Psalm 122

Peace of JerusalemI was glad when to me they did say,
“Let us go to the house of Yahweh.”

Here we stand, Jerusalem, house of David and the Lord
At your gates all the tribes closely bound in one accord

Giving thanks to the Lord as decreed
Through the judgment halls of David we proceed

We will pray for the peace of Jerusalem
For protection and prosperity for all of them

For the sake of friends and family we pray
“May you know true peace in your home today.”

For the sake of Your house Yahweh Elohenu
I will pray that prosperity and good accrue.

I was glad when to me they did say,
“Let us go to the house of Yahweh.”

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Psalm 121

psalm121Unto the hills in vain I look, will my help come from there?
‘Tis Yahweh Who made heav’n and earth, my Helper, I declare.

He won’t allow your foot to slip, and never needs to doze
With vigilance our Watchman guards, all things He sees and knows.

Yahweh, Himself, is at your side, to keep you and protect
With Him to shade you day and night, nothing can you affect.

Yahweh preserves you from all ill, keeps watch o’er all you do
Where’re you go He’s close at hand, forever watching you.

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Psalm 119 – ק Qoph

dawn qā·rā·ṯî, I cried with all my heart
answer me, Yahweh, I’ll ne’er depart.

qə·rā·ṯî·ḵā, I cried to You, Lord, won’t You save?
I’ll keep Your commands and I won’t misbehave.

Quite early I rise, even long before dawn
and cry out for help, Your word leaning upon.

qid·də·mū, anticipation wakes me in the night
to ponder Your promise always brings delight.

Quicken, revive me because You are just
in grace, hear my voice, Adonai whom I trust.

qā·rə·ḇū, they close in on me with their plots
while wandering far from the laws You have taught.

qā·rō·wḇ, You are near to me, Yahweh, my Lord
Your mitzvoth are true and they bring great reward.

qe·ḏem, long ago I learned Your commands
were made to endure, they forever will stand.

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