1 How lovely [are] your dwelling places, O Yahweh of hosts! 2 My soul longs and even fails for the courtyards of Yahweh. My heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
3 Even a bird finds a home, and a swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, near your altars, O Yahweh [of] hosts, my king and my God. 4 Blessed [are] those who dwell in your house; they can ever praise you. Selah
5 Blessed [is the] man whose strength [is] in you; in their heart [are the] highways [to Zion]. 6 Passing through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring. The early rain covers [it with] blessings as well. 7 They go from strength to strength, [until each] appears before God in Zion.
8 O Yahweh, God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah 9 Look at our shield, O God, and have regard for the face of your anointed one.
10 Because better [is] a day in your courtyards than a thousand [elsewhere]. I would rather be at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in [the] tents of wickedness. 11 Because Yahweh God [is] a sun and a shield; Yahweh gives grace and honor. He does not withhold good from those who walk blamelessly. 12 O Yahweh [of] hosts, blessed [is the] man who trusts you.