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Psalms 132:1-2

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Psalm 132 1 

A song of ascents. 2 

132:1 O Lord, for David’s sake remember

all his strenuous effort, 3 

132:2 and how he made a vow to the Lord,

and swore an oath to the powerful ruler of Jacob. 4 

1 sn Psalm 132. The psalmist reminds God of David’s devotion and of his promises concerning David’s dynasty and Zion.

2 sn The precise significance of this title, which appears in Pss 120-134, is unclear. Perhaps worshipers recited these psalms when they ascended the road to Jerusalem to celebrate annual religious festivals. For a discussion of their background see L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 (WBC), 219-21.

3 tn Heb “all his affliction.” This may refer to David’s strenuous and tireless efforts to make provision for the building of the temple (see 1 Chr 22:14). Some prefer to revocalize the text as עַנַוָתוֹ (’anavato, “his humility”).

4 tn Heb “the powerful [one] of Jacob.”



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