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