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Ps 132:1-18

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132

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

1Lord, remember David

and all that he suffered.

2He made a solemn promise to the Lord.

He vowed to the Mighty One of Israel,*132:2 Hebrew of Jacob; also in 132:5. See note on 44:4. 

3“I will not go home;

I will not let myself rest.

4I will not let my eyes sleep

nor close my eyelids in slumber

5until I find a place to build a house for the Lord,

a sanctuary for the Mighty One of Israel.”

6We heard that the Ark was in Ephrathah;

then we found it in the distant countryside of Jaar.

7Let us go to the sanctuary of the Lord;

let us worship at the footstool of his throne.

8Arise, O Lord, and enter your resting place,

along with the Ark, the symbol of your power.

9May your priests be clothed in godliness;

may your loyal servants sing for joy.

10For the sake of your servant David,

do not reject the king you have anointed.

11The Lord swore an oath to David

with a promise he will never take back:

“I will place one of your descendants

on your throne.

12If your descendants obey the terms of my covenant

and the laws that I teach them,

then your royal line

will continue forever and ever.”

13For the Lord has chosen Jerusalem*132:13 Hebrew Zion. ;

he has desired it for his home.

14“This is my resting place forever,” he said.

“I will live here, for this is the home I desired.

15I will bless this city and make it prosperous;

I will satisfy its poor with food.

16I will clothe its priests with godliness;

its faithful servants will sing for joy.

17Here I will increase the power of David;

my anointed one will be a light for my people.

18I will clothe his enemies with shame,

but he will be a glorious king.”