1O Lord, remember in Davids favor all the hardships he endured;
2how he swore to the Lord and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
3I will not enter my house or get into my bed;
4I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
5until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.
6We heard of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar.
7Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool.
8Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.
9Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your faithful shout for joy.
10For your servant Davids sake do not turn away the face of your anointed one.
11The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne.
12If your sons keep my covenant and my decrees that I shall teach them, their sons also, forevermore, shall sit on your throne.
13For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation:
14This is my resting place forever; here I will reside, for I have desired it.
15I will abundantly bless its provisions; I will satisfy its poor with bread.
16Its priests I will clothe with salvation, and its faithful will shout for joy.
17There I will cause a horn to sprout up for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one.
18His enemies I will clothe with disgrace, but on him, his crown will gleam.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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10 February 2011