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Psalms 84:1-3

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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.

84:3 Even the birds find a home there,

and the swallow 8  builds a nest,

where she can protect her young 9 

near your altars, O Lord who rules over all,

my king and my God.

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 The word translated “swallow” occurs only here and in Prov 26:2.

9 tn Heb “even a bird finds a home, and a swallow a nest for herself, [in] which she places her young.”

sn The psalmist here romanticizes the temple as a place of refuge and safety. As he thinks of the birds nesting near its roof, he envisions them finding protection in God’s presence.



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