1 When I was in trouble, I called to the Lord, and he answered me. 2 Save me, Lord, from liars and deceivers. 3 You liars, what will God do to you? How will he punish you? 4 With a soldier's sharp arrows, with red-hot coals! 5 Living among you is as bad as living in Meshech or among the people of Kedar. 6 I have lived too long with people who hate peace! 7 When I speak of peace, they are for war.
1 I look to the mountains; where will my help come from? 2 My help will come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let you fall; your protector is always awake. 4 The protector of Israel never dozes or sleeps. 5 The Lord will guard you; he is by your side to protect you. 6 The sun will not hurt you during the day, nor the moon during the night. 7 The Lord will protect you from all danger; he will keep you safe. 8 He will protect you as you come and go now and forever.
1 I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the Lord's house." 2 And now we are here, standing inside the gates of Jerusalem! 3 Jerusalem is a city restored in beautiful order and harmony. 4 This is where the tribes come, the tribes of Israel, to give thanks to the Lord according to his command. 5 Here the kings of Israel sat to judge their people. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May those who love you prosper. 7 May there be peace inside your walls and safety in your palaces." 8 For the sake of my relatives and friends I say to Jerusalem, "Peace be with you!" 9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God I pray for your prosperity.
1 Lord, I look up to you, up to heaven, where you rule. 2 As a servant depends on his master, as a maid depends on her mistress, so we will keep looking to you, O Lord our God, until you have mercy on us. 3 Be merciful to us, Lord, be merciful; we have been treated with so much contempt. 4 We have been mocked too long by the rich and scorned by proud oppressors.
1 What if the Lord had not been on our side? Answer, O Israel! 2 "If the Lord had not been on our side when our enemies attacked us, 3 then they would have swallowed us alive in their furious anger against us; 4 then the flood would have carried us away, the water would have covered us, 5 the raging torrent would have drowned us." 6 Let us thank the Lord, who has not let our enemies destroy us. 7 We have escaped like a bird from a hunter's trap; the trap is broken, and we are free! 8 Our help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which can never be shaken, never be moved. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, now and forever. 3 The wicked will not always rule over the land of the righteous; if they did, the righteous themselves might do evil. 4 Lord, do good to those who are good, to those who obey your commands. 5 But when you punish the wicked, punish also those who abandon your ways. Peace be with Israel!
1 When the Lord brought us back to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! 2 How we laughed, how we sang for joy! Then the other nations said about us, "The Lord did great things for them." 3 Indeed he did great things for us; how happy we were! 4 Lord, make us prosperous again, just as the rain brings water back to dry riverbeds. 5 Let those who wept as they planted their crops, gather the harvest with joy! 6 Those who wept as they went out carrying the seed will come back singing for joy, as they bring in the harvest.
1 If the Lord does not build the house, the work of the builders is useless; if the Lord does not protect the city, it does no good for the sentries to stand guard. 2 It is useless to work so hard for a living, getting up early and going to bed late. For the Lord provides for those he loves, while they are asleep. 3 Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a real blessing. 4 The sons a man has when he is young are like arrows in a soldier's hand. 5 Happy is the man who has many such arrows. He will never be defeated when he meets his enemies in the place of judgment.
1 Happy are those who obey the Lord, who live by his commands. 2 Your work will provide for your needs; you will be happy and prosperous. 3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in your home, and your children will be like young olive trees around your table. 4 A man who obeys the Lord will surely be blessed like this. 5 May the Lord bless you from Zion! May you see Jerusalem prosper all the days of your life! 6 May you live to see your grandchildren! Peace be with Israel!
1 Israel, tell us how your enemies have persecuted you ever since you were young. 2 "Ever since I was young, my enemies have persecuted me cruelly, but they have not overcome me. 3 They cut deep wounds in my back and made it like a plowed field. 4 But the Lord, the righteous one, has freed me from slavery." 5 May everyone who hates Zion be defeated and driven back. 6 May they all be like grass growing on the housetops, which dries up before it can grow; 7 no one gathers it up or carries it away in bundles. 8 No one who passes by will say, "May the Lord bless you! We bless you in the name of the Lord."
1 From the depths of my despair I call to you, Lord. 2 Hear my cry, O Lord; listen to my call for help! 3 If you kept a record of our sins, who could escape being condemned? 4 But you forgive us, so that we should stand in awe of you. 5 I wait eagerly for the Lord's help, and in his word I trust. 6 I wait for the Lord more eagerly than sentries wait for the dawn - than sentries wait for the dawn. 7 Israel, trust in the Lord, because his love is constant and he is always willing to save. 8 He will save his people Israel from all their sins.
1 Lord, I have given up my pride and turned away from my arrogance. I am not concerned with great matters or with subjects too difficult for me. 2 Instead, I am content and at peace. As a child lies quietly in its mother's arms, so my heart is quiet within me. 3 Israel, trust in the Lord now and forever!
1 Lord, do not forget David and all the hardships he endured. 2 Remember, Lord, what he promised, the vow he made to you, the Mighty God of Jacob: 3 "I will not go home or go to bed; 4 I will not rest or sleep, 5 until I provide a place for the Lord, a home for the Mighty God of Jacob." 6 In Bethlehem we heard about the Covenant Box, and we found it in the fields of Jearim. 7 We said, "Let us go to the Lord's house; let us worship before his throne." 8 Come to the Temple, Lord, with the Covenant Box, the symbol of your power, and stay here forever. 9 May your priests do always what is right; may your people shout for joy! 10 You made a promise to your servant David; do not reject your chosen king, Lord. 11 You made a solemn promise to David - a promise you will not take back: "I will make one of your sons king, and he will rule after you. 12 If your sons are true to my covenant and to the commands I give them, their sons, also, will succeed you for all time as kings." 13 The Lord has chosen Zion; he wants to make it his home: 14 "This is where I will live forever; this is where I want to rule. 15 I will richly provide Zion with all she needs; I will satisfy her poor with food. 16 I will bless her priests in all they do, and her people will sing and shout for joy. 17 Here I will make one of David's descendants a great king; here I will preserve the rule of my chosen king. 18 I will cover his enemies with shame, but his kingdom will prosper and flourish."