Psalm 128-130 Revised Standard Version

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The Blessedness of Him Who Fears the LORD

128 1  A Song of Ascents. Blessed is every one 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 be 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  Lo, 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  A Song of Ascents. "Sorely have they afflicted me from my youth," let Israel now say-- 2  "Sorely have they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me. 3  The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows." 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, which withers before it grows up, 7  with which the reaper does not fill his hand or the binder of sheaves his bosom, 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  A Song of Ascents. Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord! 2  Lord, hear my voice! Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! 3  If thou, O Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? 4  But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

5  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 6  my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. 7  O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plenteous redemption. 8  And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

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