124 “Had it not been the Lord who was on our side,” Let Israel now say, 2 “Had it not been the Lord who was on our side When men rose up against us, 3 Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us; 4 Then the waters would have engulfed us, The stream would have [a]swept over our soul; 5 Then the raging waters would have [b]swept over our soul.”
6 Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us [c]to be torn by their teeth. 7 Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; The snare is broken and we have escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
The Lord Surrounds His People.
A Song of Ascents.
125 Those who trust in the Lord Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people From this time forth and forever. 3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the [d]land of the righteous, So that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong.
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good And to those who are upright in their hearts. 5 But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways, The Lord will lead them away with the doers of iniquity. Peace be upon Israel.
Thanksgiving for Return from Captivity.
A Song of Ascents.
126 When the Lordbrought back [e]the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3 The Lord has done great things for us; We are glad.
4 Restore our captivity, O Lord, As the [f]streams in the [g]South. 5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. 6 He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
Prosperity Comes from the Lord.
A Song of Ascents, of Solomon.
127 Unless the Lordbuilds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lordguards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To [h]retire late, To eat the bread of [i]painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
3 Behold, children are a [j]gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. 5 How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.
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