King James Version

Psalm 120

1In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.

Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?

Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!

My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.

I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 120

Psalm 120

A song for those who go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord.

I call out to the Lord when I’m in trouble,
    and he answers me.
Lord, save me from people whose lips tell lies.
    Save me from people whose tongues don’t tell the truth.

What will the Lord do to you, you lying tongue?
    And what more will he do?
He will punish you with the sharp arrows of a soldier.
    He will punish you with burning coals from a desert bush.

How terrible it is for me to live in the tents of the people of Meshek!
    How terrible to live in the tents of the people of Kedar!
I have lived too long
    among those who hate peace.
I want peace.
    But when I speak, they want war.