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Psalm 132 Good News Translation (GNT)

In Praise of the Temple

132 Lord, do not forget David
    and all the hardships he endured.
Remember, Lord, what he promised,
    the vow he made to you, the Mighty God of Jacob:
“I will not go home or go to bed;
    I will not rest or sleep,
    until I provide a place for the Lord,
    a home for the Mighty God of Jacob.”

In Bethlehem we heard about the Covenant Box,
    and we found it in the fields of Jearim.
We said, “Let us go to the Lord's house;
    let us worship before his throne.”

Come to the Temple, Lord, with the Covenant Box,
    the symbol of your power,
    and stay here forever.
May your priests do always what is right;
    may your people shout for joy!

10 You made a promise to your servant David;
    do not reject your chosen king, Lord.
11 You made a solemn promise to David—
    a promise you will not take back:
“I will make one of your sons king,
    and he will rule after you.
12 If your sons are true to my covenant
    and to the commands I give them,
    their sons, also, will succeed you for all time as kings.”

13 The Lord has chosen Zion;
    he wants to make it his home:
14 “This is where I will live forever;
    this is where I want to rule.
15 I will richly provide Zion with all she needs;
    I will satisfy her poor with food.
16 I will bless her priests in all they do,
    and her people will sing and shout for joy.
17 Here I will make one of David's descendants a great king;
    here I will preserve the rule of my chosen king.
18 I will cover his enemies with shame,
    but his kingdom will prosper and flourish.”

Good News Translation (GNT)

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Psalm 132 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 132

A song of ascents.

Lord, remember David
    and all his self-denial.

He swore an oath to the Lord,
    he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
“I will not enter my house
    or go to my bed,
I will allow no sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
till I find a place for the Lord,
    a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

We heard it in Ephrathah,
    we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:[a]
“Let us go to his dwelling place,
    let us worship at his footstool, saying,
‘Arise, Lord, and come to your resting place,
    you and the ark of your might.
May your priests be clothed with your righteousness;
    may your faithful people sing for joy.’”

10 For the sake of your servant David,
    do not reject your anointed one.

11 The Lord swore an oath to David,
    a sure oath he will not revoke:
“One of your own descendants
    I will place on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant
    and the statutes I teach them,
then their sons will sit
    on your throne for ever and ever.”

13 For the Lord has chosen Zion,
    he has desired it for his dwelling, saying,
14 “This is my resting place for ever and ever;
    here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.
15 I will bless her with abundant provisions;
    her poor I will satisfy with food.
16 I will clothe her priests with salvation,
    and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.

17 “Here I will make a horn[b] grow for David
    and set up a lamp for my anointed one.
18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,
    but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”


  1. Psalm 132:6 Or heard of it in Ephrathah, / we found it in the fields of Jearim. (See 1 Chron. 13:5,6) (And no quotation marks around verses 7-9)
  2. Psalm 132:17 Horn here symbolizes strong one, that is, king.
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