Ps 120-134

Prayer for Deliverance from Slanderers A Song of Ascents. 1In my distress I cry to the Lord, that he may answer me:2“Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.” 3What shall be given to you? And what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue?4A warrior's sharp arrows, with glowing coals of the broom tree! 5Woe is me, that I am an alien in Meshech, that I must live among the tents of Kedar.6Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace.7I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.Chapter 121Assurance of God's Protection A Song of Ascents. 1I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come?2My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 3He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.4He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.6The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 7The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.8The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.Chapter 122Song of Praise and Prayer for Jerusalem A Song of Ascents. Of David. 1I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”2Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem. 3Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together.4To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.5For there the thrones for judgment were set up, the thrones of the house of David. 6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.7Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.”8For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.”9For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.Chapter 123Supplication for Mercy A Song of Ascents. 1To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!2As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until he has mercy upon us. 3Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt.4Our soul has had more than its fill of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.Chapter 124Thanksgiving for Israel's Deliverance A Song of Ascents. Of David. 1If it had not been the Lord who was on our side —let Israel now say—2if it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when our enemies attacked us,3then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;4then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us;5then over us would have gone the raging waters. 6Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as prey to their teeth.7We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped. 8Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.Chapter 125The Security of God's People A Song of Ascents. 1Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.2As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore.3For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, so that the righteous might not stretch out their hands to do wrong.4Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts.5But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways the Lord will lead away with evildoers. Peace be upon Israel!Chapter 126A Harvest of Joy A Song of Ascents. 1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.2Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”3The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced. 4Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.5May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.6Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.Chapter 127God's Blessings in the Home A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. 1Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.2It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved. 3Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.4Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons of one's youth.5Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.Chapter 128The Happy Home of the Faithful A Song of Ascents. 1Happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways.2You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. 3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.4Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord. 5The Lord bless you from Zion. May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.6May you see your children's children. Peace be upon Israel!Chapter 129Prayer for the Downfall of Israel's Enemies A Song of Ascents. 1“Often have they attacked me from my youth” —let Israel now say—2“often have they attacked me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me.3The plowers plowed on my back; they made their furrows long.”4The Lord is righteous; he has cut the cords of the wicked.5May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward.6Let them be like the grass on the housetops that withers before it grows up,7with which reapers do not fill their hands or binders of sheaves their arms,8while those who pass by do not say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you! We bless you in the name of the Lord!”Chapter 130Waiting for Divine Redemption A Song of Ascents. 1Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.2Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! 3If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?4But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. 5I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;6my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. 7O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.8It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.Chapter 131Song of Quiet Trust A Song of Ascents. Of David. 1O Lord, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.2But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like the weaned child that is with me. 3O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time on and forevermore.Chapter 132The Eternal Dwelling of God in Zion A Song of Ascents. 1O Lord, remember in David's favor all the hardships he endured;2how he swore to the Lord and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,3“I will not enter my house or get into my bed;4I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,5until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.” 6We heard of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar.7“Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool.” 8Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.9Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your faithful shout for joy.10For your servant David's sake do not turn away the face of your anointed one. 11The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: “One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne.12If your sons keep my covenant and my decrees that I shall teach them, their sons also, forevermore, shall sit on your throne.” 13For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation:14“This is my resting place forever; here I will reside, for I have desired it.15I will abundantly bless its provisions; I will satisfy its poor with bread.16Its priests I will clothe with salvation, and its faithful will shout for joy.17There I will cause a horn to sprout up for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one.18His enemies I will clothe with disgrace, but on him, his crown will gleam.”Chapter 133The Blessedness of Unity A Song of Ascents. 1How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!2It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes.3It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.Chapter 134Praise in the Night A Song of Ascents. 1Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord!2Lift up your hands to the holy place, and bless the Lord. 3May the Lord, maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.