The LORD Is Thy Keeper
121 1 My eyes are lifted up to the hills: O where will my help come from? 2 Your help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 3 May he not let your foot be moved: no need of sleep has he who keeps you. 4 See, the eyes of Israel's keeper will not be shut in sleep. 5 The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. 6 You will not be touched by the sun in the day, or by the moon at night. 7 The Lord will keep you safe from all evil; he will take care of your soul. 8 The Lord will keep watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time and for ever.
A Prayer for Mercy
123 1 To you my eyes are lifted up, even to you whose seat is in the heavens. 2 See! as the eyes of servants are turned to the hands of their masters, and the eyes of a servant-girl to her owner, so our eyes are waiting for the Lord our God, till he has mercy on us. 3 Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us: for all men are looking down on us. 4 For long enough have men of pride made sport of our soul.
Praise for Deliverance from Enemies
124 1 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side (let Israel now say); 2 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men came up against us; 3 They would have made a meal of us while still living, in the heat of their wrath against us: 4 We would have been covered by the waters; the streams would have gone over our soul; 5 Yes, the waters of pride would have gone over our soul.
6 Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be wounded by their teeth. 7 Our soul has gone free like a bird out of the net of those who would take her: the net is broken, and we are free. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
The LORD Is Round about His People
125 1 Those whose hope is in the Lord are like the mountain of Zion, which may not be moved, but keeps its place for ever. 2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people, from this time and for ever. 3 For the rod of sinners will not be resting on the heritage of the upright; so that the upright may not put out their hands to evil.
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in heart. 5 But as for such as are turned out of the straight way, the Lord will take them away with the workers of evil. Let peace be on Israel.
The Blessedness of Him Who Fears the LORD
128 1 Happy is the worshipper of the Lord, who is walking in his ways. 2 You will have the fruit of the work of your hands: happy will you be, and all will be well for you. 3 Your wife will be like a fertile vine in the inmost parts of your house: your children will be like olive plants round your table. 4 See! this is the blessing of the worshipper of the Lord. 5 May the Lord send you blessing out of Zion: may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life. 6 May you see your children's children. Peace be on Israel.
A Prayer for the Overthrow of Zion's Enemies
129 1 Great have been my troubles from the time when I was young (let Israel now say); 2 Great have been my troubles from the time when I was young, but my troubles have not overcome me. 3 The ploughmen were ploughing on my back; long were the wounds they made. 4 The Lord is true: the cords of the evil-doers are broken in two.
5 Let all the haters of Zion be shamed and turned back. 6 Let them be like the grass on the house-tops, which is dry before it comes to full growth. 7 He who gets in the grain has no use for it; and they do not make bands of it for the grain-stems. 8 And those who go by do not say, The blessing of the Lord be on you; we give you blessing in the name of the Lord.
Hope in the LORD's Redemption
130 1 Out of the deep have I sent up my cry to you, O Lord. 2 Lord, let my voice come before you: let your ears be awake to the voice of my prayer. 3 O Jah, if you took note of every sin, who would go free? 4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be feared.
5 I am waiting for the Lord, my soul is waiting for him, and my hope is in his word. 6 My soul is watching for the Lord more than those who are watching for the morning; yes, more than the watchers for the morning. 7 O Israel, have hope in the Lord; for with the Lord is mercy and full salvation. 8 And he will make Israel free from all his sins.