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Chapter 122


A song of ascents. Of David. 1 I rejoiced when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD."


And now our feet are standing within your gates, Jerusalem.


2 Jerusalem, built as a city, walled round about.


Here the tribes have come, the tribes of the LORD, As it was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.


Here are the thrones of justice, the thrones of the house of David.


For the peace of Jerusalem pray: "May those who love you prosper!


May peace be within your ramparts, prosperity within your towers."


For family and friends I say, "May peace be yours."


For the house of the LORD, our God, I pray, "May blessings be yours."



1 [Psalm 122] A song of Zion, sung by pilgrims obeying the law to visit Jerusalem three times on a journey. The singer anticipates joining the procession into the city ( Psalm 122:1-3). Jerusalem is a place of encounter, where the people praise God ( Psalm 122:4) and hear the divine justice mediated by the king ( Psalm 112:5). The very buildings bespeak God's power (cf Psalm 48:13-15). May the grace of this place transform the people's lives ( Psalm 112:6-9)!

2 [3] Walled round about: literally, "which is joined to it," probably referring both to the density of the buildings and to the dense population.

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