126:1 When the Lord made a change in Zion's fate, we were like men in a dream.
2 Then our mouths were full of laughing, and our tongues gave a glad cry ; they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them.
3 The Lord has done great things for us ; because of which we are glad.
4 Let our fate be changed, O Lord, like the streams in the South.
5 Those who put in seed with weeping will get in the grain with cries of joy.
6 Though a man may go out weeping, taking his vessel of seed with him ; he will come again in joy, with the corded stems of grain in his arms.
PSALMS, 127 A Song of the going up. Of Solomon.
127:1 If the Lord is not helping the builders, then the building of a house is to no purpose : if the Lord does not keep the town, the watchman keeps his watch for nothing.
2 It is of no use for you to get up early, and to go late to your rest, with the bread of sorrow for your food ; for the Lord gives to his loved ones in sleep.
3 See, sons are a heritage from the Lord ; the fruit of the body is his reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a man of war, are the children of the young.
5 Happy is the man who has a good store of them ; he will not be put to shame, but his cause will be supported by them against his haters.
PSALMS, 128 A Song of the going up.
128:1 Happy is the worshipper of the Lord, who is walking in his ways.
2 You will have the fruit of the work of your hands : happy will you be, and all will be well for you.
3 Your wife will be like a fertile vine in the inmost parts of your house : your children will be like olive plants round your table.
4 See ! this is the blessing of the worshipper of the Lord.
5 May the Lord send you blessing out of Zion : may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
6 May you see your children's children. Peace be on Israel.
PSALMS, 129 A Song of the going up.
129:1 Great have been my troubles from the time when I was young (let Israel now say) ;
2 Great have been my troubles from the time when I was young, but my troubles have not overcome me.
3 The ploughmen were ploughing on my back ; long were the wounds they made.
4 The Lord is true : the cords of the evil-doers are broken in two.
5 Let all the haters of Zion be shamed and turned back.
6 Let them be like the grass on the house-tops, which is dry before it comes to full growth.
7 He who gets in the grain has no use for it ; and they do not make bands of it for the grain-stems.
8 And those who go by do not say, The blessing of the Lord be on you ; we give you blessing in the name of the Lord.
PSALMS, 130 A Song of the going up.
130:1 Out of the deep have I sent up my cry to you, O Lord.
2 Lord, let my voice come before you : let your ears be awake to the voice of my prayer.
3 O Jah, if you took note of every sin, who would go free ?
4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be feared.
5 I am waiting for the Lord, my soul is waiting for him, and my hope is in his word.
6 My soul is watching for the Lord more than those who are watching for the morning ; yes, more than the watchers for the morning.
7 O Israel, have hope in the Lord ; for with the Lord is mercy and full salvation.
8 And he will make Israel free from all his sins.
PSALMS, 131 A Song of the going up. Of David.
131:1 Lord, there is no pride in my heart and my eyes are not lifted up ; and I have not taken part in great undertakings, or in things over-hard for me.
See, I have made my soul calm and quiet, like a child on its mother's breast ; my soul is like a child on its mother's breast.
O Israel, have hope in the Lord, from this time and for ever.
PSALMS, 132 A Song of Ascents
132:1 A Song of the going up. Lord, give thought to David, and to all his troubles ;
2 How he made an oath to the Lord, and gave his word to the great God of Jacob, saying,
3 Truly, I will not come into my house, or go to my bed,
4 I will not give sleep to my eyes, or rest to my eyeballs,
5 Till I have got a place for the Lord, a resting-place for the great God of Jacob.
132:6 We had news of it at Ephrathah : we came to it in the fields of the wood.
7 Let us go into his tent; let us give worship at his feet.
132:8 Come back, O Lord, to your resting-place ; you and the ark of your strength.
9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness ; and let your saints give cries of joy.
10 Because of your servant David, do not give up your king.
132:11 The Lord gave a true oath to David, which he will not take back, saying, I will give your kingdom to the fruit of your body.
