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Blessed Unity of the People of God

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For (A)brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of (B)Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For (C)there the Lord commanded the blessing—
Life forevermore.

The Excellency of Brotherly Unity.

A Song of [a]Ascents. Of David.

133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil [of consecration] poured on the head,
Coming down on the beard,
Even the beard of Aaron,
Coming down upon the edge of his [priestly] robes [consecrating the whole body].(A)

It is like the dew of [Mount] Hermon
Coming down on the hills of Zion;
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing: life forevermore.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 133:1 See Psalm 120 title note.

Psalm 133

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.

How wonderful and pleasant it is
    when brothers live together in harmony!
For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil
    that was poured over Aaron’s head,
    that ran down his beard
    and onto the border of his robe.
Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon
    that falls on the mountains of Zion.
And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing,
    even life everlasting.

133 1-3 How wonderful, how beautiful,
    when brothers and sisters get along!
It’s like costly anointing oil
    flowing down head and beard,
Flowing down Aaron’s beard,
    flowing down the collar of his priestly robes.
It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon
    flowing down the slopes of Zion.
Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing,
    ordains eternal life.

Unity

A song of the stairway by King David

133 How truly wonderful and delightful it is
    to see brothers and sisters living together in sweet unity![a]
It’s as precious as the sacred scented oil
    flowing from the head of the high priest Aaron,
    dripping down upon his beard and running all the way down
    to the hem of his priestly robes.[b]
This harmony can be compared to the dew
    dripping from Mount Hermon,
    which flows down upon the hills of Zion.
    Indeed, that is where Yahweh has decreed his blessings
    will be found, the promise of life forevermore!

Footnotes

  1. 133:1 This specifically speaks to the tribes of Israel that live in harmony, but it also applies to believers today. Nothing can be sweeter than the love of Christ we share with one another.
  2. 133:2 Or “running down the collar of his robe.”