1I lift up my eyes to the hills; Where does my help come from?
2My help comes from יהוה, Maker of the heavens and earth.
3He does not allow your foot to be moved; He who watches over you does not slumber.
4See, He who is guarding Yisra’ĕl Neither slumbers nor sleeps.
5יהוה is your guard; יהוה is your shade at your right hand.
6The sun does not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.
7יהוה guards you from all evil; He guards your being.
8יהוה guards your going out and your coming in Now and forever.
1I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the House of יהוה.”
2Our feet have been standing Within your gates, O Yerushalayim!
3Yerushalayim is built As a city that is bound together,
4Where the tribes have come up, The tribes of Yah, A witness to Yisra’ĕl, To give thanks to the Name of יהוה.
5For there the thrones of right-ruling were set, The thrones of the house of Dawiḏ.
6Pray for the peace of Yerushalayim, Let those who love You be at rest.
7Peace be within your walls, Rest in your citadels.
8For the sake of my brothers and companions, I say, “Peace be within you.”
9For the sake of the House of יהוה our Elohim I seek your good.
1I shall lift up my eyes Unto You who dwell in the heavens.
2See, as the eyes of servants Are toward the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a female servant Are toward the hand of her mistress, So are our eyes toward יהוה our Elohim, Until He shows favour to us.
3Show favour to us, O יהוה, show favour to us! For we are exceedingly filled with mockery.
4Our being is exceedingly filled With the scoffing of those who are at ease, With the mockery of the proud.
1“If it had not been יהוה who was on our side,” Let Yisra’ĕl now say;
2“If it had not been יהוה who was on our side, When men rose up against us,
3“Then they would have swallowed us alive, In their burning rage against us;
4“Then the waters would have overwhelmed us, The stream would have gone over our being;
5“Then the proud waters Would have gone over our being.”
6Blessed be יהוה, Who did not give us as prey to their teeth.
7Our being has escaped like a bird From the snare of the trappers; The snare was broken, and we have escaped.
8Our help is in the Name of יהוה, Maker of the heavens and earth.
1Those who trust in יהוה Are like Mount Tsiyon – It is not shaken, it remains forever.
2As the mountains surround Yerushalayim, So יהוה surrounds His people, Now and forever.
3For the sceptre of wrongness shall not rest On the land allotted to the righteous, Lest the righteous stretch forth their hands to unrighteousness.
4Do good, O יהוה, to those who are good, And to those who are upright in their hearts.
5But those who turn aside to their crooked ways, יהוה shall lead them away With the workers of wickedness. Peace be upon Yisra’ĕl!
1These too are proverbs of Shelomoh which the men of Ḥizqiyah sovereign of Yehuḏah copied:
2It is the esteem of Elohim to hide a matter, And the esteem of sovereigns to search out a matter.
3The heavens for height and the earth for depth, But the heart of sovereigns is unsearchable.
4Take away the dross from silver, And a vessel comes forth for the refiner.
5Take away the wrong from before the sovereign, And his throne is established in righteousness.
6Do not exalt yourself before a sovereign, And do not stand in the place of great men;
7For it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” Than that you should be put lower Before a noble whom your eyes have seen.
8Do not go forth to strive in haste, For what would you do in the end, When your neighbour has put you to shame?
9Plead your case with your neighbour himself, And do not disclose the secret of another;
10Lest he who hears it put you to shame, And your evil report turn not back.
11A word spoken at the right time Is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
12A ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, Is a wise one’s reproof to an ear that hears.
13Like the cold of snow in time of harvest Is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the life of his masters.
14He who boasts of his gifts falsely Is like clouds and wind without rain.
15Through patience a ruler is persuaded, And a soft tongue shatters a bone.
16Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be satisfied with it and vomit.
17Make your foot rare in your neighbour’s house, Lest he gets enough of you and hate you.
18A man bearing false witness against his neighbour Is like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow.
19Trust in a treacherous man in time of distress Is like a broken tooth or a foot out of joint.
20One who takes away a garment in cold weather, Is like vinegar on soda, And a singer of songs on an evil heart.
21If your enemy is hungry give him bread to eat, And if he is thirsty give him water to drink,
22For you are heaping coals of fire on his head, And יהוה rewards you.
23The north wind brings rain, And a secret tongue an enraged face.
24It is better to dwell in a corner of a roof, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
25Like cold water to a parched throat, Is good news from a distant land.
26A righteous man who gives way before the wrong, Is like a muddied spring and a ruined fountain.
27It is not good to eat much honey. Is it esteem to seek one’s own esteem?
28A man who has no control over his spirit Is like a broken-down city without a wall.