1231LORD, 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.
1241What 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,
who made heaven and earth.
1251Those 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
now and for ever.
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!