New International Version
A song of ascents. Of David.
1 If the Lord had not been on our side—
let Israel say(A)—
2 if the Lord had not been on our side
when people attacked us,
3 they would have swallowed us alive
when their anger flared against us;
4 the flood(B) would have engulfed us,
the torrent(C) would have swept over us,
5 the raging waters
would have swept us away.
6 Praise be to the Lord,
who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird
from the fowler’s snare;(D)
the snare has been broken,(E)
and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the name(F) of the Lord,
the Maker of heaven(G) and earth.
A song of ascents.
1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,(H)
which cannot be shaken(I) but endures forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,(J)
so the Lord surrounds(K) his people
both now and forevermore.
Peace be on Israel.(T)
A song of ascents.
1 When the Lord restored(U) the fortunes of[a] Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.[b]
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,(V)
our tongues with songs of joy.(W)
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things(X) for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things(Y) for us,
and we are filled with joy.(Z)
4 Restore our fortunes,[c](AA) Lord,
like streams in the Negev.(AB)
5 Those who sow with tears(AC)
will reap(AD) with songs of joy.(AE)
6 Those who go out weeping,(AF)
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.
A song of ascents. Of Solomon.
1 Unless the Lord builds(AG) the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches(AH) over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food(AI) to eat—
for he grants sleep(AJ) to[d] those he loves.(AK)
3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward(AL) from him.
4 Like arrows(AM) in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.(AN)
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents(AO) in court.(AP)