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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book III
 
LXXXIV
 
Longing for the Temple Worship
 
 
For the Chief Musician; set to the Gittith. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
 
 
[1]  HOW amiable 1 are thy tabernacles,
O Jehovah of hosts!
[2]  My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of Jehovah;
My heart and my flesh cry 2 out unto the living God.
[3]  Yea, the sparrow hath found her a house,
And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,
Even thine altars, O Jehovah of hosts,
My King, and my God.
[4]  Blessed are they that dwell in thy house:
They will be still praising thee.  [Selah
[5]  Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee;
In whose heart are the highways to Zion.
[6]  Passing through the valley of Weeping 3 they make it a place of springs;
Yea, the early rain covereth it with blessings.
[7]  They go from strength to strength;
Every one of them appeareth before God in Zion.
[8]  O Jehovah God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob.  [Selah
[9]  Behold, O God our shield,
And look upon the face of thine anointed.
[10]  For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand.
I had rather be 4 a doorkeeper in the house of my God,
Than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
[11]  For Jehovah God is a sun and a shield:
Jehovah will give grace and glory;
No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
[12]  O Jehovah of hosts,
Blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
 
Note 1. Or, lovely. [back]
Note 2. Or, sing for joy. [back]
Note 3. Or, balsam-trees.Heb. Baca. See 2 S. 5. 23. [back]
Note 4. Or, stand at the threshold of &c. [back]
 

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