The Lord Has Chosen Zion

A Song of (A)Ascents.

132 Remember, O Lord, in David's favor,
    all (B)the hardships he endured,
how he swore to the Lord
    and (C)vowed to (D)the Mighty One of Jacob,
“I will not enter my house
    or get into my bed,
I will not (E)give sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
until I (F)find a place for the Lord,
    a dwelling place for (G)the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Behold, we heard of it in (H)Ephrathah;
    we found it in (I)the fields of Jaar.
“Let us go to his dwelling place;
    let us (J)worship at his (K)footstool!”

(L)Arise, O Lord, and go to your (M)resting place,
    you and the ark of your (N)might.
Let your (O)priests be (P)clothed with righteousness,
    and let your (Q)saints shout for joy.
10 For the sake of your servant David,
    (R)do not turn away the face of (S)your anointed one.

11 (T)The Lord swore to David a sure oath
    (U)from which he will not turn back:
(V)“One of the sons of your body[a]
    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 (W)sit on your throne.”

13 For the Lord has (X)chosen Zion;
    he has (Y)desired it for his dwelling place:
14 “This is my (Z)resting place forever;
    here I will (AA)dwell, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly (AB)bless her provisions;
    I will (AC)satisfy her poor with bread.
16 Her (AD)priests I will clothe with salvation,
    and her (AE)saints will shout for joy.
17 There I will make (AF)a horn to sprout for David;
    I have prepared (AG)a lamp for (AH)my anointed.
18 His enemies I will (AI)clothe with shame,
    but on him his crown will shine.”

When Brothers Dwell in Unity

A Song of (AJ)Ascents. Of David.

133 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
    when (AK)brothers dwell in unity![b]
It is like the precious (AL)oil on (AM)the head,
    running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
    running down on (AN)the collar of his robes!
It is like (AO)the dew of (AP)Hermon,
    which falls on (AQ)the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord (AR)has commanded the blessing,
    life forevermore.

Come, Bless the Lord

A Song of (AS)Ascents.

134 Come, bless the Lord, all you (AT)servants of the Lord,
    who (AU)stand (AV)by night in the house of the Lord!
(AW)Lift up your hands to (AX)the holy place
    and bless the Lord!

May the Lord (AY)bless you (AZ)from Zion,
    he who (BA)made heaven and earth!

Your Name, O Lord, Endures Forever

135 (BB)Praise the Lord!
Praise the name of the Lord,
    give praise, O (BC)servants of the Lord,
who (BD)stand in the house of the Lord,
    in (BE)the courts of the house of our God!
Praise the Lord, for (BF)the Lord is good;
    sing to his name, (BG)for it is pleasant![c]
For the Lord has (BH)chosen Jacob for himself,
    Israel as his (BI)own possession.

For I know that (BJ)the Lord is great,
    and that our Lord is above all gods.
(BK)Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
    in heaven and on earth,
    in the seas and all deeps.
(BL)He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
    who (BM)makes lightnings for the rain
    and brings forth the wind from his (BN)storehouses.

He it was who (BO)struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    both of man and of beast;
who in your midst, O Egypt,
    sent (BP)signs and wonders
    against Pharaoh and all his servants;
10 (BQ)who struck down many nations
    and killed mighty kings,
11 (BR)Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    and (BS)Og, king of Bashan,
    and (BT)all the kingdoms of Canaan,
12 and (BU)gave their land as a heritage,
    a heritage to his people Israel.

13 (BV)Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
    (BW)your renown,[d] O Lord, throughout all ages.
14 (BX)For the Lord will vindicate his people
    and (BY)have compassion on his servants.

15 (BZ)The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
    the work of human hands.
16 They have mouths, but do not speak;
    they have eyes, but do not see;
17 they have ears, but do not hear,
    nor is there any breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them become like them,
    so do all who trust in them.

19 (CA)O house of Israel, bless the Lord!
    O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!
20 O house of Levi, bless the Lord!
    You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord!
21 Blessed be the Lord (CB)from Zion,
    he who (CC)dwells in Jerusalem!
(CD)Praise the Lord!

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

136 (CE)Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    (CF)for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to (CG)the God of gods,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to (CH)the Lord of lords,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who alone (CI)does great wonders,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who (CJ)by understanding (CK)made the heavens,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who (CL)spread out the earth (CM)above the waters,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who (CN)made the great lights,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
the sun to rule over the day,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
the moon and stars to rule over the night,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

10 to him who (CO)struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
11 and (CP)brought Israel out from among them,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
12 with (CQ)a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
13 to him who (CR)divided the Red Sea in two,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
14 (CS)and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
15 but (CT)overthrew[e] Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
16 to him who (CU)led his people through the wilderness,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

17 to him (CV)who struck down great kings,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
18 and killed mighty kings,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
22 a heritage to Israel his (CW)servant,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

23 It is he who (CX)remembered us in our low estate,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
24 and (CY)rescued us from our foes,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
25 he who (CZ)gives food to all flesh,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to (DA)the God of heaven,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

How Shall We Sing the Lord's Song?

137 By the waters of Babylon,
    there we sat down and wept,
    when we remembered Zion.
On the willows[f] there
    we hung up our lyres.
For there our captors
    required of us songs,
and our tormentors, mirth, saying,
    “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

(DB)How shall we sing the Lord's song
    in a foreign land?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
    (DC)let my right hand forget its skill!
Let my (DD)tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
    if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem
    above my highest joy!

Remember, O Lord, against the (DE)Edomites
    (DF)the day of Jerusalem,
how they said, (DG)“Lay it bare, lay it bare,
    down to its foundations!”
O daughter of Babylon, (DH)doomed to be destroyed,
    blessed shall he be who (DI)repays you
    with what you have done to us!
Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones
    and (DJ)dashes them against the rock!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 132:11 Hebrew of your fruit of the womb
  2. Psalm 133:1 Or dwell together
  3. Psalm 135:3 Or for he is beautiful
  4. Psalm 135:13 Or remembrance
  5. Psalm 136:15 Hebrew shook off
  6. Psalm 137:2 Or poplars

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