1 How lovely is your dwelling place, ¶ LORD Almighty!
2 My soul yearns, 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 may have her young — ¶ a place near your altar, ¶ LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. [^1]
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, ¶ whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; ¶ the autumn rains also cover it with pools. [^2]
7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.
8 Hear my prayer, LORD God Almighty; ¶ listen to me, God of Jacob.
9 Look on our shield, [^3] O God; look with favor on your anointed one.
10 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 shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; ¶ no good thing does he withhold ¶ from those whose walk is blameless.
12 LORD Almighty, ¶ blessed is the one who trusts in you.