For Sunday's PsalmChallenge, graciously hosted by Robert Geiss of daily athens photo.
(My photos below can be enlarged with a click and then another click.)
1. For the leader; on the gittith. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.
2. How lovely Your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
3. My soul longs, even wastes away, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing with joy to the living Deity.
4. Even the bird has found a house, and the swallow a nest for itself in which to set its young—near Your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
5. Happy are those who abide in Your house; forever they praise You. Selah.
6. Happy is the man whose refuge is in You. Roadways in their heart,
7. those who pass through the Valley of Baca, covered by the early rain, regard it as a spring, even as pools.
8. They go from rampart to rampart, each appearing before God in Zion.
9. LORD, God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
10. Behold our shield, O God; look upon the face of Your anointed.
11. Truly, better one day in Your courts than any thousand [elsewhere]; I choose to be at the threshold of God’s house over residing in the tents of wickedness.
12. Truly, sun and shield is the LORD God; the LORD bestows favor and glory; He does not withhold His bounty from those who go with integrity.
13. O LORD of hosts, happy is the man who trusts in You.<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
Translation: Rabbi Benjamin Segal. See also his notes on the text.
1. Psalm 84 from the early 9th century Stuttgart Psalter!!
2. One of many springs in the Hills of Jerusalem.
3. A "shield of David" (magen David) entitled "Mah tovu" by Helene Jacubowitz. Mamilla mall.
4. The Second Temple, in the Holyland model which is now at the Israel Museum.
(The Temple goes to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors meme.)