124 A song of ascents, 2 by David.
“If the Lord had not been on our side” –
let Israel say this! –
2 if the Lord had not been on our side,
when men attacked us, 3
3 they would have swallowed us alive,
when their anger raged against us.
4 The water would have overpowered us;
the current 4 would have overwhelmed 5 us. 6
5 The raging water
would have overwhelmed us. 7
6 The Lord deserves praise, 8
for 9 he did not hand us over as prey to their teeth.
7 We escaped with our lives, 10 like a bird from a hunter’s snare.
The snare broke, and we escaped.
8 Our deliverer is the Lord, 11
the Creator 12 of heaven and earth.
125 A song of ascents. 2
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion;
it cannot be upended and will endure forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, 3
so the Lord surrounds his people,
now and forevermore.
3 Indeed, 4 the scepter of a wicked king 5 will not settle 6
upon the allotted land of the godly.
Otherwise the godly might
do what is wrong. 7
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
to the morally upright! 8
5 As for those who are bent on traveling a sinful path, 9
may the Lord remove them, 10 along with those who behave wickedly! 11
May Israel experience peace! 12
126 A song of ascents. 2
When the Lord restored the well-being of Zion, 3
we thought we were dreaming. 4
2 At that time we laughed loudly
and shouted for joy. 5
At that time the nations said, 6
“The Lord has accomplished great things for these people.”
3 The Lord did indeed accomplish great things for us.
We were happy.
4 O Lord, restore our well-being,
just as the streams in the arid south are replenished. 7
5 Those who shed tears as they plant
will shout for joy when they reap the harvest. 8
6 The one who weeps as he walks along, carrying his bag 9 of seed,
will certainly come in with a shout of joy, carrying his sheaves of grain. 10