A Prayer for Deliverance from Deceitfulness
120 1 A Song of the Ascents. Unto Jehovah in my distress I have called, And He answereth me. 2 O Jehovah, deliver my soul from a lying lip, From a deceitful tongue! 3 What doth He give to thee? And what doth He add to thee? O deceitful tongue! 4 Sharp arrows of a mighty one, with broom-coals.
The LORD Is Thy Keeper
121 1 A Song of the Ascents. I lift up mine eyes unto the hills, Whence doth my help come? 2 My help 'is' from Jehovah, maker of heaven and earth, 3 He suffereth not thy foot to be moved, Thy preserver slumbereth not. 4 Lo, He slumbereth not, nor sleepeth, He who is preserving Israel. 5 Jehovah 'is' thy preserver, Jehovah 'is' thy shade on thy right hand, 6 By day the sun doth not smite thee, Nor the moon by night. 7 Jehovah preserveth thee from all evil, He doth preserve thy soul. 8 Jehovah preserveth thy going out and thy coming in, From henceforth even unto the age!
A Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem
122 1 A Song of the Ascents, by David. I have rejoiced in those saying to me, 'To the house of Jehovah we go.' 2 Our feet have been standing in thy gates, O Jerusalem! 3 Jerusalem—the builded one—'Is' as a city that is joined to itself together. 4 For thither have tribes gone up, Tribes of Jah, companies of Israel, To give thanks to the name of Jehovah. 5 For there have sat thrones of judgment, Thrones of the house of David.
6 Ask ye the peace of Jerusalem, At rest are those loving thee. 7 Peace is in thy bulwark, rest in thy high places, 8 For the sake of my brethren and my companions, Let me speak, I pray thee, 'Peace 'be' in thee.' 9 For the sake of the house of Jehovah our God, I seek good for thee!
A Prayer for Mercy
123 1 A Song of the Ascents. Unto Thee I have lifted up mine eyes, O dweller in the heavens. 2 Lo, as eyes of men-servants 'Are' unto the hand of their masters, As eyes of a maid-servant 'Are' unto the hand of her mistress, So 'are' our eyes unto Jehovah our God, Till that He doth favour us. 3 Favour us, O Jehovah, favour us, For greatly have we been filled with contempt, 4 Greatly hath our soul been filled With the scorning of the easy ones, With the contempt of the arrogant!
Praise for Deliverance from Enemies
124 1 A Song of the Ascents, by David. Save 'for' Jehovah—who hath been for us, (Pray, let Israel say), 2 Save 'for' Jehovah—who hath been for us, In the rising up of man against us, 3 Then alive they had swallowed us up, In the burning of their anger against us, 4 Then the waters had overflowed us, The stream passed over our soul, 5 Then passed over our soul had the proud waters.
6 Blessed 'is' Jehovah who hath not given us, A prey to their teeth. 7 Our soul as a bird hath escaped from a snare of fowlers, The snare was broken, and we have escaped. 8 Our help 'is' in the name of Jehovah, Maker of the heavens and earth!
The LORD Is Round about His People
125 1 A Song of the Ascents. Those trusting in Jehovah 'are' as Mount Zion, It is not moved—to the age it abideth. 2 Jerusalem! mountains 'are' round about her, And Jehovah 'is' round about His people, From henceforth even unto the age. 3 For the rod of wickedness resteth not On the lot of the righteous, That the righteous put not forth on iniquity their hands.
Thanksgiving for Restoration
126 1 A Song of the Ascents. In Jehovah's turning back 'to' the captivity of Zion, We have been as dreamers. 2 Then filled 'with' laughter is our mouth, And our tongue 'with' singing, Then do they say among nations, 'Jehovah did great things with these.' 3 Jehovah did great things with us, We have been joyful.
4 Turn again, O Jehovah, 'to' our captivity, As streams in the south. 5 Those sowing in tears, with singing do reap, 6 Whoso goeth on and weepeth, Bearing the basket of seed, Surely cometh in with singing, bearing his sheaves!
