Peace in Jerusalem (Ps 122:6-122:9)

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

‘May they prosper who love you!

Peace be within your walls!

May security be within your towers!’

For the sake of my relatives and friends,

I will say.

‘Peace be within you!’

For the sake of the house of Yahweh,

Our God,

I will seek your good.”

This short psalm ends with a wish for shalom or peace in Jerusalem. They were to pray for peace there. Everyone who loved Jerusalem should prosper. Peace and security should be within the walls and towers of Jerusalem. The peace of shalom should be the greeting between relatives and friends, “peace be with you.” For the sake of the house of Yahweh, they all should seek to do good and thus have peace.

Happy to go to Jerusalem (Ps 122:1-122:2)

A song of ascents, of David

“I was glad when they said to me.

‘Let us go to the house of Yahweh!’

Our feet have been standing

Within your gates!

O Jerusalem!”

Psalm 122 is another of these short psalms or songs of those going up to Jerusalem, but this time it is associated with David. The psalmist or David was happy when the others said that they were going to the house of Yahweh. He with his friends was happy to be standing within the gates of Jerusalem.