The church of God is invincible: her persecutors come to nothing.
128:1. A gradual canticle. Often have they fought against me from my youth, let Israel now say.
128:2. Often have they fought against me from my youth: but they could not prevail over me.
128:3. The wicked have wrought upon my back: they have lengthened their iniquity.
128:4. The Lord who is just will cut the necks of sinners:
128:5. Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Sion.
128:6. Let them be as grass upon the tops of houses: which withereth before it be plucked up:
128:7. Who with the mower filleth not his hand: nor he that gathereth sheaves his bosom.
128:8. And they that passed by have not said: The blessing of the Lord be upon you: we have blessed you in the name of the Lord.
Psalms Chapter 129
A prayer of a sinner, trusting in the mercies of God. The sixth penitential psalm.
129:1. A gradual canticle. Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O Lord:
129:2. Lord, hear my voice. Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
129:3. If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities: Lord, who shall stand it.
129:4. For with thee there is merciful forgiveness: and by reason of thy law, I have waited for thee, O Lord. My soul hath relied on his word: 129:5. my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
129:6. From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
129:7. Because with the Lord there is mercy: and with him plentiful redemption.
129:8. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Psalms Chapter 130
Domine, none est.
The prophet's humility.
130:1. A gradual canticle of David. Lord, my heart is not exalted: nor are my eyes lofty. Neither have I walked in great matters, nor in wonderful things above me.
130:2. If I was not humbly minded, but exalted my soul: As a child that is weaned is towards his mother, so reward in my soul. 130:3. Let Israel hope in the Lord, from henceforth now and for ever.
Psalms Chapter 131
A prayer for the fulfilling of the promise made to David.
131:1. A gradual canticle. O Lord, remember David, and all his meekness.
131:2. How he swore to the Lord, he vowed a vow to the God of Jacob:
131:3. If I shall enter into the tabernacle of my house: if I shall go up into the bed wherein I lie:
131:4. If I shall give sleep to my eyes, or slumber to my eyelids,
131:5. Or rest to my temples: until I find out a place for the Lord, a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
131:6. Behold we have heard of it in Ephrata: we have found it in the fields of the wood.
We have heard of it in Ephrata... When I was young, and lived in Bethlehem, otherwise called Ephrata, I heard of God's tabernacle and ark, and had a devout desire of seeking it; and accordingly I found it at Cariathiarim, the city of the woods: where it was till it was removed to Jerusalem. See 1 Par. 13.
131:7. We will go into his tabernacle: we will adore in the place where his feet stood.
131:8. Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place: thou and the ark, which thou hast sanctified.
131:9. Let thy priests be clothed with justice: and let thy saints rejoice.
131:10. For thy servant David's sake, turn not away the face of thy anointed.
131:11. The Lord hath sworn truth to David, and he will not make it void: of the fruit of thy womb I will set upon thy throne.
131:12. If thy children will keep my covenant, and these my testimonies which I shall teach them: Their children also for evermore shall sit upon thy throne.
131:13. For the Lord hath chosen Sion: he hath chosen it for his dwelling.
131:14. This is my rest for ever and ever: here will I dwell, for I have chosen it.
131:15. Blessing I will bless her widow: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
131:16. I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall rejoice with exceeding great joy.
131:17. There will I bring forth a horn to David: I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
131:18. His enemies I will clothe with confusion: but upon him shall my sanctification flourish.
Psalms Chapter 132
Ecce quam bonum.
The happiness of brotherly love and concord.
132:1. A gradual canticle of David. Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity: