124 A song of ascents, 1 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, 2
3 they would have swallowed us alive,
when their anger raged against us.
4 The water would have overpowered us;
the current 3 would have overwhelmed 4 us. 5
5 The raging water
would have overwhelmed us. 6
6 The Lord deserves praise, 7
for 8 he did not hand us over as prey to their teeth.
7 We escaped with our lives, 9 like a bird from a hunter’s snare.
The snare broke, and we escaped.
8 Our deliverer is the Lord, 10
the Creator 11 of heaven and earth.
125 A song of ascents. 1
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion;
it cannot be upended and will endure forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, 2
so the Lord surrounds his people,
now and forevermore.
3 Indeed, 3 the scepter of a wicked king 4 will not settle 5
upon the allotted land of the godly.
Otherwise the godly might
do what is wrong. 6
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
to the morally upright! 7
5 As for those who are bent on traveling a sinful path, 8
may the Lord remove them, 9 along with those who behave wickedly! 10
May Israel experience peace! 11
126 A song of ascents. 1
When the Lord restored the well-being of Zion, 2
we thought we were dreaming. 3
2 At that time we laughed loudly
and shouted for joy. 4
At that time the nations said, 5
“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. 6
5 Those who shed tears as they plant
will shout for joy when they reap the harvest. 7
6 The one who weeps as he walks along, carrying his bag 8 of seed,
will certainly come in with a shout of joy, carrying his sheaves of grain. 9