Psalm 84 English Standard Version

Longing for God's House

84 1  How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! 2  My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. 3  Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. 4  Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah 5  Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[1] 6  As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. 7  They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

8  O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah 9  Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed! 10  For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11  For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12  O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!

Footnotes

[1] 84:5 Hebrew lacks to Zion

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