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
129 A song of ascents. 2
“Since my youth they have often attacked me,”
let Israel say.
2 “Since my youth they have often attacked me,
but they have not defeated me.
3 The plowers plowed my back;
they made their furrows long.
4 The Lord is just;
he cut the ropes of the wicked.” 3
5 May all who hate Zion
be humiliated and turned back!
6 May they be like the grass on the rooftops
which withers before one can even pull it up, 4
7 which cannot fill the reaper’s hand,
or the lap of the one who gathers the grain!
8 Those who pass by will not say, 5
“May you experience the Lord’s blessing!
We pronounce a blessing on you in the name of the Lord.”
130 A song of ascents. 2
From the deep water 3 I cry out to you, O Lord.
2 O Lord, listen to me! 4
Pay attention to 5 my plea for mercy!
3 If you, O Lord, were to keep track of 6 sins,
O Lord, who could stand before you? 7
4 But 8 you are willing to forgive, 9
so that you might 10 be honored. 11
5 I rely on 12 the Lord,
I rely on him with my whole being; 13
I wait for his assuring word. 14
6 I yearn for the Lord, 15
more than watchmen do for the morning,
yes, more than watchmen do for the morning. 16
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord,
for the Lord exhibits loyal love, 17
and is more than willing to deliver. 18
8 He will deliver 19 Israel
from all the consequences of their sins. 20