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 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.
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!