- 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."
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Footnotes1 [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 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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