1I look up to the hills. Where does my help come from?2My help comes from the Lord. He is the Maker of heaven and earth.3He won't let your foot slip. He who watches over you won't get tired.4In fact, he who watches over Israel won't get tired or go to sleep.5The LORD watches over you. The LORD is like a shade tree at your right hand.6The sun won't harm you during the day. The moon won't harm you during the night.7The LORD will keep you from every kind of harm. He will watch over your life.8The LORD will watch over your life no matter where you go, both now and forever.
1I look up and pray to you. Your throne is in heaven.2Slaves depend on their masters. Maids depend on the women they work for. In the same way, we depend on the LORD our God. We wait for him to show us his favor.3Lord, show us your favor. Show us your favor, because people have made so much fun of us.4We have had to put up with a lot from those who are proud. They were always laughing at us.
1Here is what Israel should say. Suppose the LORD had not been on our side.2Suppose the LORD had not been on our side when our enemies attacked us.3Suppose he had not been on our side when their anger blazed out against us. Then they would have swallowed us alive.4They would have been like a flood that drowned us. They would have swept over us like a rushing river.5They would have washed us away like a swollen stream.6Give praise to the Lord. He has not let our enemies chew us up.7We have escaped like a bird from a hunter's trap. The trap has been broken, and we have escaped.8Our help comes from the Lord. He is the Maker of heaven and earth.
1Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion. They will always be secure. They will last forever.2Like the mountains around Jerusalem, the LORD is all around his people both now and forever.3Evil people will not always rule the land the LORD gave to those who do right. If they did, those who do right might do what is evil.4Lord, do good to those who are good. Do good to those whose hearts are honest.5But what about those who have taken paths that are crooked? The LORD will drive them out, along with those who do what is evil. May Israel enjoy peace.
1Blessed are all those who have respect for the Lord. They live as he wants them to live.2Your work will give you what you need. Blessings and good things will come to you.3As a vine bears a lot of fruit, so your wife will have many children by you. They will sit around your table like young olive trees.4Only a man who has respect for the LORD will be blessed like that.5May the LORD bless you from Zion. May you enjoy the good things that come to Jerusalem all the days of your life.6May you live to see your grandchildren. May Israel enjoy peace.
1Here is what Israel should say. Many times my enemies have beaten me down ever since I was a young nation.2Many times my enemies have beaten me down ever since I was a young nation, but they haven't won the battle.3They have made deep wounds in my back. It looks like a field a farmer has plowed.4The LORD does what is right. Sinners had tied me up with ropes. But the LORD has set me free.5May all those who hate Zion be driven back in shame.6May they be like grass that grows on the roof of a house. It dries up before it can grow.7There isn't enough of it to fill a person's hand. There isn't enough to tie up and carry away.8May no one who passes by say to those who hate Zion, "May the blessing of the LORD be on you. We bless you in the name of the Lord."
1Lord, I cry out to you because I'm suffering so deeply.2Lord, listen to me. Pay attention to my cry for your favor.3Lord, suppose you kept a record of sins. Lord, who then wouldn't be found guilty?4But you forgive. So people have respect for you.5With all my heart I wait for the LORD to help me. I put my hope in his word.6I wait for the Lord to help me. I wait with more longing than those on guard duty wait for the morning. I'll say it again. I wait with more longing than those on guard duty wait for the morning.7Israel, put your hope in the Lord, because the LORD's love never fails. He sets his people completely free.8He himself will set Israel free from all of their sins.