Good News Translation (GNB)

A Prayer for Help

1201When 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.


The LORD our Protector

1211I 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.


In Praise of Jerusalem

1221I 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.