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.
128 A song of ascents. 2
How blessed is every one of the Lord’s loyal followers, 3
each one who keeps his commands! 4
2 You 5 will eat what you worked so hard to grow. 6
You will be blessed and secure. 7
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine 8
in the inner rooms of your house;
your children 9 will be like olive branches,
as they sit all around your table.
4 Yes indeed, the man who fears the Lord
will be blessed in this way. 10
5 May the Lord bless you 11 from Zion,
that you might see 12 Jerusalem 13 prosper
all the days of your life,
6 and that you might see 14 your grandchildren. 15
May Israel experience peace! 16