12 If your children keep my word, and the teachings which I will give them, their children will be rulers of your kingdom for ever.
13 For the Lord's heart is on Zion, desiring it for his resting-place.
14 This is my rest for ever: here will I ever be ; for this is my desire.
15 My blessing will be on her food; and her poor will be full of bread.
16 Her priests will be clothed with salvation ; and her saints will give cries of joy.
17 There I will make the horn of David fertile : I have made ready a light for my king.
18 His haters will be clothed with shame ; but I will make his crown shining.
PSALMS, 133 A Song of the going up. Of David.
133:1 See how good and how pleasing it is for brothers to be living together in harmony !
It is like oil of great price on the head, flowing down over the face, even Aaron's face : coming down to the edge of his robe ;
Like the dew of Hermon, which comes down on the mountains of Zion : for there the Lord gave orders for the blessing, even life for ever.
PSALMS, 134 A Song of the going up.
134:1 Give praise to the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who take your places in the house of the Lord by night.
Give praise to the Lord, lifting up your hands in his holy place.
May the Lord, who made heaven and earth, send you blessing out of Zion!
PSALMS, 135 Works of God
135:1 Let the Lord be praised. O you servants of the Lord, give praise to the name of the Lord.
2 You who are in the house of the Lord, and in the open spaces of the house of our God,
3 Give praise to Jah, for he is good : make melody to his name, for it is pleasing.
4 For the Lord has taken Jacob for himself, and Israel for his property.
135:5 I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is greater than all other gods.
5 The Lord has done whatever was pleasing to him, in heaven, and on the earth, in the seas and in all the deep waters.
7 He makes the mists go up from the ends of the earth ; he makes thunder-flames for the rain ; he sends out the winds from his store-houses.
135:8 He put to death the first-fruits of Egypt, of man and of beast.
9 He sent signs and wonders among you, O Egypt, on Pharaoh, and on all his servants.
10 He overcame great nations, and put strong kings to death ;
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan ;
12 And gave their land for a heritage, even for a heritage to Israel his people.
13 O Lord, your name is eternal ; and the memory of you will have no end.
14 For the Lord will be judge of his people's cause ; his feelings will be changed to his servants.
135:15 The images of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
16 They have mouths, but no voice, they have eyes, but they do not see ;
17 They have ears, but no hearing ; and there is no breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them are like them ; and so is everyone who puts his hope in them.
135:19 Give praise to the Lord, O children of Israel : give praise to the Lord, O sons of Aaron :
20 Give praise to the Lord, O sons of Levi : let all the worshippers of the Lord give him praise.
21 Praise be to the Lord out of Zion, even to the Lord whose house is in Jerusalem,
Let the Lord be praised.
PSALMS, 136 Steadfast love of God
136:1 O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
2 O give praise to the God of gods : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
3 O give praise to the Lord of lords : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
136:4 To him who only does great wonders : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
5 To him who by wisdom made the heavens : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
6 To him by whom the earth was stretched out over the waters : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
7 To him who made great lights : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
8 The sun to have rule by day : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
9 The moon and the stars to have rule by night : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
136:10 To him who put to death the first-fruits of Egypt : for his mercy is unchanging for ever :
11 And took out Israel from among them : for his mercy is unchanging for ever:
12 With a strong hand and an outstretched arm : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
13 To him who made a way through the Red Sea : for his mercy is unchanging for ever :
14 And let Israel go through it : for his mercy is unchanging for ever :
15 By him Pharaoh and his army were overturned in the Red Sea : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
16 To him who took his people through the waste land : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
17 To him who overcame great kings : for his mercy is unchanging for ever :
18 And put noble kings to death : for his mercy is unchanging for ever :
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites : for his mercy is unchanging for ever :
20 And Og, king of Bashan : for his mercy is unchanging for ever :
21 And gave their land to his people for a heritage : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
22 Even a heritage for his servant Israel : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
136:23 Who kept us in mind when we were in trouble : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
24 And has taken us out of the hands of our haters : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
25 Who gives food to all flesh : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
136:26 O give praise to the God of heaven : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
PSALMS, 137 My greatest joy
137:1 By the rivers of Babylon we were seated, weeping at the memory of Zion,
2 Hanging our instruments of music on the trees by the waterside.
3 For there those who had taken us prisoners made request for a song ; and those who had taken away all we had gave us orders to be glad, saying, Give us one of the songs of Zion.
