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
127 A song of ascents, 2 by Solomon.
If the Lord does not build a house, 3
then those who build it work in vain.
If the Lord does not guard a city, 4
then the watchman stands guard in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise early, come home late,
and work so hard for your food. 5
Yes, 6 he can provide for those whom he loves even when they sleep. 7
3 Yes, 8 sons 9 are a gift from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Sons born during one’s youth
are like arrows in a warrior’s hand. 10
5 How blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
They will not be put to shame 11 when they confront 12 enemies at the city gate.