A song to sing along the road up to Jerusalem
1 Yahweh, do not forget King David
and all the hardships/troubles he endured!
2 He made a solemn promise to you,
the mighty God whom our ancestor Jacob worshiped.
3 He said, “I will not go home,
I will not rest on my bed,
4 I will not sleep at all
5 until I build a place for Yahweh,
a home for the mighty God whom Jacob worshiped.”
6 In Bethlehem we heard news about the sacred chest.
We went and found it in the fields of Jearim city, and we took it to Jerusalem.
7 Later we said, “Let's go to the temple of Yahweh in Jerusalem;
let's worship there in front of the throne where he sits.”
8 Yahweh, come to the place where you live eternally,
to the place where your sacred chest is,
to that place that shows that you are very powerful.
9 I want/desire that the righteous behavior of your priests will always be evident,
just like the beautiful robes that they wear [MET],
and that your people will always shout joyfully.
10 You chose David to serve you as king of Israel;
do not reject/abandon him!
11 Yahweh, you made a solemn promise to David,
a promise that you will not break.
You said, “I will cause your descendants to rule [MTY] as kings like you.
12 If they keep my agreement with them
and obey all the commands that I will give them,
the line of kings descended from you will never end.”
13 Yahweh has chosen Jerusalem;
he has wanted to make that city his home;
14 he said, “This is the city where I will live forever [DOU];
this is the place where I wanted to stay.
15 I will give to the people of Jerusalem all that they need;
I will give enough food even to satisfy the poor people there.
16 I will cause the priests to behave in a manner worthy of being ones whom I have saved;
that will be as evident as the beautiful robes that they wear [MET];
and all my people who live there will shout joyfully.
17 There in Jerusalem I will cause one of David's descendants [MET] to become a great king;
he also will be my chosen king,
and he will be like a bright lamp [MET] that shines continually.
18 I will defeat his enemies and cause them to be very ashamed/disgraced;
but the crown that my king wears will always shine.”