Psalm 122-123 – Easy-to-Read Version

122 A song of David for going up to the Temple.

I was happy when the people said,
    “Let us go to the Lord’s Temple.”
Here we are, standing at the gates of Jerusalem.
This is New Jerusalem!
    The city has been rebuilt as one united city.
This is where the tribes come, the tribes who belong to the Lord.
    The people of Israel come here to praise the Lord’s name.
The kings from David’s family put their thrones here.
    They set up their thrones to judge the people.

Pray for peace in Jerusalem:
    “May those who love you find peace.
May there be peace within your walls.
    May there be safety in your great buildings.”

For the good of my family and neighbors,
    I pray that there will be peace here.
For the good of the Temple of the Lord our God,
    I pray that good things will happen to this city.

123 A song for going up to the Temple.

Lord, I look up and pray to you.
    You sit as King in heaven.
A slave looks to his master to provide what he needs,
    and a servant girl depends on the woman she serves.
So we depend on the Lord our God,
    waiting for him to have mercy on us.
Lord, be merciful to us,
    because we have been insulted much too long.
We have had enough of the hateful words of those proud people
    who make fun of us and show us no respect.

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