1 A psalm of David. A song for the dedication of the House.
miz-MOR sheer kha-nu-KAT ha-BA-yit l’-da-VID
א מִזְמוֹר שִׁיר־חֲנֻכַּת הַבַּיִת לְדָוִד׃
30:1 A song for the dedication of the House
Which house did David dedicate? Rabbi Avraham Ibn Ezra says that this psalm refers to the dedication of his own house, the “house of cedar” that he built for himself (II Samuel 7:2). While King David was instructed by God not to build the Beit Hamikdash, he nonetheless built a palace for himself right next to Har HaBayit. In 2005, archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar announced she had uncovered the remnants of King David’s palace. She maintains that the large structure she discovered was built during the tenth century BCE, as she found artifacts from that era, in addition to important bullae, clay seal impressions, with names of royal officials mentioned in the Bible.