Psalm 120-132 New Revised Standard Version

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A Prayer for Deliverance from Deceitfulness

120 1  In my distress I cry to the Lord, that he may answer me: 2  "Deliver me, 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  A warrior's sharp arrows, with glowing coals of the broom tree!

5  Woe is me, that I am an alien in Meshech, that I must live among the tents of Kedar. 6  Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace. 7  I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.

The LORD Is Thy Keeper

121 1  I lift up my eyes to the hills- from where will my help come? 2  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 3  He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. 4  He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5  The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. 6  The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 7  The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. 8  The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

A Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem

122 1  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-built as a city that is bound firmly together. 4  To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. 5  For there the thrones for judgment were set up, the thrones of the house of David.

6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you. 7  Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers." 8  For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, "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 1  To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! 2  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 has mercy upon us. 3  Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt. 4  Our soul has had more than its fill of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.

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 our enemies attacked us, 3  then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us; 4  then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us; 5  then over us would have gone the raging waters.

6  Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as prey to their teeth. 7  We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; 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 1  Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. 2  As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore. 3  For 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.

4  Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts. 5  But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways the Lord will lead away with evildoers. Peace be upon Israel!

Thanksgiving for Restoration

126 1  When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. 2  Then 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." 3  The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

4  Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb. 5  May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. 6  Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

Prosperity Comes from the LORD

127 1  Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. 2  It 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. 3  Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. 4  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons of one's youth. 5  Happy 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.

The Blessedness of Him Who Fears the LORD

128 1  Happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways. 2  You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. 3  Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. 4  Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord. 5  The Lord bless you from Zion. May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. 6  May you see your children's children. Peace be upon Israel!

A Prayer for the Overthrow of Zion's Enemies

129 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. 3  The plowers plowed on my back; they made their furrows long." 4  The Lord is righteous; he has cut the cords of the wicked.

5  May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward. 6  Let them be like the grass on the housetops that withers before it grows up, 7  with which reapers do not fill their hands or binders of sheaves their arms, 8  while those who pass by do not 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 1  Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. 2  Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! 3  If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? 4  But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.

5  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 6  my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. 7  O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. 8  It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Childlike Repose in the LORD

131 1  O 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. 2  But 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. 3  O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time on and forevermore.

A Prayer for Blessing on the Sanctuary

132 1  O Lord, remember in David's favor all the hardships he endured; 2  how 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; 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  We 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." 8  Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. 9  Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your faithful shout for joy. 10  For your servant David's sake do not turn away the face of your anointed one.

11  The 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. 12  If your sons keep my covenant and my decrees that I shall teach them, their sons also, forevermore, shall sit on your throne." 13  For 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. 15  I will abundantly bless its provisions; I will satisfy its poor with bread. 16  Its priests I will clothe with salvation, and its faithful will shout for joy. 17  There I will cause a horn to sprout up for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one. 18  His enemies I will clothe with disgrace, but on him, his crown will gleam."

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