New English Translation
A song of ascents.
1 O LORD, for David's sake remember all his strenuous effort,
2 and how he made a vow to the LORD, and swore an oath to the powerful ruler of Jacob.
3 He said, "I will not enter my own home, or get into my bed.
4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep, or my eyelids to slumber,
5 until I find a place for the LORD, a fine dwelling place for the powerful ruler of Jacob."
6 Look, we heard about it in Ephrathah, we found it in the territory of Jaar.
7 Let us go to his dwelling place! Let us worship before his footstool!
8 Ascend, O LORD, to your resting place, you and the ark of your strength!
9 May your priests be clothed with integrity! May your loyal followers shout for joy!
10 For the sake of David, your servant, do not reject your chosen king!
11 The LORD made a reliable promise to David; he will not go back on his word. He said, "I will place one of your descendants on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant and the rules I teach them, their sons will also sit on your throne forever."
13 Certainly the LORD has chosen Zion; he decided to make it his home.
14 He said, "This will be my resting place forever; I will live here, for I have chosen it.
15 I will abundantly supply what she needs; I will give her poor all the food they need.
16 I will protect her priests, and her godly people will shout exuberantly.
17 There I will make David strong; I have determined that my chosen king's dynasty will continue.
18 I will humiliate his enemies, and his crown will shine.
King James Version
A Song of degrees.
1 LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions:
2 How he sware unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;
3 Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,
5 Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
6 Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.
7 We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.
8 Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.
9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
10 For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.
11 The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
12 If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.
13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
14 This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
17 There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.
18 His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.