How delightful is your dwelling-place, Lord of hosts!

  My soul is weak with longing for the courts of your palace.

  My heart and my body rejoice in the living God.

Even the sparrow finds itself a home,

  the swallow a nest to raise her young –

  in your altars, O Lord,

  Lord of strength, my king and my God.

Blessed are they who dwell in your house:

  they will praise you for ever.

Blessed the man whose help comes from you,

  who has set his heart on climbing to you.

They pass through the valley of thirst

  and make a spring there:

  the morning rain will cover it with blessings.

They will go from strength to strength:

  they will see the God of gods, in Zion.

Lord God of hosts, listen to my prayer;

  hear me, O God of Jacob.

Take notice of us, God our protector,

  and look on the face of your anointed one.

One day in the courts of my God

  is worth more than a thousand elsewhere.

I would rather be at the doorstep of the house of my God

  than live in the dwellings of sinners.

For the Lord my God is my sun and my shield.

  The Lord gives grace and glory.

He will not deny his good things

  to those who walk in purity.

Blessed is he who trusts in you,

  O Lord of hosts.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

  and to the Holy Spirit,

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as it was in the beginning,

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