Psalm 84 New International Version

Longing for God's House

84 1  [1][2]How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! 2  My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 3  Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young- a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. 4  Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.[3] 5  Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 6  As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.[4] 7  They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.

8  Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. 9  Look on our shield,[5] O God; look with favor on your anointed one. 10  Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11  For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12  Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.


[1] 84:1 In Hebrew texts 84:1-12 is numbered 84:2-13.

[2] 84:1 Title: Probably a musical term

[3] 84:4 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 8.

[4] 84:6 Or "blessings"

[5] 84:9 Or "sovereign"

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