Psalms 1251Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion;
it cannot be upended and will endure forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, ▼
so the Lord surrounds his people,
now and forevermore.
3 Indeed, ▼
▼ Or “for.”the scepter of a wicked king ▼
▼ Heb “a scepter of wickedness.” The “scepter” symbolizes royal authority; when collocated with “wickedness” the phrase refers to an oppressive foreign conqueror.will not settle ▼
▼ Or “rest.”
upon the allotted land of the godly.
Otherwise the godly might
do what is wrong. ▼
▼ Heb “so that the godly might not stretch out their hands in wrongdoing.” A wicked king who sets a sinful example can have an adverse moral and ethical effect on the people he rules.
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
to the morally upright! ▼
As for those who are bent on traveling a sinful path, ▼
▼ Heb “and the ones making their paths twisted.” A sinful lifestyle is compared to a twisting, winding road.
may the Lord remove them, ▼
▼ Heb “lead them away.” The prefixed verbal form is understood as a jussive of prayer here (note the prayers directly before and after this). Another option is to translate, “the Lord will remove them” (cf. NIV, NRSV).along with those who behave wickedly! ▼
▼ Heb “the workers of wickedness.”
May Israel experience peace! ▼
▼ Psalm 126. Recalling the joy of past deliverance, God’s covenant community asks for a fresh display of God’s power and confidently anticipate their sorrow being transformed into joy.
A song of ascents.5 ▼
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