Lord, remember David *
and all his trouble;
How he sware unto the Lord *
and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob;
I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house *
nor climb up into my bed;
I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eye-lids to slumber *
neither the temples of my head to take any rest;
Until I find out a place for the temple of the Lord *
an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
Lo, we heard of the same at Ephrata *
and found it in the wood.
We will go into his tabernacle *
and fall low on our knees before his footstool.
Arise, O Lord, into thy resting-place *
thou, and the ark of thy strength.
Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness *
and let thy saints sing with joyfulness.
For thy servant David’s sake *
turn not away the presence of thine Anointed.
The Lord hath made a faithful oath unto David *
and he shall not shrink from it;
Of the fruit of thy body *
shall I set upon thy seat.
If thy children will keep my covenant, and my testimonies that I shall learn them *
their children also shall sit upon thy seat for evermore.
For the Lord hath chosen Sion to be an habitation for himself *
he hath longed for her.
This shall be my rest for ever *
here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.
I will bless her victuals with increase *
and will satisfy her poor with bread.
I will deck her priests with health *
and her saints shall rejoice and sing.
There shall I make the horn of David to flourish *
I have ordained a lantern for mine Anointed.
As for his enemies, I shall clothe them with shame *
but upon himself shall his crown flourish.
Ecce, quam bonum!
Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is *
brethren, to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down unto the beard *
even unto Aaron’s beard, and went down to the skirts of his clothing.
Like as the dew of Hermon *
which fell upon the hill of Sion.
For there the Lord promised his blessing *
and life for evermore.