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Psalms 84:1-2

Context
Psalm 84 1 

For the music director; according to the gittith style; 2  written by the Korahites, a psalm.

84:1 How lovely is the place where you live, 3 

O Lord who rules over all! 4 

84:2 I desperately want to be 5 

in the courts of the Lord’s temple. 6 

My heart and my entire being 7  shout for joy

to the living God.

Psalms 84:10

Context

84:10 Certainly 8  spending just one day in your temple courts is better

than spending a thousand elsewhere. 9 

I would rather stand at the entrance 10  to the temple of my God

than live 11  in the tents of the wicked.

1 sn Psalm 84. The psalmist expresses his desire to be in God’s presence in the Jerusalem temple, for the Lord is the protector of his people.

2 tn The precise meaning of the Hebrew term הַגִּתִּית (haggittit) is uncertain; it probably refers to a musical style or instrument.

3 tn Or “your dwelling place[s].” The plural form of the noun may indicate degree or quality; this is the Lord’s special dwelling place (see Pss 43:3; 46:4; 132:5, 7).

4 tn Traditionally, “Lord of hosts.” The title draws attention to God’s sovereign position (see Ps 69:6).

5 tn Heb “my soul longs, it even pines for.”

6 tn Heb “the courts of the Lord” (see Ps 65:4).

7 tn Heb “my flesh,” which stands for his whole person and being.

8 tn Or “for.”

9 tn Heb “better is a day in your courts than a thousand [spent elsewhere].”

10 tn Heb “I choose being at the entrance of the house of my God over living in the tents of the wicked.” The verb סָפַף (safaf) appears only here in the OT; it is derived from the noun סַף (saf, “threshold”). Traditionally some have interpreted this as a reference to being a doorkeeper at the temple, though some understand it to mean “lie as a beggar at the entrance to the temple” (see HALOT 765 s.v. ספף).

11 tn The verb דּוּר (dur, “to live”) occurs only here in the OT.



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