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Psalm 131[a]

A song of ascents,[b] by David.

131 O Lord, my heart is not proud,
nor do I have a haughty look.[c]
I do not have great aspirations,
or concern myself with things that are beyond me.[d]
Indeed,[e] I have calmed and quieted myself[f]
like a weaned child with its mother;[g]
I am content like a young child.[h]
O Israel, hope in the Lord
now and forevermore!


  1. Psalm 131:1 sn Psalm 131. The psalmist affirms his humble dependence on the Lord and urges Israel to place its trust in God.
  2. Psalm 131:1 sn The precise significance of this title, which appears in Pss 120-134, is unclear. Perhaps worshipers recited these psalms when they ascended the road to Jerusalem to celebrate annual religious festivals. For a discussion of their background see L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 (WBC), 219-21.
  3. Psalm 131:1 tn Heb “and my eyes are not lifted up.”
  4. Psalm 131:1 tn Heb “I do not walk in great things, and in things too marvelous for me.”
  5. Psalm 131:2 tn Or “but.”
  6. Psalm 131:2 tn Heb “I make level and make quiet my soul.”
  7. Psalm 131:2 tn Heb “like a weaned [one] upon his mother.”
  8. Psalm 131:2 tn Heb “like the weaned [one] upon me, my soul.”