Psalm 123

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Psalm 123
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BookBook of Psalms
Hebrew Bible partKetuvim
Order in the Hebrew part1
CategorySifrei Emet
Christian Bible partOld Testament
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Psalm 123 is the 123rd psalm of the biblical Book of Psalms. It is one of 15 psalms that begins with the words "A song of ascents" (Shir Hama'a lot). In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 122 in a slightly different numbering system.


Miniature psaume 123, The Redeemer of Israel in the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, David praying before an altar surrounded by four figures symbolizing people in danger



Since the Middle Ages, this psalm was traditionally performed during the office of Sext week, namely from Tuesday until Saturday, according to the Rule of St. Benedict set in 530 AD.[3]

In the Liturgy of Hours today, Psalm 123 is recited or sung at Vespers on Monday the third semaine,[4] as the psalm that follows. In the liturgy of the Mass, it is read on the third Sunday in Ordinary Time of the year.[5]


  1. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, p. 530.
  2. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, p. 139.
  3. ^ Complete Artscroll Siddur.
  4. ^ Guéranger, Prosper (2007), Règle de saint Benoît, Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, p. 46.
  5. ^ Le cycle des lectures des messes du dimanche se déroule sur trois ans.

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