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Psalm 132

A song for those journeying to worship.

Eternal One, don’t let the suffering of our father David be forgotten—
    for his sake, remember!
Remember the pledge he made, how he poured out his heart to the Eternal,
    the promise he made to the Mighty One of Jacob:
He said, “I will not go inside my house
    or lie down in my bed;
I will not even rest my eyes—
    I will not take comfort in sleep—
Until I find a dwelling place for You, the Eternal,
    a holy residence dedicated to the Mighty One of Jacob.”

We heard rumors of the holy ark in Ephrathah,[a]
    and later we found it in the field of Jaar.[b]

Let us journey to His dwelling place;
    let us worship at His footstool.

Eternal One, arise and go to Your new home—
    You and the ark of Your strength.
Let every priest join the march wearing righteousness,
    and let songs of joy erupt from the hearts and mouths of Your godly ones.
10 For the well-being of Your anointed servant,
    do not turn Your back on David.

11 The Eternal made His own promise, sworn in truth to David,
    an oath which He cannot, will not break:
“I will continue your dynasty, David;
    one of your descendants will sit on your throne.
12 If your children obey My covenant
    and follow the statutes which I shall teach them,
And if they remain faithful, their children will also
    sit upon your throne—forever.”

13 For the Eternal selected Zion;
    He desired it as His holy place of residence.
14 “This is My sanctuary, My resting place, forever and ever;
    I will remain here, for this is what I have desired.
15 I will bless Zion with an endless supply of all she needs;
    I will satisfy the bellies of her hungry with bread.
16 I will clothe her priests with salvation,
    and songs of joy will erupt from the hearts and mouths of her godly people.

17 “From there I will make the strength of David’s kingdom grow
    and prepare a lamp for My anointed one.
18 I will clothe his enemies with a garment of shame;
    but as for David’s son, his crown will shine brightly like the sun.”


  1. 132:6 Ephrathah is the region where Bethlehem is located, Micah 5:2.
  2. 132:6 Jaar is a shortened form of Kiriath-jearim, 1 Samuel 7:1.

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