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Psalm 84New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Psalm 84[a]

Prayer of a Pilgrim to Jerusalem

For the leader; “upon the gittith.” A psalm of the Korahites.


How lovely your dwelling,
    O Lord of hosts!
My soul yearns and pines
    for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and flesh cry out
    for the living God.
[b]As the sparrow finds a home
    and the swallow a nest to settle her young,
My home is by your altars,
    Lord of hosts, my king and my God!
Blessed are those who dwell in your house!
    They never cease to praise you.


Blessed the man who finds refuge in you,
    in their hearts are pilgrim roads.
As they pass through the Baca valley,[c]
    they find spring water to drink.
    The early rain covers it with blessings.
They will go from strength to strength[d]
    and see the God of gods on Zion.


Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
    listen, God of Jacob.
10 [e]O God, watch over our shield;
    look upon the face of your anointed.


11 Better one day in your courts
    than a thousand elsewhere.
Better the threshold of the house of my God
    than a home in the tents of the wicked.
12 For a sun and shield is the Lord God,
    bestowing all grace and glory.
The Lord withholds no good thing
    from those who walk without reproach.
13 O Lord of hosts,
    blessed the man who trusts in you!


  1. Psalm 84 Israelites celebrated three pilgrimage feasts in Jerusalem annually. The Psalm expresses the sentiments of the pilgrims eager to enjoy the divine presence.
  2. 84:4 The desire of a restless bird for a secure home is an image of the desire of a pilgrim for the secure house of God, cf. Ps 42:2–3, where the image for the desire of the pilgrim is the thirst of the deer for water.
  3. 84:7 Baca valley: Hebrew obscure; probably a valley on the way to Jerusalem.
  4. 84:8 Strength to strength: pass through outer and inner wall.
  5. 84:10 Our shield…your anointed: the king had a role in the liturgical celebration. For the king as shield, cf. Ps 89:19.
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