Psalms 122
Jerusalem the Site of God’s Presence
A song of ascents. Of David.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
1I rejoiced in those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house#Or “temple” of Yahweh.”
2Our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem—
3Jerusalem that is built
as a city that is joined together,
4where the tribes go up,
the tribes of Yah#A shortened form of “Yahweh” as a testimony for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of Yahweh.
5For there the thrones sit#That is, rulers or judges on thrones for judgment,
thrones of David’s house.
6Pray#Hebrew “Ask” for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be at ease.
7May peace be within your walls,
security within your palaces.”
8For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
9For the sake of the house#Or “temple” of Yahweh our God,
I will seek your good.
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