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Psalm 120–122

Psalm 120

A song of ascents.

I call on the Lordv in my distress,w

and he answers me.

Save me, Lord,

from lying lipsx

and from deceitful tongues.y

What will he do to you,

and what more besides,

you deceitful tongue?

He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows,z

with burning coals of the broom bush.

Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek,

that I live among the tents of Kedar!a

Too long have I lived

among those who hate peace.

I am for peace;

but when I speak, they are for war.

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heavenb and earth.c

He will not let your foot slip—

he who watches over you will not slumber;

indeed, he who watchesd over Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches overe you—

the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

the sunf will not harm you by day,

nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harmg

he will watch over your life;

the Lord will watch over your coming and going

both now and forevermore.h

Psalm 122

A song of ascents. Of David.

I rejoiced with those who said to me,

“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Our feet are standing

in your gates, Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is built like a city

that is closely compacted together.

That is where the tribes go up—

the tribes of the Lord

to praise the name of the Lord

according to the statute given to Israel.

There stand the thrones for judgment,

the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

“May those who lovei you be secure.

May there be peacej within your walls

and security within your citadels.k

For the sake of my family and friends,

I will say, “Peace be within you.”

For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,

I will seek your prosperity.l

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