Psalms 132
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1  A Song of Ascents. Hashem, remember unto David all his affliction;

א  שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת זְכוֹר יְהוָה לְדָוִד אֵת כָּל עֻנּוֹתוֹ.

2  How he swore unto Hashem, and vowed unto the Mighty One of Yaakov:

ב  אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לַיהוָה נָדַר לַאֲבִיר יַעֲקֹב.

3  ‘Surely I will not come into the tent of my house, nor go up into the bed that is spread for me;

ג  אִם אָבֹא בְּאֹהֶל בֵּיתִי אִם אֶעֱלֶה עַל עֶרֶשׂ יְצוּעָי.

4  I will not give sleep to mine eyes, nor slumber to mine eyelids;

ד  אִם אֶתֵּן שְׁנַת לְעֵינָי לְעַפְעַפַּי תְּנוּמָה.

5  Until I find out a place for Hashem, a dwelling-place for the Mighty One of Yaakov.’

ה  עַד אֶמְצָא מָקוֹם לַיהוָה מִשְׁכָּנוֹת לַאֲבִיר יַעֲקֹב.

6  Lo, we heard of it as being in Efrat; we found it in the field of the wood.

hi-NAY sh’-ma-NU-ha v’-ef-RA-tah m’-tza-NU-ha bis-DAY YA-ar

ו  הִנֵּה שְׁמַעֲנוּהָ בְאֶפְרָתָה מְצָאנוּהָ בִּשְׂדֵי יָעַר.

132:6   Lo, we heard of it as being in Ephrath

This longest of the psalms of ascent is dedicated to King David and his desire for a resting place for God’s presence. David’s vow to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem was heard in Ephrath, David’s birthplace, and its inhabitants helped him bring the holy ark to Jerusalem. Originally called Bethlehem, the area of Ephrath is mentioned in the Bible as the birthplace of Benjamin and the death of Rachel (Genesis 35). In 1983, the Israeli religious Zionist settlement of Efrat was established by Moshe Moskowitz, who became the first mayor of Efrat, and later Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, its chief rabbi, near modern day Bethlehem. Today, Efrat has close to ten thousand residents, thirty synagogues and a thriving community built on the principles of Jewish law and dedication to the nation of Israel.


7  Let us go into His dwelling-place; let us worship at His footstool.

ז  נָבוֹאָה לְמִשְׁכְּנוֹתָיו נִשְׁתַּחֲוֶה לַהֲדֹם רַגְלָיו.

8  Arise, O Hashem, unto Thy resting-place; Thou, and the ark of Thy strength.

ח  קוּמָה יְהוָה לִמְנוּחָתֶךָ אַתָּה וַאֲרוֹן עֻזֶּךָ.

9  Let Thy Kohanim be clothed with righteousness; and let Thy saints shout for joy.

ט  כֹּהֲנֶיךָ יִלְבְּשׁוּ צֶדֶק וַחֲסִידֶיךָ יְרַנֵּנוּ.

10  For Thy servant Davids sake turn not away the face of Thine anointed.

י  בַּעֲבוּר דָּוִד עַבְדֶּךָ אַל תָּשֵׁב פְּנֵי מְשִׁיחֶךָ.

11  Hashem swore unto David in truth; He will not turn back from it: ‘Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.

יא  נִשְׁבַּע יְהוָה לְדָוִד אֱמֶת לֹא יָשׁוּב מִמֶּנָּה מִפְּרִי בִטְנְךָ אָשִׁית לְכִסֵּא לָךְ.

12  If thy children keep My covenant and My testimony that I shall teach them, their children also for ever shall sit upon thy throne.’

יב  אִם יִשְׁמְרוּ בָנֶיךָ בְּרִיתִי וְעֵדֹתִי זוֹ אֲלַמְּדֵם גַּם בְּנֵיהֶם עֲדֵי עַד יֵשְׁבוּ לְכִסֵּא לָךְ.

13  For Hashem hath chosen Tzion; He hath desired it for His habitation:

יג  כִּי בָחַר יְהוָה בְּצִיּוֹן אִוָּהּ לְמוֹשָׁב לוֹ.

14  ‘This is My resting-place for ever; here will I dwell; for I have desired it.

יד  זֹאת מְנוּחָתִי עֲדֵי עַד פֹּה אֵשֵׁב כִּי אִוִּתִיהָ.

15  I will abundantly bless her provision; I will give her needy bread in plenty.

טו  צֵידָהּ בָּרֵךְ אֲבָרֵךְ אֶבְיוֹנֶיהָ אַשְׂבִּיעַ לָחֶם.

16  Her Kohanim also will I clothe with salvation; and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

טז  וְכֹהֲנֶיהָ אַלְבִּישׁ יֶשַׁע וַחֲסִידֶיהָ רַנֵּן יְרַנֵּנוּ.

17  There will I make a horn to shoot up unto David, there have I ordered a lamp for Mine anointed.

יז  שָׁם אַצְמִיחַ קֶרֶן לְדָוִד עָרַכְתִּי נֵר לִמְשִׁיחִי.

18  His enemies will I clothe with shame; but upon himself shall his crown shine.’

יח  אוֹיְבָיו אַלְבִּישׁ בֹּשֶׁת וְעָלָיו יָצִיץ נִזְרוֹ.

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  • 132:6 Lo, we heard of it as being in Ephrath

    This is said to be the longest of the psalms and is dedicated to King David. King David has this burning desire in his hear to find a resting place for God presence. He wants to bring the ark to its final resting place in Jerusalem. David wanted a home for God very close to himself and also in the capital of Israel. Jerusalem. It was deep in Davids heart to do this and find a
    permanent structure, (home) for our Lord thy God to rest His feet upon the footstool of this Earth. David would not give rest unto his own eyes until he had found the place to build this home, this resting place for the Lord. To lay to rest the Ark.

    David wanted his people to be blessed by the presence that would be created by the Temple that would be the home of God. By the very fact that God would be there the people would benefit from the grace that would be generate by God's very presence. David must have realized this. He knew in his soul that the Jewish people would benefit from this both spiritually as well as all the other ways that goodness and godliness would do to those in the presence of God. However.,
    there is still more to this story that is yet to be told. Amen. Carl

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