Psalms 84


לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל־הַגִּתִּית לִבְנֵי־קֹרַח מִזְמוֹר׃   84:1

Psal. 84:1   A psalm for the leader on the gittith, for the sons of Korach:

For the gittith, see Psal. 8:1.  For the sons of Korach, see Psal. 42:1.  The time frame and author of this psalm are unknown.

מַה־יְּדִידוֹת מִשְׁכְּנוֹתֶיךָ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת׃   84:2

Psal. 84:2   How lovely are Your tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!

נִכְסְפָה וְגַם־כָּלְתָה נַפְשִׁי לְחַצְרוֹת יְהוָה לִבִּי וּבְשָׂרִי יְרַנְּנוּ אֶל אֵל־חָי׃   84:3

Psal. 84:3   My soul longs for the courts of the Lord,

                               and is indeed consumed by it.

                      My heart and my flesh must shout for joy to the living God.

גַּם־צִפּוֹר מָצְאָה בַיִת וּדְרוֹר קֵן לָהּ אֲשֶׁר־שָׁתָה אֶפְרֹחֶיהָ אֶת־מִזְבְּחוֹתֶיךָ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת מַלְכִּי   84:4


Psal. 84:4   Even the sparrow finds shelter, and the swallow,

                               a nest for itself in which it lays its young --

                      Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my Ruler and my God!

What is this verse revealing?  Are the nests of the sparrow and swallow the Lord’s altars?  I don’t think so.  I believe the Hebrew corresponding to the last line of this verse relates back to the beginning of the previous verse.  “My soul longs for the courts of the Lord, (v. 3) ... , Your altars, O Lord of hosts .... (v. 4)”

אַשְׁרֵי יוֹשְׁבֵי בֵיתֶךָ עוֹד יְהַלְלוּךָ סֶּלָה׃   84:5

Psal. 84:5   Happy are the inhabitants of Your house.

                               May they ever praise You.            Selah.

אַשְׁרֵי אָדָם עוֹז־לוֹ בָךְ מְסִלּוֹת בִּלְבָבָם׃   84:6

Psal. 84:6   Happy is any person whose strength is in You,

                               exalted ways in their heart.

עֹבְרֵי בְּעֵמֶק הַבָּכָא מַעְיָן יְשִׁיתוּהוּ גַּם־בְּרָכוֹת יַעְטֶה מוֹרֶה׃   84:7

Psal. 84:7   Let  the early rain passing through the valley of Baca make it a spring;

                               also let it envelop blessings.

יֵלְכוּ מֵחַיִל אֶל־חָיִל יֵרָאֶה אֶל־אֱלֹהִים בְּצִיּוֹן׃   84:8

Psal. 84:8   Let them go from strength to strength;

                               May each appear to God in Zion.

יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים צְבָאוֹת שִׁמְעָה תְפִלָּתִי הַאֲזִינָה אֱלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב סֶלָה׃   84:9

Psal. 84:9   O Lord, God of hosts!  Hear my prayer!

                                Listen, O God of Jacob!            Selah.

מָגִנֵּנוּ רְאֵה אֱלֹהִים וְהַבֵּט פְּנֵי מְשִׁיחֶךָ׃   84:10

Psal. 84:10   Our Shield!  God!

                                Look and consider the presence of Your anointed one!

כִּי טוֹב־יוֹם בַּחֲצֵרֶיךָ מֵאָלֶף בָּחַרְתִּי הִסְתּוֹפֵף בְּבֵית אֱלֹהַי מִדּוּר בְּאָהֳלֵי־רֶשַׁע׃   84:11

Psal. 84:11   As a day in Your courts is better than a thousand,

                                I prefer to stand at the threshold to the house of my God

                         than to stand in the tents of wickedness.

כִּי שֶׁמֶשׁ וּמָגֵן יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים חֵן וְכָבוֹד יִתֵּן יְהוָה לֹא יִמְנַע־טוֹב לַהֹלְכִים בְּתָמִים׃   84:12

Psal. 84:12   Because the Lord, God, is a Sun and a Shield,

                                 the Lord will grant grace and glory.

                        He will withhold no good thing for those walking in wholesomeness.

יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אַשְׁרֵי אָדָם בֹּטֵחַ בָּךְ׃   84:13

Psal. 84:13   O Lord of hosts!  Happy in the person trusting in You.


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