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Psalm 132

The Eternal Dwelling of God in Zion

A Song of Ascents.
1Lord, remember in David’s favour
   all the hardships he endured;
2 how he swore to the Lord
   and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
3 ‘I will not enter my house
   or get into my bed;
4 I will not give sleep to my eyes
   or slumber to my eyelids,
5 until I find a place for the Lord,
   a dwelling-place for the Mighty One of Jacob.’


6 We heard of it in Ephrathah;
   we found it in the fields of Jaar.
7 ‘Let us go to his dwelling-place;
   let us worship at his footstool.’


8 Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting-place,
   you and the ark of your might.
9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
   and let your faithful shout for joy.
10 For your servant David’s sake
   do not turn away the face of your anointed one.


11 The Lord swore to David a sure oath
   from which he will not turn back:
‘One of the sons of your body
   I will set on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant
   and my decrees that I shall teach them,
their sons also, for evermore,
   shall sit on your throne.’


13 For the Lord has chosen Zion;
   he has desired it for his habitation:
14 ‘This is my resting-place for ever;
   here I will reside, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless its provisions;
   I will satisfy its poor with bread.
16 Its priests I will clothe with salvation,
   and its faithful will shout for joy.
17 There I will cause a horn to sprout up for David;
   I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one.
18 His enemies I will clothe with disgrace,
   but on him, his crown will gleam.’

Psalm 133

The Blessedness of Unity

A Song of Ascents.
1 How very good and pleasant it is
   when kindred live together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil on the head,
   running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
   running down over the collar of his robes.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
   which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
   life for evermore.

Psalm 134

Praise in the Night

A Song of Ascents.
1 Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
   who stand by night in the house of the Lord!
2 Lift up your hands to the holy place,
   and bless the Lord.


3 May the Lord, maker of heaven and earth,
   bless you from Zion.

Psalm 135

Praise for God’s Goodness and Might


1 Praise the Lord!
   Praise the name of the Lord;
   give praise, O servants of the Lord,
2 you that stand in the house of the Lord,
   in the courts of the house of our God.
3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
   sing to his name, for he is gracious.
4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
   Israel as his own possession.


5 For I know that the Lord is great;
   our Lord is above all gods.
6 Whatever the Lord pleases he does,
   in heaven and on earth,
   in the seas and all deeps.
7 He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth;
   he makes lightnings for the rain
   and brings out the wind from his storehouses.


8 He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
   both human beings and animals;
9 he sent signs and wonders
   into your midst, O Egypt,
   against Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 He struck down many nations
   and killed mighty kings—
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
   and Og, king of Bashan,
   and all the kingdoms of Canaan—
12 and gave their land as a heritage,
   a heritage to his people Israel.


13 Your name, O Lord, endures for ever,
   your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.
14 For the Lord will vindicate his people,
   and have compassion on his servants.


15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
   the work of human hands.
16 They have mouths, but they do not speak;
   they have eyes, but they do not see;
17 they have ears, but they do not hear,
   and there is no breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them
   and all who trust them
   shall become like them.


19 O house of Israel, bless the Lord!
   O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!
20 O house of Levi, bless the Lord!
   You that fear the Lord, bless the Lord!
21 Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
   he who resides in Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 136

God’s Work in Creation and in History


1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.
2 O give thanks to the God of gods,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.
3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;


4 who alone does great wonders,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
5 who by understanding made the heavens,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
6 who spread out the earth on the waters,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
7 who made the great lights,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
8 the sun to rule over the day,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
9 the moon and stars to rule over the night,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;


10 who struck Egypt through their firstborn,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
11 and brought Israel out from among them,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
13 who divided the Red Sea* in two,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,*
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
16 who led his people through the wilderness,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
17 who struck down great kings,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
18 and killed famous kings,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
22 a heritage to his servant Israel,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.


23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
24 and rescued us from our foes,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever;
25 who gives food to all flesh,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.


26 O give thanks to the God of heaven,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.

Psalm 137

Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem


1 By the rivers of Babylon—
   there we sat down and there we wept
   when we remembered Zion.
2 On the willows* there
   we hung up our harps.
3 For there our captors
   asked us for songs,
and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying,
   ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’


4 How could we sing the Lord’s song
   in a foreign land?
5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
   let my right hand wither!
6 Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth,
   if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem
   above my highest joy.


7 Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites
   the day of Jerusalem’s fall,
how they said, ‘Tear it down! Tear it down!
   Down to its foundations!’
8 O daughter Babylon, you devastator!*
   Happy shall they be who pay you back
   what you have done to us!
9 Happy shall they be who take your little ones
   and dash them against the rock!

Psalm 138

Thanksgiving and Praise

Of David.
1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
   before the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down towards your holy temple
   and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
   for you have exalted your name and your word
   above everything.*
3 On the day I called, you answered me,
   you increased my strength of soul.*


4 All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
   for they have heard the words of your mouth.
5 They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
   for great is the glory of the Lord.
6 For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;
   but the haughty he perceives from far away.


7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
   you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
   and your right hand delivers me.
8 The Lord will fulfil his purpose for me;
   your steadfast love, O Lord, endures for ever.
   Do not forsake the work of your hands.

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