O Lord, Be Gracious to Us1 aAh, you destroyer,
who yourself have not been destroyed,
whom none has betrayed!
When you have ceased to destroy,
you will be destroyed;
and when you have finished betraying,
they will betray you.
2 O Lord, be gracious to us; bwe wait for you.
Be our arm every morning,
our salvation in the time of trouble.
3 cAt the tumultuous noise peoples flee;
when you lift yourself up, nations are scattered,
4and your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers;
das locusts leap, it is leapt upon.
5 eThe Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;
he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness,
6 fand he will be the stability of your times,
abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
the fear of the Lord is Zion’s ▼
7 Behold, their heroes cry in the streets;
hthe envoys of peace weep bitterly.
8 iThe highways lie waste;
the traveler ceases.
jCovenants are broken;
▼Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scroll witnessesare despised;
there is no regard for man.
9 lThe land mourns and languishes;
Lebanon is confounded and withers away;
Sharon is like a desert,
and Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.
10 m“Now I will arise,” says the Lord,
“now I will lift myself up;
now I will be exalted.
11 nYou conceive chaff; you give birth to stubble;
your breath is oa fire that will consume you.
12And the peoples will be as if burned to lime,
plike thorns cut down, that are burned in the fire.”
13 Hear, you who are far off, what I have done;
and you who are near, acknowledge my might.
14The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling has seized the godless:
q“Who among us can dwell rwith the consuming fire?
Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?”
15 sHe who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
who despises the gain of oppressions,
who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe,
who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed
tand shuts his eyes from looking on evil,
16he will dwell on the heights;
his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks;
uhis bread will be given him; his water will be sure.
17 vYour eyes will behold the king in his beauty;
wthey will see a land that stretches afar.
18 xYour heart will muse on the terror:
“Where is he who counted, where is yhe who weighed the tribute?
Where is zhe who counted the towers?”
19 aaYou will see no more the insolent people,
the people abof an obscure speech that you cannot comprehend,
stammering in a tongue that you cannot understand.
20Behold Zion, the city of our appointed feasts!
acYour eyes will see Jerusalem,
an untroubled habitation, an adimmovable tent,
whose stakes will never be plucked up,
nor will any of its cords be broken.
21But there the Lord in majesty will be for us
a place of aebroad rivers and streams,
afwhere no galley with oars can go,
nor majestic ship can pass.
22For the Lord is our agjudge; the Lord is our ahlawgiver;
the Lord is our aiking; he will save us.
23 Your cords hang loose;
they cannot hold the mast firm in its place
or keep the sail spread out.
ajThen prey and spoil in abundance will be divided;
even akthe lame will take the prey.
24And no inhabitant will say, al“I am sick”;
amthe people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.
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