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Psalms 122:3-4

Context

122:3 Jerusalem 1  is a city designed

to accommodate an assembly. 2 

122:4 The tribes go up 3  there, 4 

the tribes of the Lord,

where it is required that Israel

give thanks to the name of the Lord. 5 

1 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

2 tc Heb “Jerusalem, which is built like a city which is joined to her together.” The meaning of the Hebrew text is unclear. Many regard this as a description of the compact way in which the city was designed or constructed. The translation assumes an emendation of the verb חֻבְּרָה (khubbÿrah, “is joined”) to a noun חֶבְרָה (khevrah, “association; company”). The text then reads literally, “Jerusalem, which is built like a city which has a company together.” This in turn can be taken as a reference to Jerusalem’s role as a city where people congregated for religious festivals and other civic occasions (see vv. 4-5).

3 tn Or “went up.”

4 tn Heb “which is where the tribes go up.”

5 tn Heb “[it is] a statute for Israel to give thanks to the name of the Lord.”



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