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Psalms One Hundred Twenty Six

1: When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 2: Then 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. 3: The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. 4: Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. 5: They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6: He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.


1: Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 2: It 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. 3: Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4: As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5: Happy 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.


1: Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. 2: For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 3: Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4: Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. 5: The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 6: Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.


1: Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say: 2: Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me. 3: The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows. 4: The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked. 5: Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion. 6: Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up: 7: Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom. 8: Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you: we bless you in the name of the LORD.


1: Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. 2: Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 3: If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 4: But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. 5: I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. 6: My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. 7: Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. 8: And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.


1: LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. 2: Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. 3: Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever.


1: LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions: 2: How he sware unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob; 3: Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; 4: I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, 5: Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. 6: Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood. 7: We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool. 8: Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength. 9: Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy. 10: For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed. 11: The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. 12: If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore. 13: For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. 14: This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. 15: I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. 16: I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. 17: There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. 18: His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.


1: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2: It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3: As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.


1: Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD. 2: Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. 3: The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.


1: Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD. 2: Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God, 3: Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. 4: For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure. 5: For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. 6: Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. 7: He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries. 8: Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast. 9: Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants. 10: Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings; 11: Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan: 12: And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people. 13: Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations. 14: For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants. 15: The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. 16: They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; 17: They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. 18: They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them. 19: Bless the LORD, O house of Israel: bless the LORD, O house of Aaron: 20: Bless the LORD, O house of Levi: ye that fear the LORD, bless the LORD. 21: Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.


1: O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2: O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. 3: O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. 4: To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. 5: To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever. 6: To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever. 7: To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever: 8: The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever: 9: The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever. 10: To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever: 11: And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever: 12: With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever. 13: To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever: 14: And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever: 15: But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever. 16: To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever. 17: To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: 18: And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: 19: Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever: 20: And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever: 21: And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever: 22: Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever. 23: Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever: 24: And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever. 25: Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever. 26: O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.


1: By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. 2: We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. 3: For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. 4: How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land? 5: If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. 6: If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. 7: Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof. 8: O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. 9: Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.


1: I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. 2: I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. 3: In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. 4: All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth. 5: Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD. 6: Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. 7: Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. 8: The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.


1: O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2: Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3: Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4: For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 5: Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6: Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7: Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8: If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9: If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10: Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11: If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12: Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 13: For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. 14: I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15: My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16: Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17: How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18: If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. 19: Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. 20: For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. 21: Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? 22: I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. 23: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


1: Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man; 2: Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war. 3: They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah. 4: Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings. 5: The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah. 6: I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD. 7: O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle. 8: Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah. 9: As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them. 10: Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again. 11: Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him. 12: I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor. 13: Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.


1: LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. 2: Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. 3: Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. 4: Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties. 5: Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities. 6: When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet. 7: Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth. 8: But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute. 9: Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity. 10: Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape.


1: I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication. 2: I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble. 3: When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me. 4: I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. 5: I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. 6: Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I. 7: Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.


1: Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. 2: And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. 3: For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead. 4: Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate. 5: I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. 6: I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah. 7: Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. 8: Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. 9: Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. 10: Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. 11: Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble. 12: And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.


1: Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: 2: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. 3: LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! 4: Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away. 5: Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. 6: Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them. 7: Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children; 8: Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood. 9: I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee. 10: It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword. 11: Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood: 12: That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace: 13: That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets: 14: That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets. 15: Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.


1: I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. 2: Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. 3: Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. 4: One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. 5: I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. 6: And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. 7: They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. 8: The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. 9: The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. 10: All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. 11: They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; 12: To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. 13: Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. 14: The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. 15: The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. 16: Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. 17: The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. 18: The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. 19: He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. 20: The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. 21: My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.


1: Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. 2: While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. 3: Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. 4: His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. 5: Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: 6: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: 7: Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners: 8: The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous: 9: The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. 10: The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.


1: Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. 2: The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. 3: He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. 4: He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. 5: Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. 6: The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. 7: Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: 8: Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. 9: He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. 10: He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. 11: The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. 12: Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion. 13: For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee. 14: He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. 15: He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly. 16: He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. 17: He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? 18: He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow. 19: He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. 20: He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.


1: Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 2: Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. 3: Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. 4: Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. 5: Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created. 6: He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass. 7: Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: 8: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: 9: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: 10: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: 11: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: 12: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: 13: Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. 14: He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.


1: Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. 2: Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. 3: Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. 4: For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. 5: Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. 6: Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; 7: To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; 8: To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; 9: To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.


1: Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2: Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3: Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4: Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5: Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6: Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

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