137:4 How may we give the Lord's song in a strange land ?
5 If I keep not your memory, O Jerusalem, let not my right hand keep the memory of its art.
6 If I let you go out of my thoughts, and if I do not put Jerusalem before my greatest joy, let my tongue be fixed to the roof of my mouth.
137:7 O Lord, keep in mind against the children of Edom the day of Jerusalem ; how they said, Let it be uncovered, uncovered even to its base.
8 O daughter of Babylon, whose fate is destruction ; happy is the man who does to you what you have done to us.
9 Happy is the man who takes your little ones, crushing them against the rocks.
PSALMS, 138 Of David
138:1 Of David. I will give you praise with all my heart : I will make melody to you before the gods.
2 I will give worship before your holy Temple, praising your name for your mercy and for your unchanging faith : for you have made your word greater than all your name.
3 When my cry came to your ears you gave me an answer, and made me great with strength in my soul.
138:4 All the kings of the earth will give you praise, O Lord, when the words of your mouth come to their ears.
5 They will make songs about the ways of the Lord ; for great is the glory of the Lord.
6 Though the Lord is high, he sees those who are low ; and he has knowledge from far off of those who are lifted up.
138:7 Even when trouble is round me, you will give me life ; your hand will be stretched out against the wrath of my haters, and your right hand will be my salvation.
8 The Lord will make all things complete for me : O Lord, your mercy is eternal ; do not give up the works of your hands.
PSALMS, 139 To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David.
139:1 O Lord, you have knowledge of me, searching out all my secrets.
2 You have knowledge when I am seated and when I get up, you see my thoughts from far away.
3 You keep watch over my steps and my sleep, and have knowledge of all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue which is not clear to you, O Lord.
5 I am shut in by you on every side, and you have put your hand on me.
6 Such knowledge is a wonder greater than my powers ; it is so high that I may not come near it.
139:7 Where may I go from your spirit ? how may I go in flight from you?
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there : or if I make my bed in the underworld, you are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and go to the farthest parts of the sea;
10 Even there will I be guided by your hand, and your right hand will keep me.
11 If I say, Only let me be covered by the dark, and the light about me be night ;
12 Even the dark is not dark to you ; the night is as bright as the day : for dark and light are the same to you.
139:13 My flesh was made by you, and my parts joined together in my mother's body.
14 I will give you praise, for I am strangely and delicately formed ; your works are great wonders, and of this my soul is fully conscious.
15 My frame was not unseen by you when I was made secretly, and strangely formed in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance ; in your book all my days were recorded, even those which were purposed before they had come into being.
17 How dear are your thoughts to me, O God! how great is the number of them !
18 If I made up their number, it would be more than the grains of sand ; when I am awake, I am still with you.
139:19 If only you would put the sinners to death, O God ; go far from me, you men of blood.
20 For they go against you with evil designs, and your haters make sport of your name.
21 Are not your haters hated by me, O Lord ? are not those who are lifted up against you a cause of grief to me ?
22 My hate for them is complete ; my thoughts of them are as if they were making war on me.
23 O God, let the secrets of my heart be uncovered, and let my wandering thoughts be tested:
24 See if there is any way of sorrow in me, and be my guide in the eternal way.
PSALMS, 140 To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David.
140:1 O Lord, take me out of the power of the evil man ; keep me safe from the violent man:
2 For their hearts are full of evil designs ; and they are ever making ready causes of war.
3 Their tongues are sharp like the tongue of a snake ; the poison of snakes is under their lips. (Selah.)
4 O Lord, take me out of the hands of sinners ; keep me safe from the violent man : for they are designing my downfall.
5 The men of pride have put secret cords for my feet ; stretching nets in my way, so that they may take me with their tricks. (Selah.) 140:6 I have said to the Lord, You are my God : give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my prayer.
