Old Testament

Psalm 84
Psalm 84
How I Love Your Dwelling Place
For the choir director. According to gittith.[]
By the Sons of Korah.[] A psalm.
How Loved Is Your Dwelling Place
1How I love your dwelling place, O Lord of Armies.
2My soul grows weak and even wastes away,
as I long for the courtyards of the Lord.
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
3Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow has found a nest for herself,
where she may place her young near your altars,
O Lord of Armies, my King and my God.
The Blessings of Being There
4How blessed are those who live in your house.
They are always praising you. Interlude
5How blessed is everyone
whose strength is found in you.
The highways to Jerusalem[] are in their hearts.
6As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
it becomes full of springs.[]
The autumn rain also covers it with pools.[]
7They go from strength to strength.
Each one will appear before God in Zion.
8O Lord, God of Armies, hear my prayer.
Give ear, O God of Jacob. Interlude
9Look upon our Shield, O God.
Look with favor on the face of your Anointed One.[]
The Blessings of Being There
10Yes, one day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather wait at the doorway of the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11For the Lord is a sun and shield.
God gives grace and glory.
The Lord does not withhold any good thing
from those who walk with integrity.
12O Lord of Armies, how blessed is everyone who trusts in you.


  • 84:0 Gittith means in the style of Gath or perhaps it is a tune, “Winepress.”
  • 84:0 The Sons of Korah were a group of Levitical musicians, who apparently were descendants of the Korah who rebelled against Moses. In this section of Psalms, Psalms 84; 85; 87, and 88 were written by them.
  • 84:5 The words to Jerusalem are added for clarity.
  • 84:6 The main Hebrew reading is they make it a place of springs. The words they make it function as an impersonal passive equal to it is made a place of springs. Some manuscripts read he [God] makes it a place of springs.
  • 84:6 The translation pools follows an alternate reading of the Hebrew. The main Hebrew reading is blessings. Pools and blessings are a pun in Hebrew. The autumn rain is also called the early rain.
  • 84:9 Shield and Anointed One are references to Israel's king.