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Yes, the Lord shall comfort Zion,
    shall comfort all her ruins;
Her wilderness he shall make like Eden,
    her wasteland like the garden of the Lord;
Joy and gladness shall be found in her,
    thanksgiving and the sound of song.

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Psalm 24[a]

The Glory of God in Procession to Zion

A psalm of David.


The earth is the Lord’s and all it holds,(A)
    the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it on the seas,
    established it over the rivers.(B)


Who may go up the mountain of the Lord?(C)
    Who can stand in his holy place?
[b]“The clean of hand and pure of heart,
    who has not given his soul to useless things,
    what is vain.
He will receive blessings from the Lord,
    and justice from his saving God.
Such is the generation that seeks him,
    that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.”


Lift up your heads, O gates;[c]
    be lifted, you ancient portals,
    that the king of glory may enter.(D)
Who is this king of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in war.
Lift up your heads, O gates;
    rise up, you ancient portals,
    that the king of glory may enter.
10 Who is this king of glory?
    The Lord of hosts, he is the king of glory.


  1. Psalm 24 The Psalm apparently accompanied a ceremony of the entry of God (invisibly enthroned upon the ark), followed by the people, into the Temple. The Temple commemorated the creation of the world (Ps 24:1–2). The people had to affirm their fidelity before being admitted into the sanctuary (Ps 24:3–6; cf. Ps 15). A choir identifies the approaching God and invites the very Temple gates to bow down in obeisance (Ps 24:7–10).
  2. 24:4–5 Lit., “the one whose hands are clean.” The singular is used for the entire class of worshipers.
  3. 24:7, 9 Lift up your heads, O gates…you ancient portals: the literal meaning would involve disassembly of the gates, since the portcullis (a gate that moves up and down) was unknown in the ancient world. Extra-biblical parallels might also suggest a full personification of the circle of gate towers: they are like a council of elders, bowed down and anxious, awaiting the return of the army and the great warrior gone to battle.