7 O Lord God, the strength of my salvation, you have been a cover over my head in the day of the fight.
8 O Lord, give not the wrongdoer his desire ; give him no help in his evil designs, or he may be uplifted in pride. (Selah.) 140:9 As for those who come round me, let their heads be covered by the evil of their lips.
10 Let burning flames come down on them : let them be put into the fire, and into deep waters, so that they may not get up again.
11 Let not a man of evil tongue be safe on earth : let destruction overtake the violent man with blow on blow.
140:12 I am certain that the Lord will take care of the cause of the poor, and of the rights of those who are troubled.
13 Truly, the upright will give praise to your name : the holy will have a place in your house.
PSALMS, 141A Psalm. Of David.
141:1 Lord, I have made my cry to you ; come to me quickly ; give ear to my voice, when it goes up to you.
2 Let my prayer be ordered before you like a sweet smell ; and let the lifting up of my hands be like the evening offering.
3 O Lord, keep a watch over my mouth ; keep the door of my lips.
4 Keep my heart from desiring any evil thing, or from taking part in the sins of the evil-doers with men who do wrong : and let me have no part in their good things.
141:5 Let the upright give me punishment ; and let the god-fearing man put me in the right way ; but I will not let the oil of sinners come on my head : when they do evil I will give myself to prayer.
6 When destruction comes to their judges by the side of the rock, they will give ear to my words, for they are sweet.
7 Our bones are broken up at the mouth of the underworld, as the earth is broken by the plough.
141:8 But my eyes are turned to you, O Lord God : my hope is in you ; let not my soul be given up to death.
9 Keep me from the net which they have put down for me, and from the designs of the workers of evil.
10 Let the sinners be taken in the nets which they themselves have put down, while I go free.
PSALMS, 142 Maschil. Of David. A prayer when he was in the hole of the rock.
142:1 The sound of my cry went up to the Lord ; with my voice I made my prayer for grace to the Lord.
2 I put all my sorrows before him ; and made clear to him all my trouble.
3 When my spirit is overcome, your eyes are on my goings ; nets have been secretly placed in the way in which I go.
4 Looking to my right side, I saw no man who was my friend : I had no safe place ; no one had any care for my soul.
5 I have made my cry to you, O Lord ; I have said, You are my safe place, and my heritage in the land of the living.
6 Give ear to my cry, for I am made very low : take me out of the hands of my haters, for they are stronger than I.
7 Take my soul out of prison, so that I may give praise to your name : the upright will give praise because of me ; for you have given me a full reward.
PSALMS, 143 A Psalm. Of David.
143:1 Let my prayer come to you, O Lord ; give ear to my requests for your grace ; keep faith with me, and give me an answer in your righteousness ;
2 Let not your servant come before you to be judged ; for no man living is upright in your eyes.
143:3 The evil man has gone after my soul ; my life is crushed down to the earth : he has put me in the dark, like those who have long been dead.
4 Because of this my spirit is overcome ; and my heart is full of fear.
5 I keep in mind the early days of the past, giving thought to all your acts, even to the work of your hands.
6 My hands are stretched out to you : my soul is turned to you, like a land in need of water. (Selah.) 143:7 Be quick in answering me, O Lord, for the strength of my spirit is gone : let me see your face, so that I may not be like those who go down into the underworld.
8 Let the story of your mercy come to me in the morning, for my hope is in you : give me knowledge of the way in which I am to go ; for my soul is lifted up to you.
143:9 O Lord, take me out of the hands of my haters ; my soul is waiting for you.
10 Give me teaching so that I may do your pleasure ; for you are my God: let your good Spirit be my guide into the land of righteousness.
11 Give me life, O Lord, because of your name ; in your righteousness take my soul out of trouble.
12 And in your mercy put an end to my haters, and send destruction on all those who are against my soul; for I am your servant.
