Psalm 129

A song of ascents.

“They have greatly oppressed(A) me from my youth,”(B)
    let Israel say;(C)
“they have greatly oppressed me from my youth,
    but they have not gained the victory(D) over me.
Plowmen have plowed my back
    and made their furrows long.
But the Lord is righteous;(E)
    he has cut me free(F) from the cords of the wicked.”(G)

May all who hate Zion(H)
    be turned back in shame.(I)
May they be like grass on the roof,(J)
    which withers(K) before it can grow;
a reaper cannot fill his hands with it,(L)
    nor one who gathers fill his arms.
May those who pass by not say to them,
    “The blessing of the Lord be on you;
    we bless you(M) in the name of the Lord.”

Psalm 130

A song of ascents.

Out of the depths(N) I cry to you,(O) Lord;
    Lord, hear my voice.(P)
Let your ears be attentive(Q)
    to my cry for mercy.(R)

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?(S)
But with you there is forgiveness,(T)
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.(U)

I wait for the Lord,(V) my whole being waits,(W)
    and in his word(X) I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen(Y) wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.(Z)

Israel, put your hope(AA) in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love(AB)
    and with him is full redemption.(AC)
He himself will redeem(AD) Israel
    from all their sins.(AE)

Psalm 131

A song of ascents. Of David.

My heart is not proud,(AF) Lord,
    my eyes are not haughty;(AG)
I do not concern myself with great matters(AH)
    or things too wonderful for me.(AI)
But I have calmed and quieted myself,(AJ)
    I am like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child I am content.(AK)

Israel, put your hope(AL) in the Lord
    both now and forevermore.(AM)

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