Psalms 132


שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת זְכוֹר־יְהוָה לְדָוִד אֵת כָּל־עֻנּוֹתוֹ׃   132:1

Psal. 132:1   A song of ascendance:

                        Remember, Lord, about David,

                                  all his affliction,

אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לַיהוָה נָדַר לַאֲבִיר יַעֲקֹב׃   132:2

Psal. 132:2   that he swore to the Lord,

                                  vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,

אִם־אָבֹא בְּאֹהֶל בֵּיתִי אִם־אֶעֱלֶה עַל־עֶרֶשׂ יְצוּעָי׃   132:3

Psal. 132:3   “I will not come into the tent of my house

                                  or go up upon the mattress of my bed,

אִם־אֶתֵּן שְׁנַת לְעֵינָי לְעַפְעַפַּי תְּנוּמָה׃   132:4

Psal. 132:4   I will not allow sleep to my eyes,

                                  slumber to my eyelids,

עַד־אֶמְצָא מָקוֹם לַיהוָה מִשְׁכָּנוֹת לַאֲבִיר יַעֲקֹב׃   132:5

Psal. 132:5   until I find a place for the Lord,

                                  dwellings for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

הִנֵּה־שְׁמַעֲנוּהָ בְאֶפְרָתָה מְצָאנוּהָ בִּשְׂדֵי־יָעַר׃   132:6

Psal. 132:6   Lo, we heard it was in Ephrath;

                                  we found it in fields of wood.

Because the Hebrew word I translate as dwellings in vss. 5 and 7, is plural, I imagine this psalm refers to at least two places where the presence of the Lord was assumed to be.  Ephrath is another name for Bethlehem, where the ark is presumed to have resided for twenty years.  It is thought by some that fields of wood may refer to a neighborhood of Kiriath-jearim, whose literal meaning is City of Woods.

נָבוֹאָה לְמִשְׁכְּנוֹתָיו נִשְׁתַּחֲוֶה לַהֲדֹם רַגְלָיו׃   132:7

Psal. 132:7   Let us go to His dwellings,

                                  let us bow down toward the footstool of His feet.

קוּמָה יְהוָה לִמְנוּחָתֶךָ אַתָּה וַאֲרוֹן עֻזֶּךָ׃   132:8

Psal. 132:8   Arise, Lord, to Your resting place,

                                  You and the ark of Your strength.

כֹּהֲנֶיךָ יִלְבְּשׁוּ־צֶדֶק וַחֲסִידֶיךָ יְרַנֵּנוּ׃   132:9

Psal. 132:9   Let Your priests be clothed in righteousness,

                                  and Your faithful ones shout for joy.

בַּעֲבוּר דָּוִד עַבְדֶּךָ אַל־תָּשֵׁב פְּנֵי מְשִׁיחֶךָ׃   132:10

Psal. 132:10   For the sake of David, Your servant,

                                  may You not turn away the face of Your anointed.

נִשְׁבַּע־יְהוָה לְדָוִד אֱמֶת לֹא־יָשׁוּב מִמֶּנָּה מִפְּרִי בִטְנְךָ אָשִׁית לְכִסֵּא־לָךְ׃   132:11

Psal. 132:11   The Lord swore to David

                                  -- faithful, He will not turn back from it:

                           “From the fruit of your body I will appoint to your throne.”

אִם־יִשְׁמְרוּ בָנֶיךָ בְּרִיתִי וְעֵדֹתִי זוֹ אֲלַמְּדֵם גַּם־בְּנֵיהֶם עֲדֵי־עַד יֵשְׁבוּ לְכִסֵּא־לָךְ׃   132:12

Psal. 132:12   “If your children will keep My covenant and My testimonies

                                  that I will teach them,

                           their children also forever will have a claim to your throne.”

כִּי־בָחַר יְהוָה בְּצִיּוֹן אִוָּהּ לְמוֹשָׁב לוֹ׃   132:13

Psal. 132:13   Indeed the Lord has decided on Zion;

                                  He desires it for His dwelling place.

זֹאת־מְנוּחָתִי עֲדֵי־עַד פֹּה־אֵשֵׁב כִּי אִוִּתִיהָ׃   132:14

Psal. 132:14   “This shall be My resting place forever.

                                  Here I shall dwell, because I desire it."

צֵידָהּ בָּרֵךְ אֲבָרֵךְ אֶבְיוֹנֶיהָ אַשְׂבִּיעַ לָחֶם׃   132:15

Psal. 132:15   “I shall abundantly bless its provision,

                                  I shall feed its needy adequate bread.”

וְכֹהֲנֶיהָ אַלְבִּישׁ יֶשַׁע וַחֲסִידֶיהָ רַנֵּן יְרַנֵּנוּ׃   132:16

Psal. 132:16   “And I shall have its priests wear salvation,

                                  and its faithful shall give a ringing shout of exultation.”

שָׁם אַצְמִיחַ קֶרֶן לְדָוִד עָרַכְתִּי נֵר לִמְשִׁיחִי׃   132:17

Psal. 132:17   “There I shall make a horn spring up for David;

                                  I have prepared a lamp for My anointed.”

אוֹיְבָיו אַלְבִּישׁ בֹּשֶׁת וְעָלָיו יָצִיץ נִזְרוֹ׃   132:18

Psal. 132:18   “I shall make his enemies wear shame,

                                 but on him his crown shall shine.”


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