The Lord Surrounds His People.
1Those who trust in and rely on the Lord [with confident expectation]
Are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but remains forever.
2As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the Lord surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever.
3For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land of the righteous,
So that the righteous will not reach out their hands to do wrong.
4Do good, O Lord, to those who are good
And to those who are upright in their hearts.
5But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways [in unresponsiveness to God],
The Lord will lead them away with those who do evil.
Peace be upon Israel.