Psalm 120-132 New American Standard Bible

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A Prayer for Deliverance from Deceitfulness

120 In my trouble I cried to the Lord , And He answered me. 2  Deliver my soul , O Lord , from lying lips , From a deceitful tongue . 3  What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, You deceitful tongue ? 4  Sharp arrows of the warrior , With the burning coals of the broom tree .

5  Woe is me, for I sojourn in Meshech , For I dwell among the tents of Kedar ! 6  Too long has my soul had its dwelling With those who hate peace . 7  I am for peace , but when I speak , They are for war .

The LORD Is Thy Keeper

121 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains ; From where shall my help come ? 2  My help comes from the Lord , Who made heaven and earth . 3  He will not allow your foot to slip ; He who keeps you will not slumber . 4  Behold , He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep . 5  The Lord is your keeper ; The Lord is your shade on your right hand . 6  The sun will not smite you by day , Nor the moon by night . 7  The Lord will protect you from all evil ; He will keep your soul . 8  The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever e .

A Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem

122 I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord ." 2  Our feet are standing Within your gates , O Jerusalem , 3  Jerusalem , that is built As a city that is compact together ; 4  To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord - An ordinance for Israel - To give thanks to the name of the Lord . 5  For there thrones were set for judgment , The thrones of the house of David .

6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem : "May they prosper who love you. 7  "May peace be within your walls , And prosperity within your palaces ." 8  For the sake of my brothers and my friends , I will now say , " May peace be within you." 9  For the sake of the house of the Lord our God , I will seek your good .

A Prayer for Mercy

123 To You I lift up my eyes , O You who are enthroned in the heavens ! 2  Behold , as 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 is gracious to us. 3  Be gracious to us, O Lord , be gracious to us, For we are greatly filled with contempt . 4  Our soul is greatly filled With the scoffing of those who are at ease , And with the contempt of the proud .

Praise for Deliverance from Enemies

124 " Had it not been the Lord who was on our side," Let Israel now say , 2  "Had it not been the Lord who was on our side When men rose up against us, 3  Then they would have swallowed us alive , When their anger was kindled against us; 4  Then the waters would have engulfed us, The stream would have swept over our soul ; 5  Then the raging waters would have swept over our soul ."

6  Blessed be the Lord , Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth . 7  Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper ; The snare is broken and we have escaped . 8  Our help is in the name of the Lord , Who made heaven and earth .

The LORD Is Round about His People

125 Those who trust in the Lord Are as Mount Zion , which cannot be moved but abides forever . 2  As the mountains surround Jerusalem , So the Lord surrounds His people From this time forth and forever e . 3  For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous , So that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong .

4  Do good , O Lord , to those who are good And to those who are upright in their hearts . 5  But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways , The Lord will lead them away with the doers of iniquity . Peace be upon Israel .

Thanksgiving for Restoration

126 When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion , We were like those who dream . 2  Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting ; Then they said among the nations , "The Lord has done great things for them." 3  The Lord has done great things for us; We are glad .

4  Restore our captivity , O Lord , As the streams in the South . 5  Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting . 6  He who goes to and fro weeping , carrying his bag of seed , Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy , bringing his sheaves with him.

Prosperity Comes from the LORD

127 Unless e the Lord builds the house , They labor in vain who build it; Unless e the Lord guards the city , The watchman keeps awake in vain . 2  It is vain for you to rise up early , To retire late , To eat the bread of painful labors ; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep . 3  Behold , children are a gift of the Lord , The fruit of the womb is a reward . 4  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior , So are the children of one's youth . 5  How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate .

The Blessedness of Him Who Fears the LORD

128 How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord , Who walks in His ways . 2  When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands , You will be happy and it will be well with you. 3  Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine Within your house , Your children like olive plants Around your table . 4  Behold , for thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the Lord . 5  The Lord bless you from Zion , And may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life . 6  Indeed, may you see your children's children . Peace be upon Israel !

A Prayer for the Overthrow of Zion's Enemies

129 "Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up," Let Israel now say , 2  "Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up; Yet they have not prevailed against me. 3  "The plowers plowed upon my back ; They lengthened their furrows ." 4  The Lord is righteous ; He has cut in two the cords of the wicked .

5  May all who hate Zion Be put to shame and turned backward ; 6  Let them be like grass upon the housetops , Which withers before it grows up; 7  With which the reaper does not fill his hand , Or the binder of sheaves his bosom ; 8  Nor do those who pass by say , "The blessing of the Lord be upon you; We bless you in the name of the Lord ."

Hope in the LORD's Redemption

130 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord . 2  Lord , hear my voice ! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications . 3  If You, Lord , should mark iniquities , O Lord , who could stand ? 4  But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared .

5  I wait for the Lord , my soul does wait , And in His word do I hope . 6  My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning ; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning . 7  O Israel , hope in the Lord ; For with the Lord there is lovingkindness , And with Him is abundant redemption . 8  And He will redeem Israel From all his iniquities .

Childlike Repose in the LORD

131 O Lord , my heart is not proud , nor my eyes haughty ; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me. 2  Surely e I have composed and quieted my soul ; Like a weaned child rests against his mother , My soul is like a weaned child within me. 3  O Israel , hope in the Lord From this time forth and forever e .

A Prayer for Blessing on the Sanctuary

132 Remember , O Lord , on David's behalf, All his affliction ; 2  How he swore to the Lord And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob , 3  "Surely I will not enter my house , Nor lie on my bed e ; 4  I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids , 5  Until I find a place for the Lord , A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob ." 6  Behold , we heard of it in Ephrathah , We found it in the field of Jaar . 7  Let us go into His dwelling place ; Let us worship at His footstool e . 8  Arise , O Lord , to Your resting place , You and the ark of Your strength . 9  Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness , And let Your godly ones sing for joy . 10  For the sake of David Your servant , Do not turn away the face of Your anointed .

11  The Lord has sworn to David A truth from which He will not turn back : " Of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne . 12  "If your sons will keep My covenant And My testimony which I will teach them, Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forever ." 13  For the Lord has chosen Zion ; He has desired it for His habitation . 14  "This is My resting place forever ; Here I will dwell , for I have desired it. 15  "I will abundantly bless her provision ; I will satisfy her needy with bread . 16  "Her priests also I will clothe with salvation , And her godly ones will sing aloud for joy . 17  "There I will cause the horn of David to spring forth ; I have prepared a lamp for Mine anointed . 18  "His enemies I will clothe with shame , But upon himself his crown shall shine ."

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