The Blessedness of Him Who Fears the LORD
128 1 Happy is the worshipper of the Lord, who is walking in his ways. 2 You will have the fruit of the work of your hands: happy will you be, and all will be well for you. 3 Your wife will be like a fertile vine in the inmost parts of your house: your children will be like olive plants round your table. 4 See! this is the blessing of the worshipper of the Lord. 5 May the Lord send you blessing out of Zion: may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life. 6 May you see your children's children. Peace be on Israel.
A Prayer for the Overthrow of Zion's Enemies
129 1 Great have been my troubles from the time when I was young (let Israel now say); 2 Great have been my troubles from the time when I was young, but my troubles have not overcome me. 3 The ploughmen were ploughing on my back; long were the wounds they made. 4 The Lord is true: the cords of the evil-doers are broken in two.
5 Let all the haters of Zion be shamed and turned back. 6 Let them be like the grass on the house-tops, which is dry before it comes to full growth. 7 He who gets in the grain has no use for it; and they do not make bands of it for the grain-stems. 8 And those who go by do not say, The blessing of the Lord be on you; we give you blessing in the name of the Lord.
Hope in the LORD's Redemption
130 1 Out of the deep have I sent up my cry to you, O Lord. 2 Lord, let my voice come before you: let your ears be awake to the voice of my prayer. 3 O Jah, if you took note of every sin, who would go free? 4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be feared.
5 I am waiting for the Lord, my soul is waiting for him, and my hope is in his word. 6 My soul is watching for the Lord more than those who are watching for the morning; yes, more than the watchers for the morning. 7 O Israel, have hope in the Lord; for with the Lord is mercy and full salvation. 8 And he will make Israel free from all his sins.