New International Reader's Version

Psalm 122

Psalm 122

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

I was very glad when they said to me,
    “Let us go up to the house of the Lord.”
Jerusalem, our feet are standing
    inside your gates.

Jerusalem is built like a city
    where everything is close together.
The tribes of the Lord go there to praise his name.
    They do it in keeping with the law he gave to Israel.
The thrones of the family line of David are there.
    That’s where the people are judged.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Say,
    “May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace inside your walls.
    May your people be kept safe.”
I’m concerned for my family and friends.
    So I say to Jerusalem, “May you enjoy peace.”
I’m concerned about the house of the Lord our God.
    So I pray that things will go well with Jerusalem.

The Message

Psalm 122

A Pilgrim Song of David

11-2 When they said, “Let’s go to the house of God,
    my heart leaped for joy.
And now we’re here, O Jerusalem,
    inside Jerusalem’s walls!

3-5 Jerusalem, well-built city,
    built as a place for worship!
The city to which the tribes ascend,
    all God’s tribes go up to worship,
To give thanks to the name of God
    this is what it means to be Israel.
Thrones for righteous judgment
    are set there, famous David-thrones.

6-9 Pray for Jerusalem’s peace!
    Prosperity to all you Jerusalem-lovers!
Friendly insiders, get along!
    Hostile outsiders, keep your distance!
For the sake of my family and friends,
    I say it again: live in peace!
For the sake of the house of our God, God,
    I’ll do my very best for you.