O Lord, Be Gracious to Us

33 lAh, you destroyer,

who yourself have not been destroyed,

you traitor,

whom none has betrayed!

When you have ceased to destroy,

you will be destroyed;

and when you have finished betraying,

they will betray you.

  O Lord, be gracious to us; mwe wait for you.

Be our arm every morning,

our salvation in the time of trouble.

  nAt the tumultuous noise peoples flee;

when you lift yourself up, nations are scattered,

  and your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers;

oas locusts leap, it is leapt upon.

  pThe Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;

he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness,

  qand he will be the stability of your times,

abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;

the fear of the Lord is Zion’s1 treasure.

  Behold, their heroes cry in the streets;

rthe envoys of peace weep bitterly.

  sThe highways lie waste;

the traveler ceases.

tCovenants are broken;

cities2 are despised;

there is no regard for man.

  uThe land mourns and languishes;

Lebanon is confounded and withers away;

Sharon is like a desert,

and Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.

  10  v“Now I will arise,” says the Lord,

“now I will lift myself up;

now I will be exalted.

  11  wYou conceive chaff; you give birth to stubble;

your breath is xa fire that will consume you.

  12  And the peoples will be as if burned to lime,

xlike 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.

  14  The sinners in Zion are afraid;

trembling has seized the godless:

y“Who among us can dwell zwith the consuming fire?

Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?”

  15  aHe 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

band shuts his eyes from looking on evil,

  16  he will dwell on the heights;

his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks;

chis bread will be given him; his water will be sure.

  17  dYour eyes will behold the king in his beauty;

ethey will see a land that stretches afar.

  18  fYour heart will muse on the terror:

“Where is he who counted, where is ghe who weighed the tribute?

Where is hhe who counted the towers?”

  19  iYou will see no more the insolent people,

the people jof an obscure speech that you cannot comprehend,

stammering in a tongue that you cannot understand.

  20  Behold Zion, the city of our appointed feasts!

kYour eyes will see Jerusalem,

an untroubled habitation, an limmovable tent,

whose stakes will never be plucked up,

nor will any of its cords be broken.

  21  But there the Lord in majesty will be for us

a place of mbroad rivers and streams,

nwhere no galley with oars can go,

nor majestic ship can pass.

  22  For the Lord is our ojudge; the Lord is our plawgiver;

the Lord is our qking; he will save us.

  23  Your cords hang loose;

they cannot hold the mast firm in its place

or keep the sail spread out.

rThen prey and spoil in abundance will be divided;

even sthe lame will take the prey.

  24  And no inhabitant will say, t“I am sick”;

uthe people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.

l

ch. 21:2; [ch. 17:14]

m

ch. 25:9; 26:8

n
o
p

ch. 2:17; 5:15, 16

q

[ch. 39:8]

1

Hebrew his

r
s
t

[ver. 1]; See 2 Kgs. 18:14–17

2

Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scroll witnesses

u

ch. 24:4; [Nah. 1:4]

v
w

[ch. 59:4; Ps. 7:14]

x

ch. 10:16, 17; [Ps. 80:16]

x

[See ver. 11 above]

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z
a
b
c

ch. 30:23, 25

d

ch. 6:5; [Zech. 9:9]

e

[ch. 54:2, 3]

f
g
h
i
j
k

ch. 32:18

l

ver. 6

m
n

[ch. 2:16; Ps. 48:7]

o
p
q
r
s
t

[ch. 1:5, 6]

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