New International Version - UK

Psalm 132

Psalm 132

A song of ascents.

Lord, remember David
    and all his self-denial.

He swore an oath to the Lord,
    he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
‘I will not enter my house
    or go to my bed,
I will allow no sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
till I find a place for the Lord,
    a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.’

We heard it in Ephrathah,
    we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:[a]
‘Let us go to his dwelling-place,
    let us worship at his footstool, saying,
“Arise, Lord, and come to your resting place,
    you and the ark of your might.
May your priests be clothed with your righteousness;
    may your faithful people sing for joy.”’

10 For the sake of your servant David,
    do not reject your anointed one.

11 The Lord swore an oath to David,
    a sure oath he will not revoke:
‘One of your own descendants
    I will place on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant
    and the statutes I teach them,
then their sons shall sit
    on your throne for ever and ever.’

13 For the Lord has chosen Zion,
    he has desired it for his dwelling, saying,
14 ‘This is my resting place for ever and ever;
    here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.
15 I will bless her with abundant provisions;
    her poor I will satisfy with food.
16 I will clothe her priests with salvation,
    and her faithful people shall ever sing for joy.

17 ‘Here I will make a horn[b] grow for David
    and set up a lamp for my anointed one.
18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,
    but his head shall be adorned with a radiant crown.’

  1. Psalm 132:6 Or heard of it in Ephrathah, / we found it in the fields of Jearim. (See 1 Chron. 13:5,6) (and no quotation marks around verses 7-9)
  2. Psalm 132:17 Horn here symbolises strong one, that is, king.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 132

Psalm 132

A song for those who go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord.

Lord, remember David
    and all the times he didn’t do what he wanted.

Lord, he made a promise.
    Mighty One of Jacob, he made a promise to you.
He said, “I won’t enter my house
    or go to bed.
I won’t let my eyes sleep.
    I won’t close my eyelids
until I find a place for the Lord.
    I want to build a house for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Here are the words we heard in Ephrathah.
    We heard them again in the fields of Kiriath Jearim.
“Let us go to the Lord’s house.
    Let us worship at his feet. Let us say,
Lord, rise up and come to your resting place.
    Come in together with the ark. It’s the sign of your power.
May your priests put on godliness as if it were their clothes.
    May your faithful people sing for joy.’ ”

10 In honor of your servant David,
    don’t turn your back on your anointed king.

11 The Lord made a promise to David.
    It is a firm promise that he will never break.
He said, “After you die,
    I will place one of your own sons on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant
    and the laws I teach them,
then their sons will sit
    on your throne for ever and ever.”

13 The Lord has chosen Zion.
    That’s the place where he wants to live.
14 He has said, “This will be my resting place for ever and ever.
    Here I will sit on my throne, because that’s what I want.
15 I will greatly bless Zion with everything it needs.
    I will give plenty of food to the poor people living there.
16 I will put salvation on its priests as if it were their clothes.
    God’s faithful people will always sing for joy.

17 “Here in Jerusalem I will raise up a mighty king from the family of David.
    I will set up the lamp of David’s kingdom for my anointed king.
    Its flame will burn brightly forever.
18 I will put shame on his enemies as if it were their clothes.
    But he will wear on his head a shining crown.”