Bible: Pss. 120-134
Psalm 120 1
120:1 A song of ascents. 2
In my distress I cried out
from those who lie with their lips 5
and those who deceive with their tongue. 6
120:3 How will he severely punish you,
you deceptive talker? 7
120:4 Here’s how! 8 With the sharp arrows of warriors,
with arrowheads forged over the hot coals. 9
120:5 How miserable I am! 10
For I have lived temporarily 11 in Meshech;
I have resided among the tents of Kedar. 12
120:6 For too long I have had to reside
with those who hate 13 peace.
120:7 I am committed to peace, 14
but when I speak, they want to make war. 15
Psalm 121 16
121:1 A song of ascents. 17
I look up 18 toward the hills.
From where 19 does my help come?
121:2 My help comes from the
the Creator 21 of heaven and earth!
121:3 May he not allow your foot to slip!
121:4 Look! Israel’s protector 24
does not sleep or slumber!
121:6 The sun will not harm you by day,
or the moon by night. 25
he will protect your life.
now and forevermore.
Psalm 122 27
122:1 A song of ascents, 28 by David.
I was glad because 29 they said to me,
“We will go to the
122:2 Our feet are 30 standing
inside your gates, O Jerusalem.
122:3 Jerusalem 31 is a city designed
to accommodate an assembly. 32
the tribes of the
where it is required that Israel
give thanks to the name of the
on the thrones of the house of David. 38
122:6 Pray 39 for the peace of Jerusalem!
May those who love her prosper! 40
122:7 May there be peace inside your defenses,
122:8 For the sake of my brothers and my neighbors
I will say, “May there be peace in you!”
122:9 For the sake of the temple of the
I will pray for you to prosper. 43
Psalm 123 44
123:1 A song of ascents. 45
I look up 46 toward you,
the one enthroned 47 in heaven.
123:2 Look, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a female servant look to the hand of her mistress, 48
so my eyes will look to the
123:3 Show us favor, O
For we have had our fill of humiliation, and then some. 49
123:4 We have had our fill 50
of the taunts of the self-assured,
of the contempt of the proud.
Psalm 124 51
124:1 A song of ascents, 52 by David.
let Israel say this! –
124:2 if the
when men attacked us, 53
124:3 they would have swallowed us alive,
when their anger raged against us.
124:4 The water would have overpowered us;
124:5 The raging water
would have overwhelmed us. 57
for 59 he did not hand us over as prey to their teeth.
124:7 We escaped with our lives, 60 like a bird from a hunter’s snare.
The snare broke, and we escaped.
124:8 Our deliverer is the
the Creator 62 of heaven and earth.
Psalm 125 63
125:1 A song of ascents. 64
Those who trust in the
it cannot be upended and will endure forever.
125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, 65
now and forevermore.
upon the allotted land of the godly.
Otherwise the godly might
do what is wrong. 69
125:4 Do good, O
to the morally upright! 70
125:5 As for those who are bent on traveling a sinful path, 71
May Israel experience peace! 74
Psalm 126 75
126:1 A song of ascents. 76
we thought we were dreaming. 78
126:2 At that time we laughed loudly
and shouted for joy. 79
At that time the nations said, 80
We were happy.
just as the streams in the arid south are replenished. 81
126:5 Those who shed tears as they plant
will shout for joy when they reap the harvest. 82
126:6 The one who weeps as he walks along, carrying his bag 83 of seed,
will certainly come in with a shout of joy, carrying his sheaves of grain. 84
Psalm 127 85
127:1 A song of ascents, 86 by Solomon.
then those who build it work in vain.
then the watchman stands guard in vain.
127:2 It is vain for you to rise early, come home late,
and work so hard for your food. 89
the fruit of the womb is a reward.
127:4 Sons born during one’s youth
are like arrows in a warrior’s hand. 94
127:5 How blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
Psalm 128 97
128:1 A song of ascents. 98
How blessed is every one of the
each one who keeps his commands! 100
You will be blessed and secure. 103
128:3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine 104
in the inner rooms of your house;
your children 105 will be like olive branches,
as they sit all around your table.
128:4 Yes indeed, the man who fears the
will be blessed in this way. 106
128:5 May the
all the days of your life,
May Israel experience peace! 112
Psalm 129 113
129:1 A song of ascents. 114
“Since my youth they have often attacked me,”
let Israel say.
129:2 “Since my youth they have often attacked me,
but they have not defeated me.
129:3 The plowers plowed my back;
they made their furrows long.
he cut the ropes of the wicked.” 115
129:5 May all who hate Zion
be humiliated and turned back!
129:6 May they be like the grass on the rooftops
which withers before one can even pull it up, 116
129:7 which cannot fill the reaper’s hand,
or the lap of the one who gathers the grain!
129:8 Those who pass by will not say, 117
“May you experience the
We pronounce a blessing on you in the name of the
Psalm 130 118
130:1 A song of ascents. 119
From the deep water 120 I cry out to you, O
130:2 O Lord, listen to me! 121
Pay attention to 122 my plea for mercy!
130:3 If you, O
O Lord, who could stand before you? 124
130:5 I rely on 129 the
I rely on him with my whole being; 130
I wait for his assuring word. 131
130:6 I yearn for the Lord, 132
more than watchmen do for the morning,
yes, more than watchmen do for the morning. 133
130:7 O Israel, hope in the
and is more than willing to deliver. 135
130:8 He will deliver 136 Israel
from all the consequences of their sins. 137
Psalm 131 138
131:1 A song of ascents, 139 by David.
nor do I have a haughty look. 140
I do not have great aspirations,
or concern myself with things that are beyond me. 141
like a young child carried by its mother; 144
I am content like the young child I carry. 145
131:3 O Israel, hope in the
now and forevermore!
Psalm 132 146
132:1 A song of ascents. 147
all his strenuous effort, 148
132:2 and how he made a vow to the
and swore an oath to the powerful ruler of Jacob. 149
or get into my bed. 152
132:4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep,
or my eyelids to slumber,
132:5 until I find a place for the
we found it in the territory of Jaar. 157
132:7 Let us go to his dwelling place!
Let us worship 158 before his footstool!
132:8 Ascend, O
you and the ark of your strength!
132:9 May your priests be clothed with integrity! 159
May your loyal followers shout for joy!
132:10 For the sake of David, your servant,
do not reject your chosen king! 160
he will not go back on his word. 162
132:12 If your sons keep my covenant
and the rules I teach them,
their sons will also sit on your throne forever.”
132:13 Certainly 165 the
he decided to make it his home. 166
132:14 He said, 167 “This will be my resting place forever;
I will live here, for I have chosen it. 168
132:15 I will abundantly supply what she needs; 169
I will give her poor all the food they need. 170
132:16 I will protect her priests, 171
and her godly people will shout exuberantly. 172
132:17 There I will make David strong; 173
I have determined that my chosen king’s dynasty will continue. 174
132:18 I will humiliate his enemies, 175
and his crown will shine.
Psalm 133 176
133:1 A song of ascents, 177 by David.
Look! How good and how pleasant it is
when brothers live together! 178
133:2 It is like fine oil poured on the head
which flows down the beard 179 –
and then flows down his garments. 180
133:3 It is like the dew of Hermon, 181
which flows down upon the hills of Zion. 182
Indeed 183 that is where the
a blessing will be available – eternal life. 184
Psalm 134 185
134:1 A song of ascents. 186
Attention! 187 Praise the
all you servants of the
who serve 188 in the
134:2 Lift your hands toward the sanctuary
and praise the
134:3 May the