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Psalm 84

Better Is One Day in Your Courts
(John 1:14–18)

For the choirmaster. According to Gittith. a A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

1How lovely is Your dwelling place,

O LORD of Hosts!

2 My soul longs, even faints,

for the courts of the LORD;

my heart and my flesh cry out

for the living God.

3 Even the sparrow has found a home,

and the swallow a nest for herself,

where she places her young near Your altars,

O LORD of Hosts, my King and my God.

4 How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!

They are ever praising You.


5 Blessed are those whose strength is in You,

whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.

6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, b 

they make it a place of springs;

even the autumn rain covers it with pools. c 

7 They go from strength to strength,

until each appears before God in Zion.

8 O LORD God of Hosts, hear my prayer;

give ear, O God of Jacob.


9 Take notice of our shield, O God,

and look with favor on the face of Your anointed.

10 For better is one day in Your courts

than a thousand elsewhere.

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God

than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

11 For the LORD God is a sun and a shield;

the LORD gives grace and glory;

He withholds no good thing

from those who walk with integrity.

12 O LORD of Hosts,

how blessed is the man who trusts in You!



1 a Gittith is probably a musical or liturgical term; here and in Psalms 8 and 81.
6 b Or Valley of Poplars
6 c Or with blessings

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