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Psalm 84 Expanded Bible (EXB)

Wishing to Be in the Temple

For the director of music. On the gittith [C perhaps a musical term or instrument]. A psalm of the sons of Korah [C descendants of Kohath, son of Levi, who served as temple musicians; 1 Chr. 6:22].

84 Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts],
    how lovely is your ·Temple [L residence; dwelling place]!
I ·want more than anything
    to be in [L long, even faint for] the courtyards of the ·Lord’s Temple [L Lord].
My ·whole being wants
    to be with [L heart/mind and flesh sing for joy to] the living God.
The sparrows have found a home,
    and the swallows have nests.
They raise their young near your altars,
    Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], my King and my God.
·Happy [Blessed] are the people who live at your ·Temple [L house];
    they are always praising you. ·Selah [Interlude]

·Happy [Blessed] are those whose strength comes from you,
    ·who want to travel to Jerusalem [L in whose hearts are highways; C they want to make pilgrimage to Jerusalem to celebrate religious festivals].
As they pass through the Valley of Baca [C “weeping,” location unknown],
    they make it ·like [L a place with] a spring.
    The ·autumn [early] rains ·fill [wrap; cover] it with ·pools of water [or blessings].
The people ·get stronger as they go [L go from strength to strength],
    and everyone ·meets with [L sees] ·God [L the God of gods] in ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple].

Lord God ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], hear my prayer;
    God of Jacob [C another name for Israel], ·listen to me [give ear]. ·Selah [Interlude]
God, look at our shield [C the king];
    be kind to your ·appointed king [anointed; Messiah; C the king, ultimately Jesus; Acts 4:25–28].

10 One day in your courtyards is better
    than a thousand days anywhere else.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the Temple of my God
    than live in the ·homes [L tents] of the wicked.
11 The Lord God is like a sun and shield;
    the Lord gives us ·kindness [mercy; grace] and ·honor [glory].
He does not hold back anything good
    from those ·whose lives are innocent [L who walk in innocence/blamelessness].
12 Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts],
    ·happy [blessed] are the people who ·trust [have confidence in] you!

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Psalm 84 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 84[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

How lovely is your dwelling place,
    Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints,
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
    for the living God.
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.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
    they are ever praising you.[c]

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
    whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
    they make it a place of springs;
    the autumn rains also cover it with pools.[d]
They go from strength to strength,
    till each appears before God in Zion.

Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty;
    listen to me, God of Jacob.
Look on our shield,[e] 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. Psalm 84:1 In Hebrew texts 84:1-12 is numbered 84:2-13.
  2. Psalm 84:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  3. Psalm 84:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 8.
  4. Psalm 84:6 Or blessings
  5. Psalm 84:9 Or sovereign
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