PSALMS, 144 A Psalm. Of David.
144:1 Praise be to the God of my strength, teaching my hands the use of the sword, and my fingers the art of fighting :
2 He is my strength, and my Rock ; my high tower, and my saviour ; my keeper and my hope : he gives me authority over my people.
3 Lord, what is man, that you keep him in mind ? or the son of man that you take him into account ?
4 Man is like a breath : his life is like a shade which is quickly gone.
5 Come down, O Lord, from your heavens : at your touch let the mountains give out smoke.
6 With your storm-flames send them in flight : send out your arrows for their destruction.
7 Put out your hand from on high ; make me free, take me safely out of the great waters, and out of the hands of strange men ;
8 In whose mouths are false words, and whose right hand is a right hand of deceit.
9 I will make a new song to you, O God ; I will make melody to you on an instrument of ten cords.
10 It is God who gives salvation to kings ; and who kept his servant David from the wounding sword.
11 Make me free, and take me out of the hands of strange men, in whose mouths are false words, and whose right hand is a right hand of deceit.
12 Our sons are like tall young plants ; and our daughters like the shining stones of a king's house ;
13 Our store-houses are full of all good things ; and our sheep give birth to thousands and ten thousands in our fields.
14 Our oxen are well weighted down ; our cows give birth safely ; there is no going out, and there is no cry of sorrow in our open places.
15 Happy is the nation whose ways are so ordered : yes, happy is the nation whose God is the Lord.
PSALMS, 145 A Song of praise. Of David.
145:1 Let me give glory to you, O God, my King ; and blessing to your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day will I give you blessing, praising your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised ; his power may never be searched out.
145:4 One generation after another will give praise to your great acts, and make clear the operation of your strength.
5 My thoughts will be of the honour and glory of your rule, and of the wonder of your works.
6 Men will be talking of the power and fear of your acts ; I will give word of your glory.
7 Their sayings will be full of the memory of all your mercy, and they will make songs of your righteousness.
145:8 The Lord is full of grace and pity ; not quickly angry, but great in mercy.
9 The Lord is good to all men ; and his mercies are over all his works.
145:10 All the works of your hands give praise to you, O Lord ; and your saints give you blessing.
11 Their words will be of the glory of your kingdom, and their talk of your strength ;
12 So that the sons of men may have knowledge of his acts of power, and of the great glory of his kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an eternal kingdom, and your rule is through all generations.
145:14 The Lord is the support of all who are crushed, and the lifter up of all who are bent down.
15 The eyes of all men are waiting for you ; and you give them their food in its time.
16 By the opening of your hand, every living thing has its desire in full measure.
17 The Lord is upright in all his ways, and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near all those who give honour to his name ; even to all who give honour to him with true hearts.
19 To his worshippers, he will give their desire ; their cry comes to his ears, and he gives them salvation.
20 The Lord will keep all his worshippers from danger ; but he will send destruction on all sinners.
145:21 My mouth will give praise to the Lord ; let all flesh be blessing his holy name for ever and ever.
146:1 Let the Lord be praised. Give praise to the Lord, O my soul.
2 While I have breath I will give praise to the Lord : I will make melody to my God while I have my being.
146:3 Put not your faith in rulers, or in the son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
4 Man's breath goes out, he is turned back again to dust ; in that day all his purposes come to an end.
5 Happy is the man who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God :
6 Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all things in them; who keeps faith for ever :
7 Who gives their rights to those who are crushed down ; and gives food to those who are in need of it : the Lord makes the prisoners free ;
146:8 The Lord makes open the eyes of the blind ; the Lord is the lifter up of those who are bent down ; the Lord is a lover of the upright ;
9 The Lord takes care of those who are in a strange land ; he gives help to the widow and to the child who has no father ; but he sends destruction on the way of sinners.
146:10 The Lord will be King for ever ; your God, O Zion, will be King through all generations. Praise be to the Lord.
