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.


  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

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