Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday with the New Psalms: Psalm 123 (122)

Psalm 123

1 A song of ascents.
To you I raise my eyes,
to you enthroned in heaven.

2 Yes, like the eyes of servants
on the hand of their masters,
like the eyes of a maid
on the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes are on the LORD our God,
till we are shown favor.

3 Show us favor, LORD, show us favor,
for we have our fill of contempt.

4 Our souls are more than sated
with mockery from the insolent,
with contempt from the arrogant.


1 A Song of Ascents.
To you have I lifted up my eyes,
you who dwell in the heavens.

2 Behold, like the eyes of slaves
on the hand of their lords,
like the eyes of a servant
on the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes are on the LORD our God,
till he shows us his mercy.

3 Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
We are filled with contempt.

4 Indeed, all too full is our soul
with the scorn of the arrogant,
the disdain of the proud.
--Revised Grail Psalms

NABRE Notes:
[Psalm 123] A lament that begins as a prayer of an individual (Ps 123:1), who expresses by a touching comparison exemplary confidence in God (Ps 123:2). The Psalm ends in prayer that God relieve the people’s humiliation at the hands of the arrogant (Ps 123:34).


Dan Z. said...

Grail wind this round. Mercy over "favor".

Timothy said...

The NASB goes with 'gracious' but most others stick with 'mercy'.

rolf said...

Both are good, with a slight nod the the Revised Grail version. In verse 3, I prefer; 'have mercy on us' (Revised Grail, RSV, NRSV, NETS, D-R, etc.) to 'show us favor' (NABRE, REB). Again I prefer the RSV-2CE version of this Psalm:

1 To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!

2 Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid to the hand
of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he have mercy upon us.

3 Have mercy upon us, O Lord,
have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.

4 Too long our soul has been sated
with the scorn of those who are at ease, the contempt of the proud.

Russ said...

A post-exilic psalm?

Chrysostom said...

Grail by far. "Mercy" is the best rendering here.

That's one reason I dislike the NASB Psalms: they're full of "favor" and the unbearably non-poetic "loving-kindness".

Brendon said...

I prefer the Grail. What I'd really like is for the Psalm responses in the Lectionary to also be from the Grail.