Psalm 124

A song of ascents. Of David.

If the Lord had not been on our side—
    let Israel say(A)
if the Lord had not been on our side
    when people attacked us,
they would have swallowed us alive
    when their anger flared against us;
the flood(B) would have engulfed us,
    the torrent(C) would have swept over us,
the raging waters
    would have swept us away.

Praise be to the Lord,
    who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird
    from the fowler’s snare;(D)
the snare has been broken,(E)
    and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name(F) of the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven(G) and earth.

“To you, O people, I call out;(A)
    I raise my voice to all mankind.
You who are simple,(B) gain prudence;(C)
    you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.[a]
Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
    I open my lips to speak what is right.
My mouth speaks what is true,(D)
    for my lips detest wickedness.
All the words of my mouth are just;
    none of them is crooked or perverse.
To the discerning all of them are right;
    they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
    knowledge rather than choice gold,(E)
11 for wisdom is more precious(F) than rubies,
    and nothing you desire can compare with her.(G)

12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
    I possess knowledge and discretion.(H)
13 To fear the Lord(I) is to hate evil;(J)
    I hate(K) pride and arrogance,
    evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
    I have insight, I have power.(L)
15 By me kings reign
    and rulers(M) issue decrees that are just;
16 by me princes govern,(N)
    and nobles—all who rule on earth.[b]
17 I love those who love me,(O)
    and those who seek me find me.(P)
18 With me are riches and honor,(Q)
    enduring wealth and prosperity.(R)
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;(S)
    what I yield surpasses choice silver.(T)
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,(U)
    along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me
    and making their treasuries full.(V)

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 8:5 Septuagint; Hebrew foolish, instruct your minds
  2. Proverbs 8:16 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; other Hebrew manuscripts all righteous rulers

15 Be very careful, then, how you live(A)—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity,(B) because the days are evil.(C) 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.(D) 18 Do not get drunk on wine,(E) which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,(F) 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.(G) Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks(H) to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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