Psalm 83.  Quam dilecta !

Longing for God's house

Longing for God

Quam dilécta tabernácula tua, Dómine virtútum: * concupíscit, et déficit ánima mea in átria Dómini.
2  Cor meum, et caro mea: * exsultavérunt in Deum vivum.
3  Etenim passer invénit sibi domum: * et turtur nidum sibi, ubi ponat pullos suos.
4  Altária tua, Dómine virtútum: * Rex meus, et Deus meus.
5  Beáti, qui hábitant in domo tua, Dómine: * in sæcula sæculórum laudábunt te.

How lovely is thy dwelling place O Lord of hosts : * my soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord.
2  My heart and my flesh * have rejoiced in the living God.
3  Yea, the sparrow hath found her an house, * and the swallow a nest, where she may lay her young.
4  Even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, * my King and my God.
5  Blessed are they, O Lord, that dwell in thy house; * they shall praise thee for ever and ever.

Pilgrimage

6  Beátus vir, cujus est auxílium abs te: * ascensiónes in corde suo dispósuit, in valle lacrimárum in loco, quem pósuit.
7  Etenim benedictiónem dabit legislátor, ibunt de virtúte in virtútem: * vidébitur Deus deórum in Sion.

6  Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; * he hath appointed in his heart to advance upwards, in the vale of tears, in the place which he hath set.
7  For the lawgiver shall give a blessing, they shall go from strength to strength, * and the God of gods shall be beholden in Sion.

Prayer and consolation:  near to God

8  Dómine, Deus virtútum, exáudi oratiónem meam: * áuribus pércipe, Deus Jacob.
9  Protéctor noster, áspice, Deus: * et réspice in fáciem Christi tui.
10  Quia mélior est dies una in átriis tuis: * super míllia.
11  Elégi abjéctus esse in domo Dei mei: * magis quam habitáre in tabernáculis peccatórum.
12  Quia misericórdiam et veritátem díligit Deus: * grátiam et glóriam dabit Dóminus.
13  Non privábit bonis eos, qui ámbulant in innocéntia: * Dómine virtútum, beátus homo, qui sperat in te.
8  O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; * hearken, O God of Jacob.
9  Behold, O God our defender, * and look upon the face of thy Christ.
10  For one day in thy courts is better * than a thousand.
11  I had rather be cast down in the house of my God, * rather than to dwell in the tents of ungodliness.
12  For God loveth mercy and truth; * the Lord will give grace and worship.
13  And no good thing shall he withhold from them that walk in innocency: * O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.