holy tuesday: psalms 124-25.

If it had not been the Lord
who was on our side–

We have tried so hard
to maintain even this
uneasy peace in Israel.

We will not be like our fathers
who forgot the Lord
and were sent into Babylon
as captives and slaves,

even while we have waited
for almost 400 years
underneath the weight
of one empire after another.

Do good, O Lord,
to those who are good,
and to those
who are upright in their hearts!

We will not be condemned
by a rebel, by a madman,
by a peasant prophet from
the backwaters.

The Lord is on our side
and we will maintain order
no matter what it takes.


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