Prosperity Comes from the LORD
127 1 A Song of the Ascents, by Solomon. If Jehovah doth not build the house, In vain have its builders laboured at it, If Jehovah doth not watch a city, In vain hath a watchman waked. 2 Vain for you who are rising early, Who delay sitting, eating the bread of griefs, So He giveth to His beloved one sleep. 3 Lo, an inheritance of Jehovah 'are' sons, A reward 'is' the fruit of the womb. 4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty one, So 'are' the sons of the young men. 5 O the happiness of the man Who hath filled his quiver with them, They are not ashamed, For they speak with enemies in the gate!
The Blessedness of Him Who Fears the LORD
128 1 A Song of the Ascents. O the happiness of every one fearing Jehovah, Who is walking in His ways. 2 The labour of thy hands thou surely eatest, Happy 'art' thou, and good 'is' to thee. 3 Thy wife 'is' as a fruitful vine in the sides of thy house, Thy sons as olive plants around thy table. 4 Lo, surely thus is the man blessed who is fearing Jehovah. 5 Jehovah doth bless thee out of Zion, Look, then, on the good of Jerusalem, All the days of thy life, 6 And see the sons of thy sons! Peace on Israel!
A Prayer for the Overthrow of Zion's Enemies
129 1 A Song of the Ascents. Often they distressed me from my youth, Pray, let Israel say: 2 Often they distressed me from my youth, Yet they have not prevailed over me. 3 Over my back have ploughers ploughed, They have made long their furrows. 4 Jehovah 'is' righteous, He hath cut asunder cords of the wicked.
5 Confounded and turn backward do all hating Zion. 6 They are as grass of the roofs, That before it was drawn out withereth, 7 That hath not filled the hand of a reaper, And the bosom of a binder of sheaves. 8 And the passers by have not said, 'The blessing of Jehovah 'is' on you, We blessed you in the Name of Jehovah!'
Hope in the LORD's Redemption
130 1 A Song of the Ascents. From depths I have called Thee, Jehovah. 2 Lord, hearken to my voice, Thine ears are attentive to the voice of my supplications. 3 If iniquities Thou dost observe, O Lord, who doth stand? 4 But with Thee 'is' forgiveness, that Thou mayest be feared.
5 I hoped 'for' Jehovah—hoped hath my soul, And for His word I have waited. 6 My soul 'is' for the Lord, More than those watching for morning, Watching for morning! 7 Israel doth wait on Jehovah, For with Jehovah 'is' kindness, And abundant with Him 'is' redemption. 8 And He doth redeem Israel from all his iniquities!
Childlike Repose in the LORD
131 1 A Song of the Ascents, by David. Jehovah, my heart hath not been haughty, Nor have mine eyes been high, Nor have I walked in great things, And in things too wonderful for me. 2 Have I not compared, and kept silent my soul, As a weaned one by its mother? As a weaned one by me 'is' my soul. 3 Israel doth wait on Jehovah, From henceforth, and unto the age!
A Prayer for Blessing on the Sanctuary
132 1 A Song of the Ascents. Remember, Jehovah, for David, all his afflictions. 2 Who hath sworn to Jehovah. He hath vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob: 3 'If I enter into the tent of my house, If I go up on the couch of my bed, 4 If I give sleep to mine eyes, To mine eyelids—slumber, 5 Till I do find a place for Jehovah, Tabernacles for the Mighty One of Jacob. 6 'Lo, we have heard it in Ephratah, We have found it in the fields of the forest. 7 We come in to His tabernacles, We bow ourselves at His footstool. 8 Arise, O Jehovah, to Thy rest, Thou, and the ark of Thy strength, 9 Thy priests do put on righteousness, And Thy pious ones cry aloud. 10 For the sake of David Thy servant, Turn not back the face of Thine anointed.
11 Jehovah hath sworn truth to David, He turneth not back from it: Of the fruit of thy body, I set on the throne for thee. 12 If thy sons keep My covenant, And My testimonies that I teach them, Their sons also for ever and ever, Do sit on the throne for thee. 13 For Jehovah hath fixed on Zion, He hath desired 'it' for a seat to Himself, 14 This 'is' My rest for ever and ever, Here do I sit, for I have desired it. 15 Her provision I greatly bless, Her needy ones I satisfy 'with' bread, 16 And her priests I clothe 'with' salvation, And her pious ones do sing aloud. 17 There I cause to spring up a horn for David, I have arranged a lamp for Mine anointed. 18 His enemies I do clothe 'with' shame, And upon him doth his crown flourish!