A song of ascents.2
132:1 O Lord, for David’s sake remember
all his strenuous effort,3
132:2 and how he made a vow to the Lord,
and swore an oath to the powerful ruler of Jacob.4
132:3 He said,5 “I will not enter my own home,6
or get into my bed.7
132:4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep,
or my eyelids to slumber,
132:5 until I find a place for the Lord,
a fine dwelling place8 for the powerful ruler of Jacob.”9
132:6 Look, we heard about it10 in Ephrathah,11
we found it in the territory of Jaar.12
132:7 Let us go to his dwelling place!
Let us worship13 before his footstool!
132:8 Ascend, O Lord, to your resting place,
you and the ark of your strength!
132:9 May your priests be clothed with integrity!14
May your loyal followers shout for joy!
132:10 For the sake of David, your servant,
do not reject your chosen king!15
132:11 The Lord made a reliable promise to David;16
he will not go back on his word.17
He said,18 “I will place one of your descendants19 on your throne.
132:12 If your sons keep my covenant
and the rules I teach them,
their sons will also sit on your throne forever.”
132:13 Certainly20 the Lord has chosen Zion;
he decided to make it his home.21
132:14 He said,22 “This will be my resting place forever;
I will live here, for I have chosen it.23
132:15 I will abundantly supply what she needs;24
I will give her poor all the food they need.25
132:16 I will protect her priests,26
and her godly people will shout exuberantly.27
132:17 There I will make David strong;28
I have determined that my chosen king’s dynasty will continue.29
132:18 I will humiliate his enemies,30
and his crown will shine.