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
131 A song of ascents, 2 by David.
O Lord, my heart is not proud,
nor do I have a haughty look. 3
I do not have great aspirations,
or concern myself with things that are beyond me. 4
2 Indeed 5 I am composed and quiet, 6
like a young child carried by its mother; 7
I am content like the young child I carry. 8
3 O Israel, hope in the Lord
now and forevermore!
132 A song of ascents. 2
O Lord, for David’s sake remember
all his strenuous effort, 3
2 and how he made a vow to the Lord,
and swore an oath to the powerful ruler of Jacob. 4
3 He said, 5 “I will not enter my own home, 6
or get into my bed. 7
4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep,
or my eyelids to slumber,
5 until I find a place for the Lord,
a fine dwelling place 8 for the powerful ruler of Jacob.” 9
6 Look, we heard about it 10 in Ephrathah, 11
we found it in the territory of Jaar. 12
7 Let us go to his dwelling place!
Let us worship 13 before his footstool!
8 Ascend, O Lord, to your resting place,
you and the ark of your strength!
9 May your priests be clothed with integrity! 14
May your loyal followers shout for joy!
10 For the sake of David, your servant,
do not reject your chosen king! 15
11 The Lord made a reliable promise to David; 16
he will not go back on his word. 17
He said, 18 “I will place one of your descendants 19 on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant
and the rules I teach them,
their sons will also sit on your throne forever.”
13 Certainly 20 the Lord has chosen Zion;
he decided to make it his home. 21
14 He said, 22 “This will be my resting place forever;
I will live here, for I have chosen it. 23
15 I will abundantly supply what she needs; 24
I will give her poor all the food they need. 25
16 I will protect her priests, 26
and her godly people will shout exuberantly. 27
17 There I will make David strong; 28
I have determined that my chosen king’s dynasty will continue. 29
18 I will humiliate his enemies, 30
and his crown will shine.