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Deliver Me, O Lord
A Song of (A)Ascents.
120 In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
2 Deliver me, O Lord,
from lying lips,
from a deceitful tongue.
5 Woe to me, that I sojourn in (F)Meshech,
that I dwell among (G)the tents of (H)Kedar!
6 Too long have I had my dwelling
among those who hate peace.
7 (I)I am for peace,
but when I speak, they are for war!
My Help Comes from the Lord
A Song of (J)Ascents.
Let Us Go to the House of the Lord
A Song of (X)Ascents. Of David.
122 I was glad when they said to me,
(Y)“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
2 Our feet have been standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem!
3 Jerusalem—(Z)built as a city
that is (AA)bound firmly together,
4 to which the tribes (AB)go up,
the tribes of the Lord,
as was (AC)decreed for[a] Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
5 There (AD)thrones for judgment were set,
the thrones of the house of David.
6 (AE)Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
“May they be secure who love you!
7 Peace be within your (AF)walls
and security within your (AG)towers!”
8 For my brothers and companions' sake
I will say, (AH)“Peace be within you!”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will (AI)seek your good.
Our Eyes Look to the Lord Our God
A Song of (AJ)Ascents.
123 To you I (AK)lift up my eyes,
O you who are (AL)enthroned in the heavens!
2 Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he has mercy upon us.
3 (AM)Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of (AN)contempt.
4 Our soul has had more than enough
of (AO)the scorn of (AP)those who are at ease,
of the contempt of (AQ)the proud.
Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord
A Song of (AR)Ascents. Of David.
124 (AS)If it had not been the Lord who was on our side—
(AT)let Israel now say—
2 if it had not been the Lord who was on our side
when people rose up against us,
3 then they would have (AU)swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
4 then (AV)the flood would have (AW)swept us away,
the torrent would have gone (AX)over us;
5 then over us would have gone
the raging waters.
6 Blessed be the Lord,
who has not given us
as prey to their teeth!
7 We have escaped like a bird
from (AY)the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped!
8 (AZ)Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
The Lord Surrounds His People
A Song of (BA)Ascents.
125 Those who (BB)trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which (BC)cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so (BD)the Lord surrounds his people,
from this time forth and forevermore.
3 For (BE)the scepter of wickedness shall not (BF)rest
on (BG)the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous (BH)stretch out
their hands to do wrong.
4 (BI)Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
and to those who are (BJ)upright in their hearts!
5 But those who (BK)turn aside to their (BL)crooked ways
the Lord will lead away with (BM)evildoers!
(BN)Peace be upon Israel!
Restore Our Fortunes, O Lord
A Song of (BO)Ascents.
126 When the Lord (BP)restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who (BQ)dream.
2 Then our (BR)mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
(BS)“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.
4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negeb!
5 (BT)Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
6 He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.
Unless the Lord Builds the House
A Song of (BU)Ascents. Of Solomon.
127 Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord (BV)watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious (BW)toil;
for he gives to his (BX)beloved (BY)sleep.
3 Behold, (BZ)children are a heritage from the Lord,
(CA)the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of (CB)a warrior
are the children[b] of one's youth.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies (CC)in the gate.[c]
Blessed Is Everyone Who Fears the Lord
A Song of (CD)Ascents.
They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth
A Song of (CO)Ascents.
129 “Greatly[d] have they (CP)afflicted me (CQ)from my youth”—
(CR)let Israel now say—
2 “Greatly have they (CS)afflicted me (CT)from my youth,
(CU)yet they have not prevailed against me.
3 (CV)The plowers plowed (CW)upon my back;
they made long their furrows.”
4 The Lord is righteous;
he has cut (CX)the cords of the wicked.
5 May all who hate Zion
be (CY)put to shame and turned backward!
6 Let them be like (CZ)the grass on the housetops,
which (DA)withers before it grows up,
7 with which the reaper does not fill his hand
nor the binder of sheaves his arms,
8 nor do those who pass by say,
(DB)“The blessing of the Lord be upon you!
We (DC)bless you in the name of the Lord!”
My Soul Waits for the Lord
A Song of (DD)Ascents.
I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul
A Song of (DU)Ascents. Of David.
131 O Lord, my heart is not (DV)lifted up;
my eyes are not (DW)raised too high;
I do not (DX)occupy myself with things
too great and (DY)too marvelous for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned (DZ)child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3 (EA)O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.
The Lord Has Chosen Zion
A Song of (EB)Ascents.
132 Remember, O Lord, in David's favor,
all (EC)the hardships he endured,
2 how he swore to the Lord
and (ED)vowed to (EE)the Mighty One of Jacob,
3 “I will not enter my house
or get into my bed,
4 I will not (EF)give sleep to my eyes
or slumber to my eyelids,
5 until I (EG)find a place for the Lord,
a dwelling place for (EH)the Mighty One of Jacob.”
8 (EM)Arise, O Lord, and go to your (EN)resting place,
you and the ark of your (EO)might.
9 Let your (EP)priests be (EQ)clothed with righteousness,
and let your (ER)saints shout for joy.
10 For the sake of your servant David,
(ES)do not turn away the face of (ET)your anointed one.
11 (EU)The Lord swore to David a sure oath
(EV)from which he will not turn back:
(EW)“One of the sons of your body[e]
I will set on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them,
their sons also forever
shall (EX)sit on your throne.”
13 For the Lord has (EY)chosen Zion;
he has (EZ)desired it for his dwelling place:
14 “This is my (FA)resting place forever;
here I will (FB)dwell, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly (FC)bless her provisions;
I will (FD)satisfy her poor with bread.
16 Her (FE)priests I will clothe with salvation,
and her (FF)saints will shout for joy.
17 There I will make (FG)a horn to sprout for David;
I have prepared (FH)a lamp for (FI)my anointed.
18 His enemies I will (FJ)clothe with shame,
but on him his crown will shine.”