1 If the Lord himself had not been on our side, ♦︎
now may Israel say;
2 If the Lord had not been on our side, ♦︎
when enemies rose up against us;
3 Then would they have swallowed us alive ♦︎
when their anger burned against us;
4 Then would the waters have overwhelmed us
and the torrent gone over our soul; ♦︎
over our soul would have swept the raging waters.
5 But blessed be the Lord ♦︎
who has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.
6 Our soul has escaped
as a bird from the snare of the fowler; ♦︎
the snare is broken and we are delivered.
7 Our help is in the name of the Lord, ♦︎
who has made heaven and earth.
1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, ♦︎
which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
2 As the hills stand about Jerusalem, ♦︎
so the Lord stands round about his people,
from this time forth for evermore.
3 The sceptre of wickedness shall not hold sway
over the land allotted to the righteous, ♦︎
lest the righteous turn their hands to evil.
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, ♦︎
and to those who are true of heart.
5 Those who turn aside to crooked ways
the Lord shall take away with the evildoers; ♦︎
but let there be peace upon Israel.
1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, ♦︎
then were we like those who dream.
2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter ♦︎
and our tongue with songs of joy.
3 Then said they among the nations, ♦︎
The Lord has done great things for them.
4 The Lord has indeed done great things for us, ♦︎
and therefore we rejoiced.
5 Restore again our fortunes, O Lord, ♦︎
as the river beds of the desert.
6 Those who sow in tears ♦︎
shall reap with songs of joy.
7 Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed, ♦︎
will come back with shouts of joy,
bearing their sheaves with them.