The LORD Is Thy Keeper
121 1 I lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: whence shall my help come? 2 My help [cometh] from Jehovah, who made the heavens and the earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 Jehovah is thy keeper, Jehovah is thy shade upon thy right hand; 6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7 Jehovah will keep thee from all evil; he will keep thy soul. 8 Jehovah will keep thy going out and thy coming in, from henceforth and for evermore.
A Prayer for Mercy
123 1 Unto thee do I lift up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. 2 Behold, as the eyes of servants [look] unto the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress, so our eyes [are directed] to Jehovah our God, until he be gracious unto us. 3 Be gracious unto us, O Jehovah, be gracious unto us; for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. 4 Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, with the contempt of the proud.
Praise for Deliverance from Enemies
124 1 If it had not been Jehovah who was for us—oh let Israel say— 2 If it had not been Jehovah who was for us, when men rose up against us, 3 Then they had swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us; 4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, a torrent had gone over our soul; 5 Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.
6 Blessed be Jehovah, who gave us not up a prey to their teeth! 7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we have escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of Jehovah, the maker of heavens and earth.
The LORD Is Round about His People
125 1 They that confide in Jehovah are as mount Zion, which cannot be moved; it abideth for ever. 2 Jerusalem!—mountains are round about her, and Jehovah is round about his people, from henceforth and for evermore. 3 For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
4 Do good, O Jehovah, unto the good, and to them that are upright in their hearts. 5 But as for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, Jehovah will lead them forth with the workers of iniquity. Peace be upon Israel!
The Blessedness of Him Who Fears the LORD
128 1 Blessed is every one that feareth Jehovah, that walketh in his ways. 2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thy hands; happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine in the inner part of thy house; thy children like olive-plants round about thy table. 4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed that feareth Jehovah. 5 Jehovah will bless thee out of Zion; and mayest thou see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life, 6 And see thy children's children. Peace be upon Israel!
A Prayer for the Overthrow of Zion's Enemies
129 1 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth—oh let Israel say— 2 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth; yet they have not prevailed against me. 3 The ploughers ploughed upon my back; they made long their furrows. 4 Jehovah is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.
5 Let them be ashamed and turned backward, all that hate Zion; 6 Let them be as the grass upon the house-tops, which withereth before it is plucked up, 7 Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand, nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom; 8 Neither do the passers-by say, The blessing of Jehovah be upon you; we bless you in the name of Jehovah!
Hope in the LORD's Redemption
130 1 Out of the depths do I call upon thee, Jehovah. 2 Lord, hear my voice; let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. 3 If thou, Jah, shouldest mark iniquities, Lord, who shall stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
5 I wait for Jehovah; my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. 6 My soul [waiteth] for the Lord more than the watchers [wait] for the morning, [more than] the watchers for the morning. 7 Let Israel hope in Jehovah, because with Jehovah there is loving-kindness, and with him is plenteous redemption; 8 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.