A Song of Ascents.
To you I q lift up my eyes,
O you who are r enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he has mercy upon us.
s Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of t contempt.
Our soul has had more than enough
of u the scorn of v those who are at ease,
of the contempt of w the proud.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!
My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives.
But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they jeered at us and despised us and said, "What is this thing that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?
Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice; you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech.
Tremble, you women who are at ease, shudder, you complacent ones; strip, and make yourselves bare, and tie sackcloth around your waist.
Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel comes!
The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law.