147:1 Give praise to the Lord ; for it is good to make melody to our God ; praise is pleasing and beautiful.
2 The Lord is building up Jerusalem ; he makes all the outlaws of Israel come together.
3 He makes the broken-hearted well, and puts oil on their wounds.
4 He sees the number of the stars ; he gives them all their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and great his power ; there is no limit to his wisdom.
6 The Lord gives help to the poor in spirit ; but he sends sinners down in shame.
147:7 Make songs of praise to the Lord ; make melody to our God with instruments of music.
8 By his hand the heaven is covered with clouds and rain is stored up for the earth; he makes the grass tall on the mountains.
9 He gives food to every beast, and to the young ravens in answer to their cry.
10 He has no delight in the strength of a horse ; he takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The Lord takes pleasure in his worshippers, and in those whose hope is in his mercy.
147:12 Give praise to the Lord, O Jerusalem ; give praise to your God, O Zion.
13 He has made strong the iron bands of your doors ; he has sent blessings on your children inside your walls.
14 He gives peace in all your land, making your stores full of fat grain.
15 He sends out his orders to the earth ; his word goes out quickly.
16 He gives snow like wool ; he sends out ice-drops like dust.
17 He sends down ice like raindrops : water is made hard by his cold.
18 At the outgoing of his word, the ice is turned to water ; when he sends out his wind, there is a flowing of waters.
19 He makes his word clear to Jacob, teaching Israel his laws and his decisions.
20 He has not done these things for any other nation : and as for his laws, they have no knowledge of them. Let the Lord be praised.
148:1 Give praise to the Lord. Let the Lord be praised from the heavens : give him praise in the skies.
2 Give praise to him, all you his angels : give praise to him, all his armies.
148:3 Give praise to him, you sun and moon : give praise to him, all you stars of light.
4 Give praise to him, you highest heavens, and you waters which are over the heavens.
148:5 Let them give praise to the name of the Lord : for he gave the order, and they were made.
6 He has put them in their places for ever ; he has given them their limits which may not be broken.
7 Give praise to the Lord from the earth, you great sea-beasts, and deep places:
8 Fire and rain of ice, snow and mists ; storm-wind, doing his word:
148:9 Mountains and all hills ; fruit-trees and all trees of the mountains :
10 Beasts and all cattle ; insects and winged birds :
11 Kings of the earth, and all peoples ; rulers and all judges of the earth :
12 Young men and virgins ; old men and children:
148:13 Let them give glory to the name of the Lord : for his name only is to be praised : his kingdom is over the earth and the heaven.
14 He has put on high the horn of his people, for the praise of all his saints ; even the children of Israel, a people which is near to him. Let the Lord be praised.
PSALMS, 149 A two-edged sword
149:1 Let the Lord be praised. Make a new song to the Lord, let his praise be in the meeting of his saints.
2 Let Israel have joy in his maker ; let the children of Zion be glad in their King.
3 Let them give praise to his name in the dance : let them make melody to him with instruments of brass and corded instruments of music.
4 For the Lord has pleasure in his people : he gives the poor in spirit a crown of salvation.
5 Let the saints have joy and glory : let them give cries of joy on their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouths, and a two-edged sword in their hands ;
7 To give the nations the reward of their sins, and the peoples their punishment ;
8 To put their kings in chains, and their rulers in bands of iron ;
9 To give them the punishment which is in the holy writings : this honour is given to all his saints. Praise be to the Lord.
PSALMS, 150 Lord be praised.
150:1 Let the Lord be praised. Give praise to God in his holy place : give him praise in the heaven of his power.
2 Give him praise for his acts of power : give him praise in the measure of his great strength.
3 Give him praise with the sound of the horn : give him praise with corded instruments of music.
4 Give him praise with instruments of brass and in the dance: give him praise with horns and corded instruments.
5 Give him praise with the loud brass : give him praise with the high-sounding brass.
6 Let everything which has breath give praise to the Lord. Let the Lord be praised.
(Forever.) -- Selah, a refrain of praise.