Psalm 123–125

Psalm 123

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to you,

to you who sit enthronedm in heaven.

As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,

as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress,

so our eyes look to the Lordn our God,

till he shows us his mercy.

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us,

for we have endured no end of contempt.

We have endured no end

of ridicule from the arrogant,

of contempt from the proud.

Psalm 124

A song of ascents. Of David.

If the Lord had not been on our side—

let Israel sayo

if the Lord had not been on our side

when people attacked us,

they would have swallowed us alive

when their anger flared against us;

the floodp would have engulfed us,

the torrentq would have swept over us,

the raging waters

would have swept us away.

Praise be to the Lord,

who has not let us be torn by their teeth.

We have escaped like a bird

from the fowler’s snare;r

the snare has been broken,s

and we have escaped.

Our help is in the namet of the Lord,

the Maker of heavenu and earth.

Psalm 125

A song of ascents.

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,v

which cannot be shakenw but endures forever.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem,x

so the Lord surroundsy his people

both now and forevermore.

The scepterz of the wicked will not remaina

over the land allotted to the righteous,

for then the righteous might use

their hands to do evil.b

Lord, do goodc to those who are good,

to those who are upright in heart.d

But those who turne to crooked waysf

the Lord will banishg with the evildoers.

Peace be on Israel.h

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