The Message

Psalm 123

A Pilgrim Song

11-4 I look to you, heaven-dwelling God,
    look up to you for help.
Like servants, alert to their master’s commands,
    like a maiden attending her lady,
We’re watching and waiting, holding our breath,
    awaiting your word of mercy.
Mercy, God, mercy!
    We’ve been kicked around long enough,
Kicked in the teeth by complacent rich men,
    kicked when we’re down by arrogant brutes.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 123

Psalm 123

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

I look up and pray to you.
    Your throne is in heaven.
Slaves depend on their masters.
    A female slave depends on the woman she works for.
In the same way, we depend on the Lord our God.
    We wait for him to have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. Have mercy on us,
    because people haven’t stopped making fun of us.
We have had to put up with a lot from those who are proud.
    They were always laughing at us.