Psalms 132

David and Zion Chosen

song of ascents: Probably the songs pilgrims sang as they traveled the roads going up to worship in Jerusalem; Pss 120-134
song of ascents.

Lord, remember David
and all the hardships he endured, b
2 and how he swore an oath to the Lord,
making a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: c
3 “I will not enter my house
Lit enter the tent of my house

or get into my bed,
Lit into the couch of my bed

4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep
or my eyelids to slumber f
5 until I find a place for the Lord,
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.” g

6 We heard of the ark in Ephrathah;
= Bethlehem
we found it in the fields of Jaar.
= Kiriath-jearim
7 Let us go to His dwelling place;
let us worship at His footstool. l
8 Rise up, Lord, come to Your resting place,
You and Your powerful ark. m
9 May Your priests be clothed with righteousness,
and may Your godly people shout for joy. n
10 Because of Your servant David,
do not reject Your anointed one.
= the king

11 The Lord swore an oath to David,
a promise He will not abandon:
“I will set one of your descendants
Lit set the fruit of your womb

on your throne. r
12 If your sons keep My covenant
and My decrees that I will teach them,
their sons will also sit on your throne forever.” s

13 For the Lord has chosen
Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the future
He has desired it for His home: u
14 “This is My resting place forever;
I will make My home here
because I have desired it. v
15 I will abundantly bless its food;
I will satisfy its needy with bread. w
16 I will clothe its priests with salvation,
and its godly people will shout for joy. x
17 There I will make a
horn: A symbol of power based on the strength of animal horns
horn grow for David; z
I have prepared a lamp for My anointed one. aa
18 I will clothe his enemies with shame, ab
but the crown he wears
Lit but on him his crown
will be glorious.” ad
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