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4 Turn our captivity, O LORD,

As the streams in the dry land. 5 They that sow in tears

Shall reap in joy. 6 Though he goeth on his way weeping that

beareth the measure of seed, He shall come home with joy, bearing his

sheaves.

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A Song of Ascents; of Solomon.
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 that ye rise early, and sit

up late,

Ye that eat the bread of toil;
So He giveth unto His beloved in sleep.

3 Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD;

The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty man,

So are the children of one's youth. 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full

of them; They shall not be put to shame, When they speak with their enemies in the

gate.

128

A Song of Ascents.
Happy is every one that feareth the LORD,

That walketh in His ways. 2 When thou eatest the labour of thy hands

Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well

with thee. 3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine, in the

innermost parts of thy house; Thy children like olive plants, round about

thy table. 4 Behold, surely thus shall the man be blessed

That feareth the LORD.

5 The Lord bless thee out of Zion; And see thou the good of Jerusalem all the

days of thy life; 6 And see thy children's children. Peace be

upon

Israel!

129

A Song of Ascents. “Much have they afflicted me from my youth

up', Let Israel now say; 2 ‘Much have they afflicted me from my youth

up; But 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 be ashamed and turned backward,

All they that hate Zion. 6 Let them be as the grass upon the house

tops, Which withereth afore it springeth up; 7 Wherewith the reaper filleth not his hand,

Nor he that bindeth sheaves his boson;

8 Neither do they that go by say:

'The blessing of the Lord be upon you;

We bless you in the name of the LORD.' 130

A Song of Ascents.
Out of the depths have I called Thee, O

LORD.
2 Lord, hearken unto my voice;

Let Thine ears be attentive

To the voice of my supplications. 3 If Thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities,

O Lord, who could stand? 4 For with Thee there is forgiveness,

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 watchmen for the morning;

Yea, more than watchmen for the morning. 7 O Israel, hope in the LORD;

For with the LORD there is mercy,

And with Him is plenteous redemption. 8 And He will redeem Israel

From all his iniquities.

131

A Song of Ascents; of David. ‘LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine

eyes lofty; Neither do I exercise myself in things too

great, or in things too wonderful for me. 2 Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul;

Like a weaned child with his mother,
My soul is with me like a weaned child

3 O Israel, hope in the LORD

From this time forth and for ever.

132

A Song of Ascents.
LORD, remember unto David

All his affliction;
2 How he swore unto the LORD,

And vowed unto the Mighty One of Jacob: 3 'Surely I will not come into the tent of my

house, Nor go up into the bed that is spread for

me; 4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes,

Nor slumber to mine eyelids; 5 Until I find out a place for the LORD, A dwelling-place for the Mighty One of

Jacob. 6 Lo, we heard of it as being in Ephrath;

We found it in the field of the wood. 7 Let us go into His dwelling place;

Let us worship at His footstool. 8 Arise, O LORD, unto Thy resting-place;

Thou, and the ark of Thy strength. 9 Let Thy priests be clothed with righteous

ness; 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 swore unto David in truth;

He will not turn back from it:
‘Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon

thy throne.
12 If thy children keep My covenant

And My testimony that I shall teach them,

Their children also for ever shall sit upon

thy throne.' 13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion;

He hath desired it for His habitation: 14 ‘This is My resting place for ever;

Here will I dwell; for I have desired it. 15 I will abundantly bless her provision;

I will give her needy bread in plenty. 16 Her priests also will I clothe with salvation;

And her saints shall shout aloud for joy. 17 There will I make a horn to shoot up unto

David,
There have I ordered a lamp for Mine

anointed.
18 His enemies will I clothe with shame;

But upon himself shall his crown shine.' 133

A Song of Ascents; of David.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is

For brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil upon the head,

Coming down upon the beard;
Even Aaron's beard,
That cometh down upon the collar of his

garments; 3 Like the dew of Hermon, That cometh down upon the mountains of

Zion;
For there the LORD commanded the blessing,
Even life for ever.

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A Song of Ascents.
Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of

the LORD,

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