Psalm 128

A song of ascents.

Blessed are all who fear the Lord,(A)
    who walk in obedience to him.(B)
You will eat the fruit of your labor;(C)
    blessings and prosperity(D) will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine(E)
    within your house;
your children(F) will be like olive shoots(G)
    around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing(H)
    for the man who fears the Lord.(I)

May the Lord bless you from Zion;(J)
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem(K)
    all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—(L)
    peace be on Israel.(M)

Psalm 129

A song of ascents.

“They have greatly oppressed(N) me from my youth,”(O)
    let Israel say;(P)
“they have greatly oppressed me from my youth,
    but they have not gained the victory(Q) over me.
Plowmen have plowed my back
    and made their furrows long.
But the Lord is righteous;(R)
    he has cut me free(S) from the cords of the wicked.”(T)

May all who hate Zion(U)
    be turned back in shame.(V)
May they be like grass on the roof,(W)
    which withers(X) before it can grow;
a reaper cannot fill his hands with it,(Y)
    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(Z) in the name of the Lord.”

Psalm 130

A song of ascents.

Out of the depths(AA) I cry to you,(AB) Lord;
    Lord, hear my voice.(AC)
Let your ears be attentive(AD)
    to my cry for mercy.(AE)

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

I wait for the Lord,(AI) my whole being waits,(AJ)
    and in his word(AK) I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen(AL) wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.(AM)

Israel, put your hope(AN) in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love(AO)
    and with him is full redemption.(AP)
He himself will redeem(AQ) Israel
    from all their sins.(AR)

Psalm 131

A song of ascents. Of David.

My heart is not proud,(AS) Lord,
    my eyes are not haughty;(AT)
I do not concern myself with great matters(AU)
    or things too wonderful for me.(AV)
But I have calmed and quieted myself,(AW)
    I am like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child I am content.(AX)

Israel, put your hope(AY) in the Lord
    both now and forevermore.(AZ)

Psalm 132(BA)

A song of ascents.

Lord, remember David
    and all his self-denial.(BB)

He swore an oath to the Lord,
    he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:(BC)
“I will not enter my house(BD)
    or go to my bed,
I will allow no sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
till I find a place(BE) for the Lord,
    a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

We heard it in Ephrathah,(BF)
    we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:[a](BG)
“Let us go to his dwelling place,(BH)
    let us worship at his footstool,(BI) saying,
‘Arise, Lord,(BJ) and come to your resting place,
    you and the ark of your might.
May your priests be clothed with your righteousness;(BK)
    may your faithful people(BL) sing for joy.’”

10 For the sake of your servant David,
    do not reject your anointed one.

11 The Lord swore an oath to David,(BM)
    a sure oath he will not revoke:
“One of your own descendants(BN)
    I will place on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant(BO)
    and the statutes I teach them,
then their sons will sit
    on your throne(BP) for ever and ever.”

13 For the Lord has chosen Zion,(BQ)
    he has desired it for his dwelling,(BR) saying,
14 “This is my resting place for ever and ever;(BS)
    here I will sit enthroned,(BT) for I have desired it.
15 I will bless her with abundant provisions;
    her poor I will satisfy with food.(BU)
16 I will clothe her priests(BV) with salvation,
    and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.(BW)

17 “Here I will make a horn[b] grow(BX) for David
    and set up a lamp(BY) for my anointed one.(BZ)
18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,(CA)
    but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”(CB)

Psalm 133

A song of ascents. Of David.

How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together(CC) in unity!(CD)

It is like precious oil poured on the head,(CE)
    running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew(CF) of Hermon(CG)
    were falling on Mount Zion.(CH)
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,(CI)
    even life forevermore.(CJ)

Psalm 134

A song of ascents.

Praise the Lord, all you servants(CK) of the Lord
    who minister(CL) by night(CM) in the house of the Lord.
Lift up your hands(CN) in the sanctuary(CO)
    and praise the Lord.(CP)

May the Lord bless you from Zion,(CQ)
    he who is the Maker of heaven(CR) and earth.


  1. Psalm 132:6 Or heard of it in Ephrathah, / we found it in the fields of Jearim. (See 1 Chron. 13:5,6) (And no quotation marks around verses 7-9)
  2. Psalm 132:17 Horn here symbolizes strong one, that is, king.

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