A song of ascents, by Solomon. If the Lord does not build a house, then those who build it work in vain. If the Lord does not guard a city, then the watchman stands guard in vain.
No king is delivered by his vast army; a warrior is not saved by his great might.
A person plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps.
There is no wisdom and there is no understanding, and there is no counsel against the Lord.
So neither the one who plants counts for anything, nor the one who waters, but God who causes the growth.
Realize now that the Lord has chosen you to build a temple as his sanctuary. Be strong and do it!"
David said to his son Solomon: "Be strong and brave! Do it! Don't be afraid and don't panic! For the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not leave you or abandon you before all the work for the service of the Lord's temple is finished.
Make my son Solomon willing to obey your commands, rules, and regulations, and to complete building the palace for which I have made preparations."
He made his sanctuary as enduring as the heavens above; as secure as the earth, which he established permanently.
A song of ascents. In my distress I cried out to the Lord and he answered me.
A song of ascents. I look up toward the hills. From where does my help come?
May he not allow your foot to slip! May your protector not sleep!
A song of ascents, by David. I was glad because they said to me, "We will go to the Lord's temple."
A song of ascents. I look up toward you, the one enthroned in heaven.
A song of ascents, by David. "If the Lord had not been on our side" -- let Israel say this! --
A song of ascents. When the Lord restored the well-being of Zion, we thought we were dreaming.
Again, I observed this on the earth: the race is not always won by the swiftest, the battle is not always won by the strongest; prosperity does not always belong to those who are the wisest, wealth does not always belong to those who are the most discerning, nor does success always come to those with the most knowledge -- for time and chance may overcome them all.
Give the signal to attack Babylon's wall! Bring more guards! Post them all around the city! Put men in ambush! For the Lord will do what he has planned. He will do what he said he would do to the people of Babylon.
and said to him, "Hurry, speak to this young man as follows: 'Jerusalem will no longer be enclosed by walls because of the multitude of people and animals there.
We are coworkers belonging to God. You are God's field, God's building.
He will build a temple to honor me; he will become my son, and I will become his father. I will grant to his dynasty permanent rule over Israel.'
For Solomon. O God, grant the king the ability to make just decisions! Grant the king's son the ability to make fair decisions!
A song of ascents. Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion; it cannot be upended and will endure forever.
The night watchmen found me -- the ones who guard the city walls. "Have you seen my beloved?"
The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. They beat me, they bruised me; they took away my cloak, those watchmen on the walls!
Arrange the table, lay out the carpet, eat and drink! Get up, you officers, smear oil on the shields!
I, the Lord, protect it; I water it regularly. I guard it night and day, so no one can harm it.
All their watchmen are blind, they are unaware. All of them are like mute dogs, unable to bark. They pant, lie down, and love to snooze.
I post watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they should keep praying all day and all night. You who pray to the Lord, don't be silent!
One runner after another will come to the king of Babylon. One messenger after another will come bringing news. They will bring news to the king of Babylon that his whole city has been captured.
"Son of man, speak to your people, and say to them, 'Suppose I bring a sword against the land, and the people of the land take one man from their borders and make him their watchman.
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty.