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Psalm 123

Supplication for Mercy

A Song of Ascents.
1 To you I lift up my eyes,
   O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
2 As the eyes of servants
   look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid
   to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
   until he has mercy upon us.


3 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
   for we have had more than enough of contempt.
4 Our soul has had more than its fill
   of the scorn of those who are at ease,
   of the contempt of the proud.

Psalm 124

Thanksgiving for Israel’s Deliverance

A Song of Ascents. Of David.
1 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side
   —let Israel now say—
2 if it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
   when our enemies attacked us,
3 then they would have swallowed us up alive,
   when their anger was kindled against us;
4 then the flood would have swept us away,
   the torrent would have gone over us;
5 then over us would have gone
   the raging waters.


6 Blessed be the Lord,
   who has not given us
   as prey to their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird
   from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
   and we have escaped.


8 Our help is in the name of the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 125

The Security of God’s People

A Song of Ascents.
1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
   which cannot be moved, but abides for ever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
   so the Lord surrounds his people,
   from this time on and for evermore.
3 For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest
   on the land allotted to the righteous,
so that the righteous may not stretch out
   their hands to do wrong.
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
   and to those who are upright in their hearts.
5 But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways
   the Lord will lead away with evildoers.
   Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 126

A Harvest of Joy

A Song of Ascents.
1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,*
   we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
   and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
   ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’
3 The Lord has done great things for us,
   and we rejoiced.


4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
   like the watercourses in the Negeb.
5 May those who sow in tears
   reap with shouts of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping,
   bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
   carrying their sheaves.

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