, carrying his bag of seed,
Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

Prosperity Comes from the Lord.

A Song of Ascents, of Solomon.

127 Unless the Lord (V)builds a house,
They who build it labor in vain;
Unless the Lord (W)guards a city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
It is futile for you to rise up early,
To [e]stay up late,
To (X)eat the bread of painful labor;
This is how He gives to His (Y)beloved (Z)sleep.

Behold, (AA)children are a [f]gift of the Lord,
The (AB)fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a (AC)warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
(AD)Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
(AE)They will not be ashamed
When they (AF)speak with their enemies (AG)in the gate.

Blessedness of the Fear of the Lord.

A Song of Ascents.

128 (AH)Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
Who (AI)walks in His ways.
When you (AJ)eat the (AK)fruit of the labor of your hands,
You will be happy and (AL)it will go well for you.
Your wife will be like a (AM)fruitful vine
[g]Within your house,
Your children like (AN)olive plants
Around your table.
Behold, for so shall a man
Who fears the Lord be blessed.

(AO)The Lord bless you (AP)from Zion,
And may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
Indeed, may you see your (AQ)children’s children.
(AR)Peace be upon Israel!

Prayer for the Overthrow of Zion’s Enemies.

A Song of Ascents.

129 [h]Many times they have (AS)attacked me from my (AT)youth up,”
(AU)Let Israel say,
[i]Many times they have attacked me from my youth up;
Yet they have (AV)not prevailed against me.
The plowers plowed upon my back;
They lengthened their furrows.”
The Lord (AW)is righteous;
He has cut up the (AX)ropes of the wicked.

May all who (AY)hate Zion
Be (AZ)put to shame and turned backward;
May they be like (BA)grass upon the housetops,
Which withers before it [j]grows up;
With which the harvester does not fill his [k]hand,
Or the binder of sheaves his [l](BB)arms;
Nor do those who pass by say,
“The (BC)blessing of the Lord be upon you;
We bless you in the name of the Lord.”


  1. Psalm 125:3 Lit lot
  2. Psalm 126:1 Or those who returned to
  3. Psalm 126:4 Lit stream-beds
  4. Psalm 126:4 Heb Negev
  5. Psalm 127:2 Lit sit late
  6. Psalm 127:3 Or heritage
  7. Psalm 128:3 Lit In the innermost parts of
  8. Psalm 129:1 Lit Much
  9. Psalm 129:2 Lit Much
  10. Psalm 129:6 Lit draws out
  11. Psalm 129:7 Lit palm
  12. Psalm 129:7 Lit the fold of his robe

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