A Song of degrees.
1251They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
2As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.
3For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.125.3 the wicked: Heb. wickedness
4Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.
5As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.
A Song of degrees.
1261When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.126.1 turned…: Heb. returned the returning
2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.126.2 hath…: Heb. hath magnified to do with them
3The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
4Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.
5They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.126.5 joy: or, singing
6He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.126.6 precious…: or, seed basket
A Song of degrees for Solomon.
1271Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.127.1 for…: or, of Solomon127.1 that…: Heb. that are builders of it in it
2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.127.5 his…: Heb. filled his quiver with them127.5 speak…: or, subdue, or, destroy