Psalm 127

A Song of Degrees.

1 Except the Lord build the house, they that build labour in vain: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman watches in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise early: ye rise up after resting, ye that eat the bread of grief; while he gives sleep to his beloved.

3 Behold, the inheritance of the Lord, children, the reward of the fruit of the womb. 4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty man; so are the children of those who were outcasts. 5 Blessed is the man who shall satisfy his desire with them: they shall not be ashamed when they shall speak to their enemies in the gates.

Psalm 128

A Song of Degrees.

1 Blessed are all they that fear the Lord; who walk in his ways. 2 Thou shalt eat the 1labours of thy hands: blessed art thou, and it shall be well with thee. 3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine on the sides of thy house: thy children as young olive-plants round about thy table.

4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed that fears the Lord. 5 May the Lord bless thee out of Sion; and mayest thou see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 6 And mayest thou see thy children's children. Peace be upon Israel.

Psalm 129

A Song of Degrees.

1 Many a time have they warred against me from my youth, let Israel now say: 2 Many a time have they warred against me from my youth: and yet they prevailed not against me. 3 The sinners wrought upon my back: they prolonged their 2iniquity. 4 The righteous Lord has cut asunder the necks of sinners.

5 Let all that hate Sion be put to shame and turned back. 6 Let them be as the grass of the house-tops, which withers before it is plucked up. 7 Wherewith the


reaper fills not his hand, nor he that makes up the sheaves, his bosom. 8 Neither do they that go by say, The blessing of the Lord be upon you: we have blessed you in the name of the Lord.

1 Alex. fruits of thy labour.

2 עון iniquity, easily read for עונה a furrow.


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