1 Lord, remember for David ♦
all the hardships he endured;
2 How he swore an oath to the Lord ♦
and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3 ‘I will not come within the shelter of my house, ♦
nor climb up into my bed;
4 ‘I will not allow my eyes to sleep, ♦
nor let my eyelids slumber,
5 ‘Until I find a place for the Lord, ♦
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.’
6 Now, we heard of the ark in Ephrathah ♦
and found it in the fields of Ja-ar.
7 Let us enter his dwelling place ♦
and fall low before his footstool.
8 Arise, O Lord, into your resting place, ♦
you and the ark of your strength.
9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness ♦
and your faithful ones sing with joy.
10 For your servant David’s sake, ♦
turn not away the face of your anointed.
11 The Lord has sworn an oath to David, ♦
a promise from which he will not shrink:
12 ‘Of the fruit of your body ♦
shall I set upon your throne.
13 ‘If your children keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them, ♦
their children also shall sit upon your throne for evermore.’
14 For the Lord has chosen Zion for himself; ♦
he has desired her for his habitation:
15 ‘This shall be my resting place for ever; ♦
here will I dwell, for I have longed for her.
16 ‘I will abundantly bless her provision; ♦
her poor will I satisfy with bread.
17 ‘I will clothe her priests with salvation, ♦
and her faithful ones shall rejoice and sing.
18 ‘There will I make a horn to spring up for David; ♦
I will keep a lantern burning for my anointed.
19 ‘As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame; ♦
but on him shall his crown be bright.’
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